I was listening to my music today and randomly checked the quality of one of my tracks, only to discover it was only 256kbps! This won't do, I prefer to listen to 320 when I can find it.

Does anyone know a Windows app I can run to search through my music files and return tracks or albums that are below a certain quality threshold? Doesn't need to be very fancy, but my library is a little over 18,000 files so it would need to be rather efficient.



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You can simply use Windows Explorer:

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Note that the bit rate is the encoding, not the actual quality of the track. See program to determine the lowest quality encoding a music file went through.

  • Awesome, thanks. What about if all my files are in nested folders by artist?
    – xhocquet
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 14:28
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    The search is recursive. Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 15:59
  • Derp, of course.
    – xhocquet
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 19:26

I'm not sure what foobar 2000 doesn't do.You could drag in all your music into a playlist, enable the "bitrate" column on your playlist, then you can sort by bitrate. Initial playlist building takes a while (but my music collection's at ~100gb). I'd also recommend having a 'codec' column enabled and since I'd suspect mp3/cbr may have lower bitrates at little loss of quality

Mine looks something like this so sorted. I wouldn't do it this way though

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There's a smarter way to do this -

You can also use search (ctrl + F) to select these out (which I wished I knew before I messed up the order of my music) - you can find a more complete guide to the query syntax here, or by clicking in that ? in search. You can even copy paste these to a new playlist. or further filter (for example %bitrate% LESS 320 AND %artist% HAS nirvana), so you know which tracks to rip again.

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I'd add its a great, flexible music player, with a lot of awesome options. It'll run portably if you didn't want a permanent install, and all sorts of great plugins.

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