Device downloads copyright protected music from Web

Device downloads copyright protected music from Web
Tom Foremski Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments (TI) and e.Digital are developing a device that can download from the Internet copyright protected music. The device will compete with other portable digital music products that play audio encoded in the popular MP3 format. e.Digital will make the portable devices based on a TI DSP running Lucent’s enhanced perceptual audio coder (EPAC) technology. “The quality of the sound that we’ve heard with EPAC on our hardware platform is exceptional,” said Fred Falk, CEO of e.Digital. Lucent and its partners hope that their EPAC based devices will find favour among the main music publishers who are shunning MP3 because it lacks copyright protection. EPAC uses an 11-to-1 compression ratio to provide CD-quality sound and was developed at Lucent’s Bell Labs.


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