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Kevin Taylor
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Kevin Taylor
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 03/05/00
Posts: 4,722
08/13/2004 1:19 pm
Forgot one of the most important reasons for getting your own server.
Sound quality. Most free services limit you to 128kbps MP3 files. They also usually do the encoding themselves to a format that works on their own system (.wma, m3u etc..) which further degrades the quality.

Just from experience in the last coupla years, I found pretty much anything less than 320kbps and it starts to sound more and more harsh. By the time you get down to 192kbps (supposedly CD quality), it sounds harsh and kinda dead sounding. 128kbps and lower, and your music starts to sound like it's playing underwater. (ie, listen to anything on GarageBand.com through RealPlayer on a decent stereo system with headphones and you'll get my drift)

One of the other advantages of encoding the files yourself is there's several types of encoding 'formulas' used and some software is better than others. If you encode your own MP3's (ie, a lo-fi and hi-fi version), you'll be able to test several settings until you find the ones that sound best.