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Transition from MP3 -> AAC

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As you may have read recently, the venerable MP3 audio format has been declared "officially dead". While this may be true officially it's certainly not true technically - MP3s will be around for a while yet. Podcasts have been one of the last bastions of the MP3 audio format while other net audio has moved over to its successor, AAC.

 

Over the past year we've begun a transition to AAC with our podcasts (starting with the game recordings), however by the end of 2017 I anticipate that all our net-based audio releases will be in the successor format; it's more efficient and offers better quality (certainly at lower bit rates). Unless your audio player is relatively antique then it should be able to handle the AAC audio format. iTunes for example has used AAC audio for the last 15 years, it can also convert AAC to MP3 if absolutely required.

 

The switch isn't happening overnight, but by 2018 all new audio from us should be in AAC format. Legacy material will remain as-is.

 

Anyway just a heads-up for the future.

 

The next podcast show to move to the AAC audio format will be News from Pnakotus  - or rather to return to it, as later NfPs of the previous series were in this format from 2012 onwards.

 

News from Pnakotus, chaptered, linked, AAC audio.

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kafkonia

I realize hosting and bandwidth issues preclude this, but I wish new content was still available in mp3 format. I just spent 22 minutes converting one episode of Nameless to mp3 in Audacity, because otherwise I can't listen to it on my mp3 player. And it's hardly 'relatively antique' - it's a Sony product bought brand-new within the last year or so.

 

I realize I'm an outlier since I don't have iTunes, and I don't want to sound petulant or entitled. It's your site and your content, and I can see why the smaller file sizes for equivalent sound quality would be appealing. I'm just... wistful.

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PoC

I'm sorry to hear that. It may be worth trying VLC Player for easier conversion? The majority of web-delivered audio is AAC these days (it's what streaming services use). It's unfortunate that Sony are still producing a non-AAC compatible player. 😕

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