OMG a new digital music format. I can’t wait. Actually this might be nice. It appears that you will be able to make lossless audio mp3s that are compatitble with the older format. I am not totally sure what that means other than being able to play a lossless file on a player, possibly a Zun or Sanyo or other iPod like player that doesn’t support lossless mp3s and then being able to play that mp3 on your PC which would have the new codex.
03/19/09 — Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), worldwide leader of services to the content creators, today introduces mp3HD, the latest addition to the mp3 family.
The new mp3HD format allows mathematically lossless compression of audio material while preserving backward compatibility to the mp3 standard.
Content creators, the music industry and end users are now able to enjoy the ultimate audio quality experience with the same ease of use as the mp3 format. Users and content owners can organize their music library with the simplicity that they are used to with mp3 files. With the mp3HD format, the music industry can engage in user-friendly distribution of lossless music and audio files. The added file size required for lossless compression no longer being a limiting factor thanks to the continuous increase in Internet bandwidth capacity and file storage size.