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The AAC format does not compress MP3s
Authored by: deviladv on Jul 01, '05 10:10:32PM

This is a very silly hint, because it's not the AAC format that compresses the MP3, it's the loss of quality by converting from a higher quality MP3 to a lower quality AAC.

AAC is a wrapper on an Mp3, pure and simple. The AAC wrapper adds DRM, and simply forces the quality to 128 mbps.

A smarter idea, if you don't mind losing the quality, is converting a 320 MP3 (or whatever quality you are using) to a 128 MP3. Leave the AAC completely out of it and keep the flexibility of dealing with a DRM free MP3. In fact it will probably be slightly smaller since the AAC wrapper takes up a small amount of space.

A even wiser idea is to experiment. If 320 is too big for you, lower first to 256, then 192, and see if you notice a difference in quality. If you're ear doesn't notice it, but notices a change at 128, then you've picked the right level for your ear.



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The AAC format does not compress MP3s
Authored by: sloth on Jul 01, '05 11:57:37PM

This is not a good hint but your criticism is amazingly wrong.

1) AAC is not just a wrapper on MP3. They use different encoding mechanisms.
2) AAC does not (have to) have DRM. The AACs you download from iTMS have Fairplay DRM but the AACs you make yourself (as described in this hint) have no DRM.
3) A 128kbps AAC is more-or-less the same size as a 128kbps MP3 but will sound much better.
4) No human needs 360kbps MP3s.



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The AAC format does not compress MP3s
Authored by: jbouklas on Jul 02, '05 12:09:03AM

Wow. There's nothing worse than, with utter confidence, giving somebody false information. As the gentleman who responded first said, AAC is not a wrapper for MP3, nor does it inherently embed DRM. It uses MPEG-4 algorithyms and gives better compression with comparable bit rates to MP3. Some people say it sounds less rich than MP3, but this is a topic open for debate. Anyway, if you're unsure of something, look it up.



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The AAC format does not compress MP3s
Authored by: sjk on Jul 02, '05 09:26:00PM
And sometimes if you're sure of something, look it up.

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The AAC format does not compress MP3s
Authored by: el bid on Jul 04, '05 09:07:44AM

Rule of thumb: the more sure you are of something, the more you need that sanity check.

(Hang on, let me just see if I've got that right...)



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