I know of no devices that won't play AAC.
Quote from: Engelsstaub on 20 December, 2011, 02:06:39 PMI know of no devices that won't play AAC.The audio unit in my car will not play AAC. It will, however, play MP3.
.....I really like very much LAME project but I can't see clear improvements without increasing bitrate (since 3.97).
Many PMPs I see don't play AAC, even new ones. For example the Phillips MP3 players and MP4 players only play MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, APE, according to the specs.
Sure there was improvement.
Trumpet for instance was real bad when using VBR up to 3.97. 3.98 improved significantly on it. Same goes for the 'sandpaper noise' issue. Just to talk about problem samples I care about. IIRC eig improved too.
Improvements like these don't necessarily bring average bitrate up.
Quote from: halb27 on 20 December, 2011, 04:00:40 PMSure there was improvement.Not without rising the bitrate.....
Quote from: Nick.C on 20 December, 2011, 03:12:53 PMQuote from: Engelsstaub on 20 December, 2011, 02:06:39 PMI know of no devices that won't play AAC.The audio unit in my car will not play AAC. It will, however, play MP3.I suspect your head unit is not of recent manufacture(?) If it was, (I believe) not supporting AAC (like music sold in the iTunes music store) would be a glaring flaw and possible commercial suicide.
My new (2012) car will play only MP3 and WMA.And I don't think they are going out of business just yet.
Can you connect an iPod to your car's stereo?
Quote from: GHammer on 20 December, 2011, 09:48:32 PMMy new (2012) car will play only MP3 and WMA.And I don't think they are going out of business just yet.Can you connect an iPod to your car's stereo?
That's just stupid (IMO) when the majority of legally-purchased music is obtained through iTunes. It's even stupider (IMO) that they seem to think more people would be concerned about WMA playback.
Every device I own (and that's quite a few if I count kids and phones) supports it. I have an older Alpine stereo in my car. It supports AAC and has an iPod interface. Perhaps if my circumstances and usage were different, I'd be using MP3 instead. It would certainly be "just as good" as I only encode at "iTunes Plus" bitrates or 160 Kbps for video.
I've nothing against MP3...it has some clear advantages.
Yes, AAC is fine if you stick with the Apple ecosystem.
and have to use it when encoding video as well.
...so what devices are you talking about? I presume something from Apple? Furthermore you mentioned Handbrake earlier which uses the outdated FAAC encoder (the PC version at least) and probably is worse than LAME.
Can You provide the results where You have compared different version of LAME ...