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or, the differences between MP3, WAV and CD-A
MP3 is one of the most popular sound formats for music recording. The MP3
encoding system combines good compression (small files) with high quality.
A typical MP3 record album will take about 50MB of disk space, roughly
1/10 of the space of the .WAV file it replaces.
Sounds stored in the MP3 format have the extension MP3
Because of their relatively small size, MP3 files can be downloaded via the Web,
and stored easily on your computer's hard drive.
Notes about MP3 files
MP3 files can be used with CD-Burning Software Applications to create CD-As.
MP3 files can be used with audio editing software.
MP3 files can not be played on stand alone CD players.
MP3 players will display generic track labels or manually entered song titles
You can replace generic track labels with song titles by "renaming" MP3 files
stored on your hard drive.
CD-A or Redbook CD
This is the type of CD you buy in stores and play in your car CD player.
The first CD format which defined the music CD that could be played in all
standalone CD players was called CD Digital Audio, CD-DA or just CD-A. The
specifications for the CD-A format were set out in the 1980 "red book" standard
developed by Philips and Sony. The Red Book standard specifies the data format
for digital audio and the technical specifications for devices and media.
Notes about CD-A
Albums stored as CD-A files, whether the tracks are separated or not, can be
played in any CD player.
A computer CD player will play individually separated tracks but will not read
song titles or other information from this type of CD.
CD-A files can not be stored in a computer database to be searched, copied.
They can be
converted into WAV or MP3 formats by "ripping" the CD.
CD-Burning Software Applications (such as Roxio) can create CD-A or Redbook CDs from
MP3 and WAV files.
This format is used for storing sound in files and was developed jointly by Microsoft and IBM.
It can be played by nearly all
Windows applications that support sound.
Often used for storing high-quality, uncompressed sound, WAV files can contain
CD-quality (44.1 KHz/16-bit) audio signals. CD-quality WAV files
require relatively large amounts of memory — roughly 10 MB per minute of music.
Sounds stored in the WAV format have the extension .WAV
Notes about WAV files
WAV files can be used with CD-Burning Software Applications to create CD-As.
WAV files can be used with audio editing software.
WAV files can not be played on stand alone CD players.
WAV players will display generic track labels or manually entered song titles
You can replace generic track labels with song titles by "renaming" WAV files
stored on your hard drive.
The process of saving individual songs (tracks) as individual
Manually typing in song titles to replace generic track
Once an album is recorded and the tracks are separated, the
computer automatically labels individual songs with generic track identifiers
("Track 01," "Track 02," and so on).
Once your albums
have been played into our computers and converted to the format of your
choice, a single-customer-only web page is created. Type or
URL we email you into your web browser to access your page and then
download the files to your hard disk.