A codec used to store music. mp3 is short for MPEG-1 Layer 3.
Many argue that mp3's are of lesser quality than CDs. This is partially true. CDs are recorded at a sample rate of 44100 hz, and so are most mp3's.
, or encoded, from CD are ALWAYS of equal or lesser quality than the original music on the CD, because quality can never be improved over the original when copying anything. However, mp3's ripped from vinyl records, reel-to-reel tapes or uncompressed digital audio can certainly be of better quality than CD quality.
The reason why mp3 files are about a tenth of the size of the same music recorded to CD is that CDs use a 30 year old codec, whereas the mp3 codec is much more modern, thus allowing for better compression.
The problem with mp3 quality is that people are so uneducated. When the average joe gets an mp3 player and wants to encode his music collection, he does so at the default bitrate of the ripping program he is using. For example, foolish rippers such as the evil RealPlayer state that 64 kbps is CD quality. 256 kbps+ is the best to rip at for quality.
For some, but not all audio, it is wisest to use a variable bitrate (VBR). This encodes at a higher bitrate for more musical data, and a lesser bitrate for less data. For example, a VBR encoding of a song may have a lesser bitrate for the introduction where only one instrument is playing, than for the more intricate ...
A format used in digital compression of music that makes entertainment industry executives shit a brick.
Check out my mp3 collection. I heard it gave the president of EMI an aneurysm.
The best thing to happen to the music industry since the CD-- yet the RIAA hasn't taken advantage of it, but thinks of it as an enemy.
"Dur... I am the head of the RIAA, and I wanna take all of the money of the little people sharing MP3s!"
1) A popular file format for music - stands for "MPEG Layer-3". Music downloaded off the internet is usually in MP3 Format, usually at a bitrate between 128kbps and 320kbps. It's balance between compression and quality is excellent, making it optimal for music.
2) "mp3" is what dumbasses call any MP3 (Player) that is not an iPod
Joe: I don't have an MP3, i have an iPod!
Sandeep: 1) its MP3 Player,
2) iPod IS an MP3 Player
3) ur a f*cking dumbass
Sandeep: yo, i ripped all my CDs to 192kbps MP3s
One of many audio compression methods. Apparently targeted by the RIAA because they are too stupid to realize that the pirates will simply switch to another audio file format to distribute music at the PROPER price.
By shutting down Napster
, the RIAA lost the war against piracy, because thousands of MP3-sharing networks sprouted like mushrooms in Napster's place.
an audio format in the mpeg compression family. by removing frequencies that are higher or lower than the human hearing thresholds file size is significantly smaller than that of a wav file, which includes all frequencies, audible or not.
mp3 has become synonymous with music piracy, though that isn't neccessarily so. even p2p file sharers like kazaa are completely legal...it's only some of the content that isn't
riaa: mp3's are bad! napster is bad! burn fossil fuels!
me: stfu shitcock
Popular audio format. Abbreviation for MPEG 1 Layer3.
Dude, my MP3 collection pwns yours!