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Appeared on: Saturday, January 22, 2000
The Infrared Data Association Announces MP3 Special Interest Group

"..The Infrared Data Association (IrDA) has formed a Special Interest Group to produce a standard for inter-appliance MP3 data exchange using IrDA's infrared technology.

The rapid deployment of MP3 capable appliances begs for a standard connection between the MP3 players, computers and the network. "This technology (MP3) will take an even stronger hold when you can easily move music from device to device without a cable or docking port. The handheld player should be able to transfer a song into your car stereo or your home entertainment system,'' Faulkner said. The MP3 SIG will help coordinate the process of identifying concerns specific to transferring MP3 data and building solutions into the protocol. For example, we may need a standard way of identifying copyrighted content and describing distribution restrictions to handle the MP3 content appropriately.."



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