MP3 is currently the most widely used format for lossy music compression and is widely supported among music players. For a number of years, because of the legal issues relating to implementing MP3 support, Fedora was unable to include it at all.
However, as of 2016-11-10, Fedora is now able to include MP3 decoding functionality. MP3 encoding functionality is still not permissible, because it requires patented technologies and the patent holder has not provided licenses that are compatible with Fedora's requirements.
Third party plugins and alternatives
There are Third party repositories which can add MP3 encoder tools and libraries to Fedora.
As an alternative to MP3, the Ogg Vorbis audio format is widely supported in Fedora. Support for this format is also freely available for other platforms. This is an entirely unrestricted format with quality that is comparable, if not superior, to MP3. While not as common as players that support MP3, there are a number of portable and home audio devices that support the Ogg Vorbis audio format. See our page about Xiph.Org formats for more information:
In these days of terabyte disk drives, you may also be interested in FLAC, a completely lossless compressed audio format.
The legal details behind MP3 are discussed at length at the English Wikipedia page about MP3.
The licensing details for MP3 can be viewed at:
The MP3 patents are protected by United States law and international treaties, and the Fedora Project will honor the applicable laws and treaties.
MP3 support in Fedora is widely discussed in the Fedora Community. See for example: