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Farid Shenassa
2003-11-23, 15:14
Ok all you experts, here is a chance to voice your opinion and start a
religious war. This is a bit off topic, but may be not.

I'm at a point having just purchased an iPod and iTunes, and having a slimp3
(old style that only does mp3), to rip my CD collection.

Questions is:

1. Does ripping to AAC and on the fly transcoding to mp3 provide better
sound quality for slimp3 playback than using EAC/Lame to encode to mp3?

2. how is the sound quality on ipod playback of AAC encoded audio vs.
EAC/LAME?

3. Is there a tool for easy/direct conversion of AAC to MP3?

Concern is disk space on ipod (40gig) and sound quality of AAC to push me
towards use of AAC for encoding vs. the convenience and
portability/compatibility of mp3 files.

Yes, I know, another option is to rip it twice, in both AAC and MP3, but
that just seems excessive.

Thanks in advance for suggestions.

Gregory P. Smith
2003-11-23, 15:34
On Sun, Nov 23, 2003 at 05:14:38PM -0500, Farid Shenassa wrote:
> Ok all you experts, here is a chance to voice your opinion and start a
> religious war. This is a bit off topic, but may be not.
>
....
> 1. Does ripping to AAC and on the fly transcoding to mp3 provide better
> sound quality for slimp3 playback than using EAC/Lame to encode to mp3?

Given that your AAC files are probably 160kbit/sec and the slim server
will use lame to transcode them on the fly to 320kbit/sec any flaws
introduced due to the AAC encoding should be reproduced in detail in
the much higher bitrate mp3. You'll never know the difference.

Oscar Marsh
2003-11-23, 16:13
I was going to reply to this detailing what settings I've used but I
refuse to take part in a war!

Farid, use a few different bit rates with LAME, then compare them with
iTunes (Frauenhofer MP3 encoder, or is it QuickTime?) and iTunes' AAC
encoder. See what you think sounds right to your ear.

Oscar Marsh
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