MP3/WMA/ATRAC3/ANTRAC3...?

  chrishillcoat 11:33 19 Jun 03
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Hi all,

I'm looking to get a Sony DNE1 CD walkman (click here) but just noticed it doesn't support WMA. I have some music encoded in WMA, and if I was to re-encode it, I'd wonder whether ATRAC or ANTRAC is worth the trouble.

Does anyone have data on relative sizes and benefits of these file formats for a bitrate comparable to 128k MP3?

Thanks a lot,
Chris

  scotty 12:46 19 Jun 03

I recently got a Sony D-NE715which offers similar features. I understant Atrac3 has a similar compression rate to MP3 (~10:1). Atrac3 plus offers about 20:1 compression. Both can be encoded at 2 or 3 different bitrates.

Personally, I am sticking with MP3. I can have the music from 10 of my music CDs on a single disc. I use readily available freeware programs to get the music on to a CD R/W (e.g. CDex) and create playlists using WinAmp.

I am really pleased with the product. My only slight complaint is that the screen is too small to display enough information about the track names etc.

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