What is an MP3?
Audio files recorded in MPEG level 3 encoding
standards are more commonly know as MP3. MPEG itself stands for
the Moving Pictures Experts Group, an organization that sets
international standards for digital formats for audio and video.
The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany invented the technology.
How do I play MP3s?
You would use a program like WinAmp, Sonique or
one of many other typically free players you can find on a
download site like Download.com
What is CD Ripping?
CD ripping is the process of extracting songs
from a CD which is then converted into a WAVE (.wav) file on
Are MP3s illegal?
No, MP3 technology is not illegal. If you use
the technology illegally, that's another issue.
Typically, you are allowed to make a copy or
burn a CD of for your own personal use. If you make further
copies of the MP3 or any CD you burn and give them away or sell
them, you are committing a crime and stealing money from the
Is it illegal for me to make MP3 files from
my existing CD collection?
No. The Home Recording Act allows you to make
copies of your music CDs for personal use. You cannot share or
sell these copied files or CDs. Once you have distributed these
files to individuals who do not own the original CD, you have
broken copyright law. You are not permitted to go on the
Internet and trade your MP3 files with people who do not own
their own copy of the CD. Please note that copyright laws that
pertain to ripping & encoding legally-purchased CD audio music
for your own personal use vary from country to country.
What is a codec?
A codec is a software component that translates
video or audio between its uncompressed form and compressed
form. A codec is used to compress digital audio files by
removing redundant data. MP3 encoders and decoders are audio
codecs. MP3 To
Wave Converter is an example of a very good codec.
What is an encoder?
An encoder converts a WAVE (.wav) file into a
compressed file format such as MP3. You would use an encoder to
create MP3s that have been digitally extracted from a CD.
What is a decoder?
A decoder converts an MP3 file into a WAVE
file. This is the process most CD burning software goes
through in order to burn your MP3s onto CD.
What is a bitrate?
A bitrate is the amount of information (bits)
transferred in a second bits per second (bps). With regards to
MP3 audio files, the bitrate unit is more commonly referred to
as kbps, which is thousand-bits-per-second. The higher the
bitrate of an MP3 file, the better the sound quality. Most MP3
encoders support a range of bitrates from 24kbps up to 320kbps.
Typically, 128kbps is quite adequate for listening to MP3s on
your computer. Some people prefer to use 192kbps when burning
MP3s to CD.
What are ID3 Tags?
ID3 is a tagging system that lets you put
enriching and relevant information about your audio files within
them. Tags can contain any kind of information and data
you could think of such as title, album, band, website, lyrics
What CD burning software would you
Acoustica MP3 CD Burner is one of the most popular programs.
It is easy to use and very reliable. You can check out some of
our other featured CD burning programs