2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2006 3:53 PM by Johno64
Johno64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all

I'm a solo artist who works with backing tracks that I create in my recording studio.

Rather than use a mini disk player or Diskman to playback my backing tracks, I thought it would be cool to use an iPod instead.

What I want to know is, can the iPod use/recognise standard WAV or AIF files?

My understanding is that if I import my backing tracks into iTunes then load them into the iPod, they will be converted to MP3, which is a drop in audio quality, which is undesirable for my purposes.

If anyone knows anything about this, and how to get my AIF files in there unmolested, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks for any help you can give.

iMac intel/iPod Nano, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,085 points)
    can the iPod use/recognise standard WAV or AIF files?
    Yes, no problem.

    My understanding is that if I import my backing tracks into iTunes then load them into the iPod, they will be converted to MP3,
    No.
    iTunes will put them onto the Ipod in the format you import into iTunes with.

    Go to iTunes prefs -> Advanced - Importing and change it to AIFF Encoder.

    Go to File -> Import then select your tracks.
  • Johno64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for that. Very helpful.

    Unfortunately what I found out after loading a few tracks into my iPod, and frankly I should have realised it before, was that by using AIFF format I was only going to get about a dozen tracks in there. So it looks like I'm back to MP3's anyway. I'll just sample them at a higher rate.

    Cheers