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Taking Over Music Formats, One MT9 At A Time

Replacing the MP3 music format with a new digital audio format has been seen as impossible, due to it being extremely popular. It’s become the main digital audio format for record labels, audio manufacturers and digital retailers. But a new digital audio format is still managing to create stirs in the music industry.

Commercialized by the South Korean firm Audizen , the MT9 format – commercially known as Music 2.0 – splits an audio file into six channels such as vocals, guitar and bass. By playing the audio file, an individual can raise or lower the volume of any channel, allowing them to single out any sound.

Inventors are proclaiming the new audio format can replace the MP3 as the standard for all digital music. However, several issues involving the music industry are a roadblock in the new format’s path to success.

To replace the MP3, digital retailers will have to refresh their entire database to make room for the new format. For retailers to do this, they would need their music label partners to provide them music encoded in the new format. This can be a troublesome task as all of the major labels would have to agree to use the new digital audio format. Audio manufacturers also have to be taken into consideration. Companies like Apple would have to start creating new devices that support the format. So the process in replacing the MP3 could take up to several months, even a year.

Aside from the drawbacks, the MT9 is having some success as a new digital audio format. Audizen is already selling some music albums encoded in the new format on their website. According to the Korea Times, older music from bands such as Queen are already being converted.

The file format itself will have no digital rights management and is already said to have interest from companies such as LG electronics. But does the music industry need new digital audio formats at a time like this? The main focus today is trying to popularize CDs once again and to get a grasp on illegal downloading. The MT9 is a great idea, but it should be saved for a time when the music industry doesn’t have important issues that need to be dealt with.