ohthedrama747
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Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Hi there,

I have a music collection of circa 1050 songs. My 8GB 2nd nano has used about 5GB already. Of course all my songs are mixed in MP3/ACC from the iTunes store. Is there any way I can convert them all to use less space? I was thinking on getting the touch but at this rate there will be no room left for any video content!

I'm using OS X 10.5.2...any help through iTunes or otherwise would be fantastic.

Cheers,

G
 
Klaus
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RE: Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:04 pm

Yes, you could convert them to a smaller size, but the quality will suffer considerably in any lossy de- and re-compression because it will make the combined artefacts much more audible.

For MP3s and other unprotected formats it would suffice to set the ripping format in the preferences to whatever you want, then select the titles in iTunes and then click Convert to [selected format] in the Advanced menu.

Protected files from the iTunes Store must first be burned to audio CDs and then re-ripped to the desired format.

For such a conversion I would recommend the AAC format since it provides better quality at much smaller file sizes than MP3. But as said above, you will always lose some quality in the process nevertheless.


I would generally not recommend this kind of conversion, however; I only have a 4GB nano and I use relatively high data rates including lossless compression for optimal quality. I simply swap files I had listened to for fresh ones when I have to charge it anyway (sort the iPod's library by Last played, delete the most recently played ones and drag fresh files from the iTunes library to the iPod).
 
ohthedrama747
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RE: Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:23 pm



Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):
But as said above, you will always lose some quality in the process nevertheless.

I feared this would be the case but no harm in asking. Thanks Klaus.

G
 
Klaus
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RE: Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:43 pm

You're welcome!
 
lobster
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RE: Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:39 pm

I rip all my MP3's at 128kbps. When I get something off iTunes, I burn a CD and then rip them to MP3's. Can't comment on ACC because I've never used it.
 
Klaus
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RE: Converting Music?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:48 pm



Quoting Lobster (Reply 4):
I rip all my MP3's at 128kbps. When I get something off iTunes, I burn a CD and then rip them to MP3's. Can't comment on ACC because I've never used it.

MP3 at 128k are pretty horrible quality, with clearly audible artefacts. If you can, better use AAC. It provides more quality for the same file size or smaller files for comparable quality.

AAC is basically just a different name for the improved successor format of MP3 - it would not be correct, but you might think of it as "MP4".

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