Hi,Newbie here with a newbie question. I look through the forum and didn't find a recent post to address this.I have some 1100 CDs archived as Apple Lossless (and my CDs are now, thankfully, gone!). I use an Intel Core Duo Macintosh though I also have a PC if need be to achieve the best solution. The task I need advice on is this...I have a 60GB iPod. Sure, I would love to have my whole collection on it, but that isn't really necessary. I do, however, want to create a second library (under a different account called on my Mac) to manage my iPod. As I have all the files in lossless format, I am not too worried about AAC becoming a deadend, though it would be nice (though not absolutely necessary) to be able to burn the occasional MP3 CD (though I can always do conversions for that separately from my lossless library as I rarely burn such CDs). I am also an iTunes user as I pipe my music around the house via AirTunes through an Airport (hence deciding upon Apple Lossless as my archive format).For my portable collection do I use AAC or MP3 for excellent results?VBR? LAME MP3?Appropriate bit rates? I would rather err on the side of quality than space-saving.Use iTunes to encode or another app?Is it still true that a Shuffle won't play high bitrate VBR AACs?I am grateful to have found such a resource as this. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
Yup, 160kbps VBR in iTunes will be a whole lot faster too
Quote from: Busemann on 28 May, 2006, 01:26:04 PMYup, 160kbps VBR in iTunes will be a whole lot faster tooSo everyone agrees that 192 VBR in iTunes wouldn't really be any better?Everyone agrees that iTunes VBR does a good job?
Quote from: netdog on 28 May, 2006, 01:40:10 PMQuote from: Busemann on 28 May, 2006, 01:26:04 PMYup, 160kbps VBR in iTunes will be a whole lot faster tooSo everyone agrees that 192 VBR in iTunes wouldn't really be any better?Everyone agrees that iTunes VBR does a good job?I am getting an iPod soon and am preparing for it by using AAC 192 with the VBR switch on. I used to go 256 CBR, but my ears can't tell the difference. I think 192 VBR is a killer setting and the file sizes are just fine. Much faster, too, because you can do a massive library batch encode in iTunes and album art, lyrics, whatever will transfer over to the new files.
(though I will still vigilantly guard my lossless archives).