[bct] Re: combining .mp3 files

  • From: "Kitty Litter" <n8kl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 14:39:12 -0500

It is just common sense. mp3 is not lossless compression. In english this means that once you create an mp3 file and throw away the uncompressed .wav file if you have one, you can never reconstruct the original. So if there is loss between going from A to B and B to C and C to D then D will be a porrer copy than A. It is like copying a tape from cassette A to B and then from B to C and so forth. You can easily demonstrate this your self. If the original mp3 is good quality and at a high bit rate then the loss in quality with one reencode is so small you wouldn't know it. But if you do it enough times you can always tell. An example of a lossless compression is a .zip file. If you have the .zip file you can always extract the exact data you started with. Supposedly the flac sound format is a lossless compression scheme, at least that's what they say.

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