Back in the 90s, the people behind the brand new MP3 technology were fighting a losing battle. Time after time, they went before committees of engineers seeking to establish the new compression algorithm as some kind of industry standard and time after time, they lost to a competing technology known as the MP2. They went 0-for-7 and it looked very, very grim for everyone involved. Millions of dollars had been sunk into the project by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany with virtually nothing to show for it. Now the Institute was making loud noises about disbanding the MP3 team and declaring the technology to be a lost cause and therefore finished. MP3s, they said, are dead. But then a weird thing happened. The National Hockey League came along and rescued everything and everyone. It’s because of the NHL that we all use MP3s for music today. How? The story continues next time.