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Music conversion question! Is a VBR MP3 file better quality than a 64Kbps MP3 file?

Asked by creativejuices (487points) June 11th, 2009

Does one have better sound quality than the other. OR is it simply in how it is converted? Also, what in the world is Flac & Ogg Vorbis files!?!?! My reason for asking

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A 64 kbps MP3 file is relatively low quality for an mp3 file, as 320 kbps is the maximum. VBR (variable quality) files are generally copied in such a way that maximizes overall sound quality while minimizing the file size, so the VBR file is probably your best bet.

Flac is the Free Lossless Audio Codec (basically a very high quality audio file); in order to use these (and Ogg Vorbis files) they need to be converted using a program like xACT (if you’re on a mac).

creativejuices's avatar

@zarnold Thanks! Awesome. I have FLC. Can I use it to convert the VBR to MP3?

Vincentt's avatar

FLAC and Ogg are just other file formats like MP3 is. FLAC is lossless, as opposed to Ogg and MP3. This means that FLAC files are much larger but lossy formats throw away a lot of information (mostly high tones that you can’t hear anyway), like WAV. FLAC and Ogg, however, are open standards, i.e. they aren’t restricted with e.g. patents (like MP3, for which you have to pay a fee to be able to play it).

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