10198 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 17, 2008 9:41 PM by jere7my
AIFF and Apple Lossless are both non-lossy formats (meaning no audio data is lost). Apple Lossless is about half the size of straight CD audio; AIFF is exactly the same size as straight CD audio.
44.1kHz, 16 bit stereo are the best settings for 44.1kHz, 16 bit stereo recordings. If you import a stereo CD as AIFF mono, for instance, the file will be half as big, but you'll lose one of the audio channels, whereas mono is the correct setting for importing a mono CD.
Presumably, the automatic settings for Apple Lossless automatically create the smallest file that preserves all the audio data.