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Automatically clean up Amazon MP3 downloads
Authored by: Casey4147 on Apr 09, '10 02:35:32PM

Okay, my AppleScript skills are sorely lacking, thus this post.

I prefer to keep my iTunes tracks as AAC. First thing I do after downloading from and the downloader copies the tracks over is sort my files by type, select all MP3s, and convert to AAC. Of course, I have the safety net of having the original MP3s backed up in the download directory.

Any suggestions on automatically converting the files in the new "Import to iTunes" watch-folder to AAC based on this? My need of keeping a backup of the original MP3 is optional. Thanks!

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Automatically clean up Amazon MP3 downloads
Authored by: Clause on Apr 10, '10 11:31:50PM

I typed a response detailing why you shouldn't transcode lossy to lossy, but I dropped it because I'm really just curious... why would you do that?
You've got storage.
The files are kinda small to begin with - even a small iPod can get you along for more than a day on 256k MP3s.

If it's for organizing, there are so many better ways.

I really don't see why you'd want to double-rape those media files en-masse, on the spot.

Google why re-encoding mp3s is horrible. Formats don't matter when transcoding - you're still taking a grainy filtered photo and putting another grainy filter on it, which can only lose more detail.

Hard drives are cheap; your ears aren't. Treat (and feed) them well.

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Automatically clean up Amazon MP3 downloads
Authored by: pgor on Apr 11, '10 08:51:35AM

My first attempt would be an Automator workflow: Create a Folder Action workflow, and process each of the files with the "Import Audio Files" action, which has an option for the encoder to use.

Haven't tried it myself, but it seems a logical first step/giant leap toward what you want.


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Automatically clean up Amazon MP3 downloads
Authored by: NoComment on Apr 12, '10 06:38:40AM

Oh, you shouldn't convert any lossy format into another one, you will loose even more information. And yeah, you will hear that. Maybe not with your current equipment, but maybe one day you get a grip on a really good in-ear headphone, you will bite you a.. if you once hear what you've lost by this conversion.

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