Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2013 5:58 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
Is your EQ enabled for iTunes?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 6:27 AM (in response to C F McBlob)
I've dabbled with the EQ option - all to no avail.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 6:28 AM (in response to Mark Block)
Just about all of my songs are as depicted in your illustration. It doesn't seem to make a difference.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 7:10 AM (in response to wildjoe69)
... The crazy thing is that they play just fine if I load them onto my ipod or burn them to CD. ... I've tried saving them to different formats (I've always used wav or mp3) but to no avail. Files ripped from CD or downloaded from the Apple Store play just fine.
Hmmm, this is a tough one. Queston: Are you on a Mac? I know this is the iTunes for Mac forum, but I can't imagine a Mac user choosing either WAV or MP3. For archiving your records, you should definitely go with Apple Lossless, if not AIFF. I also recommend the app Pure Vinyl from Channel D for ripping your LPs. Much better than Audacity, although it's a bit expensive.
How did you convert these problem files to another format, and which formats did you try? I would avoid using iTunes itself to convert them, since iTunes seems to misinterpret the codec or metadata. Does Quicktime play them without distortion? I assume Audacity plays them correctly, so do a test and export one from Audacity as AIFF and try it.
My favorite converter is XLD. You can configure it to convert tracks to almost any format and automatically add them to your iTunes Library. Do a test, and if it works, batch convert the files. When I buy FLAC album downloads that's what I do. And again, I'd recommend Apple Lossless (ALAC), which is the ideal format for Macs.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 1:54 PM (in response to Mark Block)
Hi Mark: thanks for the info - I am using a Mac (an iMac) - I still like to burn CDs to share with friends so I usually just save everything in WAV or MP3 format (I'm pretty lazy). I have tried to capture the issue in a Jing presentation so that folks can hear what I'm dealing with (the sound is recorded through the computer's mic so it's not perfect but you can certainly hear the difference). Check it out and see if you have had a similar issue of if you can discern a problem. THANKS!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 1:57 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
Here is a Jing presentation that captures the sound issue I've been complaining about. The sound is recorded through the computer's mic so it's not very clear but clear enough to highlight the differences.http://screencast.com/t/AU7VJHer
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
... I still like to burn CDs to share with friends so I usually just save everything in WAV or MP3 format (I'm pretty lazy).
I can certainly hear the problem even through the computer speakers.
As an aside, I'm not sure what choosing WAV or MP3 has to do with laziness. On a Mac, the CD-equivalent file is AIFF, but for an iDevice the best choice is Apple Lossless. It's less "work" for your computer if the file is one of those. I know Audacity will save audio captures as AIFF and AAC. Anyway, that won't help you with playing the problem files now.
My questions about how you tried to convert them to something else (unsuccessfully) still apply.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 2:46 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
I wish there was a way for you to post a file for download. I'd be happy to try it on my computers. We have both iTunes 10 and 11 on three different operating in the house.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to Mark Block)
Hi Mark: well, I'm fairly new to Apple products so I'm a little less informed on the various formats. I'll definitely check out the Lossless format in the future. The conversions I've tried have all been through Audacity - editing an existing file and saving it to a different format. Nothing very sophisticated. I've created a dropbox account and have loaded in the Thrillers and Bettye Swan files (both wav and mp3). Both sound like crap in itunes (ala the jing recording). I think there is a way for me to share these files but I have to check it out a little further. Thanks for your interest,
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 5:17 PM (in response to wildjoe69)
If you can send me a private e-mail with a link I'll investigate your problem on my computers.
Message was edited by: Mark Block