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10.4: Use Automator to mass-convert iTunes tracks
Authored by: nite77 on Jul 01, '05 06:26:20AM

The "storage is cheap" people seems to miss something, not all of us keep our music on desktop computers' harddrives, which admitedly are dirt cheap. (I mean, much less than 1e/1Gb), and even portable harddrives' prices are coming down. One can get a 100Gb 2,5" hdd for about 100e even here in Finland. That's cheap.

BUT, the thing here is, for portable devices the price/Gb is MUCH bigger, for example, for iPod Shuffle, it's pretty close to 100 euros / 1Gb. Reducing file size for even 10% is worth it. (and you WON'T notice the audio loss on headphones, unless you paid much more for them than your portable.)

I primarily went from mp3 to aac for that exact reason, and that most of my collection is encoded from the days of WinAMP 1 or something, when too many people believed that 128kb mp3's equalled c-casette sound quality... and because I didn't have a CD-drive back then, most of my mp3's are 320kbps mp3s, which take humongous amount of space. So going from 320kbps mp3 -> 128kbps AAC the space-gain is BIG and I can live with the sound quality.

I can't honestly say I even know anybody who can notice the quality between CD, 192kbps mp3 or 128kbps AAC. I myself can't notice that. with 96kbps AAC vs CD with my home theater, I can hear the difference in SOME songs, NOT ALL. At 64kbps I can hear it with any song, as the bass sounds pretty ugly then.

Dropping from 48/44.1KHz to 32KHz or even 24/22.5KHz is much much more audible.

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