What is MP3?
The MP3 format is a compression system for music that helps reduce the number of bytes in a song without hurting the quality of the song's sound.
Using MP3 lets you shrink down the original sound data from a CD by a factor of 12, without losing sound quality. So, an audio track that is 48-megabytes (MB) can be compressed down to about 4 MB.
Using the MP3 format allows you to download a song in minutes rather than hours, and store hundreds of songs on your computer's hard disk without taking up much space. The MP3 format is now widely recognized by CD and DVD players, and even mobile phones.
Benefits of MP3
- High compression rate means MP3 files are very small compared to other formats.
- The quality of MP3 files are superior to most other file formats (such as RealAudio), especially for their compression rate.
- MP3s small file size makes it easy to distribute music.
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ID3 is a tagging format for MP3s. It allows metadata to be added to the MP3 file, such as album name, song name, artist, original artist, genre, composer, releasing year, additional comment fields etc. ID3 is a small piece of information stored physically inside the MP3 file (in the beginning or in the end of the file, depending on its version). Nowadays ID3s are de-facto in the audio world and they can be added to most of the audio formats and even to certain video formats in order to provide additional information of the file.
To add your own ID3 tags to your MP3s just download our Stamp ID3 Tag Editor.