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princealfie
Apr 21, 2006, 11:31 PM
Any point to encoding low quality mp3 files for a mp3 cd? Just wondering.



Heb1228
Apr 21, 2006, 11:35 PM
Not really with music. It works fine if the audio file is just someone's voice. And lower bit rate files use less battery on portable devices.

grapes911
Apr 21, 2006, 11:50 PM
Ring tones, maybe?

homerjward
Apr 21, 2006, 11:52 PM
intarweb streaming? i did a project for school where we made a flash "jukebox" that loaded external mp3s and i had like 200 so i used 32kbps.

Heb1228
Apr 21, 2006, 11:53 PM
Ring tones, maybe?
Maybe we can make this the "Uses of 32kbps Mp3 Official Thread".

Also, this may be stating the obvious, but if you're making an mp3 cd, you can fit more songs on there...

NicP
Apr 23, 2006, 12:12 PM
Maybe we can make this the "Uses of 32kbps Mp3 Official Thread".

Also, this may be stating the obvious, but if you're making an mp3 cd, you can fit more songs on there...

Thats like saying i can fit more books on my bookshelf if i just tear half the pages out! ;)

CanadaRAM
Apr 23, 2006, 12:23 PM
Speech.
Mono 40 KB/s works fine.


On the other hand, as a test, I ripped John Cage's 4'33" at 224 Kbs VBR and at 32 Kbs and couldn't hear any quality difference at all ;)

bousozoku
Apr 23, 2006, 12:48 PM
There are probably people out there still using 32 MB players. :eek:

Blue Velvet
Apr 23, 2006, 12:52 PM
On the other hand, as a test, I ripped John Cage's 4'33" at 224 Kbs VBR and at 32 Kbs and couldn't hear any quality difference at all ;)

That's because you weren't using a $3000 hand-assembled DAC and cables spun from the hair of virgins.

Mavimao
Apr 23, 2006, 12:58 PM
I am also able to send really crappy songs to people using very little bandwidth.

How crappy? It doesn't matter what bitrate it is...it still sounds like ****.

iamhammill
Apr 23, 2006, 02:11 PM
That's because you weren't using a $3000 hand-assembled DAC and cables spun from the hair of virgins.


LOL!


But seriously, speech is the only thing I can thing of. I use 128 for ringtones.

Loge
Apr 23, 2006, 03:17 PM
Speech.
Mono 40 KB/s works fine.


On the other hand, as a test, I ripped John Cage's 4'33" at 224 Kbs VBR and at 32 Kbs and couldn't hear any quality difference at all ;)

Recordings don't do it justice - I prefer the sheet music.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/pages.html?cart=33547976717656222&target=smp_detail.html%26sku%3DPE.P06777&s=pages-www.google.com/search&e=/sheetmusic/detail/PE.P06777.html&t=&k=&r=wwws-err5

TMA
Apr 23, 2006, 04:42 PM
In the days where dial up was the norm (actually I believe it still technically is in most places) and people had 32mb/64mb MP3 players, it used to be a fun challenge seeing what techniques and bitrates could be used to get the best quality.

I miss those days in a way, now I just encode everything with high settings and it doesn't matter.

TEG
Apr 23, 2006, 05:51 PM
Podcasts
Radio Shows
Spoken Word

TEG

tonywalker23
Apr 24, 2006, 08:11 PM
i listen to sermons from jamesknox.com and they are all 32/22.050 which is great balance of quality and size. about an hour long downloads in about a min.