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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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MP3 Players

A subsystem of the MPEG-2 data compression system that deals with sound compression is called MPEG audio Layer-3, or MP3. MPEG is the acronym for Moving Picture Experts Group, the same group that developed compression systems for video, such as the MPEG-2, used in DVD movies.

The MP3 format is a compression system for music. This format helps to reduce the size of a song while keeping its quality close to that of the original. The goal of the MP3 format is to compress the music file by a factor of 10 to 14 without losing the CD sound quality. A 32 megabyte (MB) song on a CD can be compressed down to about 3 MB on MP3, while providing an acceptable quality. This lets you download a song in minutes rather than hours, and you can store ...

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