What does this mean: Convert higher bit rate songs to 128kbps AAC?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Mexbearpig, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2008
    Title says it all. I just noticed the option in itunes and have no idea what it means. Can anyone shed some light on the situation?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Burlington, MA, USA
    Since the shuffle is fairly low on memory (compared to the other iPods) iTunes offers to re-transcode songs to a lower bitrate when syncing them to your shuffle. This causes each song to take up roughly 1/2 the space on the shuffle that it takes up on your Mac/PC. If you have good ears you might be able to tell that the song doesn't sound as good, so iTunes doesn't do it unless you tell it to. It only offers if you have the newer iTunes+ songs or songs you ripped from CD yourself using Apple's AAC encoding at 256 kilobits per second, and will make sure they only take up 128 kilobits per second while on your shuffle.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    man, i want your apple collection! you must be broke, iphone 4, ipod touch, ipod shuffle, ipad, macbook mini, macbook pro! i am so jealous, what do you do to get sooo much money?
  4. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area
  5. macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    is it just me or is this thread over a year old...
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Well now that someone has posted in it its NEW again! YAY! :p
  7. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    I'm kind of surprised to see, that you don't advertise any services in your signature... ;)
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    Old thread is old.

    But anyway, it is a shame that anyone would do this to tracks for the shuffle, especially for the original white one I have because it has about the best sound quality of any iPod out there. I tried converting the tracks once since mine is only a 512MB example but the sound had a very disturbing wooshy effect all the time. These days I just stuck with the 256Kbps VBR encodes I use for everything and put whatever I can on the shuffle since I mainly use it for working out so the short playing time isn't really an issue.

    Anyway, converting already compressed recordings to 128Kbps sounds bad.
  9. macrumors member

    May 21, 2010
    yeah, i still don't get this option. converting lossy files to lossy again? it will sound terrible. though if you have ALAC i guess it's not that big of a deal...but still, you should be able to convert to 256 or 320 AAC if you want to. :/
  10. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    To save space. Rather simple. Sometimes having the music is better than the sound quality of the music. Especially when excersing or at work.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    UpDownAeroplane's partly right though - we should be given the option to choose a quality level. It would also make sense if you could tell iTunes to only compress files whose bitrate exceeds a certain value, or possibly only lossless files.

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