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#31 Zing

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 12:11 PM

I ripped 200+ CDs with iTunes and have noticed no "skipping" or errors after four years of listening. I ripped to Apple Lossless, but transcoded to 256k AAC for daily use. The lossless files sit on a network drive (with an USB drive backup) untouched.

I, too, spent a lot of time stressing about file formats, rip errors, etc. Eventually I tried iTunes and realized that I was stressing for nothing. End the thread here. Get iTunes, rip to AAC, and enjoy the music.

#32 J7.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 08:25 PM

I ended up doing Apple Lossless last night. I just wanted to get it over with and not fuss over the technical stuff, particularly because I wanted songs asap on my ipod. Quality be damned. Oh well. How did you transcode them?

#33 Fjordson

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 11:01 PM

iTunes rips my tracks, tags them and lets me burn CD's just fine.

#34 Wolfkin

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 01:39 AM

End the thread here. Get iTunes, rip to AAC, and enjoy the music.

this has been mostly an academic discussion i felt. Quite frankly I think even the foobar people would agree that iTunes to the default (AAC) is perfectly fine for the OP, but it is interesting to hear different ways others preserve who are super paranoid about that stuff. For instance I like AAC format and even now the only encoder i can find is iTunes. I've looked for that underground encoder and none is out there.

If I have ripped cd's that are full of mp3s and shit downloaded off kazaa and napster from way back that may have had viruses (the files before they were ripped) would they be transferred to a new PC or did it convert them when I ripped the files onto the cd into a format that did not carry the virus onto the CD itself?

I'm not sure what your'e saying here.. but I'm going to say no. Sounds like you're worried about a virus of some sort. Quite frankly even if they do have viruses on it.. any virus that old you can clean out very easily.

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#35 mang9432

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 01:59 PM

I ended up doing Apple Lossless last night. I just wanted to get it over with and not fuss over the technical stuff, particularly because I wanted songs asap on my ipod. Quality be damned. Oh well. How did you transcode them?


Apple Lossless is... well... lossless. So I wouldn't be too worried about quality.

To transcode (in iTunes) go into preferences, change your import settings to what you want to transcode to, select the songs you want to transcode, and then under the "Advanced" tab, there will be a "Create (CODEC) version" option in there.
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#36 J7.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:14 PM

this has been mostly an academic discussion i felt. Quite frankly I think even the foobar people would agree that iTunes to the default (AAC) is perfectly fine for the OP, but it is interesting to hear different ways others preserve who are super paranoid about that stuff. For instance I like AAC format and even now the only encoder i can find is iTunes. I've looked for that underground encoder and none is out there.


I'm not sure what your'e saying here.. but I'm going to say no. Sounds like you're worried about a virus of some sort. Quite frankly even if they do have viruses on it.. any virus that old you can clean out very easily.


I had music files on a PC that was infested with viruses and spyware, those files were from napster and kazaa. I burned them to CD-R's as playable music files in cd players. I want to put them on a new PC, but I'm afraid that they still carry the viruses. I recently spent a lot of time fixing this PC so I don't want to have to deal with any trouble.

#37 Wolfkin

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:19 PM

i see i see. short answer is yes there's a good chance the virus is on the burned CDs. but the good news is this isn't a problem. you can easily scan the CDs using something like ClamWin (http://portableapps....lamwin_portable) that will tell you if you have any thing to worry about. If you do here's what happens. Copy the CD to your HD. Scan and Fix the folder, Burn back to CD.

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#38 J7.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:15 AM

How about using Norton? I was always under the impression once you put the disc in, it reads it to see what it is and its too late by the time it does that to prevent a virus from getting onto your HDD.

#39 Wolfkin

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:46 AM

technically true. It's possible for a virus to hit just when you plug in but it's really really unlikely and rare. Especially if you've been updating your computer. If you hold down the 'shift key' while you put in the CD you turn off "Autoplay" which is how many (but not most) windows viruses/worms can be activated.

Norton is fine but it's a waste of money. There are plenty of free programs (http://www.ninite.com) that do the trick just as fine or better. that's my only issue with Norton.

If you do have Norton (and it's updated) then sure, use it to scan. There are very few computer viruses that are that bad*. Even fewer of them are currently active. It IS a risk but it's a minor one.

* so bad I would say don't risk it because it's a pain to remove them

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#40 sealionnn

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:57 AM

iTunes works fine for me. I changed the settings for the ripping to 360kbps MP3 for better quality though. If you keep it on default, it does AAC, which I believe is Apple's format, and doesn't work with all media players/portables such as MP3 will.

#41 Wolfkin

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:17 PM

it does AAC, which I believe is Apple's format, and doesn't work with all media players/portables such as MP3 will.

MP3 is more popular but technically you have to pay a license to use it. That's why the DSi doesn't playback MP3. AAC is the free open format so in theory MP3 should be dying down in favor of AAC. It's not really happening but AAC is getting popular. Lately every phone I've tried plays back AAC but again nothing wrong with MP3 it's not going away.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:19 PM

FLAC just seems like a PITA to me. Whenever I d/l something in FLAC (which makes the files 4 times a big as just an mp3 or aac format) I have to use something other than Nero/Itunes to burn it, and I can't load the files directly to my mp3 player.

For listening to music in the car with kids talking or at night on headphones with my mp3 player I can't tell the difference between FLAC or anything else. And that's even on 'speciality' ECM type recordings.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:21 PM

Does anyone have any experience using Songbird? I'm planning on using it for music playback, but it also supports ripping, from what I understand.

#44 Wolfkin

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:14 PM

never used it but been interested in it- heard good things

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#45 evildeadjedi

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 06:17 PM

Does anyone have any experience using Songbird? I'm planning on using it for music playback, but it also supports ripping, from what I understand.


Songbird is a pretty good music player and will play just about any format. It has user created skins and tons of optional plug-ins like lyrics. The layout is much like I-tunes and it supports many portable media players also. It has a plug-in for Last.fm that shows what you have been listening to anytime. I used it for awhile then switched back to Foobar.
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