Best Quality For Ripped Songs?

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  1. triton macrumors regular

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    Thank you to anyone that can help me with this question. ;)

    I'm new to encoding songs, or ripping them from cd to put on my hard disk. I noticed that there are several ways you can rip a song into iTunes, such as encoding in mp3, aac etc etc. I would eventually like to replace my cd's with just digital copies on disk, can you tell me what the highest quality is that I can encode in through iTunes.

    I am no sound expert, but I would like to have my songs that are ripped sound as close as possible to the original on disc. Can someone specifically tell me what the bit rate should be, what the format should be ....etc. :confused:
     
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  3. 3Memos macrumors 6502

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    Yes, Apple Lossless as an archive format. Then to compress for iPod, I would choose 128Kbps-196Kbps AAC. 128Kbps works the majority of people. Then as audio compression technologies improve, you can always re-compress from your original Apple Lossless files, without having re-rip from CDs and re-importing ID tags and album art.
     
  4. triton thread starter macrumors regular

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    So Apple Lossless is the best? Great, thank you for yor help. :) Also, how does one import Album Art? :confused: Here's another question, if you purchase through Apple's iTunes store, you can never get the true high quality that Apple Lossless provides, right? :confused:
     
  5. 3Memos macrumors 6502

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    It's the same exact digital copy at around half the file size.


    You can use a program called Clutter that can grab album art from Amazon. Or you can get them from iTunes or scan them from your CD covers.

    Right. iTMS songs are already compressed at 128Kbps AAC. They sold 230,000,000 million songs to date, so at least the people buying them have given thumbs up to the quality.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    You can find high-quality cover scans at Coveralia. Once you've saved the artwork (drag it to your desktop) you can then import it into iTunes by expanding the artwork viewer (little triangle in the buttom-left) then dragging the file into the box.
     
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