Poll: should podcast files be bigger or smaller?

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Podcast file size: bigger or smaller?

Larger file size (~25Mb), better sound quality (like FM radio)
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Smaller file size (~15Mb), poorer sound quality (like AM radio)
4
24%
 
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Poll: should podcast files be bigger or smaller?

Postby Emery » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:22 am

Hi guys. I'm trying to decide if I should remix all our podcasts to a smaller file size. Shows 12 and 13 on hell are at that smaller size, and though I don't think they sound much worse, they are no longer in stereo, and may come across as more "tinny" than before, especially Norton, since he has a tinnier sounding voice :smt082. Or maybe it's just because his microphone feed is coming over the 'internets' :smt055

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Postby narsil » Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:07 am

if it's a matter of saving money and bandwidtch, then go smaller

if it's just preference, I'm fine with smaller, but I don't mind the bigger ones at all. You are making them mono and not stereo right, that will save half the file size right there.
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Re: Poll: should podcast files be bigger or smaller?

Postby dabid » Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:20 am

Emery wrote:Hi guys. I'm trying to decide if I should remix all our podcasts to a smaller file size. ....
Any preferences on this? Please cast your votes, and add any comments.

Thanks for your help,

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smaller and tinnier please. I am the last person on earth to still be using dialup56k.

dave

ps. hang on, can you do both? one for broadband- one for dialup ?
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Postby Emery » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:35 pm

Alright guys and gals, I've re-saved all the podcasts in mono, lower bitrate format, so now they're about half the size (10 Mb or so). I think they still sound okay, though Norton is a bit tinnier than usual :smt043
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Postby dabid » Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:52 pm

Emery wrote: I've re-saved all the podcasts in mono, lower bitrate format, so now they're about half the size (10 Mb or so).

Fanks Guvner,
Before I rush out and buy an mp3 player...
Have you the option to save your recordings in old or new mp3 format?
I tried to copy one of your pods to CD. My old CD burner can't cope with newer mp3 files like yours, that have loads of info tacked on the front.
I checked this and it seems to be a problem with many older CD burners.
I've tried several freeware converters- none can strip off the excess data.
The next option will be to compare an old and a new mp3 file in Wordpad, find the actual start of the new mp3 and edit out the info text/data, so that the file begins just like the older mp3 file.

One more issue:
Several old CD burners will not work with anything other than 44khz mp3's...
Although, I found one converter that seems(not tried to burn this file yet) to up the bitrate when converting files to mp3.

Do all mp3 players work with various mp3 bitrates?


Hope this is useful feedback.
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Postby narsil » Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:55 am

buy a 1gig nano, they're pretty cheap now

but that's a pretty common thing among cd players. I think in itunes you could get it to resample it to a higher bitrate and stuff that your cd player could take.
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Postby Emery » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:22 pm

Hey dabid, can you burn the mp3 file as plain old data? That should allow any CD player to read it, and any current mp3 player like WMP, iTunes or Real Player to play it.

I don't know enough about mp3s to tell you if it's old or new format, but I imagine it's new, as I'm using the latest versions of Acoustica and Audacity to mix the files.

I really don't see why they wouldn't work on any current mp3 player, they're pretty plain mp3s.

BTW, you guys like the nifty new "click and play" feature on the podcast page?

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Postby Emery » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:23 pm

narsil wrote:buy a 1gig nano, they're pretty cheap now

but that's a pretty common thing among cd players. I think in itunes you could get it to resample it to a higher bitrate and stuff that your cd player could take.


Also, if you don't have a CD player that plays mp3s, you can always burn out of Itunes as a musical CD, which any CD player (like your car stereo) can play.
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