[access-uk] Re: Music files

Hi Andy.

It's absolutely true that lossless formats will produce a better quality 
music file than MP3.  MP3 is a lossy format and so throws away some of the 
music to compress the file right down to the smallest size possible. 
Lossless formats such as WMA lossless and FLAC will produce a much larger 
file than MP3 because they do not throw away any of the musical content.
An MP3 file can be encoded at a maximum bit rate of 320 kbps whereas a 
lossless format will encode the same file at around 900 to 1000 kbps so it's 
likely to be 3 times larger than the equivalent MP3.  The lossless file will 
be smaller than the equivalent uncompressed WAV file which is typically 
encoded around the 1300 kbps mark but will certainly not be smaller than 
lossy formats such as MP3, OGG and the like.

Regards.

Kevin
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From: "Andy Collins" <Andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 8:09 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Music files


> Hi all - Does anybody know about using Lossless as oppose to MP3 for music 
> files? I think Lossless is supposed to produce smaller files than MP3, but 
> with better sound quality?
> -
> Andy
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