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Mexbearpig
Aug 2, 2009, 11:58 AM
Title says it all. I just noticed the option in itunes and have no idea what it means. Can anyone shed some light on the situation?



jzuena
Aug 2, 2009, 01:13 PM
Title says it all. I just noticed the option in itunes and have no idea what it means. Can anyone shed some light on the situation?

Since the shuffle is fairly low on memory (compared to the other iPods) iTunes offers to re-transcode songs to a lower bitrate when syncing them to your shuffle. This causes each song to take up roughly 1/2 the space on the shuffle that it takes up on your Mac/PC. If you have good ears you might be able to tell that the song doesn't sound as good, so iTunes doesn't do it unless you tell it to. It only offers if you have the newer iTunes+ songs or songs you ripped from CD yourself using Apple's AAC encoding at 256 kilobits per second, and will make sure they only take up 128 kilobits per second while on your shuffle.

jcstuart1
Sep 24, 2010, 02:57 PM
Since the shuffle is fairly low on memory (compared to the other iPods) iTunes offers to re-transcode songs to a lower bitrate when syncing them to your shuffle. This causes each song to take up roughly 1/2 the space on the shuffle that it takes up on your Mac/PC. If you have good ears you might be able to tell that the song doesn't sound as good, so iTunes doesn't do it unless you tell it to. It only offers if you have the newer iTunes+ songs or songs you ripped from CD yourself using Apple's AAC encoding at 256 kilobits per second, and will make sure they only take up 128 kilobits per second while on your shuffle.

man, i want your apple collection! you must be broke, iphone 4, ipod touch, ipod shuffle, ipad, macbook mini, macbook pro! i am so jealous, what do you do to get sooo much money?

rgarjr
Sep 24, 2010, 04:04 PM
yeah this is an old thread.
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wywern209
Sep 24, 2010, 04:11 PM
is it just me or is this thread over a year old...

iEvolution
Sep 24, 2010, 08:24 PM
Well now that someone has posted in it its NEW again! YAY! :p

tkermit
Sep 25, 2010, 12:50 PM
man, i want your apple collection! you must be broke, iphone 4, ipod touch, ipod shuffle, ipad, macbook mini, macbook pro! i am so jealous, what do you do to get sooo much money?

I'm kind of surprised to see, that you don't advertise any services in your signature... ;)

GreatDrok
Sep 25, 2010, 03:30 PM
Old thread is old.

But anyway, it is a shame that anyone would do this to tracks for the shuffle, especially for the original white one I have because it has about the best sound quality of any iPod out there. I tried converting the tracks once since mine is only a 512MB example but the sound had a very disturbing wooshy effect all the time. These days I just stuck with the 256Kbps VBR encodes I use for everything and put whatever I can on the shuffle since I mainly use it for working out so the short playing time isn't really an issue.

Anyway, converting already compressed recordings to 128Kbps sounds bad.

UpDownAeroplane
Sep 25, 2010, 06:12 PM
yeah, i still don't get this option. converting lossy files to lossy again? it will sound terrible. though if you have ALAC i guess it's not that big of a deal...but still, you should be able to convert to 256 or 320 AAC if you want to. :/

Razeus
Sep 27, 2010, 04:23 PM
yeah, i still don't get this option. converting lossy files to lossy again? it will sound terrible. though if you have ALAC i guess it's not that big of a deal...but still, you should be able to convert to 256 or 320 AAC if you want to. :/

To save space. Rather simple. Sometimes having the music is better than the sound quality of the music. Especially when excersing or at work.

tkermit
Sep 27, 2010, 04:40 PM
To save space. Rather simple. Sometimes having the music is better than the sound quality of the music. Especially when excersing or at work.

UpDownAeroplane's partly right though - we should be given the option to choose a quality level. It would also make sense if you could tell iTunes to only compress files whose bitrate exceeds a certain value, or possibly only lossless files.