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MP3 CDs Price Crash

September 11, 2007 by

Technological innovations have made it possible for the Mises Institute to dramatically lower the prices on its beautifully packaged audio disks of books and coursework. Browse the catalog and stock up.


happylee September 11, 2007 at 11:59 am

Any particular reason the CD’s have to be MP3? I can’t even find a resource to tell me whether my late model auto or brand new sony dvd/cd player or 1 yr old dell laptop can play MP3, so why should I spend the money?

jeffrey September 11, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Most players these days can. There are often 12 hours of lectures on these, and costs of plain CDs would be way too much. In any case, this is the format most customers demand because they are so lightweight and data dense.

Joseph Huang September 11, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Yes, MP3 gives much better compression than the standard CD format. Your dell laptop can definitely play MP3, but look for MP3 anywhere on the other devices. If all else fails, you can look up manuals for the devices online.

One interesting alternative is Speex, which is specifically designed for speech compression. Unfortunately, there is hardly any hardware support for it, so you would need to listen on your computer with software support installed.

C. Castle September 12, 2007 at 1:01 am

happylee, if all else fails, you could always rip the MP3 CD using iTunes (or your preferred encoder) and then burn the data to a set of standard audio CDs. Blank CDs are going for a few nickels a piece these days. If your 1-year-old Dell cannot do this, you’ve got bigger problems than $15 CDs.

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