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AAC file converter in itunes!
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babajazz
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Oct 10, 2003, 03:11 AM
 
I noticed that I've been importing music into itunes with the "AAC converter setting 128 kbps"

Is this the same as wav, aiff, or mp3 file? is it a different file format?
Also is there a way for me to convert certain tracks in itunes to waves or mp3's on the fly?
thanks in advance
     
jessejlt
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Oct 10, 2003, 03:17 AM
 
     
babajazz  (op)
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Oct 10, 2003, 03:23 AM
 
is there a way for me to change all the AAC encoded files back to mp3?
thanks very much btw
     
danengel
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Oct 10, 2003, 04:56 AM
 
Originally posted by babajazz:
is there a way for me to change all the AAC encoded files back to mp3?
thanks very much btw
I didn't try that, but I heard it would cause serious quality losses. Better re-rip your files.
     
mitchell_pgh
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Oct 10, 2003, 09:54 AM
 
Think of a photocopying machine.

The CD is the original... you make a photocopy of it (AAC)... you then make a photocopy of that photocopy (from AAC to MP3)...

You loose information with every conversion.

If you can go back and get the original CD... and then convert it to MP3, the quality will be better.
     
Mr Scruff
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Oct 10, 2003, 11:23 AM
 
Originally posted by mitchell_pgh:
Think of a photocopying machine.

The CD is the original... you make a photocopy of it (AAC)... you then make a photocopy of that photocopy (from AAC to MP3)...

You loose information with every conversion.
Good analogy...
     
bracken
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Oct 10, 2003, 02:03 PM
 
Is there a particular reason you don't want to use the superior AAC? Old, wavy MP3 blows.
     
macbarry
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Oct 10, 2003, 02:19 PM
 
Originally posted by bracken:
Is there a particular reason you don't want to use the superior AAC? Old, wavy MP3 blows.
One reason could be that ACC is not supported in CD (and or DVD) players that can read MP3 files burned onto CDs.
     
mitchell_pgh
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Oct 10, 2003, 02:26 PM
 
1) AAC isn't as popular as MP3

2) You can download just about every song illegally in an MP3 format

3) Many car stereos, DVD players and portable players now read MP3

4) I can share MP3 files with my Windows, Linux, Unix friends

5) Most of my music has already been encoded into MP3

6) Many users can't tell the difference between 128 and 160 and 190+ MP3 quality

I could go on and on... If Apple is serious about AAC
     
bracken
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Oct 10, 2003, 02:35 PM
 
Originally posted by mitchell_pgh:
1) AAC isn't as popular as MP3

2) You can download just about every song illegally in an MP3 format

3) Many car stereos, DVD players and portable players now read MP3

4) I can share MP3 files with my Windows, Linux, Unix friends

5) Most of my music has already been encoded into MP3

6) Many users can't tell the difference between 128 and 160 and 190+ MP3 quality

I could go on and on... If Apple is serious about AAC
It's a codec, bro. Get over it.
     
Preciousss
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Oct 10, 2003, 02:48 PM
 
Originally posted by babajazz:
is there a way for me to change all the AAC encoded files back to mp3?
thanks very much btw
I'm going from memory here, but if you go into iTunes prefs > Importing and change the dropdown to MP3, you'll have the option to "Convert Selection to MP3" under the Advanced menu once you select any non-MP3 file.

Any time you change that format in that dropdown, the Advanced option changes.
     
mitchell_pgh
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Oct 10, 2003, 03:42 PM
 
I know it's a codec... thus the name Advanced Audio Codec (AAC).

My point was;
- MP3 is more useful then AAC (right now)
- AAC is a very nice and advanced codec (could replace MP3 and a few other codecs)
- Don't transcode music files! (from AAC to MP3 or MP3 to AAC) unless absolutely necessary
     
Kissargi
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Oct 10, 2003, 07:03 PM
 
anyone who cant tell the difference between 128kb mp3 and 256kb mp3 needs new speakers
     
chris.p
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Oct 10, 2003, 07:20 PM
 
Telling the difference between different bitrates of mp3's- I can do it if its a Pepsi challenge- i.e. play the two off against each other- but I certainly couldn't do it if I was asked- is that a pure cd or an mp3? (ie no comparrison, without ever hearing the master) Dont get me wrong, higher bitrate= better quality, but if you dont now how its supposed to sound, it sounds perfect.
     
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Oct 10, 2003, 07:56 PM
 
I would bet NOBODY could tell the difference in 90% of the environments you are in...

Naturally if you have set of $50+ headphones in a quiet room... you could, but in a car... while you are running...

No difference...
     
   
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