317 kbps radio files - really?

Owen Smith owen.smith at cantab.net
Sun Jun 15 02:57:08 PDT 2014

My thoughts exactly.

And even when the file is 320kbps AAC I can't personally see why anyone would transcode it to 128kbps MP3. Storage sizes today make this kind of file size reduction meaningless for audio.
Owen Smith <owen.smith at cantab.net>
Cambridge, UK

On 15 Jun 2014, at 02:49, Christopher Woods <christopher at custommade.org.uk> wrote:

> 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:
>> 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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