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Programming a Simple MP3 Decoder

by Matthew Smith · January 16th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This morning’s purusal of the interwebs presented me with a particularly interesting gem: a good article about MP3 decoding. It’s written with a nice overview of the format and builds up to a limited but functional bit of code that can actually decode an MP3. Even if you aren’t into programming, I’d recommend skimming it, as it’s nice to know more about something so commonplace but usually never given a second thought.

Categories: Technology

6 responses so far »

  • 1 Lauren // Jan 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

    yay post!

  • 2 Matthew Smith // Jan 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Hah yea I know, it’s been too long…

  • 3 Eric // Jan 17, 2009 at 3:15 am

    dude i tried. i got lost in the first paragraph. haha.

  • 4 Matthew Smith // Jan 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Haha yea I know, it’s kinda technical. But I thought it was cool…

  • 5 Lauren // Jan 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    felt like i was back in a barnett class…

  • 6 Matthew Smith // Jan 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

    @Laruen: Yes, and Dr. Barnett taught some of my favorite classes at Mercer. If I’d taken data compression, I bet even more of that stuff would sound familiar…

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