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Given a choice between good quality and bad one would, of course, choose good. However, mp3 gets a bum rap, it isn’t bad quality. I’ve been working in recording studios everyday for 38 years now and I never stop being amazed at the number of people who trash mp3. I’ve had people take the pepsi challenge with mp3, wav, and aiff, with good headphones and they pick the compressed version correctly about 50%. In other words, they are guessing. If it has long extended notes with an orchestra or a dominate ride cymbal (high freqs) its pretty noticeable. Outside of that, not so much. kburgess makes a good point, however, about multiple compressions. If things are being transferred multiple times, then you’ll have problems.