Converting selection to MP3

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  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    So I want to convert my whole library to .MP3 192kbps

    I am not an audiophile so I think the quality will be fine for me.

    Question is when i convert something to .MP3 it makes a duplicate of it in iTunes. How do I delete the old songs and keep all the new converted songs?


    Reason I am doing this is to save some space on my iPod.
     
  2. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    I have found that when you have a bunch selected and convert them, they remain selected when the conversion is completed. Meaning, after the conversion is over, you can just hit delete to remove the originals.

    Of course you can always sort by date added to isolate the new ones from the old.
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nice, Thanks!

    New question.

    Most everything in there is already MP3... A lot of it is like 320kbps which is just way to big, and some is 128kbps.

    Is there a way to just select the mp3 files larger than 192kbps so I don't upscale all the 128kbps files?
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Hit Command-J to bring up the View Options window, then select "Bit Rate." Then just click on the Bit Rate column header in the main iTunes window to sort by bit rate and you've got them all sorted!
     
  5. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wow you guys are awesome! I have learned at least 1 new thing everyday in iTunes since I got my ipod.


    Does anyone know what VBR means? (i.e "236 kbps (VBR)" )
     
  6. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    might be able to make a smart playlist.
    edit: yes you can.
    vbr= variable bit rate. It uses less bits at times of less complex stuff and more in more complex stuff. (the 236kb ,or what ever, is what the middle ground kbps or what it tries to stay near, i think)
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Variable Bit Rate

    Rather than encoding at a constant bit rate, complex portions are encoded at a higher bit rate while simple portions are encoded at a lower bit rate.

    Yep...that's probably an even better way.
     
  8. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    The only reason I didn't mention this is because when he goes to delete the originals from inside the playlist, they won't actually delete from the library.
     
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    very true
     
  10. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So for the average person.

    Do you think it is okay to convert say something that is 250kbps VBR to 192kbps mp3.


    I am just using sony headphones.

    Think I will be good doing this?
     
  11. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    I'm not an audiophile but I tend to run away from re-encoding my music. taking a 320kb mp3 converted to 192 will sound like a you ripped it in at 168. Which is ok, but not so great if you got a decent audio set up and some shures for on the road.

    So i wouldn't re-encode the 250 VBR to 192. Are you dying on space?
     

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