Converting whole collecion to 320 Kbps, how to do t?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ajumbaje, Aug 29, 2009.

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    ajumbaje

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    I have music that's lossless and some that is 128 and 256 and some that is already 320. I like keeping my whole music collection on my iPod and my laptop hard drive is taking a hit as I have little space left on my hard drive. Is there a way I can covert my music without having to deal with duplicates (original and newly converted songs aka the way iTunes does it), or would I have to do it in groups of songs so my hard drive doesn't fill itself halfway through the whole process?
     
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    If you have songs that are now 128 or 256, then recoding to 320 is not going to improve anything.
     
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    ajumbaje

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    So is there a way I can just convert my lossless to 320 without duplication?
     
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    Convert to AAC

    I don't know if this will help you but it is possible to convert to AAC file in (advanced - create AAC version). I think that it will drop file size to 256 kbps, I do this one album at a time. If you highlight all the tracks and then click on 'create AAC Version' it will convert the tracks and leave the old versions highlighted, then just press delete and itunes will remove all unwanted tracks. Even if your tracks are already in AAC it should still change the file size.

    I don't think many people will spot the difference between 320 and 256 kbps which is as high as AAC convert will go.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    It's easier than you think. Make a note of what time your conversion begins. Then go to your music library and sort by time created. Delete all the songs that were created before your conversion.

    And BTW I hope you don't think that upsampling your lower bitrate files is going to improve their quality.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    In short there isn't a foolproof way to do it, no. But between using sample rate and date modified fields you might be able to avoid converting any lossy tracks by accident or ending up with too many dupes.

    However, my advice to you would be to use a more space efficient format. In practice V2 lame is going to sound just as good as 320kbps MP3 or AAC and makes a lot more sense for use on laptops and ipods.

    What I would do it create a new iTunes library and start fresh. Add all your lossy songs now, and then convert all your lossless tracks with Max or XLD.
     
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    ajumbaje

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    I actually found a way to do it via itunes. I also have the lossless songs separated, now to sleep and wake up to deleting 56.4 gb of lossless songs(about 2100 songs for me)

    I did it through import settings and switched the import format to aac/Itunes plus. When you right click a lossless song, it says "convert to aac format" instead of "create apple lossless version"

    btw, yea, I did think that it would improve the quality haha. I guess its more for large/surround speakers, I dunno. Good thing its extremely easy to go back to aac. This and Snow Leopard is gonna create a lot more free space than I entered the weekend with.
     

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