3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 3, 2007 10:31 AM by Hamper
Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When important music (wma) into iTunes, I have configured the settings to default the quality to Apple lossless? So why is the option to convert to Apple Lossless still available, and carried out if selected, on songs that already lossless? (right click to see option)

Laptop, Other OS
  • Paul Judd Level 6 Level 6 (13,420 points)
    Its just a default for converting any track into lossless. However I am curious as to why you are converting a Lossy for,at (like WMA) into a Lossless format which gamins you nothing in the conversion?
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,955 points)
    Hamper, since you refer to "songs that already lossless" I assume you are starting with WMA Lossless files? iTunes does not natively play WMA files of any kind. If the WMA is unprotected, iTunes creates a new version of the song in your indicated import preference, and adds that version to the library.

    iTunes honors the preference you set in Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Importing. It does not care whether it is lossy or lossless. If you ask it to convert a 32 kbps mp3 to Apple Lossless, it will do so, although it of course cannot improve the audio quality in the process.
  • Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't know what you mean when you say a lossy format like WMA, the lossless setting means it is mathematically lossless. But I understand that the menu is not dependent on the files status (I think it should be as its obviously confusing). But its nice to know now that it means nothing.

    Thanks