Graham Samuel livfoss at
Sun Apr 12 16:33:25 EDT 2020

Lossy? Yes, like JPEG. And like JPEG, the format does very well indeed for a huge variety of applications. I listen to MP3 music a lot, mostly classical, and I don’t feel the lossy aspect is really taking away from the quality of what I hear to any extent. Of course if the whole chain of production from the Stradivarius to my ears was of the very best quality, I would be cursing that pesky lossiness. But not in ordinary life, and certainly not for a looped warning sound lasting a few seconds.

Incidentally, my statistics are a trifle worse than Richmond’s:

mySound.mp3 - 81 Kb
mySound.wav - 890 Kb
mySound.AIFF - 890 Kb

Still, subject closed - I presume the mother ship has long ago decided not to enhance LC in this respect any time soon.


> On 12 Apr 2020, at 20:32, 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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