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BrainStuff

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Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences, Society & Culture, Technology

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Science & Medicine 12
Natural Sciences 5

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

What are MP3 files and how do they work?

November 19th, 2008

Episode 124 of 1068 episodes

CDs store music using 44,100 16-bit digital samples per second, adding up to about 10 megabytes per minute -- and that's too large to move easily move across the internet. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how MP3 files solve this problem.

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