317 kbps radio files - really?

Christopher Woods christopher at custommade.org.uk
Sat Jun 14 18:49:52 PDT 2014

But -- aren't the R4X programmes AAC 128kbps, which is subjectively higher 
quality than a 128kbps MP3 to begin with? Transcoding would just lose 
audible quality for no filesize advantage...

On 12 June 2014 09:02:43 "Chris Marriott" <chris at chrism.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> -----Original Message----- From: Owen Smith
> Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:30 AM
> To: get_iplayer
> Subject: Re: 317 kbps radio files - really?
> >Note the metadata still says 128kbps for Radio 3 like all the other 
> channels, but the stream is actually 320kbps. This causes >confusion at 
> times. I imagine Radio 2 would behave the same if it went 320kbps.
> If it's a voice programme, rather than music, a useful option is the 
> "aactomp3" flag, which will transcode at 128kbps, no matter what the 
> original is. I use this very successfully for all the drama programmes I 
> record from Radio 4 Extra. Of course, for music, you may wish to retain the 
> 320kbps for the higher quality.
> Chris
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