---Which Audio Format Do You Use For Your Portable Music Player?

---Which Audio Format Do You Use For Your Portable Music Player?


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Rafael

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Which audio format do you use for your portable music player and why?
Please state your player brand and model if you can, and which media player do you use to rip you music like Windows Media Player or iTune.
 

Rafael

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I am curious, if I rip the same song from the same CD into MP3 320 Kbps using both Windows Media Player & iTune, will they have the same sound quality?
 

rko

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.flac files
Still in the process of ripping all my cds
 

Pinoy

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Variable bitrate MP3. OGG and FLAC are nice but MP3 still wins hands down for convenience (it's the most supported format out there).

:Later,
 

lsisaxon

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Which audio format do you use for your portable music player and why?
Please state your player brand and model if you can, and which media player do you use to rip you music like Windows Media Player or iTune.
Audiograbber + LAME.
 

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Apple Lossless, MP3 320/256/192. Since I am using an Ipod. Use Apple Lossless because I am using Westone UM3 and Shure 530SE IEMs. But Apple lossless is on avg 28Mb per song, nine times that of MP3 128 :confused: Need to upgrade HDD.
 

rko

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Apple Lossless, MP3 320/256/192. Since I am using an Ipod. Use Apple Lossless because I am using Westone UM3 and Shure 530SE IEMs. But Apple lossless is on avg 28Mb per song, nine times that of MP3 128 :confused: Need to upgrade HDD.
lol. now not so bad lor, last time a 128mb flash-player cost 200bucks and u can barely put in 3 cds worth of mp3 at 192. Dont have a pmp now unless u consider my good old discman. Seriously, unless you are using a HDD based pmp, you can forget about all other formats other than mp3.
 

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I'm using 256 Kbps mp3 for everything but classical and Apple Lossless for classical music on a 4th generation iPod. The 256 Kbps mp3 seems a decent compromise and I can create music CDs for the car easily, since it understands .mp3 files.

I should probably be using AAC files because they seem to sound better at the same size but since the car stereo won't play them, it would be inconvenient until I change car stereos.
 

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Apple Lossless, MP3 320/256/192. Since I am using an Ipod. Use Apple Lossless because I am using Westone UM3 and Shure 530SE IEMs. But Apple lossless is on avg 28Mb per song, nine times that of MP3 128 :confused: Need to upgrade HDD.
UM3 is avaiilable?? When?
using the 530se too.. selectively encoding content in apple lossless.
 

huipiiing

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I rip VBR mp3s using iTunes set to highest quality. They sound really good, almost like the CD itself except for a slight bass boost (probably due to the mp3 format itself). I don't like lossless formats because they suck up more battery from my iPod. And really with the iPod, you can hardly tell the difference between high bitrate mp3s and lossless files so... the choice is clear.

I should probably be using AAC files because they seem to sound better at the same size but since the car stereo won't play them, it would be inconvenient until I change car stereos.
My personal experience with AAC files is that... they sound horrible. By horrible I mean music ripped in the format seems to take on a totally different colour than what it is on the cd or an equivalent mp3 rip. Maybe you respond well to that sound, but I prefer a format that preserves the integrity of the recording as much as possible. I never thought much about AAC files before that, but after I discovered it (accidently), I've been avoiding and discouraging my friends from using that format.
 

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My personal experience with AAC files is that... they sound horrible. By horrible I mean music ripped in the format seems to take on a totally different colour than what it is on the cd or an equivalent mp3 rip. Maybe you respond well to that sound, but I prefer a format that preserves the integrity of the recording as much as possible. I never thought much about AAC files before that, but after I discovered it (accidently), I've been avoiding and discouraging my friends from using that format.
Perhaps, you're right, but .mp3 files sound horrible compared to the CD, so what's the difference? I use them all the time and I've adapted to the underwhelming sound. There isn't a perfect lossy format, .ogg included.

Of course, part of the problem could be that encoders differ but getting good sound out of any lossy format requires some creative decoding. I believe Apple does a better job than my car stereo with the same files but thankfully, Alpine has their "Media Expander" technology, similar to the technology from dbx 40 years ago and it helps, especially when you can't predict the sound in a car.

I wish I had more storage space now so I could use a lossless format for everything.
 

lsisaxon

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Perhaps, you're right, but .mp3 files sound horrible compared to the CD, so what's the difference? I use them all the time and I've adapted to the underwhelming sound. There isn't a perfect lossy format, .ogg included.
They don't sound that horrible if you encode them adequately.... and if you use a player that decodes them adequately. ;p
 

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They don't sound that horrible if you encode them adequately.... and if you use a player that decodes them adequately. ;p
If you say so. They resemble the original sound, but it doesn't matter which encoder you use or which decoder you use, they're all poor imitations. Any lossless format is going to sound great compared to any lossy format.
 

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