Newsletter: MP3’s Final Goodbye & Netflix Drops A Bomb Of Sorts!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The evolution of man. The cycle of going from dust to dessert. The metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone’s soup.” – The Twilight Zone (To Serve Man)

MP3 MEETS ITS OFFICIAL END

THE STORY

The German institution that holds the license for MP3 audio format will abandon the licenses in favor of newer formats.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

As per the announcement by Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, their legendary MP3 format was no longer deemed efficient in storing music as the newer MPEG-H or AAC format. They have hence decided to officially retired the age-old format for storing digital audio files and will no longer support this format.

The director of Fraunhofer Institute added “the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format has become the ‘de facto’ standard for music download and videos on mobile phones. It’s simply more efficient and has greater functionality, as streaming TV and radio broadcasting use the format to deliver higher-quality audio at lower bitrates than MP3.”.

This proves the fact that the very company responsible for bringing the revolutionary technology that killed CDs is planning to venture new horizons.

WILL MP3 FILES STOP WORKING?

The news about the termination of MP3 has been met with a huge uproar by users. However, this clearly doesn’t mean they won’t be able to play MP3 files. As one doesn’t require a license to use MP3, they can still play those songs just like the way they used to. Nevertheless, users must get ready to see future audio devices and technologies not supporting playback of MP3 files. Something we’re certainly going to miss a lot!


NETFLIX WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT ROOTED DEVICES

THE STORY

Netflix app will no longer be accessible or useable on rooted Android devices

THE NEWS ISN’T AS BAD AS IT SOUNDS

We’re sorry to bear the bad news again but the popular online streaming service have made it clear that their app will be rendered useless for those using rooted or jailbroken Android devices. This was done to patch up any security loopholes present on rooted devices that could become a threat for user. If you use a jailbroken Android device, you must be aware that the Netflix app was listed as incompatible on the Play Store.

While several users thought of this as an error but it was later confirmed by Netflix with an official statement that said, “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.”

In addition, even the description on Google Play Store clearly reads “Version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements.

ARE APPLE USERS AFFECTED AS WELL?

Thankfully, people using the Netflix app on Apple or iOS devices will not see any such restrictions and can continue to use Netflix as usual. This was only limited to Android devices as rooted smartphones aren’t robust when it comes to security and can become potential gateways for any data breach activity. As Android apps are mostly Linux based, it becomes easy for hackers to trespass, especially using devices that have all restrictions removed due to rooting.

Strangely, the app can still be used over select jailbroken devices without problems. This might be due to the new Widevine algorithms that checks for a suitable execution environment before launching the application. But that wouldn’t be for long as indicated by Netflix and access will be disabled across all builds and rooted android models.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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