Creating Small Audio Files

Jonathan asks, “How can someone create an Audible sound file from an mp3 or wma? Is there another reduced size file format available?”
Audible’s file format is proprietary. To create an Audible file, you need to work directly with Audible. Depending on what type of audio content you are working with, you might not get any real advantage from their format anyway. Audible files are optimized for voice only audio content. While they can make music files noticeably smaller, the way the Audible codec works, it would also make a music file sound noticeably awful. If you happen to have voice audio and want the advantages of smaller files sizes with no noticeable quality loss, there are two ways you can achieve optimal sound at small file sizes.

Audio Tagging Tools

Audio Tagging Tools is one of the more complete audio tag editors I’ve seen, with a number of batch and single file editing features to make managing tags on large audio file collections a snap. Clean audio file names to conform to your naming convention (not the convention assigned by your download source. Tag and rename files en masse. Modify ID3v1, ID3v2 or both when changing audio file details. Audio Tagging Tools also includes a handy duplicate file finder, making it easy to eliminate wasted space consumed by extra files. The app supports mp3, ogg, wma, flac, ape, asf and the standard playlist formats like m3u, wpl and pls. A scripting engine supports a ton of features not directly exposed through the UI. A few of the features could be more intuitive, but if you have a large audio collection, you’ll catch on to the workflow process very quickly. [Windows 9x/2k/XP $0.00]