'Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC'

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by louis0nfire, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

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    I sync about 25gb of music to my iPhone 4, so I was thinking of trying this option so I can fit some more music on. My question is, what EXACTLY does this setting do? Does it sync a 320 mp3 as 128 AAC or does it make copies of all the songs I sync? I don't want duplicates in my library. Someone explain it to me, thanks.
     
  2. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

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    always wondered this too. assumed it took higher bit rate songs and made them 128. less quality means less space. I never did it cuz I like high quality music.
     
  3. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I just don't know where the converted songs go. Do they JUST go on the iPhone itself, or also somewhere on your computer/library?
     
  4. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    It encodes any music you want to sync to 128kbps, but doesn't duplicate it in your library. So it will take a bit longer to sync than a normal song.
     
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  6. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, nice. Thanks. Is there much of a noticeable difference between 320 mp3 and 128 aac?
     
  7. Yvan256 macrumors 601

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    Most threads I read seem to indicate that AAC@128kbps is about the same quality as MP3@160-256kbps. However, since your source would be an already-encoded MP3 file, your results may vary.
     
  8. shmeaty macrumors member

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    if youre somebody who doesnt care much for really good music quality, then go ahead and convert. but personally i dont like flat, hollow 128kbps, so i keep all mine at 320. some people cant hear the difference, but i can and its annoying. i'll take the hit of decreased memory at the expense of good quality music.
     
  9. The General macrumors 601

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    128 aac is fine with me. I can tell the difference between 128 aac and 128 mp3, but i cant tell the difference between 128 aac and 192 mp3.

    I love feature, it's the difference between me fitting my entire library on my phone and or not, and for me, entire library > marginally better quality.
     
  10. jps1012 macrumors 6502a

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    Where in itunes is the option to convert to 128?
     
  11. jsilas macrumors regular

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    When you plug your iPhone/iPod into your computer, click on it in iTunes and look at the check boxes on the main screen.
     
  12. jps1012 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!!
     

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