What does "bitrate" mean?

Radio streams are encoded (compressed) to a ‘bitrate’.
The bitrate simply refers to the audio quality of the stream, which is measured in computer terms in ‘kbps – kilo bits per second’ or ‘k’ for short.
As a rough guide, listening to a station in 128k stereo would sound like CD quality, whereas 24k would sound more like listening over the phone. It is also important to note that users with a dial-up internet connection will not be able to connect to anything higher than 24k.
However, SoniXCast recommends broadcasting in 96k in the mp3PRO format to get the best sound for your buck.
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