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blswhite 03-27-2010 10:24 PM

Best format to record music on ipod?
I have an ipod classic 80 gb which is about 25% full. My question is about which is the best format to use when recording CDs to the iPod.

It seems that the possible formats include AAC encoder, AIFF encoder, Apple Lossless encoder, MP3 encoder and WAV encoder.

As I am a singing teacher I am interested in getting the highest fidelity that I can.

I would be very grateful for any advice.


Kevriano 03-28-2010 03:43 AM

If you truly want the best quality sound on the iPod, then Apple Lossless or AIFF are the way to go.
Bear in mind you only get the benefit of that with great headphones or a great sound system.

blswhite 03-28-2010 04:22 AM

Thanks Kevriano,

I've got Bose noise-cancelling heaphones.


Kash 03-28-2010 04:45 AM

If you want to be able to use the files in other applications or whatnot, then you might want to consider the tried and true MP3 format. Stick with 320kbps and you should be set.

chas_m 03-28-2010 05:07 AM

"Best" is an awfully subjective term, but in this case there's an easy answer: Apple Lossless is the "best" format, since as the name implies there is ZERO loss of fidelity from the original CD.

However, the files produced using ALC are 10x or so larger than using compressed formats like AAC and MP3, dramatically reducing the number of song files you can put on the iPod.

I like to think I have a pretty good ear for music (at least for someone my age), and honestly I can't hear any difference between 256kbps (or higher) AAC and Apple Lossless. For whatever infinitesimally small bit of fidelity I've lost, I gain 10x storage capacity (and more flexible media options), that's a trade I'm willing to make.

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