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donBrian
Oct 15, 2005, 01:46 PM
I am looking for the best bitrate for importing in iTunes. At the moment I use the standard setting (128kbps) and the sound is good. Recently I was advised to use much higher bitrates and I would like to know the sense of this.
Space is not an important factor but sound quality is. As mentioned 128kbps sounds alright and choosing a higher bitrate so it sounds better than I can actually hear is nonsense. A higher bitrate in order to be able to burn proper audio CD's does make sense. Furthermore iTunes offers Variable Bitrate Encoding (VBR).
Therefor three questions:
- which bitrate offers good sound quality?
- which bitrate is neccesary in order to burn audio CD's of standard quality?
- what effects has VBR on the questions above?



Blue Velvet
Oct 15, 2005, 01:53 PM
Welcome to MR.

There are plenty of existing threads on this subject already. A simple search taking all of 10 seconds reveals:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=58527
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=84442
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=26388
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=70116

WinterMute
Oct 15, 2005, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the info Blue.

Please take time to search before posting, most questions have been discussed at one point or other.

If not, then post away.