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Thread: how to fix damaged mp3 in ubuntu?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    how to fix damaged mp3 in ubuntu?

    Could you please help me with this, I know it's just about downloading a programm, but I wouldn't have posted this if I didn't need to know about the specific problem, which might be irreparable: I had some mp3 which used to work, and now when I open them they are played like for half a second, and no sound. I tried importing them to audacity, but the importing got stuck, pressed "stop" and the files were 5 seconds long and when played they had a very weird sound. I thought that they were speed up, but slowed them down and it was just the same weird sound but slower.
    So, first, is this reparable? and if it is, how can I solve it with Ubuntu (I have ubuntu studio)?

    And also, which program works for converting pcm to mp3 in ubuntu studio? i heard one can't install anything or it might generate conflict.
    Last edited by eugnostos; November 28th, 2012 at 05:55 PM.

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu Mate Development Release

    Re: how to fix damaged mp3 in ubuntu?

    I had this very problem when my Android phone "fried" my SD card. Every tune only then played for a few seconds. I tried several well-known data recovery apps and NONE of them were able to restore the original MP3 files.

    So, the first thing I would do is look at the sizes of the files. Typical file sizes range from 3MB to 10MB or more. IF your files are much smaller than that, they have been corrupted and it's not likely that you will be able to get them back.
    Ubuntu 17.04 Mate, Mint 18.1 Mate; MS Win 8.1, MS Win10 Pro.
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