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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: nvdingo on Jan 14, '04 11:22:32AM

Okay, if you are converting to MP3 from AAC you are going to lose some quality. we all know it. Whether or not you can actually tell the difference is up for grabs ( i can't hear enough of a difference at 70 mph to care, really)

my question is, what kind of conversion multiplier are you getting in that conversion, and is it faster than putting the CD in and just ripping it to MP3 again.

technically, you should get better sounding files that way.
so, it will all come down to conversion speed.



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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Jan 14, '04 01:21:59PM

agreed. reripping from CD would regain a generation of loss. for me it was more a time issue. i can convert 250 songs from AAC to MP3 in about the same time it would take me to dig up a single CD and rerip to MP3. the time lost to quality lost was too significant to ignore.

FWIW, the same smart playlist would help eliminate the dupes in either case tho. so, it comes down to quality lost vs. time lost. choose your own method of getting the MP3.

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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Jan 14, '04 01:31:29PM

forgot to answer your question tho....i get about 8x-15x convertion multiplier (depending on what else is hitting the drive at the moment) going from AAC to MP3 vs. 2.7x-4.5x in my cube's slow optical drive. so, maybe the 250 tracks was an exaggeration. but, i'm pretty unorganized...it might take *me* that long to find the CD i want to re-rip ;)

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Converting faster than ripping from CD again
Authored by: quincyharlan on Feb 05, '04 11:26:17AM

In my experience with this great hint, the files are converted to MP3 about twice as fast as re-ripping them straight from CD. Add to that the fact that you don't have to keep loading new CDs and going through those motions, but rather can select the desired files, hit convert, and walk away.
This is the way to go in my book!

On the audio quality issue, I can't say. It seems fine to me...



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