What iTunes Settings.....

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by RonW., Apr 27, 2014.

  1. RonW. macrumors newbie

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    Hard wire cable is in one room with time machine.
    iMac computer is in another room.
    2 channel stereo is in the den with an apple airport express in line. I can stream music from my iPhone or iPad to the airport express and run it through the 2ch stereo with no problems. Now I can see my entire iTunes library via home sharing, thanks guys again.

    Now, what's the skinny on aiff, mp3's, apple lossless, flack...??? please explain in layman's term so I can understand.

    I don't know much about this, but what is the best settings in iTunes for importing cd's to run through the above system?

    Thanks in advance....

    RonW.
     
  2. Destroysall macrumors 65816

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    Since you are only using iTunes (at least at moment it seems so), might as well stick with Apple's alternative to the lossless format.

    Lossless formats are uncompressed files.. a direct-from-CD rip. They are relatively large files in terms of capacity.

    Lossy formats are AAC, MP3, etc. The general recommendation for AAC is that it retains a bit rate of 256kbps whereas MP3 is generally recommended to be 320kbps.

    My personal recommendation is that if you can afford the space, stick with lossless codecs. AIFF is a similar format to a WAV. ALAC (Apple Lossless) is similar to FLAC. There are some enthusiast who will claim that the only best format is AIFF and WAV. I personally think this difference becomes aware in higher end audio setups, so you should not be able to discern a difference.

    If you cannot afford the space for your music, AAC (256kbps) will serve you well.

    Hope that helps! :)
     
  3. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    Go with Apple Lossless. You will not lose any sound quality compared to WAV and AIFF.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G4

    Julien

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    Actually to be more precise ALAC will be 100% bit for bit identical to the WAV/AIFF file.
     

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