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i hate buying actually CD's its so much easier to download. so if i take the music from a CD and play it in like itunes does it get converted to mp3 or does it stay high quality? and whats a passive switch?
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i hate buying actually CD's its so much easier to download. so if i take the music from a CD and play it in like itunes does it get converted to mp3 or does it stay high quality? and whats a passive switch?
If you RIP it in iTunes, it'll probably be AAC. It doesn't sound bad, but FLAC will sound better if you have really sensitive hearing. AAC is also MUCH smaller than FLAC.

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ is what I use to rip a CD.
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And PCM WAV is lossless...
That it is, but not all WAV files are PCM. Also, it is only the really cheap splitters that break into mono. The first thing to check for is TRS on the male end. No TRS on the male end, guaranteed no stereo even on 1 channel. (I actually have one like that). A passive switch is just the box that you use to switch between sources or outputs, without any signal amplification. Think of a a VCR, TV, game switch going to an amplifier. The same can be done in reverse.
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that program looks great, i am getting the music off a cd now... i can't believe how big each track is, they probably average 50mb my itunes tracks are under 10.

anybody know what a passive switch is and where i could get one

edit: i type slow
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When ripping in iTunes you can choose AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, or WAV. In the Windows version it is under Edit>preferences>advanced>importing.
On Mac i believe there is a separate 'importing' tab.
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This is the basic idea from a quick Google search.
It is very easy to make you you can solder.
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so importing into itunes is ripping the cd? so whi8ch one of those formats would give the best sound? and where can i get a passive switch (i cant solder)? sorry for all the questions
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okay,


using a Y-splitter will increase noise and lose signal quality, because it also puts on some resistance.

BUT for most normal people, you cannot tell a difference from before and after the Y splitter, unless you have bad wiring somewhere.

what some people will do is, get a splitter with a signal amplifier attached, for for most that is pointless and kinda expensive. so for you i would just go with the y splitter.

there is one thing you can do, if your sound card and sound card software allow it, you can mirror the output to another jack, for instance, on my old sound card i had the same problem as you, but it had an option where i could copy the stereo out signal, to the line in signal, or mic in signal, so i was able to have two jacks that did exactly the same thing. that way i had the speakers and headphones plugged in at the same time.


as for the music goes, mp3 files are alot smaller than wav files. wav is basically windows format. sure people will agree that mp3 is not the best format, but it is probably the most compatible. also, you must look at the bit-rate. normal cds are 128 bit recording, higher ones are 256 bit. the higher the better quality. if you compress files, it can go down to around i thinnk 8 bit. but for music sake, don't pass 64 bit. i try to keep it minimum 128 bit. 256 is better though, but not everyone can tell the difference between 256 and 128.
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so importing into itunes is ripping the cd? so whi8ch one of those formats would give the best sound? and where can i get a passive switch (i cant solder)? sorry for all the questions
Yes.

Any lossless format, such as Apple Lossless or WAV, will give sound exactly as it is on the CD. WAV is huge though, so I recommend using Apple Lossless or FLAC.

Have a look at your local RadioShack .They specialize in accessories like that.
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post #20 of 40
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thanks for the simple answers chipp. i would rep you

is there anywhere i can get good audio without getting a physical CD?
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