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I have WMA music files of 64kbps. I need to temporarily convert them to MP3 format in order to edit them (only to cut stuff out) -- and then I want to convert them back to WMA 64kbps.


Will there be a perceptible loss in sound quality? What kbps rate should I select for the conversion to MP3?


Many thanks.
 

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Yes. MP3 is a lossy format.


Whether you can hear the difference is strictly up to you and your equipment.
 

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Yes, you will lose quality with every conversion through a lossy format.


WAV > MP3 > WMA > MP3
 

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If you do WAV->MP3->WAV->MP3 with same settings, same program, you will only loose the first time you move to MP3 though. It's deterministic. Same with WMA.
 

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Thanks GLoP. That was my next question and I think you've answered it: if I convert a WMA file to WAV, edit out a passage or two, and convert the WAV file back to WMA (same kbps), will there be a loss of sound quality (in the rest of the file)? And from what you say the answer seems no. Is this correct?
 
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