I have a number of mp3 files that I encoded via LAME from the original super nes sound files. They sound fine in the following:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Foobar2000 (windows)
  • VLC (all platforms)
  • Clementine (linux)
  • doubleTwist cloud player (android)

But there are constant sound flubs in itunes in sierra (as well as the last umpteen versions of itunes dating back to mavericks (when I first had this problem) as well as doubletwist on mac.

As I am primarily a Mac user, I would really like to get these sounding correct in iTunes rather than use VLC et al. All I found about it was this. Does anyone know why this would be the case?

I've used mediaInfo to look at a good and 'bad' mp3:

Good (plays in all players on all platforms):

Dragon Quest VI Another World
MPEG Audio
Overall bit rate mode: variable
Overall bit rate: 130kbps
32.0 kHz
2chan MPEG version 1 layer 3


Final Fantasy V Ahead on our Way
Overall bit rate mode: variable
Overall bit rate: 210 kbps
32.0 kHz
2chan MPEG version 1 layer 3
  • Try something like MediaInfo Mac old version is free, newest is 99¢ & see if you can spot a difference in the encoding in ones that work & ones that don't – Tetsujin Jan 19 '15 at 18:08
  • I'll check it out, but just to make sure I was clear in my question, its not that some of the sound files work and some don't, its that the same files work in one media player (eg VLC) but not in others (eg iTunes, doubleTwist). – Jared Smith Jan 19 '15 at 18:18
  • Sure - I understood that. I meant to check ones that work everywhere against ones that are more picky. or… are they all glitchy in iTunes etc. if so, check against something that isn't [of course] or… edit 2… throw them at me over dropbox or something & I'll have a go here – Tetsujin Jan 19 '15 at 18:20
  • How exactly did you encode them (bps, variable etc)? – nohillside Jan 19 '15 at 18:26
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    Edited my post, let me know if you need the actual files. @patrix variable, since the original files were meant for minimal footprint on decades-old hardware it never occured to me that sound quality would be any kind of issue, mp3 is a compressed format but the original .scp file for the entire album is smaller than the mp3 for 1 track. Also sorry I apparently undid your formatting edits, I must have edited right about the same time as you. Thank you for fixing it (again) – Jared Smith Jan 19 '15 at 18:33

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