In another shocking development of out of touch technology, the MP3 has officially been [deemed obsolete](CNBC]( This isn’t some alarmist tech guru expressing visions of the future at CES, these are the words from the people responsible for creating it.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, the head-honchos in charge of funding and researching the groundbreaking digital technology, has ended the licensing program for several MP3 concerned patents. In their opinion the audio format is still popular with the consumer, but it should be replaced with “more efficient audio codecs.”

This doesn’t mean your MP3’s will be threatened with inoperability, but it does mean crisper audio preservation is possible and within reach.

“Most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) family or in the future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3.”

In the future kids might be talking about AAC files instead of MP3s, as the superior file type is said to deliver better sound while not requiring additional processing strength from a device. As music has shrunk from records, to tapes, to CDs and then to MP3s, the trend further continues.

That is until 2050, when the MP3 has a weirdly-digital-hipster-culture revival a la the vinyl record.