We need your help

We're looking for contributors, click here to see what we need and what rewards are available.

April 2012

MP3 History

Posted 13 Apr 2012 • View CommentsHistory

Article on the history of mp3, written by Christopher Jones on 27 Jul 2000 and originally appeared on Lycos Webmonkey (no longer viewable)

Behind the Music: The History of MP3

MP3, an obscure compression format that has the music industry shaking in its gold-studded boots, is surely one of the Web's most unlikely heroes.

MP3 is short for Moving Picture Experts Group, Audio Layer III, and is a compression format that shrinks audio files with only a small sacrifice in sound quality. MP3 files can be compressed at different ...

Read more →

Looking Back - 1997

Posted 13 Apr 2012 • View CommentsHistory

Article that originally appeared on dmusic.com, written by Chad Hart on Sep 27, 2000. Part in a series that covers 96-99.

1997 was a year shaped by the accomplishments and efforts of the energetic early adopters, who forged a path for those that would soon follow.

MP3 was an IRC-only phenomenon for much of 1996 and 1997 until people started to construct websites dedicated to the format. These early websites described the format, and made the tools needed to create and play the files available to all those that ...

Read more →

History of MP3 by GenocideX

Posted 13 Apr 2012 • View CommentsHistory

This 5 part article was first published in 1998, and appears below incomplete; parts 3, 4 & 5 are missing. It originally appeared on dmusic.com though no longer exists on their servers. Written by GenocideX, a former DMA member

(Special Thanks: Blex [for the timeline idea], Stewart Addison [for her major clarification], Viper or Vyper.. For the first mp3 search)

(Thank You for this Article: Aqua_61 of #CDA for group info)

From humble beginnings with a program known as DA2WAV, the Mpeg-3 audio scene has grown to unlimited proportions and ...

Read more →

A Brief Summary of the MP3 Scene

Posted 13 Apr 2012 • View CommentsHistory

This article gives a brief summary of the history and origins of the mp3 scene. Some of the below adapted from an article written by Netfrack of CDA

Prior to MP3, a music warez scene would have been prohibitive due to the filesizes of uncompressed WAVs coupled with the slow connection speeds at the time. The MP3 codec had been in development for several years and the first (command line) mp3 encoder, L3enc, was released in 1993, with the first MP3 software player, WinPlay3, arriving in 1995. An article written ...

Read more →

MP3 Release Standards 1996 to 1999

Posted 13 Apr 2012 • View CommentsHistory

Since the inception of the mp3 scene in 1995/96, packaging methods have changed drastically. Initially groups had their own quality standards/rip methods and it wasn't until late 1998 that 'official' scene rules were established.

This article outlines the packaging methods & standards utilised throughout the history of the scene.

1996: In The Beginning

The first organised mp3 groups - CDA, DAC & RNS - initially packaged mp3's in a similar way to the 0day/app scenes; releasing a single track at a time, split into 1.44MB RAR files which ...

Read more →