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iTunes’ on-the-fly conversion uses which bitrate profile—CBR/VBR/ABR?, [TOS #6: was “iTunes on the fly converting”; what about it?]
geeuhnfay
post May 29 2012, 09:18
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Hi,

iTunes gives the option to convert higher bitrate songs to 128, 192, and 256kbps AAC.
I'm wondering what settings the conversion would be in and if the built in iTunes encoder for AAC is recommended over Nero AAC
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kornchild2002
post May 29 2012, 10:09
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You should determine this for yourself. You aren't going to find a straight answer to "iTunes is better at XXXkbps and Nero is better at YYYkbps." Both encoders are nice as-is and, once you get up to the higher bitrates, they will start sounding the same except for a few problematic samples. The best thing you can do is encode with iTunes at a few different settings (start out low) and conduct a handful of blind ABX tests. That way you can come up with a consensus for yourself as you aren't going to find a general one here.
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geeuhnfay
post May 29 2012, 11:11
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I was wondering how iTunes converts the files on the fly because it doesn't specify. Is it VBR, CBR, etc?
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RobertoDomenico
post May 29 2012, 15:02
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It is CBR. I personally use 128 for my iPod i find the quality very excellent. Any higher i find it a waste of space in my opinion.
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