Converting library to lower bitrate before syncing with iPOD

Discussion in 'iPod' started by GenesisST, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Hello everyone,

    I am currently lookiing to jump into the iPOD world but I have a pretty large collection. I have a criteria of having a large bitrate on my hard disk in order to have good quality on my stereo system.

    But my library is 77 GB (256kpbs AAC) and my playlist that would make it to the iPOD is 63 GB. I am still waiting for the mythical 80GB iPOD, but if there is an answer to my following question, then I might end the wait!

    Is there an application that permits the conversion of my library to a temporary one to a lower bitrate. Keep in mind that I am using a PC (gasp!).

    Of course, if iTunes would do it (as I heard it does for the Shuffle) that would be the best!

    Thank you very much!
  2. j2r110 macrumors member


    Jan 4, 2006
    i dont think that apple will make an eighty gig ipod because there wouldnt be alot of people that are gonna want to buy it. apple is looking for more of the steriotype person, which would be the person that is to rich to steal music/have alot of songs. i mean i live in dallas/plano area and i go to pisd schools which is like rich as hell... every singel person i know that has an ipod is, most likely, rich as hell, but they have like 30 gb ipods to watch music videos and crap. if apple would do an 80 gig ipod, it would be for people who have a big library and wouldnt you think that apple thinks 60 gb is enough? i mean cmon, how many people have 60 gb of music anyways? very small amount of people do... so i dont think they would do it. i suggest if you want 100 gbs of music, then get an archos. :confused:

  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    transcoding songs is a big nono

    if you had your songs in a lossless format like aiff, flac or apple lossless -
    lossless on CD -> lossless -> lossy is only a one-time loss of quality

    if your songs are in a lossy codec (mp3, aac, ogg vorbis, whatever) -
    lossless on CD -> lossy -> lossy is a two time loss of quality, the second one being in addition to the first.

    you're not exactly just converting it to a lower bitrate, you're doing that twice. lossless -> lossy @ 128kbps AAC from lossy @ 192kbps AAC is not going to sound the same as lossy @ 128kbps AAC from lossless flac.

    So either don't put all your songs on the iPod, delete some, or just not get an iPod - there are devices out there that can handle >60gb music.
  4. Some_Big_Spoon macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2003
    New York, NY
    I never understood the desire for an 80gig ipod that just did music. Do you really need every single song you have with you 24/7? You have to charge it eventually, right? so have it auto swap some stuff and that way you're still fresh.

    Don't downgrade your quality, it makes no sense. Just pick 5k songs and take them with you. you'll never, never, ever get through them in a given month.

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