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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices iPod
iTunes 9.1 enables the 'Convert higher bitrate songs to 128 kbps AAC' for all of your iThings -- iPhones, iPods, iPads. This makes it as Apple-easy as one would expect to maintain a Lossless library, and yet use smaller AAC files on the mobile devices!

I have waited for this to happen for the last couple of days...well actually since I began working on the best workflow that enabled me to enjoy my music ripped to Lossless at home as well as being able to save space on my iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, my iPad, and all other future iThings. Now I can do this without having to use an iPod Shuffle -- it's now possible for my iPhone!

Note: the on-the-fly conversion takes place during the sync and does not alter anything within the actual Lossless Library. Syncing is blazingly fast on my Core i7 iMac.

The next step will now be to consolidate all the music on a sharepoint on my OS X Server and create a read-only access for my wife, then change the settings in her iTunes to:

- NOT Copy file to iTunes Media folder when adding to library
- NOT Keep iTunes Media folder organized

Then she can add (links) to the Lossless content from our one and only consolidated Lossless music archive (maintained by me), and get AAC 128kbps music synched to her iPhone/iPods.
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Use iTunes 9.1’s “Convert to 128K AAC” to fit more music on devices
Authored by: FlaSheridn on Apr 05, '10 08:10:30AM

Yes, this has been extremely useful; it’s turned my 32 gig (really 30 gig) iPhone 3GS effectively into better than 42 gig. YMMV, of course, depending on what’s in your library. Do budget some time for the conversion, though, and some trial and error on how much will fit—smart playlists aren’t quite smart enough to have a “Limit to X GB After Conversion” option.



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Use iTunes 9.1’s “Convert to 128K AAC” to fit more music on devices
Authored by: tatilsever on Apr 05, '10 10:50:21AM

You can limit based on time. At 128kbps, each hour should take up just over 56MB per hour if my arithmetic skills have not degraded that much.



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: xhinter on Apr 05, '10 08:40:33AM

What's actually the hint?
However, it'd be great to change the bitrate.
Out of curiosity, take a look at this script
http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=losslessaccworkflow



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: ragmaxone on Apr 05, '10 10:30:36AM

I was happy to discover this feature, but after trying it many times, I only got errors while syncing ...

I tried to "un-sync" the music and then "re-sync" with but it doesn't work.

If somebody got an idea, that would be great.



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: ridogi on Apr 06, '10 03:54:32AM

I also got a endless stream of error messages and even unchecking the option to convert to 128 didn't resolve them, although some songs did convert to 128. Of the ones that did convert artwork and lyrics were missing on my iPhone. I also tried removing all music from my iPhone unsuccessfully. I had to restore the iPhone from the last backup to get back to full size music files, which then got rid of the error messages for me.



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: onkelringelhuth on Apr 05, '10 12:54:49PM

"Syncing is blazingly fast on my Core i7 iMac."

Not on mine, I'm afraid: iTunes seems only to be using one thread to do the conversion.



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: ragmaxone on Apr 06, '10 05:07:58AM

My iTunes also seems to be mono-threaded for many tasks ... I get a spinning ball very often :o(



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: b00le on Apr 06, '10 12:00:08AM

OK - it's early morning and I'm not very bright, but could one of you geniuses tell me where to find this option...



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: ragmaxone on Apr 06, '10 05:06:43AM

on the first page of iPhone sync properties in iTunes (something like "summary")



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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: jasonz on Apr 06, '10 06:53:10AM
Wow that really is a great new feature. I have about 2700 songs in my library, and my free space on my 16 gig iphone (really only 14 gig) went from 500M free to 3 gig free! For most of my phone listening (commuting on the train, gym, airplanes), supremo quality isn't that important, and 128 AAC isn't so bad in these environments.

Of course the initial sync w/the conversions took forever (I let it run overnight). Hopefully, such long syncs are a rarity now that everything on the phone's been converted.

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Use iTunes 9.1 to create AAC formatted files for all devices
Authored by: avandelay on Apr 07, '10 01:58:04PM

One cavaeat here: the downsamped version will have broken lyrics. Every song I've got on my iPod Touch now gets stuck on "Loading Lyrics...". The lyrics worked before, and I found a thread somewhere where other people with different iPods had the same complaint, so it's not just me.

Still worth it, though, as most of my stuff is 256k AAC and I'm now fitting almost twice as much music.



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