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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: lukeandrews on Aug 14, '06 07:55:42AM
Audio Hijack also allows you to do the same thing as iMovie. It's not free, but the demo version allows you to record up to 10 minutes of sound and save it in a variety of formats. In fact, it one-ups iMovie because you can save the resulting file immediately into a smaller format than AIFF if you choose.

But I second the first comment: burning to CD and ripping it back loses no quality whatsoever -- there is no analog conversion when you're using the computer's built-in CD player.

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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: eno on Aug 14, '06 08:17:37AM

That's not correct, unless you keep all your music in AIFF format, Apple Lossless, or some other lossless encoding format.

iTMS tracks are encoded using lossy (perceptual) compression. If you burn to CD you're converting to AIFF (non-lossy), but then when you rip them back (presumably to MP3 or AC3) then you're re-encoding the data using lossy compression again, so that's two generations of lossy encoding, resulting in a reduction in sound quality.



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Convert iTMS songs to a DRM-free format without burning
Authored by: foresmac on Aug 14, '06 08:44:52AM

There is a loss in sound quality, but, as with all types of human perception, some people may notice and other may not. I'd try it with a few tracks and see if you find it acceptable or not. I encoded all my CDs at 128kbps AAC and I consider my self a fairly astute listener, however I rarely notice compression artifacts. I've also made audio CDs from those tracks that others have re-encoded into AAC or mp3 on their own machines and I've never heard anyone complain about sound quality.



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