Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to Glenn Ferguson)
Not if you want lossless tracks, no. That's the whole point of lossless; to have a quality equal to that of the original CD, and that means high bit rates and large file sizes. If you want lower bit rates and smaller files, you have to compress the tracks with a "lossy" compressor such as MP3 or AAC and that loses quality.
So it depends on what's most important to you. If you want smaller file sizes, import your CDs using either the AAC or MP3 setting. You can if you wish duplicate your existing tracks in either AAC or MP3 and then dump the lossless tracks. See:
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to varjak paw)
So, I have 2 options:
1. Leave as ALAC and have higher bitrate
2. Change to AAC and say set to 256 and have that size.
Regardless, when I download a matched copy from the cloud, it will be 256, correct?