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Recover Broken MP3 Files

Scenario : A Music file of yours suddenly has choppy sound or doesn’t play at all, and it also happens that sometimes you cannot add a collection of songs to iTunes.

Solution : One of the causes of the above problem is that some of your audio files are broken. Most of these errors have to do with so-called MP3 tags but they aren’t limited to the name of the artist and the album release year, but also contain critical technical information, like MPEG stream and Xing header data. When these don’t match up or there’s garbage at the beginning or end of the file, some MP3 players will get confused and not play them properly.

This is not something new, there are a lot of audio applications that are essentially flawed. They seem to work great, and may continue to do so, but under the surface they transfer little quirks and errors to the files they’re handling in your music collection. You’d be surprised how many of your files are already affected.

Luckily, many of these errors stay below the radar, and these files will continue to play as if nothing were wrong. Depending on how grave the particular distortion is, it might be easy to solve, or not at all. I present to you 2 options to fix them : 

1. MP3 Diags

This application is available for both Windows and Linux. MP3 Diags is a wonderfully extensive application that not only takes care of the aforementioned errors, but also helps you maintain the consumer-relevant tags and album artwork.

In the experiment i did with it, MP3 Diags worked its magic fast, precise and with vast detail. If you’re technologically gifted, MP3 Diags will duly and thoroughly inform you of the nature of those errors. Although you should note that the main development platform is Linux, so it’ll function best on Linux OS’s.

[ Download MP3 Diags ]

2. MP3 Val

MP3val is a lightweight application that can fix most of the aforementioned problems, lightning fast. It’s been the salvation of many an audiophile. You can include files manually, or add whole folders to scan. Once the MP3 problems have been determined, they can be fixed with the click of a button.

Although MP3val is technically a command-line tool, the MP3val frontend offers a graphical user interface for Windows users, as can be seen in the screenshot above. On the download page, make sure to select the MP3val-frontend 0.1.1 binaries.

[ Download MP3Val ]

With these tools, the majority of, but not all, files can are repairable. However you should bear in mind that it’s possible that some files have been distorted beyond repair.

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