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Discussion in 'iPod' started by aminadab, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    #1
    Hi, I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I'm having trouble generating keywords to search with. I'm looking for the best possible audio encoding software. I have an ipod and some etymotic reference headphones. I currently rip at apple "loseless" and find the quality to be ok/fine. Are there any other products I should be looking at? I'm not worried about space; I'm going for quality. I just need the app to be able to let me put the files on my ipod. Thanks very much from a novice.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

    #2
    You cant get higher quality than lossless, with lossless you get exactly the same as what is on the cd, thats why its called lossless!
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    sjpetry

    #3
    Use WAV.

    And no matter what people say their will always be something lost in anything that is less than the original (in size) .

    And I bet that the output of a iPod is not Audiophile.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

    #4
    Lossess is just that... It doesn't degrade the data (ie sound). It's just like zipping a wave file, it comes out exactly the same as it did before it was compressed.

    And the headphone amp in the iPod is extremely high quality.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    #5
    Ever heard of zip, rar, etc.?
    A lossless audio encoder work in the exact same way. Compressing the content to a smaller filesize, but keep the content intact so it can be decompressed to its original state.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    #6
    AIFF if your on a Mac.


    Remember though, a WAV file can contain any form of encoded sound such as MPEG, WMA, RAW etc. It's only a container file type.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    #7
    However the DAC is awful.
     
  8. macrumors regular

    Revlimit Punk

    #8
    There is zero difference in quality between uncompressed formats (AIFF, WAV) or lossless formats (such as Apple lossless, flac, ape...) and the original source CD.
    If you are noticing a difference, either your playback software is flawed or your brain is tricking you into thinking there is a difference (but there isn't any).
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    #9
    Lol, how very wrong you are, i suggest you learn a thing or two about compression

    Let me give you a quick example

    "does lossless compression work? Yes! lossless compression does work!"

    Take the above statement

    Lets say "does " = 1
    "lossless compression " = 2
    and "work" = 3

    I can now say "123? Yes! 213!"

    What was once 69 charactors is now 50 (if we include the assignments we did)

    So we have less than the original size, yet no data is lost! This is a very crude example of lossless compression
     

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