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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: frgough on Aug 14, '06 07:45:05AM

Burning and reimporting to and from CD is an all-digital process. The data is only converted to analog when it is played through the speakers.

Another advantage to burning to CD and reimporting is that when the CD mounts after the burn, song title, album and artist information are preserved as long as you don't burn too many tracks at once. This saves you the hassle of having to re-key all that information in.

Note that if you eject the CD and remount it, the song information is NOT preserved, so rip right after you burn.



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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: peragrin on Aug 14, '06 01:26:11PM

Um not to be mean but CD's are analog. Sure they store the waves as ones and zero's but then so does a record player.

Also converting to cd format always loses information as it is a lossless codec. This iMovie trick probably will result in the same quiality file as if you rip and burn.



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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: Mr. H on Aug 14, '06 01:57:45PM
Come again?

You are very, very wrong. Or, you are joking.

An LP stores music in grooves, which have a continuos (rather than discrete) depth. This groove is tracked by a needle, which converts the depth variations into music; there is a direct correspondence between instantaneous groove depth and instantaneous music waveform amplitude (ignoring signal:noise ratio issues). It is an entirely analogue process.

CD, on the other hand, samples music once every 44,100 times a second, and converts the value of the music at those instances to any one of 65,536 different values. These values can then be represented using 16 bits. If the value of the music waveform is not exactly one of these values, it is rounded accordingly.

In conclusion CDs are digital, LPs are analogue.

Further reading can be found here and here

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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: chyna4xena on Aug 15, '06 03:23:40AM

Two very interesting declarations, peragrin - firstly, that something is 'analog' yet stores data as 'ones and zeroes', and then secondly, that you will 'lose information' by employing a 'lossless' codec.

I suggest you start using Google's 'define:X' searches.



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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: jeremyp on Aug 15, '06 12:32:19PM

There's nothing in your post that is correct except possibly the last bit about iMovie.



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