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Dolby is sound on MPEG 4, gets thumbs up

Dolby has updated its audio streaming standard, MPEG AAC, with the release of Version 4.

The company is offering an easy upgrade from MPEG 2 AAC, and a licensing model based on size of customer, rather than usage, and an annual cap on payments. (Here are the licensing terms.)

Also the AAC patent license treats PC devices as a separate class of products, meriting cheaper license fees from non-PC devices.

This is in marked contrast to the MPEG-LA, owner of the new MPEG 4 standard for video streaming, which is seeking a clip each time a stream is played, to the dismay of video streaming software makers and content providers.

News source: The Reg

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