Researchers at the University of Rochester have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player.
Morris Miselowski’s thoughts
Over the next few years we are likely to see an increase in new storage formats and devices as we feed our insatiable appetite for more information on smaller more portable devices. My first computer in 1986 had a storage capacity of 640K and came with a guarantee form Bill Gates and my salesman that that would be more storage than I would ever need.
As of right now we have 118,611,866,492,777,897,092 bytes of information available on the web and growing every nano-second.