The MPEG Interactive Music Application Format Standard

Publication Type:

Journal Article


IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2011)


Music; Format; Interactivity; Interoperability; Standard; MPEG


The music industry is going through a transformation: new interactive music services emerged. It is envisaged that this new concept of digital music content will dominate the next generation of music services. A standardised file format is inevitably required to provide the interoperability between various interactive music players and interactive music albums. The new MPEG-A Interactive Music Application Format (IM AF) comes to address this issue. IM AF integrates multiple audio tracks with appropriate additional information enabling users to experience various preset mixes and to make their own mixes complying with interactivity rules imposed by the music composers with the aim of fitting their artistic creation.