For that, it's not useful for music, as it doesn't faithfully reproduce the lows and highs eg: cymbals all sound about the same. The crystallizer helps with speech though, by making it more understandable. Though audibly having artifacts, the file formats are surprisingly small in size, and very clear and understandable. I keep my master music library in FLAC format.
It will play on all my stationary players, as they are just cleverly disguised windows PCs. It will also play on a good selection of portable players. A great rule of thumb, if the portable player supports FLAC, the general audio quality of the player is also pretty good. I prefer Sansa players from Sandisk as they are cheap.
I also keep a MP3 version of my library for use in the car no FLAC support and when someone requests a copy for a party. Flacsquisher will create a, folder by folder, MP3 backup of any music library you desire. Is it possible to publish a comparison table of all listed file formats, focusing on which bitrate of the one file type is comparable to the bitrate of another one? Thanks in advance.
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I second that motion! I too would love to see a comparison chart. Visuals make it easier to understand and process. My call recording at upgraded and I accidently hit the wrong format for audio recording, and it won't let me go backck and change to the mp3 that I was using. Some recording I use instead a a note bad, memory, then delete. Others are recorded for evidence in a court case to be presented. The recordigs need to be transferred onto an flash drive, iTunes and put on an IPAD, a digital recorder, or audio Disc to be provided as evidence in court.
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Thank you so much again. Article seems focused on stand-alone audio, rather than audio for video. MP2 and AC-3 are not mentioned. Thank you for this simple explanation.
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Now I know! MP3 is definitely the simplest, if only because it's so popular and a lot of people are familiar with it. I like how you call it "caviar" music, that's brilliant! I'm like you -- not really an audiophile and am fine listening to "good enough" music.
Thanks for sharing! I like the fact that it is a little better at encoding smaller files than MP3s of the same quality. I have partial hearing loss from my days of going to heavy metal concerts, so I can't even tell the difference between any lossy format until we go below 96 kbps, that's when MP3s really start sounding like crap.
I use FLAC for lossless compression, but only for archiving purposes. Also, you should have mentioned APE. It is another good lossless compression format, and is more common than lossless WMA. It is more efficient than FLAC and was even the most popular lossless format back in the day. It's hard to get away from MP3s, isn't it? And good point about AAC using slightly more battery power due to the decompression complexity. I hadn't even thought of that. As for APE, maybe you're right. I actually haven't run into it that often I didn't really care about lossless formats until recently so I didn't know it was that popular!
Good to know, especially the part about it being more efficient than FLAC. Thanks Danny! Thanks for replying Joel.
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Mp3s are here to stay. AAC will always be better despite the added power usage. APE files are slightly smaller than corresponding FLAC files, so you can save about megs per file, sometimes more. And it was popular back in the early aughts, and during that time MPC was also a somewhat popular lossy format. Lame is still king, and the only good choice for Mp3s.
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Moral of the story: better formats aren't always the better choice. Always choose a good format that will remains supported across devices and through the years. Everything else is personal preference. Ape has a problem with starting up individual tracks, compared to FLAC. It is slower and may even skip seconds. So it is really inferior to FLAC and that's why it is only seen in whole disc images still. Most of these are older. Ape is propretary and of these formats it is again not the best.
Run the software and click Add Audiobook button in the upper-left corner of the window and check on the aax files you want to convert. Click Profile drop-down button to choose the wanted output profile in the Output File format drop-down list, here we choose Customized MP3. During Converting progress, you can click Stop Convert button to stop the conversion.
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Audacity is a free and open source Audio Editor which allows you to transform ogg to mp3, transform mp3 to ogg, transform vinyls to mp3 or ogg, do any kind of home recording, remove noise, etc. I have used it to record and mix some of my bands songs.
Feel free to check out this page to download some songs. To use LAME or FFmpeg with Audacity, you can put it anywhere you want, but the first time you want to export an MP3 file, Audacity will ask you for the location of this file, so you will want to remember where you put it. EXE or. DMG for Mac versions.
If you use the installers, and Audacity does not detect LAME, download the ZIP option, extract the files inside to a well known folder, then open Audacity, go to Library Preferences and configure it to search on the well known folder you extracted the files to. If you need or want a newer version of Lame, because of the performance improvements with newer AMD and Intel processors , here is v3.