What’s bitrate? And why’s it important for music?


We’ve all listened to digital music, right? And that means you’ve probably heard of  “bitrate” or come across files that have “kbps” at the end. Thing is… what does that mean? What the hell is bitrate? Well, we’re here to help you out.

In the simplest terms, bitrate is an expression of the amount of data a file produces each second.

For example, you may see something like “320kbps.” This literally means 320 kilobits per second, which is how much data is being produced. To make things easier, we’ve put this into a handy image for you:

what is bitrate