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john dozier 2nd April 2011 06:57 PM

Best encoding options on Itunes
Itunes gives a number of encoding choices. Which do you suggest as providing the best SQ? Thanks

N Brock 2nd April 2011 09:51 PM

I think most would agree it's between WAV and AIFF. I prefer wav because it works with every player I have tried, while I have had some compatibility issues with aiff. The only downside to using these is they take up a ton of space on your drive, but by now you can buy a 1tb hard drive for less than $100 so it's an easy fix.

(All my CDs are ripped to my computer in WAV format using Exact Audio Copy.)


Cal Weldon 2nd April 2011 11:53 PM

Not meaning to sound dumb but is iTunes "Lossless" only an Apple thing or is that available on PC's too? That's what I use.

pleiades 3rd April 2011 02:29 AM

Apple lossless is a proprietary format, following Apple's general trend of not being compatible with anything else. It basically only works with iTunes and the iPod family of devices.

FLAC, APE, and WavPack are "non-iTunes" lossless formats, supported by a myriad of software players and portable devices. FLAC is the most popular.

I would recommend not using iTunes. If you have a PC, try mediamonkey. It supports the iPod, and will even re-encocde your FLAC files to a format the iPod supports for transfer.

Cal Weldon 3rd April 2011 05:31 PM

OK thanks for that. I actually thought it was most useful when up loading and then burning CD's but I don't change the settings when I do the iPod, I just let it do it's thing.

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