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How can you increase the bit rate of an MP3 file?

by taggerung / April 6, 2011 3:09 PM PDT

I want to increase the bit rate of a lot of my MP3 files and I was wondering how you would go about doing that?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: increasing bit rate of an MP3 file
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 6, 2011 5:11 PM PDT

Two options:
1. Download a version with a higher bitrate.
2. Rerip the original it came from with a higher bitrate.

You need more than just the file with the lower bitrate to do it.


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Sorry, but I'm not very tech savvy with somethings.
by taggerung / April 7, 2011 3:16 AM PDT

How would you rerip the original? Would you do that with a program? If so, could you recommend a program?

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Re: ripping
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 7, 2011 7:16 AM PDT

Ripping a CD can be done with Windows Media Player, for example. And many other programs, as shown by a google search for RIP CD.


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Kees_B is right on, but...
by ahtoi / April 6, 2011 5:57 PM PDT

if you just want to try, I would convert the mp3 back to .wav then convert .wav to the mp3 at a higher bit rate. Give that a try and see if there are any improvement.

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Again, I apologize for not being tech savvy with somethings.
by taggerung / April 7, 2011 3:17 AM PDT

But you would do that with a software program, right?
Could you recommend one for me?
Thank you.

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Re: mp3 to wav and back
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 7, 2011 7:17 AM PDT

I'd use CDEX for it (free download).


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I apologize if I'm completely off.
by taggerung / April 7, 2011 8:59 AM PDT

But I didn't get any of my music off of a CD, I downloaded it from places like Amazon.
Or did you mean to put my MP3 files on a CD instead?

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Re: downloaded mp3
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 7, 2011 5:06 PM PDT

I'm afraid the sound quality will only become worse if you convert it to wav and back again with a higher bitrate. But probably not enough to hear any difference.
Anyway, it's free to experiment.


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Thank you.
by taggerung / April 12, 2011 2:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: downloaded mp3

Thank you for helping me understand and thanks for helping.

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Here, download "cdex" and...
by ahtoi / April 7, 2011 3:42 PM PDT
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Kees_B is right
by Evan_Henry / April 12, 2011 9:57 AM PDT

Going from lossy (mp3) to lossless (WAV) and then back to lossy again can only result in a degradation of quality (as will going from, say a 128 kbps mp3, up to 320 kbps). The quality of the sound file was lost when the music was converted into an mp3 of any given bit rate, and can only be restored by re-copying the information from the original source (i.e., the master file or the CD). Otherwise you'll just be getting a further loss of quality with each generation of copy you make.

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by taggerung / April 12, 2011 2:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Kees_B is right

Thank you for this information.
It was very helpful.

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Have you try it yet?
by ahtoi / April 12, 2011 4:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Oooh.

How did it go?

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To be honest.
by taggerung / April 13, 2011 4:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Have you try it yet?

To be honest, I couldn't tell a difference.

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