Audio compression technology has become a rapidly developing core technology within the recent decade. Starting out from early basic research, its potential has received increasing recognition and has led to the wide spread deployment of this technology in numerous novel applications, and many more exciting applications are still to come in the near future. This paper attempts to provide an overview of the most relevant aspects of the audio coding (r)evolution and illustrates how audio coding has evolved over time to accommodate the needs of a wide range of entertainment applications.
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