Written by : Satyam Maitrai
May 25, 2020
Do you remember the days when we would put the tape into a music player to hear our favorite song? Even if you have not seen that you have surely put a CD into your desktop to get play the music you like. Days have passed very fast till then. Nowadays you will hardly find people opting for CDs for audio. Few simple taps on the screen of your cell phone are enough to bring you the best audio. With this high accessibility of audio files to various devices, several audio files format have come up.
You may have heard of AAC or WAV. However, even if you haven’t heard of them, we are sure you have heard of MP3. It is the format that emerged as one of the most popular audio file formats in the market. Though MP3 file format can be your favorite, we will walk you through the ways how you can still hold on to your MP3 files without falling into the pits of MP3. So stay with us till the end and find a way to experience the best audio.
MP3 is a coding format to hold on to your digital audio. Techies prefer to call it MPEG-1 Audio Layer III or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III. This coding format is what holds every bit of audio and that's what makes you feel MP3 the best. The digital audio is, of course, amazing and MP3 is not the only one in the field.
However, you might ask, what made MP3 stand out in the crowd?
The one-word answer is - compatibility. MP3 has one of the best compatibility range, and that’s what matters the most today. Almost every device which is capable of playing audio supports the MP3 file format. Whether you want your file to run in your smartphone or your laptop- if you have the audio in MP3 format, you hardly need to worry.
Another feature that has appealed users across the globe is- MP3 files do not demand high memory space in your storage devices. We won't say that it fits itself into the least memory space- but the file sizes are quite reasonable.
The answer is, No. Till now, you may have thought that MP3 is the perfect audio format that can never go wrong. But the truth is somewhat different. MP3 is disturbingly lossy when you go for audio compression. Once you go for audio compression, you should expect a drastic fall in your audio quality. And from here, other audio file formats outrun the ever-popular MP3 format.
So, if you are thinking of compressing your MP3 files to save some of your device memory, then this won't be an easy task. You need to go through a bit of detail in ‘Advanced MP3 converting’ settings. Let us walk you through it.
If you are not among the people who would compromise with audio quality, you must go through a few things before you go for MP3 converting. The most important thing you should look into while MP3 converting is the ‘bit rate’. MP3 follows lossy compression. So you must keep an eye on the bit rate. The higher the bit rate the better is the sound quality you get - but that's not a solution. Higher the bit rate you go for, the higher will the audio file size. So, you need to have a range that will suit the best. Another thing you need to look into is- the ‘sampling rate’. The higher the sampling rate the better is the audio quality. But similar to the bit rate, this also brings up the file size.
If you go for an MP3 setting, these are the two parameters you surely need to set up, and these adjustments are the most important. There is no fixed value of bit rate or sampling rate, which would give you the audio file that would suit you the best. It depends on your requirements, but make sure that you keep the bit rate to at least 192 kbps. Nevertheless, in our experience, if you want nothing but the best ‘320kbps’ is the key.
Is there an easier way?
There is always an easier way for everything. If you don't want to get to this nitty-gritty, it’s best that you go for FLAC audio format. FLAC stands for ‘Free Lossless Audio Codec’ and as the name suggests- it can undergo lossless audio compression. So you can get an audio converter where you can convert your MP3 files to FLAC in seconds. You can then go for audio compression without fearing of quality degradation.
But one thing you should always keep in mind is that FLAC cannot recover lost audio. That is, if you have already compressed an MP3 file that has degraded the sound quality, you cannot expect that converting it to FLAC would help. So, before you go for MP3 compression, make sure you are very confident with the technicalities.
The bits you lose in compressing an MP3 file are lost forever. Hence, if you are not confident with your technical knowledge, we would suggest you go for conversion to FLAC format for compression.
Today, advanced MP3 settings have become quite popular among users across the world, as it preserves the quality of MP3 files which is a favorite of the crowd. We always guide our readers to the path of experiencing the best of the technologies, as in this era of rapid-growing technology, you won't like to compromise with the quality of your audio files.
When you follow our guidelines, you surely won't have to compromise with it. Get a few technicalities and conquer the digital world and experience nothing but the best of the technologies. Let your audio give you the best experience without giving you a hard time in finding the way to get it. Stay with us and get the digital world at your fingertips.