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Google Music WMA -> MP3
post Nov 4 2012, 22:59
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I recently moved my music collection to Google Music. For one of the CDs I uploaded, I have it on my PC in MP3 VBR V0, WMA Lossless, and FLAC. Google Music transcoded the WMA and FLAC to MP3 CBR 320 and I ended up with three copies of each song. Trying to determine which two to delete, I downloaded the three files for track one. I ABXed 8/10 with the two 320 kbps files. Thinking this was odd, and not knowing which was which, I chose the extremely unscientific route of downloading the two files from a different CD (this one, 320 transcoded by google from flac and VBR V0) and I couldn't ABX them (expected). Since the VBR V0 files were unmodified, I'd expect them to sound as good as flac (to my ears with my headphones, at least), so I came to the conclusion that Google is able to transcode the FLACs to high quality MP3s. Based on this, I have to assume that google is really bad a transcoding WMA to MP3.

Does this make any sense? Thoughts? Similar experiences?
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