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Files formats and cpu usage

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Scratch Live
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iPad mini
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gmobley 5:17 PM - 6 July, 2004
Would a wav or aif file use less or more cpu than an mp3? Would a higher bit rate on an mp3 use more cpu than a lower one? Or would it be the other way around?
Shaun W 5:46 PM - 6 July, 2004
I know an AIFF file will use less CPU than an MP3 or wave file, but I am not sure if a lower or higher bit rate will make a noticeable difference in CPU performace.
Shaun W 5:58 PM - 6 July, 2004
Just found some info. The higher the bit rate the of an MP3, the more processing power it takes to decode it.
feniks 6:04 PM - 6 July, 2004
yep...a wave or aiff should use less CPU power as they are uncompressed data and can be played directly from file. mp3s are compressed and must be uncompressed before the data can be manipulated and played throught the system. this obviously uses more CPU power as it requires the uncompression to run prior to playing the track. now as to which uses more CPU power, lower or higher bitrate mp3s....hmmmmm. by the same logic, a 128 bitrate mp3 is more compressed than a 320 bitrate mp3 and would require more uncompressing. however, you have to rememeber that mp3 encoding is LOSSY compression meaning that you actually lose data during the compression. so while a 128 bitrate mp3 is smaller than a 320 bitrate mp3 because it is more compressed, it is also smaller because it contains less data. soooooooo.....quick answer is...i don't know.
DJ Dynamight 1:52 AM - 10 July, 2004
LOL @ feniks! hehehe
Steve W 8:15 AM - 10 July, 2004
Higher bitrate MP3s use more CPU to decode because they have more "stuff" to synthesize into the output.
djkenace 2:59 AM - 12 July, 2004
aaaah good to know about this higher bitrate because my music library is using VBR 320.