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Who Invented the MP3 Player?

Manali Oak
Owing to their portability, simplicity, and the voice quality they offer, MP3 players have become immensely popular. Here we take a look at the invention and evolution of these audio players.

What Does MP3 Stand For?

The MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 is referred to as MP3. It is a popular digital encoding format used for compression of data. The Motion Picture Experts Group came up with this audio-specific format.
An MP3 player is a device that stores, organizes, and plays audio files. It is a digital audio player that can store and play MP3 files. The MP3 players of today have large storage capacities allowing them to store hundreds of audio files. Moreover, they are portable audio players. Their ease of use and portability has made them popular.

Who Invented the MP3 Player?

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a German company developed the MP3 technology. The MP3 patent attributes the invention of MP3 to Bernhard Grill, Karl-Heinz Brandenburg, Thomas Sporer, Bernd Kurten, and Ernst Eberlein. Dieter Seitzer and Karlheinz Brandenburg are closely associated with the development of MP3.

Did You Know?

Briton Kane Kramer was one of the earliest creators of a digital audio player. It was mass-produced for the first time in 1997 when it was designated as the MPMan player. Some months after the release of MPMan players, Diamond Multimedia came up with Rio PMP300. These players achieved phenomenal sales.

Fast Fact

Compaq introduced the first hard drive-based digital audio players in 1998. In 2001, Apple came up with iPods, thus giving a new dimension to the audio media industry.
These were some facts related to the history of MP3 Players. If the concept intrigues you, you can read about the working and the functionality of the device in more details.