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What is MP3?

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MP3, which is an acronym for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, is an audio encoding format. It is one of the most popular audio compression and decompression (codec) format today because of its ability to put music into manageable files, thus making downloading over the internet easy.

As the name ‘MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3’ implies, MP3 uses Layer 3 (one of three MPEG-1 coding schemes) to compress audio signals. Using perceptual audio coding (“lossy” coding) and psychoacoustic compression (using much less space), Layer 3 removes all superfluous and irrelevant parts of a sound signal and adds MDCT (Modified Discrete Cosine Transform) to implement a filter bank. This, while removing all extra parts, compresses large audio recordings with a ratio of 12:1 while retaining original audio quality.

The sound quality of an MP3 is dependent on several factors – quality of the original audio source, the encoding software used, and the bit rate used. Most encoders allow you to select the bit rate (amount of data stored per second) yourself, so the right selection at the right places is an important factor.

MP3 has had a great impact on the history of music. This amazing phenomenon has completely changed the way music is collected, listened to, and distributed. It has made distributing music free, finding and accessing it easy (over the internet), and manipulating music simple using various tools like converting MP3 files into CD files and ripping music off CDs besides loading MP3 files onto portable players and listening to them anywhere and anytime.


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MP3 is one of the most popular audio formats today. It can be played back on computers (most operating systems come with MP3 players installed), home and Car CD Players, and Portable Players, the most common being iPods. MP3 files are small in size but of good quality. To take the advantage of MP3 music try Factory Audio Converter. It converts any audio format to and from MP3 in 3 easy steps. No special knowledge is required, the program is full of tips for beginners.
  • WAV to MP3
  • WMA to MP3
  • APE to MP3
  • MP3 to AAC
  • MP3 to MP3
  • MP3 to WMA
  • FLAC to MP3
  • OGG to MP3
  • MP4 to MP3
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Wit of the day

In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically.
Vincent van Gogh