Sound Quality - In terms of filetypes?

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  1. xcdjy

    xcdjy Member

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    Hey;

    I've been wondering about the best file format to use for good sound quality? Music downloaded through iTunes sounds a hell of a lot clearer and punchier than my coverted-to-320KBPS-MP3's do.

    From what I've read, the best format to use is (other than Apple Lossless) AAC, but at what bitrate?

    Can anyone help me please?

    Cheers.
  2. LssThanThree

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    You can't just convert a song to 320Kbps...
    It has to actually be recorded like that.
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    Yeah. If you have a 128 kbps mp3 and convert it to 320 kbps you're doing it wrong. It will sound the same and just take up more space.

    Have you tried ripping it straight from the CD ? Using the latest LAME mp3 encoder ?


    iTunes converts them to 256 kbps (by default). Just curious, at what bitrate are the files from the Apple Store ? 256 ?
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    Purchased songs from the iTunes Store vary in bitrate. One of my purchased songs is 256 kbps while another is 320 kbps.
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    i dont think there is a way to change the it
    but you need to re get
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    They say 128 kbps AAC is about the same as 160 kbps MP3. So a 256 kbps AAC (again, the default iTunes encoding setting) should be the equivalent of 320 kbps MP3.

    PS: Does iTunes charge differently for 256 kbps and 320 kbps ?
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    I didn't just convert any old files to 320KBPS (i'm not that dumb xD), I'm on about converting FLACs to 320KBPS.
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    They probably added an effect to it (like a preset or something).

    Right click the purchased song(s) and check to see if there's an EQ preset added (Acoustic, Bass Booster, Jazz, Dance, etc).
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  10. zDSpider

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    The human ear can only hear so much... Beyond 320 is really pointless. You probably meant it as a joke.

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    Actually, an MP3 encoded with LAME @ ~225 VBR is more than adequate. If you're using the default iPod ear buds even 128 kbps will satisfy you. I'm using them whem I run (because they don't isolate the surrounding) and a 96-128 kbps MP3 selection is good enough for me.

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