Software utility to assist in comparing two 'near' identical tracks??

Discussion in 'iPod' started by m021478, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I am in search of the ideal tool to use to compare two nearly identical versions of the same song that I have in my iTunes library, in which I can make an informed decision as to which one to keep...

    An example of such a case would be two versions of the same song, by the same artist, in which one version is from a Greatest Hits album and the other version is from the original album...To my ear, I 'think' I hear a slight difference, but I cannot say for sure...I would instinctively think that I should delete the track off the Greatest Hits album so that I can keep the original album intact, and then simply keep the tracks from the Greatest Hits album that I don't have elsewhere. But occasionally, Greatest Hits albums contain 'Remastered Recordings' in which the songs sound better than they did on the original album...

    My initial thoughts are that if I lay these two tracks next to each other in a timeline/storyboard of some sort, in which I can see the audio waveforms to compare peaks and spikes and whatnot, and so that I can see the difference (if any) between tracks with varying bit rates and file formats?

    I am using a Macintosh, and this could of course be done using iMovie or Final Cut Studio Pro (both of which I have), but I kinda figured that with all the iPod/iTunes software utilities out there, someone has probably thought of this concept before, and there's likely to be a tool out there that could assist in streamlining the process of comparing two 'near' identical tracks to weed out the lesser of the two...

    Any suggestions on how to deal with this kind of situation would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!

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