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StuartFury says

How’s it going everyone?

This is a question for sellers and buyers, and hopefully some buyers could chime in as well.

Obviously .wav files are the best option here when it comes to quality, but I was just curious to see if there’s anyone who have certain files .mp3 only and .wav only, and if so, do the .wav files sell better in your opinion?

For the buyers, would you skip over a track you liked if it was only .mp3?

So far my portfolio is .mp3 only (due to bandwidth restrictions on my end) But I’m going to be updating everyting with .wav files this coming week.

Just curious as to everyones experiences in this regard.

Thanks! Stu

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dreamsonix says

I always provide both WAV and MP3 versions of my tracks. When it comes to cutting the music to incorporate it into a larger project I think WAV is definately needed!

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AlumoAudio says

As music producers, I think it should be prerequisite that we provide both formats for the customer, without question. This could be as simple as letting the customer quickly put our music onto their iPod/mp3 player for inspiration to basic software compatibility purposes.

But I think ultimately, most customers would want to use WAV in their work, simply as it’s the higher quality of the two.

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FarazSaremi says

Hello!

Good question. I think WAV sells better.

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simaudio says

I think the answer is to upload both.

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guitarsstate says

I’ve noticed that some very talented authors around here with just mp3 in their portfolios have a lot less sales than they deserve. It’s best for the clients to have options so – upload both wav and mp3 ;)

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palmtreep says

Always better to offer both. It takes nothing away from you and adds more value to the customer.

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chanredfield says

As a buyer I expect it to be wav and I never even look to see if an mp3 is also offered. If it was mp3 only, it wouldn’t deter me from buying or not, most important is that it’s a quality production, a wav of a poorly / mixed piece isn’t going to improve the quality enough to make me buy something that sounds low budget. As a seller I’ve only provided wav on both my accounts, again I couldn’t imagine someone not buying my file because it’s only in wav, but I guess it won’t hurt to offer both, so I’m going to start.

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adammonroe says

I would always include both, but If I had to pick one it would be .Wav, as you can always go from Wav to MP3 , but converting from mp3 to .Wav get’s you nothing. Including Mp3 just seems to be for buyer convenience.

You need to offer the highest quality version you can. A lot of this stuff is getting put into video editors which sometimes compress the sound, and then uploaded to youtube which compresses and degrades the sound even further, so it’s best to start with an uncompressed file.

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vibecode says

Potentially everyone can convert Wav to Mp3 today, no one can restore original quality from Mp3. You have to provide maximum quality as possible. Mp3 must be optional.

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