Revised iTunes MP3 Encoder? 2006-07-11 13:30:20 The other day I was transcoding some needlessly high bitrate spoken podcasts (CBR 192kbps) from a not-so-slick podcaster that I just happen to like to a more normal VBR 64kbps. I didn't care so much about using LAME for this purpose. I just needed the podcasts to stop taking up 2.8GB.So anyway, I was using the famously bad iTunes encoder and I noticed this new (to me??) dropbox in the VBR MP3 encoding options window in the 'Advanced' tab.It's MP3 encoding quality -- it seems to only apply to VBR encoding, and the options are:LowestLowMedium LowMediumMedium HighHighHighestI think the default was 'Medium'.Now, I don't *CARE* about this exactly, but I guess I find it interesting and wonder if, when we've tested MP3's here on the forums in all the tests we've done, what setting have we used, or did these even exist during the tests?I'm dying to know if an iTunes VBR192kbps MP3 encoded in 'Highest' quality is competitive with LAME '--V2 fast'. Or at which point an audible difference begins to appear.I'll probably do my own tests with Foobar tonight or tomorrow. But does anyone have any input on this?