The title says it all. I know they're just having a bit of fun with the name, but it seems to imply that such quality is basically not needed. Why is that?

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    I challenge you to try a blind A-B test and see if you can hear the difference in quality. Nov 25, 2017 at 8:07
  • To the people who are down voting. Please leave a comment I don’t know why this is a low quality question. It sure would be nice to know. Nov 25, 2017 at 16:25
  • @xerotolerant: thanks. I'm also curious. If I can make the question better I'm happy to. Nov 25, 2017 at 17:31
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    mp3 is outdated, you should really be using something like ogg which gives you higher definition in the same bitrate and plays on nearly anything.
    – user43681
    Nov 25, 2017 at 21:53
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    @MichaelStachowsky Also while lossy formats are fine for listening, if you plan to record your own music, store the files in a lossless format (wav, flac) at least all the way from recording to the final mixdown.
    – user43681
    Nov 26, 2017 at 9:32

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Because there's hardly any audible improvement past 196 kbps, so 320 is an unjustifiable ("insane") waste of disk space. Many listeners have measured this for themselves with an ABX test.

  • Quite an old question, but no one has really put down the answer yet. Thanks! Jul 12, 2019 at 17:28
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    @MichaelStachowsky the name actually comes not from audacity, but from preset of lame, which is mp3 encoder used by audacity. May 8, 2023 at 23:19

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