View Full Version : Best Way to Encode Audio

Nov 22, 2008, 02:15 AM
I have an 8GB 2G iPhone and about 6GB of music. Right now I have my music encoded in 128 bit Mp3 format, but am getting fairly close to reaching my limit. Is there another format that the iPhone supports, but offers a smaller file size? I am not an audiophile. The sound quality isn't of paramount importance. I actually think 64 bit WMA sounds good enough, but that's obviously a no go on the iPhone. Anyone have a suggestion? Thanks for any help.

Nov 22, 2008, 04:04 AM
I always do 192 AAC.

Nov 22, 2008, 05:16 AM
Thanks for the reply. Would that be smaller, which is my goal?

Nov 22, 2008, 05:25 AM
Thanks for the reply. Would that be smaller, which is my goal?

No, that would be larger. 128kbps is 128 kilobits per second regardless of it's recorded at that level, what format it is (MP2, MP3, MP4 (AAC) or even wav. "kbps" is bandwidth.
So, no, it won't be any smaller.

Anyway, you can make a 128kbps file into mono making it 64kbps. Or you can make your 128kbps into a 64bit stereo file. It's up to you. I would usually go about how you shouldn't reencode your already encoded files, but since you think 64kbps WMA is fine, well, there's really no point, is there?

Select "import" in itunes, select "MP3" (or "AAC" yielding slightly less crappy quality)> "special" >choose what bit rate (64kbps, sigh…), select "joint stereo" (which is in effect are are left and right channel summed=mono), save. and then select whatever you want reencoded, right click, and it should be obvious what you should do.

Knock yourself out.