Ripping CDs - best approach/codec?

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  1. growlgrowl macrumors newbie

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    I ripped a huge bundle of CDs onto a hard-drive for use with my iTunes and (un-synced) iPod. I ripped them using iTunes as 320kbps mp3 files. I now think I should have ripped them as Apple Lossless m4a files.

    Is m4a equivalent to flac in terms of quality and size? And therefore noticeably better than 320 mp3.

    Is XLD the best way to get flac files converted for iPod and iTunes use?

    Grrrrr
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Yes Apple Lossless is exactly the same as FLAC in terms of quality (after all they are both lossless), in terms of size Apple Lossless is pretty good. Not sure but it is comparable to FLAC anyway.

    Use iTunes to rerip your disks into Apple Lossless format.
     
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Apple Lossless and FLAC turn up files of approximately the same size, between 40 and 65% of the original is common.

    Better not have a 16Gb Nano...
     
  4. millar876 macrumors 6502a

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    ... unless you only have arround 20ish albums.
     
  5. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    I put apple lossless music on my 2 GB first gen nano...

    @OP :

    XLD will do fine for converting FLAC to ALAC, although I use Max, which is good too.
     
  6. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    I've got around 2000 lossless tracks on an unsynced iPod Classic, the library is on an HD on a shelf.

    16Gb just doesnt go far enough...:D
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Loseless is best, but for compressed

    at the same file size
    mp4 (AAC) > mp3 > WMA
     
  8. growlgrowl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!!!

    I've got a 60Gb classic that's a few years old and needs to be emptied to be honest, so I'll be alright. I'm waiting for a bigger Touch before I get a new one.

    Thanks for the advice though folks. My CDs are all locked away in another continent but I'll get around to it whenever I get a chance.

    I looked into mp3 vs. aac and read that mp3 (320) is better but any lower then you should stick with aac.

    Thanks again.


    Grrrr
     
  9. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    I've always read that AAC is better than MP3 unless for compatibility reasons.

    Although I never use either really. Lossless is the way to go!
     

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