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Replying to:  The breakdown of things by temp_name   Jan 11, 2006, 12:40 PM

Re: The breakdown of things

by SystemShock    Jan 11, 2006, 7:01 PM

temp_name said:
MP3 to WMA Lossy format?-
Personally, I don't know enough about digital music encoding to know if Media Player 10 would convert it at a loss of quality or would be able to keep the quality the same, so I refuse to argue this. Though, I refuse to accept the argument that this DOES create a loss in format without some evidence (not just someone claiming it).

Gosh, its pretty well-known that sending a file through multiple lossy compressions (which are called 'lossy' because they LOSE information) is worse for quality then sending it through once. But if ya need to hear it from an official source:

Depending on the design of the format lossy data compression often suffers from generation loss, that is compressing and decompressing multiple times will do more damage to the data than doing it once.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lossy »

So 'auto-converting' mp3s to WMA isn't the innocent lil' process that some would have you believe.

Now, I sure don' mind people going "Ok, I'm willing to take a quality hit", but they should at least have the facts before they make their decision, 'cus I'm sure Microsoft and Verizon aren't exactly gonna advertise this info.

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