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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Question Cd's to mp3's question

What program is the best?

Also is there a program to compress mp3's so you can store more on your device?

I am not going to google it, As i would prefer real-life first hand experience from people I can believe
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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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Old August 5th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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MP3's are all already compressed. WAV or FLAC are uncompressed audio, the whole point of MP3 is its compression.

I would do 128kbit or 192kbit VBR (variable bit rate) encoding with whichever app you choose to use. VBR uses an algorithm that will encode certain parts of the song that need it at a higher bit rate, while going lower in bit rate on parts that don't.

320kbit is a bit overkill IMHO - unless you're an extreme audiophile you absolutely will not hear the difference. If you care that much, rip to FLAC and get a player that supports playing it (iPods do not support FLAC).

To back up my "can't tell the difference" statement: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/do_...y_off?page=0,3

Kind of an old article, I'm sure there are better ones, but I don't really feel like googling for more.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #4
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I can tell the difference most of time under 192k. Especially if you have aftermarket stereo gear in your car.
+1 on the VBR
And I use mediamonkey for everything music, media player also works if your not as anal retentive as I am about organizing your music.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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VBR would be best as long as you never have software that has trouble reading it properly.

I use CBR at 320 because space is not an issue on my 60GB iPod nor my spare hard drive and I've had issues with iTunes reading VBR for me before and my iPod doesn't seem to 'seek' to proper points in the track with it. Sometimes windows media player reports an incorrect song length with it as well.

x2 on the 192kbps. That would be the absolute minimum I would ever use to avoid clipping on cymbals and stuff in the music. If its a spoken book sort of thing you can go with something like 96kbps and probably never notice.
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