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32 kbps MP3 downloads: useful?

Posted by John February 18, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Premium subscribers at ChinesePod can download three different versions of the podcasts: 128 kbps (highest quality), 64 kbps (radio quality, same as in the public feed), and 32 kbps (lo-fi).

We offer 32 kbps to premium subscribers, even though it has noticeably lower quality, because it has a very small filesize (half of the 64 kbps filesize, which in turn is half of the 129 kbps filesize). The rationales is that this is good for mobile devices with slow connections.

But we now live in a world of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Mobile is going wifi, and connection speeds are on the rise. Do we still need or want 32 kbps MP3 offerings?

Please let us know what you think! 

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