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It sounds like a big stretch to say that this compression technology is in the same vein as MP3 encoding. Synthesizing an instrument is a very different process than just compressing an existing recording (of anything). Plus, they modeled their recording on a particular clarinet, which may not sound like any other clarinet, and they haven't gotten this to work for anything other than that single instrument.

Maybe someday, music players would be able to synthesize instruments data to replay a song, but it wouldn't be able to synth singers (like myself), since they'd have to learn to synth my particular voice (and every other singer known to man). It could start a whole new genre of music that only uses these modeled instruments that are perfectly reproduced on any synth-enabled music player.

It would be pretty cool to have every song known to man on a single iPod though...


yeah, what cj said seems correct. the process they seem to have used would mean that if we wanted to "compress" say abbey road, we'd need to go back to the 1960s and create complex computer models for every single instrument, voice, room, microphone and piece of audio gear that the beatles used to make that record....


Am I the only one here to notice the date on which the article referred to here was posted? Perhaps we shouldn't take it quite so seriously. Ahem.

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I am not sure what you are referring to re: date. Its a new study posted April 1, 2008.

Can you explain?


i'll use my 20 million song iPod while i'm eating my new Burger King left-handed whopper


Its safe to say that the entire repertoire for solo clarinet from the last 500 years would fit in a MB. Along these same lines, where's the article on how many MIDI files can fit on an iPod?


Dude, seriously. Stop calling it a tax. It's a licensing fee.

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