Help! Distorted Audio + Audio Compression

Hello! I could not find any other topics regarding my situation, so here I am :slight_smile:

I am on MacOs Catalina 10.15.2, and using Audacity Version 2.4.1
Anywho; I am trying to input a MP3 file. I have also downloaded the same file as WAV and AIFF, and still, I get the same outcome. My audio is distorted, high-pitched and compressed to 1 second. I have also deleted and reinstalled Audacity, and it still happens. I also tried this with other audio files I have, and it’s the same.
I also tried this with another MP3 file, and instead of it being high-pitched and compressed to 1 second, it was stretched out to 2 hours and it was low-pitched, but still hurt my ears.
If someone had any tips on how to fix this, it would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,

I am trying to input a MP3 file.

You’re trying to make Audacity play a sound file. Where it it? On a web site or music service? iTunes, or I guess it’s iTunes Store now? Do you have it on your iCloud storage? On you local machine?

Chances of these files being MP3s are pretty much zero. Audacity can play those just fine. So they’re really Something Else. Are you close enough to them to either right-click or control+tap > Get INFO.


I have them on my desktop, downloaded. I don’t know what else to do :frowning:

What happens if you open one of the files in QuickTime Player?

– Bill

Right-Click or Control+Tap > Open With > QuickTime

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