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Benefits

One of the benefits of MP3 is the high level of file compression achieved via this standard. Earlier audio formats, such as .WAV, required a large file size to store just a few minutes of music. Because of their small file size, MP3s are ideal for downloading from the Internet, storing on your computer’s hard disk, and transferring to MP3 players. A typical music file of approximately five minutes duration occupies just 4.5MB of disk space even when recorded at a CD quality bitrate of 128 kbps.

The subsequent benefits that arise from this high level of file compression are the speed of data transfer between computer and MP3 player, and the amount of music that can be stored on the player at any one time. A 20GB hard disk, available on many players, can store about 400 CDs, which is equivalent to 4,000 songs.


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