Encoding for Audiobooks...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by heljy, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. heljy macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Madison, WI
    Hi, I have an audiobook that I want to rip and put to my ipod.

    However, I am not sure what would be a good bitrate to encode it to.

    Any recommendations/comments according to:

    i) aac/mp3
    ii) mono/stereo
    iii) 16kbps/32kbps/etc

  2. oldschool macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    I have some howard stern radio shows at 32kbps, and they sound fine. 32 if you care about file size...or 64 for quality but i wouldn't go any higher than that. And since you're recording it anyways, do AAC and Stereo.
  3. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2003
    32-bit mono will be fine. Stereo isn't important because there really isn't any sound dimension found in songs. I.E. A guitar fading from left channel to the right channel, etc.

    Not sure what Audible.com uses.

    As for the type. Depends on what you want to play it on. If you're sticking to an iPod/Mac combo, go with AAC. If not, go with MP3. I'd stick with mp3 anyway because quality gains at that bitrate aren't going to be great enough to be detected, and mp3 is playable on anything.

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