Good news for CD Baby artists (and audiophiles): your fans can now choose between FLAC, MP3-320, and standard MP3 when they purchase your music on cdbaby.com.
So what exactly is the difference between these file formats?
Audio file formats offered by CD Baby
MP3 — CD Baby encodes MP3s using the standard preset of the lame encoder, yielding Variable Bit-rate MP3s with a target bit-rate of around 200kbps.
MP3-320 — According to ISO standards, MP3-320 is the highest bit-rate MP3 file that audio decoders are required to produce (though some encoders can create MP3s up to 640 kbit/s).
FLAC — FLAC files are “lossless,” meaning they’ve been compressed without any loss of audio information. They’re CD-quality!
For any customer who wants to purchase the highest fidelity digital files available, FLAC is the answer.
Note: some media players cannot play FLAC files, but you can download free programs like Media Monkey, Songbird, or xACT to play/convert FLAC files.
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