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On Mon, 28 Jun 1999 23:22:22 -0700, Barry Garcia
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>Personally i find the MP3 to be of MUCH better sound quality. For =
instance
>my friend has sent me a few MP3s that he recorded off of a CD, and the
>quality is SUPERB. With real audio, sometimes the quality isnt as good. =
Im
>not sure if the MP3 is smaller compression than RA, because one song i
>have is 3 minutes 38 seconds long and is about 5,242,223 bytes long =
(thats
>about 5 mb, right?).

RealAudio has a "CD quality" mono format and a "broadcast quality" =
stereo,
both compressed to 80Kbps (compared to MP3 which has a 96Kbps "near CD
quality" compression). What you typically see is that the MP3 files on =
the
net are optimized for sound quality, which makes them huge, while the RA
files are optimized for bandwidth, which degrades the sound quality. On =
my
music page (http://members.tripod.com/Thryomanes/music.html) is a 113
second long sample of music that is compressed down to 553K (566,092 =
bytes
long), and the sound quality is still reasonable (though not CD quality).

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