What lossy format for iPod? Best app to convert from ALAC to lossy?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by netdog, May 28, 2006.

  1. netdog macrumors 603

    netdog

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    I have my entire library (1100 CDs) ripped and archived in ALAC so that I can play them across my AirTunes network on my stereo. While there are better lossless formats it works with iTunes, AirTunes, iPod and has nice tags embedded in its container.

    Now I want to create a separate library for my 60GB iPod. It is not essential that I can store absolutely all the tracks on my iPod though that would not be a bad thing either.

    What format do you wise people recommend that I convert to? AAC? Some sort of MP3 VBR? Something else? Obviously, audio quality is very important. Future portability outside of the Apple realm is not so important as I do have the lossless file archived and there are a number of apps that will convert these to any other lossless format that I may need in the future. Obviously, for now I want to be able to play these lossy files on an iPod and in iTunes from my MacBook when I am on the road.

    Any recommendations on which app to use? Do some do a better job of conversion than others?
     
  2. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    I find AAC VBR to be very good, from itunes encoder.

    http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm/projects/mpeg4audio/index.html

    These are the guys who engineered the mp3. And they made what is is called the aac. (mpeg 4 audio) It is designed to be the next step in audio encoding, after the mp3. Though mp3 is obviously still popular.

    http://jthz.com/mp3/

    These guys have spent a lot of time with the LAME encoder, and have lots of good info here. FWIW the current LAME release makes better quality MP3s at VBR than iTunes' encoder, I have found. YMMV.

    So your options are mp3 or AAC: whichever you choose, make sure to do VBR and you will be all set.
     
  3. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

    netdog

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    Anyone have an opinion about what the best settings are for iTunes VBR AAC, and whether there is a better opp out there?

    Anyone care to argue why MP3 is better?
     

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