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Just bought a Zune HD 16GB from the egg, and it should be here early next week.

I'm currently looking to convert my FLAC to MP3 for my Zune. I plan on using 320Kbps but I don't know which is better CBR or VBR. Can someone enlighten me?
 

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Just bought a Zune HD 16GB from the egg, and it should be here early next week.

I'm currently looking to convert my FLAC to MP3 for my Zune. I plan on using 320Kbps but I don't know which is better CBR or VBR. Can someone enlighten me?

Neither, why not keep quality and convert it over to WAV Lossless or WMA Lossless. Both supported by the Zune/Software.

Constant Bit Rate (CBR) encoding means that you encode a file at a fixed rate, such as 128 Kpbs. For many people this is a common method of encoding MP3s. You can usually tell CBR files because they have consistent file sizes and sound quality. OK, file sizes aren't the kind of thing most of you will look out for. We know that.

Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding is a method that ensures high audio quality bit-allocation decisions during encoding. The encoder allocates an appropriate amount of data per second, depending on the complexity of the audio file.

If there are very complex parts in a song it will use a quite high bit rate and a lower bitrate for something such as silence. The average bit rate may not be as high as the bitrate of an MP3 of the same quality with constant bitrate.

You should use VBR encoding when consistent audio quality is the top priority.
 

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Neither, why not keep quality and convert it over to WAV Lossless or WMA Lossless. Both supported by the Zune/Software.

Constant Bit Rate (CBR) encoding means that you encode a file at a fixed rate, such as 128 Kpbs. For many people this is a common method of encoding MP3s. You can usually tell CBR files because they have consistent file sizes and sound quality. OK, file sizes aren't the kind of thing most of you will look out for. We know that.

Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding is a method that ensures high audio quality bit-allocation decisions during encoding. The encoder allocates an appropriate amount of data per second, depending on the complexity of the audio file.

If there are very complex parts in a song it will use a quite high bit rate and a lower bitrate for something such as silence. The average bit rate may not be as high as the bitrate of an MP3 of the same quality with constant bitrate.

You should use VBR encoding when consistent audio quality is the top priority.

Good info. +Rep
 

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Neither, why not keep quality and convert it over to WAV Lossless or WMA Lossless. Both supported by the Zune/Software.

Constant Bit Rate (CBR) encoding means that you encode a file at a fixed rate, such as 128 Kpbs. For many people this is a common method of encoding MP3s. You can usually tell CBR files because they have consistent file sizes and sound quality. OK, file sizes aren't the kind of thing most of you will look out for. We know that.

Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding is a method that ensures high audio quality bit-allocation decisions during encoding. The encoder allocates an appropriate amount of data per second, depending on the complexity of the audio file.

If there are very complex parts in a song it will use a quite high bit rate and a lower bitrate for something such as silence. The average bit rate may not be as high as the bitrate of an MP3 of the same quality with constant bitrate.

You should use VBR encoding when consistent audio quality is the top priority.

Interesting, maybe I can get a zune now, my 8gb Clip can't hold enough flac files


REP+ for making me look into zunes again
 

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Just bought a Zune HD 16GB from the egg, and it should be here early next week.

I'm currently looking to convert my FLAC to MP3 for my Zune. I plan on using 320Kbps but I don't know which is better CBR or VBR. Can someone enlighten me?

I'd rather convert it to ~192kbps AAC, which is better than 320kbps or
VBR -v0 mp3 at a lesser bitrate = more battery life.

But out of mp3, VBR -v0. 320kbps CBR mp3 is useless these days.
There's no point of using it these days.
 

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Anyway, for the doubters, remember don't let science get in the way:



the mp3 format is an old outdated inefficient inaccurate codec. It wasn't even a standalone audio codec in the first place (was part of the MPEG 1 video package).
That is using iTunes' internal AAC encoder. NeroAAC is widely regarded as better.
 

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Ok I downloaded Nero ACC and I can't figure out how to install the codec to work with DBpoweramp :\\

Edit: Got it
 

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I got my Zune HD and S4s Today...

o.o
Holy shi...

Sounded amazing before cooking, 7 hours in it just keeps getting better and better


So far I'm liking them more than my SR60s
 
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