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Converting wma to mp3

by cableghost / January 16, 2007 10:56 AM PST

As I understand it...if you download wma 128 bitrate music files, you may convert them to mp3, however, you cannot increase the quality from wma 128 to say mp3 320, correct?

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Scott

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Sure you can, but...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2007 11:08 AM PST
In reply to: Converting wma to mp3

It should sound the same but take up more space.

Why do that?

Bob

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Bitrate
by cableghost / January 16, 2007 10:30 PM PST
In reply to: Sure you can, but...

That was my question and thank you for your response.

Why is it that music download sites don't offer songs at higher bitrates...is it a matter of bandwidth cost?

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Or...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2007 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: Bitrate

Most MP3 players don't play 320Kb rate mp3s?

It's been beat to death but you do know that earbuds kill so much fidelity that you may have to imagine what's missing on most mp3s.

Bob

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MP3 Player
by cableghost / January 17, 2007 2:06 AM PST
In reply to: Or...

This is all centered around music in the home. I guess the real question here should have been...

If I could change the quality of a digital music file from 128 to 320, would that produce any more quality that my Roku Soundbridge could present? Honestly, from my Roku, I have listened to a 128 wma file and a song I ripped from a CD into 320 mp3 and I could tell only a slight difference...wondering if that would be true of all music.

Thanks for the posts.

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Scott

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You can't put quality back in. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2007 2:36 AM PST
In reply to: MP3 Player

"If I could change the quality of a digital music file from 128 to 320, would that produce any more quality that my Roku Soundbridge could present?"

MP3 is what is known as LOSSY COMPRESSION. Once you compress it, the information is removed forever.


Hope this answers your question.

Bob

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Lossless
by cableghost / January 17, 2007 7:46 AM PST

Well, I did a little research to discover that apple uses a lossless mp4 encoder. With that in mind, would a file downloaded from iTunes sound better than a typical wma 128 file from other on-line stores? Remember, these are played on a home sound system, not through headphones.

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For that you have to test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2007 9:15 AM PST
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But from members here some have railed against Apple's offering as substandard. I can only think they are comparing it to CD output.

Bob

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Apple lossless
by ktreb / January 18, 2007 12:17 PM PST
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This format only applies to songs ripped from the original CD, not from songs downloaded from the iTunes store.

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Apple Lossless
by cableghost / January 18, 2007 12:30 PM PST
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Ok, thanks. Are the iTunes songs downloaded as AAC or the like and how do they compare to wma 128?

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iTunes songs
by ktreb / January 18, 2007 12:38 PM PST
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are downloaded as 128 kbps AAC. I really can't hear the difference, but I'm not an audiophile.

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earbuds
by karlraspperry / August 14, 2007 6:35 AM PDT
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i grew up as a radio broadcaster. i used to use koss pro a4 headphones. to this date, this is best sounding headphones. i think i'm one of the few broadcasters that have to seemed to retained my hearing.
earbuds or they should be called earbugs. they, the earbuds do give you a sense of quite. i understand that is important with all the backgound noise.
do yourself a favor, if you like sound quality, no buds.

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Createing Audio Files..
by castingRod47 / January 31, 2007 7:58 AM PST
In reply to: Converting wma to mp3

First you need a good file to start..
there are audio engineers that help produce lousy recordings..
My best example is the French engineered sound on Elton John's early songs..they really bad-terrible..
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Then there are some recording by Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers..each seperately..I think use a un-accomplished Sound-Level..real bad for your 60-CD Changer..when their disk comes up for PLAY and its way-out of a sound level..real bad..not so terrible..
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Bon Jovi....I think this group has the best Sound Engineers..
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There you have one situation at the start..
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By DEFAULT I believe you get 128 kbps..either in wma or mp3..
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Useing a Sound Editor..its possible to correct minor flaws/like Sound Level..Bass & Treble are a little tricky to get perfect..it might take about 5-takes..
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AUTO-Sound Leveling..<<<<----turn it OFF..
Some Sound recordings have SOUND-effects..such as moving the sound between differant Microphones..like when your HeadPhones hear the L&R channels run back-and-forth/sound effects also come in differant forms..
I have found....Auto-Sound-Leveling...takes these out..or just looses them completly..
I never use Auto Sound Leveling...
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as for your FILE SIZE..
this all depends on your Portable Media Choice..
Like...CD...DVD...MP3 Player....I use from 96 kbps-->>192 kbps..
..and get increadible sound in $$20.00 Head Phones..even my Digital Amp gives un-believible PLAYBACK in those file sizes..on CD/DVD..
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For EXPORT..files..I'll SEND..WMV at 500KB(some 30-files)at 218kbps/with good results..in websites w/problems..or I'll try a 10-20 MB File for SERVERS that are running good Uploads..at 692kbps..
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Audio is easier than Video Files..
Your BROWSER may only allow a 10-MB File..or a 20-MB in the MAIN Account Browser..
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Usually 30-uploads will destroy my OS..and I need to re-Install everything..so I've restricted alot of the Internet UPLOAD-stuff..
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MP3 is an excellent FILE..its great for DVD-movies..
WMA will also be accepted in a DVD-movie Project..
I've tried both in my MP3 Player(DELL DJ-jukebox)15GB..from 700-1400 TRACKS/great sound thru Headphones,,96kbps-128kbps-192kbps..why go higher..??

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