Originally Posted by LL3HD
what's your take on a good format for storing in iTunes?
By the way, this Media Manager thing is great. It's another nice perk not found in the TW world, unless of course you create your own on a network. This thing is quite simple and fun (once we discovered that I needed smaller files for playback).
Actually, that a very interesting question! Clearly, AAC is much the "better" format in that it can achieve "better" sound with smaller file sizes. BUT there are things that do NOT support it. So I could buy a car with an entertainment unit that can take mp3's on CD but not AAC's on CD (although there's zero chance I'll be buying a car).
So there has to be more going into the question... I use 128 bit AAC, the main reason being a one gig 2nd gen Shuffle is my primary listening device, so I want to minimize file size. AND 128 is more than adequate on the quality side as the overall level of outside sound is very high and I doubt even the goldenest of ears could really tell any difference with 192 bit files in the same environment. Not to mention that age plays a bigger factor than most people realize... I got a ring tone file that apparently school kids use for their cells as they can hear it but teachers can't. It's a 15k tone. I spread it around to everyone I know and the ONLY people who could hear it were all under 22.
Given all that, I probably should be using mp3... but I have a LOT of music already ripped... I really expected AAC to be better supported, but many CE guys still cling to mp3.