This is nuts. So Lucent sits around and waits until the MP3 becomes the defacto standard and then decides to start sueing people for its use? Read this Wired News article for more detail.
This could be a headache for people with large music libraries. I have 3,000 tracks and I know some who have tens of thousands. If we suddenly lose support for this, it’s going to be a mess.
I know Microsoft has just had a judgement made against them for something like $1.5 billion, but I think someone should develop a cheap bulk transcoder so that we can all convert our music to some open standard like the Ogg Vorbis format and leave these companies high and dry. They can take their marbles and go home. MP3 is a crappy format by today’s standards anyway.