So many different formats I don't know what 2 do!!!

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by 414BrewCrew414, May 29, 2009.

  1. 414BrewCrew414 macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    Hey all,

    I've recently switched to a mac (best move in my life) and when I transferred all my music I have so many different formats, bit rates etc..... I want to be able to ALL my music the SAME format. I'm a total mac dumbass (sorry for the expression) I want to be able to put everything on my 120gig classic. Any real easy, mac illiterate ways to do this??

  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Why do you want all the music in the same format? To make it smaller, sound better or what?

    Nest question: So it needs to fit inside 120GB. How big is it now? The ratios of the curent to desired size will give to needed compression ratio. Then if you tell us what format it is currently (mostly) in we can see if it's possable to compress it that much. For example if most of the mousic is couurently in a lossless foormat you can comress up to about 10:1 but if it is moste 128K MP3 it is already about as small as you'd want it to be.

    How to do it? iTunes will do the conversion, set a preference for the format thne highlight the tracks and right click "convert to.."

    But be warned, changing the format always degrades the sound quality
  3. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    It's possible.

    However, you can't make a bad or poor recording sound 'good', if you know what I mean.
    Also converting any previous encoded audio to another format will cause more details to be lost.
  4. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Only if you downsample, for instance re-encoding a 128Kbps MP3 to Apple Lossless will yield a much larger file that sounds exactly like the original.

    If your library is in MP3 format, I suggest encoding to AAC at 256 or 320. AAC is a more musically sympathetic codec than MP3. You'll end up with slightly bigger files, but non of your MP3 files will sound worse.

    I have a 160Gb Classic that's full of lossless files, it's got plenty of room.

    If you're ripping from CD and want quality, go lossless.
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Just to clear it up..

    'Original' as in what you started with. Not 'original' as in CD original. ;)

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