Ask the Answer Guy – MP3s Do Not Sound Right

Brent, why don't my MP3s sound like the real thing?

Most audio programs, such as iTunes, want to keep their files down to a small size. So they generally rip files at a rate of 128 kbps.

But when you do this to an uncompressed file from a CD, which usually has a native bit rate of around 1400 kbps, you’re obviously going to lose some sound quality.

Happily you can change this, by selecting a higher rip rate. Experiment with 160 kbps, 192 kbps, or even higher. Keep in mind that the higher the bitrate, the less music will fit on your player.

You should also check to make sure that your online store supports high enough audio quality to match your quality expectations.

There’s always going to be a tradeoff between small files and high sound quality. But no matter how good your speakers are, the quality of your audio files is what usually makes the real difference.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.

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