Favorite iTunes settings for encoding?

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  1. filmcutter macrumors member

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    As I am in the process of encoding my CD collection for storage on a nice, fat firewire drive, I was wondering what your favorite settings are for encoding MP3s.

    Looking for the best quality vs. size compromise. Do you VBR??

    Just a wonderin'
     
  2. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    To me quality is more important than size. If I had the room I would use 320KBS for everything, but I dont' so I go with 256. That is very good sound. I use VBR sometimes, but not very often.
     
  3. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    This is kind of like my earlier thread on music.

    Again, I like 192Kbps, since 128Kbps is crap and anything above 192Kbps is barely detectable for me in how much better the music sounds. Plus, the file size becomes too big.

    No, I do not use VBR.
     
  4. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Anything from 160 to 192kbps + VBR will give you great sound and good file size.
     
  5. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

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  6. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    If you care about quality, don't use iTunes' built-in encoder. It is a several-year-old relic inherited from SoundJam that is generally said to produce crap-sounding files. The only good things about are that it's convenient and it encodes quickly. I would recommend searching VersionTracker for the iTunes-LAME Encoder, an AppleScript iTunes plugin that replaces the functionality of the built-in iTunes encoder.

    Alex
     
  7. filmcutter thread starter macrumors member

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    any thoughts on Audion as compared to iTunes (or any others)??
     

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