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Importing at 128kbps AAC is not working!!!!

11002 Views 108 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2008 6:32 PM by Babaganoosh RSS
  • ee Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2007 3:21 AM (in response to gsvandorn)
    Thanks for the info. I hope Apple will add a CBR option or just change the standard encoding into CBR.

    These are the four options in QuickTime 7.3: http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/6889/aacmb7.png
    Power Mac G5, MacBook, iPod, iPod shuffle, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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    Nov 13, 2007 11:26 AM (in response to ee)
    Does anyone have any idea whether Apple will address this issue quickly? I have several hundred CD’s that I want to import to my computer but I want to wait till this issue is resolved. I also sort my music collections by bit rate and want to see everything 256kbps.

    -marcer97
    imac, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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    Nov 13, 2007 1:10 PM (in response to marcer97)
    Unfortunately because this is not a bug per se, but is done by design, Apple won't be in a rush to push out a fix. We'll have to wait and see if the next update of iTunes will include this feature (Apple may have not had enough time to integrate the feature into iTunes). Perhaps if enough people express concern about this lacking feature via Apple's feedback form, it may help accelerate things.
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  • Babaganoosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2007 1:31 PM (in response to gsvandorn)
    I'm forced to wonder why Apple put in two new modes (real Variable Bit Rate, and Constant Bit Rate) if iTunes can't access them? They must be planning to enable them within iTunes at some point, otherwise why put them there if they can't be used?
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  • Catherine Linn Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2007 2:46 PM (in response to matthewb87)
    I don't think this has been mentioned yet (if it has, sorry) but an easy fix for those w/ smart playlists for specific bit rates is to change the smart function to a range. This way, if you want all the stuff you encoded at 256, set it to 248 to 260 (that's the range I've gotten, though only 1 song at 248, everything else is at least 255) and problem is solved. But I agree with everyone, I want constant bit rate back.

    And, kind of off topic, but is there any real difference between 256 and 320 AAC?
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  • gsvandorn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2007 4:33 PM (in response to Babaganoosh)
    Agreed. I suspect you're right about a future release having all the AAC encoding options available. I think (read hope) Apple was intending to put these features in iTunes, but perhaps because they had to get iTunes out the door for the foreign launch (U.K.) of the iPhone, Apple didn't have the chance to put all of the AAC encoding options in iTunes
    MacBook Pro 1.83, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Craig Best Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2007 3:15 PM (in response to matthewb87)
    I'm having the same problems with AAC.

    Last week I ripped a CD to 7.4.2 and it worked fine AAC at 128kbs. Updated to 7.5 and now it varies from 124 - 130kbs, Rip the same songs when set to MP3 and all it working fine.

    I'm still running Tiger so it's can't be an OS issue.

    Is apple working on this? I checked for updates a few minutes ago and the only one I have is a HUGE 70Mb 10.4.11!

    ETA - thanks for the info, so it's by design, I hope Apple changes that!

    Message was edited by: Craig Best
    G4 400 Gigabit, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1.6Ghz Sonnet, 1.5Gb RAM, ATi 8500, 19 WS LCD, Mx 900 Wireless Mouse, LG DVD-RW
  • Craig Best Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Nov 14, 2007 7:18 PM (in response to fff64)
    It's a pain but it works, thanks.

    now I just hope Apple 'fixes' the problem.
    G4 400 Gigabit, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1.6Ghz Sonnet, 1.5Gb RAM, ATi 8500, 19 WS LCD, Mx 900 Wireless Mouse, LG DVD-RW
  • ee Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Nov 17, 2007 3:02 AM (in response to matthewb87)
    Interesting... (not sure if mentioned before)

    I just installed *Mac OS 10.5* (Leopard) on one of my Macs. After installation I didn't update any of the out-of-the-box applications. So I used iTunes 7.4.2 + QuickTime 7.2.1.

    I imported the same 5-track cd I used before with the standard AAC 128 kbps preset, bitrates:
    130-128-127-129-125

    So this Avarage Bit Rate (ABR) encoding is a standard Mac OS X 10.5 setting, even with the previous versions of iTunes and QuickTime!

    QuickTime (Pro) 7.2.1 on Leopard contains the same four AAC +Encoding Strategies+ (ABR, VBR, VBRC and CBR) as QuickTime 7.3.
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  • tincha Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 18, 2007 7:59 PM (in response to matthewb87)
    This change is very frustrating. It completely ruins my attempts to join files to make audiobooks. There seems to be no way to convert files to a consistent bitrate.
    G4 450MHz AGP & 15" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 4GB Nano
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Nov 21, 2007 1:57 PM (in response to tincha)
    *It completely ruins my attempts to join files to make audiobooks*
    Why?

    -> Join Together v5.1.3
    -> Audiobook Builder 1.0.8
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  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Nov 21, 2007 2:05 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Is there any other way of importing AAC files - I only have Toast 6 & Jam
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Nov 21, 2007 2:16 PM (in response to Airsculpture)
    Do you mean importing to AAC?
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  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Nov 21, 2007 2:46 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Yes Chris sorry.
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