The Birth of MP3

By xerocube | March 28, 2007 has an interesting article describing how the MP3 format was born and the different people that helped it come to be. And who’d have thought that Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” would become a major determining factor in the technology’s success?

From the article:

Her song Tom’s Diner, though seemingly a simple ditty, proved devilishly difficult to reproduce without annoying background noise. “Suzanne Vega was a catastrophe. Terrible distortion,” Brandenburg recalls. “The a cappella version of Tom’s Diner was more difficult to compress without compromising on audio quality than anything else.”


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