This doesn't have much new compared to my posts from this weekend, but here they are ordered and coherent.
I also posted some audio samples: http://ajroach42.com/floppycast-examples/
Keep in mind that both samples will sound pretty much horrific, but also that each sample is around 100kb for more than a minute of audio.
I prefer the Opus file to the mp3 file, as it's a little less muddy during speech (but ruins music.)
If that sounds like a ridiculous thing to care about, consider that the easiest way to increase the distance over which you can transmit a signal is to decrease the transmission speed.
So, if you were hypothetically trying to build a new network that transferred media over long range radio connections, phone lines, and sneakernets, very small file sizes would be very beneficial.
@ajroach42 Not enough thought gets put into the fact that we'll someday be wanting to have conversations with Mars.
@emsenn @ajroach42 There was a Sci Fi story on that score. To improve communications, talk like women can. Both sides talk continuously and answer questions as they arrive as well. It removes the limitation of waiting a few minutes delay to answer a question by keeping the information flowing continuously.