Converting Music Store Purchases

Discussion in 'iPod' started by denm316, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. denm316 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2003
    Hello All,

    I had a question and wondered if anyone was actually doing this. I ripped a lot of my CD's a while back to 128AAC, I am fully aware of the supposed sound differences and to me I just really didn't notice a drastic difference. Also I have been trying to conserve some space on my iPod.

    Now with the Music Store being DRM free and 256AAC, the files are double the size. Is there anyone out there converting their newly purchased songs from 256AAC to 128AAC?

    Just Curious...
  2. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    Set your import setting like the attached screen shot.

    Find the song you want to convert and then select the song, right click and select "Create AAC Version" It will take a second or two depending on the speed of your machine and then you will see two versions of the song in your library. Delete the one with the earlier Date Added.

    I just tested this with an iTunes plus track and it works fine.

    Attached Files:

  3. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
  4. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    In this day of age with hard drive space so cheap, I don't know why you'd want to go any less than 256kbps. Space shouldn't even be a concern...unless your talking about lossless or aiff/wav files and a ridiculously huge music library. 128kbps is just fine if your using average headphones, but as soon as you go high or higher end I can tell a difference for a good portion of songs I have.

    I figure it's better to do it higher than needed for now b/c sometime down the road when space keeps getting bigger and cheaper, you'll probably wish you had encoded higher.

    With that said, if you can't hear the difference, go with whatever you feel like.
  5. denm316 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2003
    Space is really only an issue with my Nano. I am not worried about hard drive space at all with my iMac or any other computers. I just like to have as much music on my iPod as I am able to.

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