7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2010 11:53 AM by Katrina S.
Clusterfunk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a few questions/comments/suggestions about this feature. I like that it has been implemented for iPhones and other iDevices because I keep my computer library at a much higher bit rate than I wish to on my iPhone.

Here is my question: Does this feature transcode any song with a higher bitrate than 128kbps down?

Here is something I'd like to see: I would like the option to change the bitrate/format it converts to. Perhaps something like 128kbps MP3, or at least other bitrates, preferably 192, 256, 320, especially VBR like MP3 V0, or V2.

Also, lastly, in case any Apple programmers read this: ENABLE FLAC IN ITUNES. ALAC IS AN INFERIOR CONTAINER.

Both of these features would take almost no effort, just getting over the "We know what you want better than you" Apple ideology.

Message was edited by: Clusterfunk

Custom, Windows 7, iPhone + iPod Classic
  • 1. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,890 points)
    Clusterfunk wrote:

    Here is my question: Does this feature transcode any song with a higher bitrate than 128kbps down?


    Yes, it transcodes on the fly and adds the lower bitrate version to the device (iPod/iPhone), without modifying the version in the library.

    Here is something I'd like to see: I would like the option to change the bitrate/format it converts to. Perhaps something like 128kbps MP3, or at least other bitrates, preferably 192, 256, 320, especially VBR like MP3 V0, or V2.


    That is not currently implemented, but you can make the suggestion to Apple at this link:
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html

    Also, lastly, in case any Apple programmers read this: ENABLE FLAC IN ITUNES.


    You can make the suggestion to Apple at this link:
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html

    Note that you can play FLAC files in iTunes by using the Xiph plugin, but since they will not sync to the device, that may not help much.

    Message was edited by: ed2345
  • 2. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    Rob Ryan Level 2 Level 2 (485 points)
    Does this feature transcode any song with a higher bitrate than 128kbps down?

    It appears to, though it's hard to confirm. But certainly behaves as if that's the case. And that's certainly how it's advertised. Is there some reason you think it doesn't?
    Also, lastly, in case any Apple programmers read this: ENABLE FLAC IN ITUNES. ALAC IS AN INFERIOR CONTAINER.

    If you want to reach them, this might be a more successful route:

        http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html
  • 3. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    Clusterfunk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ed2345 wrote:
    Clusterfunk wrote:
    Here is something I'd like to see: I would like the option to change the bitrate/format it converts to. Perhaps something like 128kbps MP3, or at least other bitrates, preferably 192, 256, 320, especially VBR like MP3 V0, or V2.


    That is currently implemented, but you can make the suggestion to Apple at this link:
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html


    I don't see how "That is currently implemented" because I can't do it.
  • 4. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,890 points)
    Typo. It is not currenlty implemented.
  • 5. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
    +Here is my question: Does this feature transcode any song with a higher bitrate than 128kbps down?+

    It seems to, although I haven't tried it on a WAV file yet.
    It also removes the lyrics from the ipod - a little bug there that's stopping me from using it!
  • 6. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    Clusterfunk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh dang, I heard it also removes the album art (for shuffle). I hope it does not do that for my Classic. The conversion has been going on for about 13 hours and it's not even half way done.
  • 7. Re: Convert higher bit rate to AAC
    Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
    Haha! Shuffles don't have a display, so who would know or care if the artwork was there?
    My little nano took well over 8 hours, and that was just for 4GB.