Technique could allow high-quality calls and music on low-quality connections.

why always compare to MP3, a 30+ years old format? There a plenty alternatives and most communication platforms from zoom, jitsi, discord, … are not using MP3. Even podcast are moving away from it.

It’s a good baseline, since it’s well known. I agree that a more illustrative test would be a comparison with modern codecs.

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So something similar to Google’s Lyra codec? Main difference seems to be that it works well with music and is not optimized for speech only. Is it open-source like Lyra?

Edit: https://github.com/facebookresearch/encodec but not an open-source license.

I wonder if this will especially benefit poor and rural areas, especially in the Global South, that may not have great coverage.

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You need more compute power at the client then, which means cheap devices will not be able to do it for a while at least. It’s neat tech for sure, but for now it mainly benefits bandwidth heavy centralized services that can save costs that way.

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