ATRAC3


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ATRAC3

(Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding3) An audio compression technology from Sony that provides multiple compression ratios depending on desired sound quality. At 132 Kbps, the music can be compressed to approximately 10% of the space used by a CD. Introduced on the MiniDisc in 1993, the original ATRAC format provided near CD quality sound, but ATRAC3, introduced in 1999, rivals the CD. ATRAC compression is 5:1; ATRAC3 is 10:1.

ATRAC3plus
In 2002, Sony introduced ATRAC3plus, which provides a 20:1 compression ratio, bringing the data down to 5% of the original CD. It can achieve very high quality sound at 48 and 64 Kbps or be practically indistinguishable from the original at 256 Kbps. The CD data rate is 1,411 Kbps. See Sony Memory Stick and OpenMG.
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RealNetworks also expects to provide integrated support for Sony's ATRAC3 codec technology, which will enable consumers to download and play ATRAC3- encoded music on PCs, as well as downloading such music to Sony's portable audio players packaged with OpenMG, like Memory Stock Walkman and VAIO Music Clip.
Since a joint announcement in 2000, RealNetworks and Sony have cooperated to integrate Sony technologies, such as ATRAC3 sound compression format and OpenMG copyright protection technology, with various RealNetworks' products including RealPlayer and RealJukebox.
'With the power of RealNetworks' distribution software and its technical expertise, we are confident that this agreement will help make Sony's ATRAC3 and OpenMG an industry standard for digital content distribution.'