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The mother of the MP3

Suzanne Vega by bird ghosts via FlickrThe New York Times, in its fascinating blog “Measure for Measure,” currently has a great piece by Suzanne Vega about how her song, “Tom’s Diner,” played a key role in the development of the MP3. The engineers at Fraunhofer Institut in Germany used it to iteratively eradicate noise artifacts from the MP3 compression algorithm.

One day in 2000, I dropped my daughter, Ruby, off at nursery school and was approached by one of the fathers I didn’t know very well. Imagine my surprise when he said, “Congratulations on being the mother of MP3!” he said.

Full story at New York Times.

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