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ripping cds at 128 vs 256

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jkramb, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    If i re-rip all my cds at 256 will they take up twice as much space? will my 50 gigs of music become 100gigs of music because of the doubled but rate?
  2. Guest


    Yes, as 128 is the kilobit rate, so if you double the kilobit, you double the kilobyte to store the information.
  3. macrumors 68000

    If you are going to take the time to re-rip 50 gigs of CDs, I would do them in MP3 format since they are completely portable to other players and a lot of CD players in cars.

    I also suggest that you use the variable (VBR) option as it will result in smaller files.

    Just a few suggestions from someone who re-ripped 100+ gigs of CDs.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Blue Fox

    I used to rip all my music in the highest 320kbps MP3 format (because yes, you can tell the quality between 128, 256 and 320). And low quality mp3 annoy me like no other.

    But I found that ripping them in 256kbps "iTunes Plus" format that is an option in iTunes sounds the same, if not better than the 320kbps MP3.

    Just some food for thought. Just get an external HDD for the music and rip them at the highest quality possible if you are going to go through the hassle of re-ripping that much music. 100GB is NOTHING compared to the 1TB hardrives you can now get for right at 100 bucks.
  5. macrumors 68000

    That's why I ended up re-doing it. I use a 1TB drive and have about 150GB of music on it. I used 320kbps and did NOT use VBR. Funny thing is that I think I made a mistake in not choosing Apple Lossless, but I was not sure how much space that would take up so I decided against it.
  6. macrumors G3


    If you are going to take the time to rip your cd's into mp3, rip them at the highest rate.

    If you are going to take the time to rip them into another format, rip them at the highest format you can.

    If you are going to rip them in a lossless format, you need to decide which format you want and which one will be the most compatible with what you are doing and what you want to do.

    That is what I have been doing anyway... I have started to move away from Mp3 and stared ripping everything at apple lossless. If want the lossless ripped into a smaller file, I don't have to look for the cd and re-rip, I just grab the files in question and start converting. This does take up a little more space but hd space is cheap these days.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Im going to be ripping 80 cds plus and i want to chose the right format. Space is not an issue. i want to keep the music on my macbook pro and on an ipod so the format needs to be compatible with both...

    Is apple lossless the highest quality off the cd and is it compatable with mbp and ipod?
  8. Guest



    As the MBP uses iTunes for audio playback, and iTunes has the Apple Lossless option in its ripping section, it is safe to assume, it can play Apple Lossless.

    And the iPod can play Apple Lossless too.


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