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Old 04-27-2004, 10:05 PM
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Should I convert MP3's TO AAC

What do you think about converting my MP3's to AAC format ?


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Old 04-28-2004, 04:51 AM
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No.

I'm sure somebody will bother giving you a reason.

For now just think pouring water from one glass to another, you'll lose some.
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Old 04-30-2004, 06:21 AM
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So I'll lose some quality going from MP3 to AAC, but what if I go from MP3 to WAVE, and then from WAVE to AAC?
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Old 04-30-2004, 09:35 AM
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that's even worse



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Old 04-30-2004, 04:47 PM
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Stay with your mp3's, converting them will sound like dung any way you do it. AAC should only be used if you're ripping from the CD. Give it a try for yourself, convert a couple mp3's>aac or mp3>wav>aac and stick on some good phones and have a listen.
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Old 05-05-2004, 03:04 AM
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Both MP3 and AAC are lossy encoders, meaning it drops information from the sound file that you probably won't notice to reduce filesize. On top of that, they encode differently so what what is choosen to be dropped is different between encoders. So when you convert from one lossy format to another you lose even more information. You should only convert to lossy formats from a lossless one, like from WAV to MP3 or from AIFF to AAC.
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Old 05-07-2004, 10:31 PM
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Only if you rerip from CD. Never convert directly between formats.
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Old 05-08-2004, 06:04 PM
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If I ever convert between the two, I start with a really high bitrate mp3 (256 or 320) and then convert to a 128 ACC.
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:19 AM
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what if there's no choice. I have most of my music in WMA recorded at a very high bit rate becaseu I've been using Media Center 10. Don't ask me why but I just like I tunes better, the interface, the store, and the Party DJ option. So I have to convert my files. I think I want to go to 192 AAC which sounds good to me.
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:25 AM
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Burn the tunes to a cd and rip from there into AAC. If the WMA files are at a high bit rate the AAC files won't sound awful when ripped
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:07 PM
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No need to do that I think 4.5 will Convert the WMA to AAC
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:19 PM
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iTunes will covert it but at a loss of quality. I thought that by putting the songs on a cd and ripping from there the loss of quality will not be as severe. Correct me if I'm wrong though...
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:40 PM
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I don't think you can convert from WMA lossy back to Wav without losing quality it would not be the same WAV as the original, and then recompressing you'd lose again
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:54 PM
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But that is the way that people to convert WMA to mp3/aac before iTunes 4.5.

At the end of the day it's about what you think sounds good. If you convert (by whatever method) and it sounds alright to your ears then you're happy which is the most important thing.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:42 PM
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alot of songs I have are downloaded from p2p and they are mostly in 192bit. When I converted them to 128bit AAC, i found the sound quality identical
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