Check bitrate of MP3 and audio files quickly

Oct 4, 2010 - 3 Comments

You can quickly get the bitrate of any MP3 or audio file from the command line by typing the following command:
afinfo filename |grep "bit rate" The command will report back something like: bit rate: 320000 bits per second

The afinfo command is included in Mac OS X and without the attached grep command will report back extended information on audio files.

If you don’t like working in the command line, you can also get this information from iTunes.

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Posted by: David Mendez in Command Line, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Dinoo says:

    You can also do this in iTunes

  2. kc_cramer says:

    Isn’t this information also available in the Get Info window for any selected audio file?

    NOTE: It’s in the More Info section (in Snow Leopard, at least, I don’t know how far back this capability goes).

  3. Alberto says:

    Select the file and press command I :D

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