Converting my lossless rips to AAC, do I go with 256kbs, 320kbs or 320kbs VBR? 2016-01-20 14:33:12 I've just finished ripping my 600+ album collection using XLD on my Mac, all stored in a lossless format on an external hard drive (and further backed up on another kept off-site because there is simply no way I'm doing all that work again for anything).Now I'd like to play all my music on my MacBook with a modest speaker set-up while i work, ideally while not having an external hard drive hogging the USB port, and since 600GB worth of tunes is likely to choke up my machine I thought it sensible I convert to a lossy format to general play.Now my question is this, what should be the highest quality AAC encode I should aim for? While I know it's entirely subjective and a lot of people are saying that the iTunes Plus (256kbs VBR) option is a good enough compromise between sound quality and size but I have a 700GB+ hard drive in my Mac so would it be worthwhile going the full hog with 320kbs and should I go with the VBR option with that bit rate? Would that make any difference? I apologise in advance if I am treading old and unwelcome ground but I haven't been able to find anything that helpful so far online about the differences and/or benefits between 320kbs and 320kbs VBR AAC files so your recommendations would be very valuable.I don't want to have to re-encode everything in a couple of years so until a Mac can comfortably hold a decent sized lossless library then essentially I want the highest quality lossy format to tide me over for the foreseeable future.So, 256kbs VBR, 320kbs or 320kbs VBR?