Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 15:19:49 UTC

You've probably heard the term "bitrate" before, and you probably have a general idea of what it means, but just as a refresher, it's a good idea to get acquainted with its official definition. Bitrate refers to the number of bits - or the amount of data - that is processed over a certain amount of time. In audio, this usually means kilobits per second. For example, the music you buy on iTunes is 256 kilobits per second, meaning there are 256 kilobits of data stored in every second of a song. The higher the bitrate of a track, the more space it will take up on your computer. Generally, an audio CD will actually take up quite a bit of space, which is why it's become common practice to compress those files down so you can fit more on your hard drive (or iPod, or Dropbox, or whatever). It is here where the argument over "lossless" and "lossy" audio comes in. Complete Article

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