What is the difference between MP3 and MIDI files?

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Offline The Scientist

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Please elaborate upon explanation. Thanks!
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What is the difference between MP3 and MIDI files?
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2011 11:11:24 »
MP3 is type of audio file, (in a lossy compression format): MP3 is a (compressed) digital a recording of sound.

MIDI files do not contain an audio file, they do not contain a recording of sound.
MIDI files are the computer equivalent of sheet music: they contain the instructions on how to play the tune, a tune which could be played by a wide range of (computer generated) instruments.
« Last Edit: 05/02/2011 11:23:13 by RD »

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What is the difference between MP3 and MIDI files?
« Reply #2 on: 05/02/2011 19:34:21 »
Because of the differences that RD identified, MIDI files are incredibly small compared to MP3 files.

Arguably, MIDI files are just another form of lossy compression, although it is rather extreme.
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What is the difference between MP3 and MIDI files?
« Reply #3 on: 12/04/2011 18:21:46 »
MP3 is a recording file which your computer play like a tape where MIDI is piece of music which will read by computer and play on a virtual piano.MP3 is one of the widely used file format.
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