Colin Holgate colinholgate at
Sun Apr 12 14:34:50 EDT 2020

For AIFF and WAV the file size is affected by the sample rate, number of bits, and number of channels. For MP3, only the data rate determines the file size.

> On Apr 12, 2020, at 12:32 PM, Mark Wieder via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> On 4/12/20 11:07 AM, Richmond via use-livecode wrote:
>> "Just for fun" I exported a sound file as WAV, AIFF and MP3 using Audacity"
>> WAV 36.9 MB
>> AIFF  36.9 MB
>> MP3  4.4 MB
>> which means that WAV and AIFF stink about 9 times more than MP3
> For the record, mp3 is a lossy format while WAV and AIFF are lossless. And your file size will depend on the bitness of the compaction.
>> NWO: as Audacity is Open Source:
>> and can import, read and export sound files in MP3 format . . .
> The mp3 format used to be "protected" by patent licensing but was set free a few years ago, so is now available for general use.
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> Mark Wieder
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