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IPOD,ITUNES and high quality downloads

by jonnyvee / October 20, 2006 2:56 PM PDT

I need advice.I`ve held off getting an
Ipod or using Itunes because when I listen to a cd that was burned from from itunes or other downloads the drop in musical quality is easily discernable.My friends all tell me that it doesn`t bother them and that the convenience of having an ipod or storing your music on your harddrive compensates for the loss of quality.
Anyway I was given an ipod for my birthday and I`ve decided to give it a shot.Here`s my question:What`s the best method to mitigate the loss of digital.I understand that itunes offers a something "Loss" method that retains better audio quality by not compressing the data as much.I know that there is a loss of recordable space but that sounds well worth it to me.Is it better? The other question I have is when transfering music fsron a cd to your hardrive is there also a way to tranfer at a slower rate to preserve quality.I know I`m a pain in the ***,thanks for your patience

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iTunes and stuff
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

Tracks downloaded from the ITMS are encoded with AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) and it is this format that Apple recommends for ripping CD's into iTunes.
When CD's are ripped, you have a choice of what compression algorithm to choose. AAC @128 kbps, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3 @ 128-192 kbps or WAV.
Of the above, Apple Lossless compresses the least.

Music being ripped from a CD will rip at the best speed. Remember that the source is digital and the destination is digital so, theoretically, there is no advantage to going slowly. (Unlike audio tape)

Hope this helps a little


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Tutorial for iTunes/iPod
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 11:22 PM PDT
In reply to: iTunes and stuff
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