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Do you protect your digital music files' integrity?


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The file type shouldn't matter for data corruption, that's a hard drive or OS issue.

Not necessarily, it's possible for a file format to store redundant bits in such a way that if the file is corrupted but not too corrupted then the original data can be recovered. One such method is used in CDs, which is why they're usually still listenable even with dust and scratches.

 

No idea whether there are any common file formats that actually do this.

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Most major file formats have analysis tools available for debugging purposes. Not sure if there is any reasonable way to manipulate a data encoding. You would have to have knowledge of the format specifications. Presumably, if there was something wrong with an encoded file that was not caused by something externally such as hard drive corruption then it would have to be a bug in the encoder which is entirely possible. However, they are not complicated pieces of software.

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