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iTunes "128kbps AAC" converting for ipod - worth it?

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Well i'm about to load 50 gigs of music onto my ipod.. I'm not sure whether i should select this option in itunes that says "convert higher bit rate songs to 128kbps AAC" since I have never used it before..

a few questions now.

1) would it change the original file to 128kbps AAC?

2) is there a noticeable difference in quality by converting a mashup of mp3's that range from 128-320kbps?

3) will it make my ipod less slow? sometimes when i change a song i can feel and hear the ipod working to read the new song..



I just restored it to because it always froze when i plugged it into itunes so its completely wiped clean currently.


+rep to anyone who can help me out ASAP.

I posted this in another section but i figured this one is MUCH more suitable.
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Converting doesn't help you if you're trying to upscale the file to a higher bitrate. You can only downscale files. For instance, let's say you have a WAV or FLAC that are very high bitrate and quality files. You can downscale them to MP3 and it'll save you storage space, but you can't take an MP3 and make it FLAC or WAV to make it sound better. It'll sound the same or perhaps even worse.

If the file is of a higher bitrate than 128kbps, then you'll be losing quality, but saving space. It's up to you whats more important. Theoretically your ipod should speed up with less storage being used and smaller files, but audio quality will also suffer.
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I noticed that some of my songs didn't even copy when i did that option... not sure what thats all about.
    
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Use the 'iTunes Plus' option in iTunes, which is ~256kbps AAC = more than enough. Before people go crying, ~256kbps AAC is better quality than 320kbps CBR / VBR -v0 mp3. Yes, I can prove it in 5 minutes and so can you. However you should only convert if the source is lossless.
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it will not help with lag, and it will make some songs sound much worse (like saving a .jpg over and over it becomes just a blurry mess)
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