Why shouldn’t I upload MP3s?

FAQ / Why shouldn’t I upload MP3s?

For our distribution and licensing purposes, higher resolution audio files work best. MP3s are not considered high enough quality for ingestion. Even the highest resolution MP3s such as 320kbps or so are not comparable to WAV (and other) high resolution formats (1411kbps). WAV format contains uncompressed audio in the linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) format. Look at it this way: The standard audio file format for CDs, for example, is LPCM-encoded (WAV), containing two channels of 44,100 samples per second, 16 bits per sample. Since LPCM uses an uncompressed storage method which keeps all the samples of an audio track (very important!), professional users or audio experts most often use the WAV format for maximum audio quality. That said, once we send WAV files to our distribution partners, they typically choose to use a compressed format to then deliver or stream audio to consumer digital devices.

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