I'm not sure if this is the right place, but anyway: I am trying to copy one of the Harry Potter audiobooks to my phone, and I'm wondering what is the best (and common, as it's a phone) audio format to use. I need it to be as small as possible while still being decent quality. Thanks in advance.
As far as I know most phones use the mp3 audio format, of which LAME is the best in quality.
There's not a real single common audio format among phones. MP3 is probably your best bet.
You'd need to know which formats your phone supports, then I'd recommend using SUPER to convert your file(s) to that format.
My phone supports: mp3, wav, midi, wma. I'll probably keep it at mp3, unless anyone strongly thinks different.
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All those types are audio, so there isn't much difference. Download Super (use the link provided by Jill), convert the audio book if it isn't already and tell use how you go. I also hope this audio book wasn't downloaded.
Metaguardian;3852389All those types are audio, so there isn't much difference. Download Super (use the link provided by Jill), convert the audio book if it isn't already and tell use how you go. I also hope this audio book wasn't downloaded.
Wav is extremely massive, it's an uncompressed format commonly used for recording live concerts.
Midi is like the beeping ringtones, and is not capable of voice (that I know of)
Wma is a windows media player proprietary filetype. It's a hassle, not all devices accept it (even though yours does).
Your best bet is to go with mp3.
I'd personally suggest MP3, or WMA.
MP3 seems to be more widely supported, but for compression and quality I'd say MP3, or WMA are pretty even.
I'd personally go for MP3 since it is move widely compatible.
I converted it to mp3, and sped it up slightly, then saved it at a low bitrate. It's still pretty big though (420MB) but it'll do. Thanks for everyone's imput.
If your phone supports wma, go with that. WMA is still the best sounding audio codec, that's one thing MS got right. I have a fair amount of experience making videos of games though, so I know that if video enters into the mix, as some phones are capable of, you'll likely see a more widely used format on them, like mp3. MS is very picky about reserving wma for wmv video only, and as far as I know many phones that support video use Flash format for it's low file size. Thus wma may work for the so called "mp3" type phones, but for the newer camera/video phones it may not, depending on how you use it.