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Audio Codecs: The Great Decision

DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
edited July 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
So I just got my new laptop for college, and I've decided to re-encode all of my music before my lovely CD collection goes into storage. I've decided to encode at either 192kpps or 240 (vbr if mp3), but I'm torn between mp3 and aac. From what I've heard, aac sounds better at an equivalent bitrate, but mp3 is much more compatible with everything. Is this about right? How much better does aac sound, and how unused is it outside of Apple products? I'm using a MacBook and an iPod, so compatibility with my hardware isn't an issue; I'm more worried about sharing stuff with friends or how my habits might change (when I got my first iPod to replace my iRiver, I was disappointed that I had to get rid of all my OGGs).

Any advice? Am I over-thinking this?

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    RocketScienceRocketScience Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    My recommendation: Follow this guide to the letter and use the v0 (mp3) setting.

    http://jiggafellz.isa-geek.net/eac/


    Of course if you've got the hard drive space you could rip everything to FLAC and convert it to whatever lossy codec you want when required.

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