Scientists at the University of Rochester are working on a different kind of encoding that promises to make sound files 1,000 times smaller than MP3s.
The new method is not a recording technology. Instead, it recreates music in a computer based on what it knows about the real-world physics of an instrument and its human player.
Researchers say the real benefit is expressiveness, not file size.
This story originally aired April 10, 2008
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