The effects of musical genre upon ease/degree of compression 2012-07-17 16:09:55 Quote from: IgorC on 2012-07-17 05:06:04Any audio codec has a "difficult" and "easy" genres to compress.You are oversimplifying. "Classical music" is often considered a single genre*, yet the acoustic structure and consequently the ease/difficulty of compression vary enormously. For example, a harpsichord piece will be typically hard to compress due to very fast attacks and wide frequency range. A mellow and quiet full-orchestra piece, will be much easier. Respective examples from my collection (all FLAC, same quality) are up to 983 kbps for a two-harpsichord piece by Bach vs. 523 kbps for a slow movement of Beethoven's symphony or 418 kbps for a slow movement of Mozart's piano concerto*which is misleading in the first place, as you can probably find much more musical and/or textural variety within output of a single classical composer, or sometimes within one piece, let alone the "classical" genre spanning ~500 years of history of music, than in entire "genres" of popular music.