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Liquidus_wolf

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#1 9 years ago

Hey guys I got some tunes from Itunes but I want to put them to MP3 so I can play them on me phone or MP3 plyr. Their DRM Protected which is a pain. Any 1 kno any gd converters? Also 1 thing that’s been mind boggling me is whats the dif between M4P and M4A?? Thx Guys any help appreciated Wolf




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#2 9 years ago
Liquidus_wolf;4822949Hey guys I got some tunes from Itunes but I want to put them to MP3 so I can play them on me phone or MP3 plyr. Their DRM Protected which is a pain. Any 1 kno any gd converters?

Just burn the files to an audio CD and rip them from that CD in mp3 format. Freeware converters turn your audio quality into crap and often install spyware onto your system.

Also 1 thing that’s been mind boggling me is whats the dif between M4P and M4A??

m4p is the DRM-protected version of m4a.




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#3 9 years ago

M4A (or AAC) is actually a much better format than MP3. It gives you higher quality sound at lower bit rates, which means smaller file sizes.

The only downside is that a lot of portable players and stereos don't support it yet.




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#4 9 years ago

I agree, it's superior encoding, but at the cost of compatibility. I prefer to have my entire library in universally compatible mp3 formats at a slightly higher bit rate, rather than small high-quality AAC files that only work on my iPod and computer.




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#5 9 years ago
M4A (or AAC) is actually a much better format than MP3. It gives you higher quality sound at lower bit rates, which means smaller file sizes.

And ogg is still heaps better. To be honest if you care about audio quality, use some lossless format like wma lossless, lame, monkey's or apple lossless.

You honestly won't tell much of a difference between a 320VBR mp3 that's incoded in some of the better encoders (read not itunes - that thing has so much bulk) and a m4a.

I think foobar has a number of commandline converters build in. You should tried it out. If it doesn't come with them, they're definitely bundled.

Not to mention that foobar is a better player than itunes can ever hope to be.




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#6 9 years ago

Junk angel;4824171And ogg is still heaps better. To be honest if you care about audio quality, use some lossless format like wma lossless, lame, monkey's or apple lossless.

You honestly won't tell much of a difference between a 320VBR mp3 that's incoded in some of the better encoders (read not itunes - that thing has so much bulk) and a m4a.

I think foobar has a number of commandline converters build in. You should tried it out. If it doesn't come with them, they're definitely bundled.

Not to mention that foobar is a better player than itunes can ever hope to be.

You should know better than to double-post within 2 minutes instead of using the Edit button! *Slaps Junk Angel on the wrist*

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#7 9 years ago
Junk angelAnd ogg is still heaps better. To be honest if you care about audio quality, use some lossless format like wma lossless, lame, monkey's or apple lossless.

Not everybody has unlimited hard drive space to use lossless, and unless you have very high quality (and expensive) speakers or headphones, its not worth it. M4A or MP3 are going to sound just fine on your average set of speakers.




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#8 9 years ago

Indeed. The majority of my library is encoded in 256-bitrate mp3 format. It's about 6,000 songs, accounting for about 25GB of my hard drive. Not too bad, and it sounds awesome on my Logitech Z-2300 speakers.




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#9 9 years ago

.Altough i buy albums to rip them to my pc for having a better quality, i actually don't care about all the file formats around.




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#10 9 years ago
.Altough i buy albums to rip them to my pc for having a better quality, i actually don't care about all the file formats around.

Depends how you rip them, but those cd's (not even mentioning lp's) will generally have a better quality then after you rip them.

Just saying.

The benefit of ripping the stuff to the HDD is that you can easily apply ID tags, replay gain and it's just hand.