Re: OT: what's the point of mp3's?
Well, gunzip *is* a "streaming gunzip engine".. with the -c flag.
Unfortunately there was a bug in my original post advertising
a really good compression ratio with gzip vs. mp3. Mp3 compresses
much, much better. Sorry about the false alarm,
On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, Mathew Johnston wrote:
> I think that he's asking why not just gzip waves and gunzip when you need to listen to
> them. The answer, is that gzip is not designed for audio, and gzip is lossless. MP3
> is designed for audio - it is lossful in that it removed bits of audio that normally a
> person wouldnt be able to hear anyway. MP3 gets what is it... 1:10 compression or so
> on a wave? gzip would get much less. Also, mp3 can be decompressed as needed where
> you'd have to totally unpack with gunzip and then play. Unless... someone wants to
> write a sort of streaming gunzip engine :)
> Mathew Johnston