what is mp3?
Mp3 is an mpeg reduction format for audio files. It reduces the file size
to about 10% of the original .wav (or similar) files´ size, means
that a normal song that is about 40 to 50 mb big will be 4 to 5 mb small.
MP3 is not a compression format, it reduces data. It is based on reduction
algorhthms developed by the Fraunhofer Institute. Besides compression they
reduce / delete data that you don´t hear. I myself do not hear any
difference between a .wav file and a 128 kb/s .mp3 file.
it good for?
Silly question! But as I asked ... I will answer:
You can transfer sound data
much faster. You can write the content of 10 or 11 CDs to one CD (but you
cannot listen using a normal CD player - you need to have a computer and
mp3 software). There are only a few CD players available that play directly
from MP3-CDs. But imagine: You have a computer with a 6 gb harddisk and
a good soundcard: You can store about 100 CDs on the drive and play any
song within seconds. That´s really enough for a party.
Some companies already offer small mp3 players. As there are no mechanical
parts needed for playback you can jump and run as much as you like ...
. At this time the memory capacity of the players is quite low ... but
for sure - this will change.
Mp3 is also used to spread copyrighted commercial music all over the world
using the internet. This is illegal. Therefore I do not offer any links
to websites or chat that deal with this topic.
Go to MP3.com.
There you will find players, encoders, CD rippers etc.
The rippers are programs
that "rip" audio data directly from CDs to your computers´ harddrive
and save it as .wav data (or similar). They "rip" digital data so you don´t
have to use your soundcard and the sound quality is 1:1. The encoders are
programs that encode .wav data (or similar) to .mp3 data. The players ...
well ... .
I recommend using the Winamp
mp3-player. It´s the most common one, it´s easy to handle and
it works great. Winamp now offers streaming
like RealMedia. Go to Icecast
and choose between many live-streams.You can even make your own live-radio!
There is software available to broadcast music, use your microphone to
talk live - just like any other DJ. The only limitation is your data-bandwidth:
If you have only ISDN, you will have to limit the number of listeners to
3 or 4 and you still have a poor sound-quality. But it´s fun.
There´s another common player by Xing, which plays mpeg-video too.
When I installed it, the Xing-player seemed to delete my soundcard drivers
so I didn´t hear anything anymore. Fortunately it´s uninstall
program worked properly. :-> I don´t want to say anything negative
about the Xing-player, but when a program deactivates my soundcard - I
deactivate the program. ;-)
At MP3.com you
will also find thousands of free mp3-songs, sorted by genre, country etc.,
message forums and nearly everything that deals with mp3.
I had problems with some mp3-files at MP3.com: They were not there, means
there were dead links. So if you are really new to mp3, download a player
and test it using the mp3-file below.
...I made can be
It´s a short interpretation of "Eleonor Rigby" by The Beatles.
It´s no good example of the great mp3 quality ... I used my
old and bad soundcard to sample a tape recording, but I refreshed and equalized
it and I think it sounds quite good. It´s about 1 mb small.