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 Post subject: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:02 am 
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Okay, who's the Audiophile here?

Since iTunes has relaxed their DRM requirements with iTunes Plus, I want to convert some of my iTunes albums to MP3 and similar compatible formats.

Is CBR 192Kbps a good quality format for MP3?

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:58 pm 
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For MP3's 128k and 192k is decent quality. Check the existing encoding on the files you want to convert with something like "mediainfo" and try to keep the new encoding close. Don't bother converting to a higher setting because it won't provide any benefit. Remember the higher the encoding, the bigger the file.

What I usually do is down convert my music to mp3 192k (near cd quality). For example:
MP4 192k -> MP3 192k
MP4 264k (or higher) -> MP3 192K
MP4 128K -> MP3 128K (don't go higher because it'll do nothing but make the file bigger with no benefit.
MP4 (less than 128k) don't bother, find a better encoding.

Hope that helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
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Does anyone know of a freeware app that can record "what you hear" audio (similar to what's part of the Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite?)

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:55 pm 
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Whole bunch of em out there.. I've not used any, so can't recommend any. But feel free to browse:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=record+what+you+hear&btnG=Search

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
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Jakeman66 wrote:
For MP3's 128k and 192k is decent quality... Don't bother converting to a higher setting because it won't provide any benefit...


Good point!

Well I decided on 192k and the iTunes Plus source was 256k, so I think I followed your rule in the down convert. And afterwards I listened to the recently converted mp3s in Rhythmbox under Linux and they sounded great. So 192k is just fine for me and my two audio discriminators.


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 Post subject: Re: Multiple Audio Formats - Which I Should I Use?
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Glad it worked out for you.. One would have to be an audiophile nut to tell the difference between a 192k mp3 and a cd track..

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