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iPod encoding in iTunes

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by Wig, Oct 3, 2005.

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  1. Wig

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    I have an iPod nano on the way shortly and I have been playing around with importing my Cds into iTunes. I'm happy with AAC @ 96kbps CBR but I'm toying with the idea of this bit rate but using VBR. Can anyone recommend this? It should give better quality but are there any issues involved? TIA.
     
  2. lukey

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    hi wig

    vbr (variable bit rate) is supposed to have a number of advantages, if you importing music which varies between say a single simple voice to more complicated multi layered sounds, then the bit rate, as it states, varies in quality depending on the type of music, the advantages of this is that files are copied at a more optimum rate to ensure that they are not larger than necessary and that periods of more complicated music are increased in quality. for example 256kbs cbr may actually work out as 290 kbs in variable. Regardless of the 'science' behind it, you should mayb e try importing some songs in both cbr and vbr at the same bit rate and see if you can spot any difference, otherwise the process will just be academic from a sound quality point of view, albeit it will optimise space usage on your nano.
     
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    Yip, I think it will be a trial process - vbr files seem to be a little larger but I'm okay with that if there is a quality improvement to be had.
     
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    i use 320 kbs vbr mp3 and apple lossless for some of my favourite cd;'s but ive only got a couple of hundred cd's and a 60gb version :)
     
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    I think that might fill up a 4GB nano pretty quickly! ;)
     

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