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post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Coma View Post
This isn't MP3. 120kbps AAC is approximately equal to 256kbps MP3.
The bitrate is 128kb/s, not 120, correct? Also, the only comparisons done that I've seen (feel free to link me to any that I missed!) correlate the sound quality of a 64kb/s MP3 with a 128kb/s AAC file, which is significantly different from what you suggested. These are the only comparison "studies" mentioned on Wikipedia as well, for whatever it's worth. Furthermore, as the compression rate of music approaches the 320kb/s threshold of what decoders are required to be able to handle, is there really much difference in quality between the two (MP3 and AAC)? It gets to a point where crappy compression algorithms (MP3) don't show their crappiness if they don't have to compress the audio stream as much when encoding, hence I wouldn't think the difference between the better compression algorithm (AAC) and MP3 to be that significant at 320kb/s. I should point out that really high frequences (15.5/15.8 kHz according to Wikipedia) do sound better on newer compression technologies as apparently MP3 does not have proper encoding capabilities in this sound range. In any case, variable bit rate compression sounds better than constant bit rate compression, and lossless audio is better than everything.
Edited by stargate125645 - 12/19/08 at 10:46am
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post #12 of 22
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This isn't MP3. 120kbps AAC is approximately equal to 256kbps MP3.
120kbps AA is 160kbps MP3
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post #13 of 22
I want V0!
post #14 of 22
Amazon has 256 kbps DRM free MP3's for $.79 to $.99 for singles and a like $.50 when bought as an album...
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They charge you more so you can own the music you bought? Why is Apple to deadset on supporting DRM? You can't please companies and people both all the time i guess.
From what I've heard, Apple has been trying to go DRM free for ages, but they'd rather have DRM than lose a huge label like EMI. I assume they only support DRM because EMI is telling them to have it on the 99 cent songs.
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From what I've heard, Apple has been trying to go DRM free for ages, but they'd rather have DRM than lose a huge label like EMI. I assume they only support DRM because EMI is telling them to have it on the 99 cent songs.
Amazon sells EMI songs DRM free for less than Apple sells EMI DRM laden songs.
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post #17 of 22
I thought they've had "higher quality + DRM-Free" for a while, now? Isn't that what iTunes Plus is? They're 256Kb/s AACs, and they're DRM-Free.
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Originally Posted by gamer11200 View Post
256kbps AAC?

What was it at before? 192kbps?

Personally, I prefer 320kbps
AAC =/= MP3

Olivia Wilde is so freakin hot.
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*clap clap clap* apple is catching up with everyone else...
\\sarcasm when will apple learn. too bad there is a lot of stupid people in this world.
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Amazon has 256 kbps DRM free MP3's for $.79 to $.99 for singles and a like $.50 when bought as an album...
Actually Amazon has 320kbps DRM free MP3s...at least all the ones I've downloaded from them are.
     
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