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== Introduction ==
  
= MP3 =
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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.
  
MP3 support in Fedora is widely discussed in the Fedora Community.  You may wish to browse some of the Fedora Community Websites for further information and discussion:
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However, as of 2017-05-03, Fedora is now able to include '''MP3 decoding and encoding''' functionality.
  
* [[Community_websites]]
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== Legal background ==
* [[Third party repositories]]
 
  
Fedora is unable to include encoding and decoding support for the MP3 format because it requires patented technologies and the patent holder has not provided licenses that are compatible with Fedora's requirements. MP3 is currently the most widely used format for lossy music compression and is widely supported among music players.  The MP3 patents are protected by United States law and international treaties, and the Fedora Project will honor the applicable laws and treaties.
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The legal details behind MP3 are discussed at length at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Licensing_and_patent_issues English Wikipedia page about MP3].
  
For more on the MP3 patents and licensing, visit:
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The licensing details for MP3 can be viewed at:
  
* http://www.mp3licensing.com/
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* [http://www.mp3licensing.com/ mp3licensing.com]
  
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 backend. For more information, refer to
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The MP3 patents were protected by United States law and international treaties, and the Fedora Project honored the applicable laws and treaties.
  
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Installing_the_Fluendo_MP3_plugin
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== Further 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:
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MP3 support in Fedora is widely discussed in the Fedora Community. See for example:
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* [[Community_websites|Fedora Community Websites]]
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* [https://ask.fedoraproject.org Ask Fedora] project
  
* [[Multimedia/Xiph]]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:17, 15 May 2017

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 2017-05-03, Fedora is now able to include MP3 decoding and encoding functionality.

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 were protected by United States law and international treaties, and the Fedora Project honored the applicable laws and treaties.

Further information

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