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View Poll Results: How do you encode imported CDs in iTunes?
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AAC 42 votes (55.26%)
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How do you encode imported CDs in iTunes?
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Apr 11, 2005, 05:14 PM
 
Just curious. I have no idea which is best, I just no higher bit-rate is good. So which do you use, and why?

EDIT: Im using AAC, 224 bit rate... not sure why...
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 05:16 PM
 
mp3> iPod
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Apr 11, 2005, 05:19 PM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
Im using AAC, 224 bit rate... not sure why...
That is rather odd. BTW it would sound 10x better at AAC 225.

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Apr 11, 2005, 05:44 PM
 
I convert everything to MP3/160.

I really can't tell the difference between 160 and the higher bitrates. AAC files aren't compatable with my TiVo or my DVD player.

AAC might technically be better, but I'd rather play it safe and use a format that I know will be supported for a long time.

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Apr 11, 2005, 05:48 PM
 
Originally posted by ort888:
I convert everything to MP3/160.

I really can't tell the difference between 160 and the higher bitrates. AAC files aren't compatable with my TiVo or my DVD player.

AAC might technically be better, but I'd rather play it safe and use a format that I know will be supported for a long time.
What he said (apart from the TiVo bit).
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 06:07 PM
 
Originally posted by ort888:
I convert everything to MP3/160.

I really can't tell the difference between 160 and the higher bitrates.
Hmmm, what kind of speakers do you use for playback? I can easily tell the difference between 160 and 256 when listening through my stereo system's Infinity speakers (rather than my eMac's pathetic little ones).

Oh, and I rip mp3/320.
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Apr 11, 2005, 06:10 PM
 
i use AAC 128 because i can't really tell the difference between that and mp3. but i can see how you would want to use mp3 in case aac dies...nevver thought about that

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Apr 11, 2005, 06:12 PM
 
MP3, 320, VBR.

I'd do 'em in lossless if I had a little more HDD space.
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Apr 11, 2005, 06:26 PM
 
128kbps AAC. Works great with my iPod mini, and I don't have any devices aside from my stereo that I want to export too and I do that over an audio cable...
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 06:27 PM
 
Originally posted by malvolio:
Hmmm, what kind of speakers do you use for playback?
(I'm assuming the question was for both of us, since our answers were identical)

Dantax surround set - don't know the model number, can't be bothered to climb around under my desk looking for it just now . Sometimes I can hear a slight difference, but nothing I'd notice unless I was consciously looking for it.

What makes a lot of difference, however, is the crappy outlet from my crappy laptop to the surround set. I can hear a difference very clearly between playing music off my computer and playing it via my DVD player (don't have a stereo anymore), even if I'm playing the same CD (as in not ripped, but playing the CD directly in the computer too).
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 07:21 PM
 
Always MP3. In terms of the bitrate, back in the day I used to do it at 128 and now at 192.
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 07:24 PM
 
MP3 @ 192
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Apr 11, 2005, 08:06 PM
 
192Kb/s VBR MP3.
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 08:06 PM
 
mp3 @ 256kbps
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 08:12 PM
 
AAC @192k.
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 09:05 PM
 
AAC 160 at 48kHz
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 09:08 PM
 
Originally posted by Lateralus:
MP3, 320, VBR.
How remarkably pointless.
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Apr 11, 2005, 09:36 PM
 
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Apr 11, 2005, 09:41 PM
 
mp3 - 192 kbps
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 09:56 PM
 
AAC 128kbps
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 10:40 PM
 
So, If I import the same CD in AAC 192 and MP3 192, which will be better quality?
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 11:22 PM
 
Probably AAC. The whole point of AAC is that it sounds better than MP3 at the same bitrate, so for equivalent sound you can cut the bitrate and save some disk space.

Try it and see for yourself.
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 11:41 PM
 
170 AAC
     
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Apr 11, 2005, 11:42 PM
 
Originally posted by wataru:
AAC 128kbps
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 12:36 AM
 
Originally posted by ReggieX:
How remarkably pointless.
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Apr 12, 2005, 01:53 AM
 
VBR MP3 using LAME set to r3mix.
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 02:19 AM
 
Originally posted by Kenneth:
AAC @192k.
Ditto.

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Apr 12, 2005, 03:31 AM
 
Stuff that I really like and have a tendency to listen to when I just want to focus on listening to music and do nothing else I encode as lossless. Unfortunately I can't spare the hard drive space to do my entire collection in lossless, so most of the stuff is encoded as 192kbps AAC. I find the 128kbps stuff from the iTMS to be passable, but I can definitely tell the difference and prefer stuff I've encoded myself at a higher bitrate.

Ahh, the curse of good speakers/headphones.
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 04:11 AM
 
Originally posted by Kenneth:
AAC @192k.
likewise
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 06:22 AM
 
MP3 @ 128
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Apr 12, 2005, 07:55 AM
 
I don't have an iPod or other portable music player, and I'm picky about sound quality, so I use AIFF. I play the music back through a pair of B&W LM-1 speakers connected to a Creek 4330 Mk. II integrated amp with Audio Quest Jade speaker cable.
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Apr 12, 2005, 08:02 AM
 
typically 192aac, kids songs 128aac, music i'm very fond of 256aac. i'm thinking of trying out apple lossless, but i wonder if 320aac would be a smaller file, playable on my older ipod, and undistinguishable to me.
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 08:37 AM
 
Originally posted by JHromadka:
AAC 160 at 48kHz
CD's are 44,100khz, you know..

I use [email protected] for most of my stuff and Lossless on some difficult electronic music etc. iTunes mp3 tends to fail horribly at some songs even at 320kbps, which annoyed me a bit after I got a pair of good headphones. So whenever I have to encode to mp3 I use LAME 3.96.1 with the --preset standard setting
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Apr 12, 2005, 12:02 PM
 
To avoid the lesser files from getting jealous of the new ones I encode with MP3 at 192Kbps, which on my home stereo (via iPod) sounds so damn good anyways that I really think anything better is for bragging rights.
     
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Apr 12, 2005, 12:09 PM
 
Originally posted by Kenneth:
AAC @192k.

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