Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2011 2:20 AM (in response to Tommo Don)Do the crackly albums sound that way in iTunes as well? If they do, check the CD you used to see if that's the problem. You may need to listen carefully, because I've had a similar problem in the past where the poor sound was on the CD, but the import process emphasised the poor sound, making it more obvious on my mp3 player (before my iPod).
If the poor sound is only on the iPod, check the kbps for that album, perhaps it was importred at a different bit rate to the one you're using now. The AAC 256kbps setting should be fine, ther's no reason why that would cause crackly sound.
To check the kbps for a song, highlight it and choose *File/Get Info/Summary* and look for the Kind (AAC) and *Bit Rate* (256kbps).
PhilPC, Windows XP, 160GB Classic iPod and iPod Touch
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2011 1:54 PM (in response to the fiend)Hi Phil,
The cds sound crackly in itunes and the same after transferring to my ipod, which I've tried a number of times now. The cds sound fine on my stereo and in the car and a friend has successfully transferred the same cd to his ipod.
TommoHP G61, Windows 7
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2011 1:32 PM (in response to Tommo Don)Ah! Well if they sound bad in iTunes, that's why they sound bad on your iPod. So in other words, the importing of the CD to iTunes is where the problem is being introduced, so....
Look in your iTunes (where you found the import kbps settings), *Edit/Preferences/General/Import Settings* and just below the Details box - do you see the *Use error correction when reading Audio CDs?* Presumably, there is no tick-in-the-box at the moment, so select it now (so there is a tick-in-the-box!)
As you'll notice from the text beneath that box, it should sort out the import problem, but only for new imports. It means you'll have to import those faulty albums again and it may take longer too, I'm afraid.
If that gets rid of the noise problem and yet the problem has only just occurred, the explanation is probably be that something else on your computer is interfering with the import process or with the CD drive or that the CD drive has become faulty. If you think that may be the case, how and whether you get it repaired will be up to you to decide.
P.S. Actually, one more test you can try, does the CD sound bad if you play it on your computer, using iTunes? That's "playing the CD itself", not what you imported into iTunes?
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Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2011 3:24 AM (in response to Tommo Don)I just came across this thread and I have been experiencing the same since iTunes 10.1 The new iTunes 10.2 has not rectified anything. Audio CD 1 - perfectly clear on any Hi-Fi, sound system. In iTunes, on my MacBook - listening directly to the CD - I have noise and distortion.
On another Audio CD - let's call it Audio CD 2, the sound is crystal clear, both on direct listening in iTunes, as well as on imported files.
Same goes for movie DVD's, with musical sound tracks - perfectly clear, both listening directly in iTunes, as well as after import.MACBOOK, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to Tommo Don)
Same issue for me - perfectly operational CD's - which also play perfectly with Windows Media Player and even with Quicktime, thus the problem is not the CD, it's ITunes.
Thinking about it, I had not ever had this problem in the past - I have multiple (old and new CD's) imported into ITunes, so why does it change now. I even just tried a CD I had already imported a few years ago perfectly, and even that does not work now. Seems like Apple does not want us to download CD's in ITunes...??
If anyone finds a fix that does not involve wearing ruby shoes and clicking your heels - please let me know!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to the fiend)
You (or anyone else) can take it as you want to.
It used to work just fine, it does not now - so something has changed with the Software. Why is the question. I was just suggesting a possible answer.
Either way, a fix would be great.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to Whiteysteve)
Odd thought -- if they play find in Windows Media Player, than why don't use use WMP to rip the songs as MP3 files, and then import those MP3 files into iTunes. That would at least let you know if it was a problem with iTunes interacting with the CD drive.