MP3 is a standard audio format developed by Moving Picture Experts Group and uses MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 standardizations. MP3 uses lossy data compression, meaning that it loses quality over time. This sound format comes with a .mp3 filename extension and is today the most common audio format on websites and multimedia players.
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MPEG-1 is a compression and encoding system defined by MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group). It creates multiple frame sequences of I, B, and P, with the I frame containing all picture data. The B and P frames only store information about the changes on the last I frame. Typically, MPEG-1 uses 1.2 Mbps data rate, which is the speed rate of CD-ROM.