When is an MP3 not an MP3 ?http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7708268.stm
Seven of Britain's largest music download sites have got together to promote a new "MP3 compatible" logo. It aims to raise the profile of the open MP3 music format and show people what they can do with their downloads.
The trade body behind the initiative said it should also help consumers identify legal sites.
The Entertainment Retailers Association devised the logo, which emphasises the fact that MP3 files can be played on any digital player.
Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive, said: "This logo will not only help give consumers confidence that the music files they are buying will play on a wide range of devices, but will also help them know that they are legal and that artists are getting paid."
Nice try Geoff, lets tell the real truth, namely that 90% of the revenue goes to the Labels and their in house teams and the artist gets whats left, the crumb's in most cases.
The answer to my question above is that an only a file following the MP3 standard is an MP3, a "compatible" file of any sort is not an MP3 however misleading the label may be to imply that it is, beware of DRM creep folks and avoid equipment labelled as being "compatible", why take second best ?