iTunes Plus vs Custom setting

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bdj33ranch, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    For iTunes, when importing music, is there any difference between using the "default" iTunes Plus setting vs using "custom" with settings of AAC; bit rate 256 kbps; sample rate auto; channels auto; VBR checked on?

    In both instances the Import "details" box show almost the same: 128 kbps (mono)/256 kbps (stereo), VBR, optimized for MMX/SSE2. However, iTunes Plus adds 44.100 kHz to the "details" box.

    Basically I want to use the option that has the most compatibility and don't want my metadata (especially lyrics) messed with:
    - whether I decide to utilize Apple's iCloud (ideally minimizing upload / download time) or
    - have my iPod music recognized by non-Apple players like car music playback systems which (may?) not recognize "Apple Plus" but would recognize the "custom" AAC setting.
  2. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003

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