So you’re in the gym and see nearly everyone with some device strapped his or her arm. It looks like the remote control to your kid’s TV. The guy in the cube next to you at work always has his headphones on, his fingers drumming to a raucous beat that only he can hear. You take the kids to visit your mom and she even has one. What’s the world coming to? Are you the only person without one of those MP3 things? What’s it all about? Where did they come from? What are the differences between the MP3 players and how much do they cast? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get the knowledge you need and the player you want.
The History of the MP3
Many years ago in a galaxy far away, well actually less than twenty years ago and in Munich, Germany, the Moving Picture Expert Group Layer III (MP3) was created. The folks at the Franunhofer Institute began researching this technology in the late 1980s. In 1989 they received a German patent for the MP3 and in 1996 the United States issued a patent for the MP3. Within a couple years the whole world began to see MP3 music, and players began popping up everywhere.