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How do I find out the kbps of a file without using iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mrsir2009, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors 604


    How do I find out the kbps of a file without using iTunes?

    I'll do it any way, either via the Finder or a 3rd party application, but for reasons I'm not going to go into I can't use iTunes, which is what everyone else on the internet had recommended when I Google this question.

    Thanks! :D
  2. macrumors 603


    Finder > File > Get Info should get you the bit-rate.
  3. macrumors 604


    Thanks for your reply :)

    However I've tried using the "Get Info" window and it doesn't show the bit rate.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Get Info will show the bit rate for many music files, but not all. For those it doesn't show, I'd use iTunes.
  5. macrumors 604


    I'm trying to find out the bit-rate for an mp3 file. The bit rate is not appearing in the 'get info' window and for some weird reason I cannot import any .mp3 files into iTunes :(
  6. macrumors demi-god


    If it's just one file, the file may be corrupted. Have you tried simply right-clicking the file and selecting Open With: iTunes? On occasion, I've had a damaged .mp3 that I'm able to repair by opening it in Audacity, then exporting a fresh .mp3.

    If iTunes isn't opening any .mp3 files, you have a different kind of problem. What OS and iTunes versions are you running? Have you rebooted? Do any music files play in iTunes?
  7. macrumors 6502a

    maybe this will be helpful, although it is mainly for fun (if you can find out the length of the song you can usually use the same software to find the bitrate.)

    (file size in kilobits)/(length of song in seconds) = bitrate in kbps

    so, file is 11:01 and ~27MB.

    27 * 1000 * 8 = filesize in kilobits

    11:01 = 661 seconds

    216000 kilobits / 661 seconds = 327

    Since I am estimating the filesize at an even 27MB and we're using decimal instead of binary so we get 327, which is not exactly 320. But it is close enough for government work, as they say.

    caveat: i don't think this won't work for vbr mp3s.

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