MacMost Now 392: Understanding iTunes Audio Formats

iTunes lets you use a variety of file formats for ripping CDs or converting music. Learn about each one: AIFF, WAV, MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless. Decide which format might work best for your music collection.

Comments: 6 Responses to “MacMost Now 392: Understanding iTunes Audio Formats”

    14 years ago

    I have just found your site, and have to say you are so knowledgable.
    There is more to learn in listening to a few minutes of your words than I have found elsewhere, and in many you tube videos combined. Thankyou for taking the time to create such carefully prepared videos. It is much appreciated and look forward to going back through some of the previous ones made.


    Paul Brainerd
    14 years ago

    I know this goes beyond the scope of what your webcast encompassed, but the evolution of Metadata ID3 is interesting, as well as the royalty and fees associated with compression formats like mp3. It really is amazing how many formats of video, music, and GUI's is general, are born from the fact of circumventing patent rights.

    14 years ago

    My brother put me on to your informative and accessible items - I appreciate them. There's a catch; when my bro converted to Apple Land, he gave me his Windows system, so that's where I live. As I listened to this item, I wondered where .flac figures in all of this and the degree of transfereability of the lossless methods you mention to Windowsland.

      14 years ago

      I never thought to check out the iTunes options on Windows. Are they not the same?

    14 years ago

    A great summary of the audio format issues!
    It was most timely and helpful, as I am in the process of converting my entire CD collection to digital.
    Based on your comments on the pros and cons of each format, I have opted for Apple Lossless as the best way to create audio files which best compliment the audio capability of my home entertainment system.

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