Apple Music AAC encoder settings?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by dndlnx, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    You're probably aware that not everything is available on Apple Music. For stuff that's not, I'd like to make my own files for mobile listening using XLD.

    I'm pretty sure I read somewhere years back that Apple used VBR constrained 256 for iTunes. I think it's probably the same for Apple Music, but can anyone tell me for sure? Apple support was not much help, all they knew for sure was it's AAC 256.

  2. dndlnx thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
  3. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Not sure what you are trying to accomplish or why. Are you trying to rip your own CD's but insist that they be the same format sans DRM as Apple Music? Just go with the SQ and file sizes that work best for you. There is little point in trying to obsessively match Apple Music's codec bit for bit since you can't even be sure you are using the same original master (the MOST influential element).
  4. dndlnx, Dec 3, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2018

    dndlnx thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    Basically. I make FLAC rips of all my CD’s and from those I make lossy files. Right now I have a bunch of them in True VBR “110” quality setting based on a recommendation on some message board. Then I got to thinking, why not just choose the exact settings Apple uses? Is this necessary? Perhaps not.

    But I think I read there was some technical reason why they chose constrained VBR, like it somehow worked better on iPhones. Even if that were the case, that’s not my motivation, which is purely OCD. Matching for the sake of matching.

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