Apple Lossless question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Morod, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Morod macrumors 68000

    Morod

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    Hi,
    I've read a lot about Apple Lossless for iTunes. This is an encoder used only for importing CDs to iTunes, correct?
    I finally found the option to use it under iTunes>Preferences>General>Import Settings. When buying a song from the iTunes Store, is Lossless automatically used, or can I choose that option from somewhere else?
    Thanks for any help in this!
    Morod
     
  2. bay2sacto macrumors member

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    When buying from the ITMS the songs will be in MP4 AAC format which is a lossy format. None of the major online stores sell anything in a lossless format. The Apple lossless format, ALAC is only for encoding your imported CD tracks.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you have the default import codec set to Apple Lossless, iTunes will allow you to transcode (re-encode) audio files to Apple Lossless, but don't be fooled. You won't be gaining anything in the process except the extra bitrate. Once a song is encoded to lossy format, you've lost the extra.

    I don't believe you can transcode purchased music, at least, not DRM'd music. I'm not sure how it handles iTunes Plus.
     
  4. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

    Morod

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    Thanks again for the info, people! It saves me from looking all over for something that's non-existent. Much appreciated! :)
    Morod
     

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