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I've found that audio files seem to degrade slightly over time (10 years +), and I'm looking for a tool to check the integrity of those, and say, "yip, it's all there and good!".

I need something that checks:

  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • Monkey Audio

I've seen MP3Check. It's good, but it only works on MP3s.

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Please note that there is a difference between "integrity as in comform to the MP3 standard" and "integrity as in the file's checksum matches those of a database", tools that don't do online look-ups are of the former while those that take a footprint or check-sum are of the latter... – Tom Wijsman Oct 22 '11 at 14:52

That being said, digital is digital, there's no reason they should degrade over time unlike analogue media.

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That what puzzles me, the degradations. You'd expect being digital that they would be flawless, but theyre degraded. 12 years old audio files, and some are duff. I think it is something to do with Maxtor drives, which I used for a while. I'll take a look at the Foobar etc. – scope_creep Oct 22 '11 at 22:45
Digital files may degenerate through the means of incremental bit rot. This may be caused by hardware glitches, software glitches (while tagging). – itsafire Mar 6 '15 at 14:22
You unlikely want to use foobar2000 for that purpose - it just skips broken files when adding them from a playlist or directory. Sad but true. – Pavel Vlasov Aug 29 '15 at 12:24

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