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MP3 vs. WMA?

by GoldWing1100 / January 22, 2008 6:14 AM PST

I realized that I can fit much more onto my Clip if I either use WMA format or change the MP3 bit rate.

At what point will I start noticing a difference with either the little ear buds or on my car stereo?

Thanks.

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No opinions?
by GoldWing1100 / January 24, 2008 1:03 PM PST
In reply to: MP3 vs. WMA?

I found that Microsquash has a web site dedicated to showing how superior WMA is to MP3. Their MP3 samples sound like the musicians are playing in a bucket. The WMA samples all sound phenomenal.

I conducted my own test. I pasted together 10 second snips from Rachmanioff's Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor riped as MP3, WMA 96 kbps and WMA 64 kpbs.

I played that snip over and over but I couldn't tell the difference on my computer. Of course, my computer isn't a high end stereo but then neither is my car stereo.

Any thoughts on this issue?

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WMA vs MP3
by moojos / January 24, 2008 7:32 PM PST
In reply to: No opinions?

I haven't noticed any difference between WMA at 64kbs and MP3 at 128kbs. You can save a ton of space if you use the wma format but Ipods and some other players won't play them.

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by ktreb / January 25, 2008 1:53 PM PST
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The majority of players that aren't iPod do play WMAs, so that shouldn't be an issue. Unless you or someone you love (and shares your music) wants an iPod.

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