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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MikaelSmoot, Nov 28, 2009.
For best music quality should i rip to aiff or apple lossless while mainting future proof
To my knowledge aiff is a better quality file, but in the real world you cant notice the difference. I would go with lossless.. its the default standard for many people on here..
Because apple lossless is truly lossless (it's just a compressed version of the aiff) it will be undistinguishable from aiff
How does 320 kbps VBR MP3 compare with Apple Lossless or AIFF when you weigh up quality versus size?
I don't have the biggest HD or the biggest iPod but I enjoy having most of my music in high quality.
AIFF is not a better quality file. As long as they're working properly, lossless codecs will retain all the information from the original file and be bit-for-bit identical once decoded.
Let me make it simple for you:
a. Forget AIFF, apple lossless is a compression of AIFF with NO loss of quality, I rip everything there myself.
b. If you are talking about the itunes mp3 encoder, go with top quality setting for aac instead, it's a better format.
I would say go lossless, you ll get very roughly speaking about double size for alac (apple lossless) over the top aac/mp3 setting, but your library will be future proof, you won't have to re-encode and essentially you ll be safekeeping your data in case of cd scratches and the like. Plus if/when you do buy a really great quality audio system you ll most likely, not always of course, appreciate the difference, and there is a difference in the presence and expansiveness of music between any lossy and any lossless format.
I went lossless a couple of years ago in any track I rip from a cd and I ve not regretted it.
Plus the way hd/ssd/flash sizes are growing it will be a non issue very soon.
Remember the mp3 format became a hit back 9-10 years ago when our hds where 20gbs in size or so, while now you can get a 1.5 tb hd for less than 100 bucks.