Quick question regarding iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Uncle Sam, May 27, 2006.

  1. Uncle Sam macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a PC off of my coworker, and he has left mostly everything on here.

    He has an extensive iTunes library, and I was wondering what software I can use to convert the format (.m4a if I'm correct?) to MP3, or .OGG, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If it was your music, you could convert iTunes-recognised formats in iTunes, through the Advanced menu. What you convert to will depend upon what format and bitrate you have selected in the Importing section of the iTunes Preferences. Of course, this doesn't apply to DRM music and OGG, let alone music that's not technically yours. :)

    Why do you want to convert it though? Going from one compressed format to another will only make the overall quality suffer.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I'll give you more information beyond what MJ posted if you'll give me dibs on any credit card numbers you recover from the machine. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Uncle Sam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Deal. :)

    In all seriousness, I do not wish to use iTunes Player.

    If all else fails, I'll copy down some songs I like, and acquire them later on.

    I'm able to "Convert selection to AAC".

    What's AAC?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Advanced Audio Coding. :)

    Change it to MP3 if you like, in iTunes Preferences. It's in the Advanced tab, under Importing.
     
  6. Uncle Sam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, AAC works in Winamp as well...

    Eh, whatever. I'll just use MP3.

    Thanks folks.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Just thought I'd point out; if the program you are using can accept AAC, it is supposed to be better than mp3.
     
  8. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I've been researching this very topic recently and it seems that AAC might not be better than mp3 http://www.xciv.org/~meta/audio-shootout/ "AAC at 160kbps is slightly worse than LAME MP3 160kbps, but it's a close thing."
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Irrespective of which format is better, converting AAC to MP3 will make the songs worse overall as different data is stripped from the tracks. Ideally, I'd leave them as they are. :)
     
  10. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    From my experience in taking classes on Audio compression formats, if you can tell the difference between a 160 AAC and a 160 MP3, you're lying. It is so similar that you would need to do a fast fourier transform on the signal to tell any difference.
     
  11. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    One thing classes can't teach you is that most can train themselves to hear diferences. I have heard crap at 192kbps, great quality at 128kbps. If anyone tries to tell me that beyond 128kbps there is no difference between AAC, MP3, CD etc, I ignore and just listen to my music.
     

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