Well really, that shouldn’t even be a question, right? The fellows over at audioanimals.co.uk give 20 reasons why WAV is better than mp3 – but we won’t list them all, we’ll just link their article here http://www.audioanimals.co.uk/news/why-wav-is-better-than-mp3
Although we do agree with the guys at Audio Animal, there are some exceptions and times when uploading an mp3 will suffice. For instance, if you’re just starting a new project and want to upload your rough demo, an mp3 works just fine. Or if you’re auditioning an idea to someone’s project, uploading an mp3 is ideal.
With that said, there will be times when uploading a WAV will make a big difference, especially on ProCollabs.
- Uploading a WAV for the final mastered track is pretty important. Not only for better quality & overall sound during playback on the site, but it also benefits someone who downloads the final track and plays it on their computer or in their car. ~Side note~ you can put a price tag on your song once it’s in the Music Library, and many buyers will be looking for a WAV as opposed to an MP3. (We do offer both options)
- Licensing opportunities. Initially, the majority of music supervisors ask you to submit an mp3. However, if you get shortlisted then chosen, they ask for a WAV and many times the instrumental track. Since ProCollabs handles the file exchange(s) on our site, we only accept WAVs for the license opps we offer. That way we don’t have to keep the music supervisor waiting.
As I was researching into the whole WAV vs. mp3 debate, I stumbled upon a very interesting article called, “How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?” featured on www.npr.org.
They created a six question multiple choice quiz where you listen to 3 different file types of the same song. There is an uncompressed WAV, a 128kbps mp3, and a 320kbps mp3. I must admit, I was quite surprised that I was only able to guess the WAV twice out of the 6 questions. Huh? Good grief, I better clean out my ears! That quiz really threw me for a loop!
So what are your thoughts? Do you prefer listening to WAVs or mp3’s? Or does it even make a difference? Leave your feedback/comments below.