[thelist] audio files (.wav)

Joel D Canfield joel at bizba6.com
Thu Jul 8 16:14:29 CDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz> wrote:

> I had some very old 60 minute family cassette tapes converted to audio
> files.  They were returned in .wav format and they are huge, 300+ MB.  I had
> planned on placing them on a family website but the size is close to a deal
> killer.  Are there better options than .wav that are a little more
> conservative if I were to convert them.  I've downloaded audacity on my
> Linux box as one possible tool, and of course, anything that is command-line
> doable works for me.

if they're just voice, you could use Audacity with the lameenc.dll to bulk
create MP3s at 64kbps which will sound just fine, and be about 25MB for an
hour. you could crunch 'em more if you like. you can also stream them
instead of forcing a download.

other options like FLAC or ogg probably retain more in a smaller file, but I
haven't gotten creative enough to experment.


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