App to convert/resample mp3s on a mac (preferably free)

Discussion in 'iPod' started by VoodooDaddy, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    I just got a new intel mini and am looking for an app to resample songs. I rip/ripped all my cds at 192k on my pc, but for space purposes on my old 10gb ipod and my sons nano, I resample down to 128k. In windows I used musicmatch to do this and was very happy with it.

    Now I'm in the process of moving all my music off the pc to the mini but need to find something that can do this for me.

  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    You can use iTunes...

    After your song is imported, go to Preferences --> Advanced --> Importing --> MP3 Encoder --> 128kbps quality

    Then in the library, right-click any song and "Convert to MP3..."
  3. Yvan256 macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    Since you're on Mac and only use iPods, I'd suggest to re-rip all your CDs to 128kbps AAC instead of doing all that MP3 re-encoding. A lot of people cannot hear the difference between MP3 160/192kbps and AAC 128kbps.

    Of course, it would be nice if Apple gave us the iTunes/iPod shuffle feature (resample/recode before uploading to the iPod).
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    the only problem with this is that your re-ripping from an already compressed source meaning you will lose more quality in the conversion. if you can't re-rip the songs from the CD i would try converting them in iTunes first and see if you're alright with the quality, or just leave them as they are.
  5. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    my favorite ripper/encoder for the mac is Max.

    you still shouldn't transcode from compressed files if you don't have to, but Max will help you with all your conversions...
  6. VoodooDaddy thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    Thanks for the suggestions. I won't be reripping my cds. That would just takes forever. When I first ripped the majority of my stuff it took several days of constantly swapping discs in and out of not just 1 but 2 computers. Then the 2nd computer I used, I networked to my other and transferred all those songs over.

    I've resampled a lot, in fact everything on my 10gb ipod (2000+ songs) has been resampled from 192 to 128 and personally I can't tell any difference. I read a lot of comments about lower quality or whatever, I guess everyone just has better hearing than me.
  7. Lebowski macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    im no expert, but you cant ADD fidelity to a track. Once its been dropped in the initial ripping process, the software cant accurately add in missing info.

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