Music conference features latest gadgets

By JAMEY KEATEN / Associated Press

CANNES, France — It’s a bit disorienting: slip on a set of headphones, turn up the volume and, while you move about the room, the music stays put – as if coming out of five speakers stuck on a wall. Software engineers in Germany who developed the widely used MP3 audio file format have taken the technology to a higher level with a next-generation format that delivers cinema-like multichannel audio. The headsets dazzled attendees at the Midem music conference in this French Riviera town, where goateed singers, sharply dressed executives and software designers in tennis shoes have been meeting this week to map out how music reaches ears in the future.

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