Wonderful as the MP3 format is, its highly compressed quality has never appealed to the sort of beard-twiddling audiophiles that won't even consider listening to Dark Side of the Moon in anything less than pristine CD quality. But that could be about to change, thanks to the unveiling of MP3HD, a lossless audio codec that happens to be backwards compatible to MP3.
Developed by Thomson, MP3HD files contain all the information of a CD track, so they're around four times larger than a standard MP3 file - something like 26-30MB per track, which means you're looking at around 300MB for an album.
But why not just go with an existing lossless format like FLAC or Apple Lossless? Well, while there's nothing wrong with these in terms of audio quality, MP3HD has the advantage of backwards compatibility - in other words, you can play an MP3HD track on anything compatible with MP3, although in this case it won't be lossless any more, so you'll just be hearing a standard MP3 quality file.
Will this propel MP3HD to success? Let us know what you think on the Stuff.tv forums.