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How MP3 Compression Works

January 18, 201742 min
How does a computer program decide which bits of an audio file to keep and which to ditch during compression? We learn about the mp3 algorithm and Jonathan talks about math a lot.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit