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What Data Compression Does To Your Music | Media

Feature By Matt Houghton
Published April 2012

Can you hear the difference between an MP3 and a WAV file? We explain how lossy audio data compression works, and how to spot the tell-tale signs it leaves behind.

The audio files that you can download from this page accompany the article 'Lost In Translation', which appeared in SOS April 2012 and can be viewed here:


You'll need to download the files and audition them in your DAW — after all, there's not a lot of point us streaming them as MP3s when we're trying to demonstrate the difference between MP3s and other formats!