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post #11 of 16
low cache would be the culprit. it needs to have more through put and the cache doesnt hold enough so it need to constantly seek.
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Is the drive you moved the files to (where they were still distorted) also old?
    
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there is no way this is the drive, cache, network or anything else like that. You cannot get slow music from files - digital music will either play fine, or it will skip etc (or not play at all). There is no half measures with digital (unlike analogue) - it will work fine or it won't.

Now you can get corruption over time with a hard drive. But it won't cause this effect. It can't cause this effect. It would just result in file read errors, or at the very least the odd skip or similar.

Your issues must lie either with your playback hardware, your original recording hardware, or, quite probably, your memory. What tracks are playing slow, and is it just that you remember them being faster?
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Get a checksum of the original music file and compare to see if they're the same.
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I agree with the_beast. Sure an old HDD can corrupt your files but then you'd have distortion somewhere or some files would be too damaged to play.

Are you testing with the same player software all the time? I didn't quite get the Ubuntu part you posted.
If so, maybe your player has some playback speed adjustment plugin accidentally enabled?
You could try to copy them to a portable or your mobile phone if that can play mp3 and see what happens there.
Also, maybe some tool ran over your mp3 library on that disc and changed the speed? I don't know if something like that exists or can be simply changed without re-encoding the file though.

kz26's idea of comparing checksums is also a good idea, if you still have the original un-corrupted files. If checksums differ, something messed with the files. If they are identical something further down your audio chain is probably messed up.
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He is saying he played the files on another drive, in both windows and Ubuntu.

What is the sample rate of your audio hardware, and of the files?

The files are not going to be uniformly modified by corruption in a way that a parser can coherently run through.
    
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