Hot on the heels of a favorable RIAA/Rio decision (see related story
), five of the pioneers in the rapidly expanding market for downloadable music---GoodNoise Corp.
, Xing Technology Corp.
, and Diamond Multimedia
Systems, Inc.---announced the formation of the MP3 Association, an industry trade group focused on the "continued evolution and adoption of the MP3 (MPEG 1 or 2, Layer 3) standard." The Association will focus on three primary goals: promoting MP3 technology as the next-generation digital music format, educating consumers about MP3 and its legal use, and opening new creative avenues for musicians and developers.