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sampling rate

The precision with which a digital file describes the analog sound it represents. Basically, a lower rate produces files that sound worse and take up less drive space than those with a higher rate. CDs have a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz, and DAT machines have a sampling rate of 48 kHz. MiniDisc player/recorders with a built-in sampling rate converter can handle both rates.

secure audio file

A downloadable music file that must be paid for in order to be heard and/or cannot be duplicated without some loss of audio quality.

signal-to-noise ratio

A measure of the strength of the audio signal in comparison to that of the background noise. Essentially, a low signal-to-noise ratio means that the device or file has lots of hiss and static, while a high rating means clear-sounding audio.


You can change all kinds of graphical elements of skin-enabled programs such as Winamp or AIMP by creating skins.


A cable or adapter with one input or output on one end and two on the other.

standard bit rate (SBR)

The standard type of compression wherein an entire audio file is encoded at the same bit rate, as opposed to variable bit rate encoding.


Two channels of audio. When you listen to something in stereo, different sounds come out of the left and right speakers or headphones. Since stereo tracks contain twice the information of an equivalent mono file, they are twice the size.


The transmission of audio across the Internet from a server to an audio player client.

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