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You likely know that MP3 is a hot music technology these days. So, what is it, beyond a new fangled way to enjoy music? MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) is a standard technology and format for compressing a sound sequence into a very small file (about one-twelfth the size of the original file) while essentially preserving the original level of sound quality when it is played. It is today's best technology solution for getting big sound inside a small file size. Smaller file size is critical when transmitting files... thus the popularity of MP3 files across the internet. MP3 players have proliferated also. MP3 files are identified with a file name suffix of ".mp3". To create an MP3 file, you use a program called an
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encoder to convert, for example, a standard ".wav" file into a ".mp3" file. Many people, however, simply download MP3s from a web site and play them.

MP3 compression removes some portion of the audio, that's why MP3 isn't quite up to CD quality. Using a psycho-acoustic model, MP3 encoders eliminate frequencies that the human ear can't hear, or essentially ignores, therefore massively reducing the file size. OK. That's my "tech" half of the MP3 subject. Now, let's move on to the fun half... listening to MP3s. In particular,
JAZZ'd Up MP3 files.