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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
  
MP3 is currently the most widely used format for lossy music compression and is widely supported among music players. However, since MP3 requires patented technologies and the patent holder has not provided licenses that are compatible with Fedora's requirements, Fedora is unable to include encoding and decoding support for the MP3 format.
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MP3 is currently the most widely used format for lossy music compression and is widely supported among music players.
 
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For a number of years, because of the legal issues relating to implementing MP3 support, Fedora was unable to include it at all. However, as of 2016-11-10, Fedora is now able to include MP3 decoding functionality. Encoding functionality is still not permissible, because it requires patented technologies and the patent holder has not provided licenses that are compatible with Fedora's requirements.
On 2016-11-10, there was a [https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2016/11/10/mp3-support-now-coming-to-fedora-workstation-25/ mysterious announcement] by Christian Schaller of Red Hat that MP3 decoding support (but not encoding) was now allowed in Fedora using the mpeg123 library. The announcement stated that it might even be provided on Fedora Workstation 26 install media. Tom Callaway of Red Hat (@spotrh) [https://twitter.com/spotrh/status/796783023471656961 tweeted] "As of today, MP3 decoding software is permissible in Fedora."
 
  
 
== Third party plugins and alternatives ==
 
== Third party plugins and alternatives ==
  
There are [[Third party repositories]] which can add MP3 support to many of the media players provided in Fedora repository, but Fedora does not include any such software.  Fluendo has released a free GStreamer plugin with suitable licensing for end-users, and this plugin will add MP3 support to the media players in Fedora that use GStreamer as a backendFor more information, refer to
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There are [[Third party repositories]] which can add MP3 encoder tools and libraries to Fedora.   
 
 
* [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Installing_the_Fluendo_MP3_plugin Howto install the Fluendo plugin in Fedora]
 
  
 
As an alternative to MP3, the Ogg Vorbis audio format is widely supported in Fedora.  Support for this format is also freely available for other platforms.  This is an entirely unrestricted format with quality that is comparable, if not superior, to MP3.  While not as common as players that support MP3, there are a number of portable and home audio devices that support the Ogg Vorbis audio format.  See our page about Xiph.Org formats for more information:
 
As an alternative to MP3, the Ogg Vorbis audio format is widely supported in Fedora.  Support for this format is also freely available for other platforms.  This is an entirely unrestricted format with quality that is comparable, if not superior, to MP3.  While not as common as players that support MP3, there are a number of portable and home audio devices that support the Ogg Vorbis audio format.  See our page about Xiph.Org formats for more information:

Revision as of 14:36, 11 November 2016

Introduction

MP3 is currently the most widely used format for lossy music compression and is widely supported among music players. For a number of years, because of the legal issues relating to implementing MP3 support, Fedora was unable to include it at all. However, as of 2016-11-10, Fedora is now able to include MP3 decoding functionality. Encoding functionality is still not permissible, because it requires patented technologies and the patent holder has not provided licenses that are compatible with Fedora's requirements.

Third party plugins and alternatives

There are Third party repositories which can add MP3 encoder tools and libraries to Fedora.

As an alternative to MP3, the Ogg Vorbis audio format is widely supported in Fedora. Support for this format is also freely available for other platforms. This is an entirely unrestricted format with quality that is comparable, if not superior, to MP3. While not as common as players that support MP3, there are a number of portable and home audio devices that support the Ogg Vorbis audio format. See our page about Xiph.Org formats for more information:

Legal background

The legal details behind MP3 are discussed at length at the English Wikipedia page about MP3.

The licensing details for MP3 can be viewed at:

The MP3 patents are protected by United States law and international treaties, and the Fedora Project will honor the applicable laws and treaties.

Further information

MP3 support in Fedora is widely discussed in the Fedora Community. See for example: