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#1 Crazysah

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:16

Hey there guys...

I downloaded some .flac albums and now I want to play them on my iPod at the highest possible quality...

How do I do it? Do I have to convert it something? Or is there a easier way?

Thanks
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#2 troist

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:21

Convert them to V0 or 320kb/s MP3s and they'll stay in good enough quality... You can do that with lame.

If you want to convert them to a lossless format that the iPod supports you'll need to use Apple lossless, but I have no idea how to convert FLAC to that... never used apple's lossless format before.

#3 The_Decryptor

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:37

Yeah, you'll need to convert them.

MP3 or AAC should be fine, ALAC would also work.

#4 OP Crazysah

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:40

Yes... How do I convert them and what is the best format to convert them to... to preserve most of the quality?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 18:02

Quality wise any lossless format wins (so something like ALAC or FLAC), Then it's AAC, or MP3 at a high bitrate.

Converting wise, I can't help, but if you can get it into iTunes you can convert it to anything iTunes understands (including MP3, AAC and ALAC)

#6 APH-Alex

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 18:08

Download MediaCoder, and convert them to LAME MP3s, Algorithm 0.

#7 OP Crazysah

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:08

I can't get it into iTunes in its present format which is flac... thats why I wan't to convert it into the highest quality possible format that iTunes and iPod can support...

Which format is that and how do I convert it?

Are Lame MP3's higher quality better than AAC and ALAC?

#8 Borbus

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:10

To actually answer the question, Rockbox: http://www.rockbox.org/

No, LAME is not higher quality than AAC, and definitely not higher quality than ALAC. If you don't want to use Rockbox and want highest possible quality, use ALAC, or use AAC to save some space (Ogg Vorbis if you do use Rockbox).

#9 OP Crazysah

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:30

May I know what rockbox exactly does?

Also... all I am asking for is a way to convert my music into the highest possible format that I can put on my iPod...

Thanks
Crazysah

#10 OP Crazysah

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 15:58

Anyone?

#11 tehmemories

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 17:07

Convert FLAC to MP3

I wrote this somewhere else.

FLAC Frontend
Page: http://free-codecs.c...AC_download.htm
Direct: http://free-codecs.c...php?d=3678&s=18

LAME Encoder 3.97 Final
Page: http://www.free-code...er_download.htm
Direct: http://rarewares.pos...om/lame3.97.zip

Razorlame
Page: http://www.dors.de/r...me/download.php
Direct: http://www.dors.de/r...e/razorlame.zip


1. Unzip, install, and open FLAC Frontend.
2. Drag and Drop or click "Add Files" to search for the files you would like to convert.
3. If you would like to change where the files decode to, click the "..." button to search for a directory.
*. Make sure you have "Decode through errors" UNchecked.
4. Uncheck "Replay Gain".
*. Make sure "Verify" is checked.

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5. Hit the "Decode" button, and a DOS box will pop-up, and start decoding the flac, back to the original WAV.
6. Hit any key to exit the box, when done and verified.

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7. Unzip, install, and open Razorlame.
8. Unzip and copy Lame.exe into the Razorlame directory.
9. Open Razorlame and hit Edit > LAME Options.
*. Or click the LAME toolbar button.
10. Either you can have the wavs encoded to the same input directory or you can have it encode to another.

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11. Click the "Expert" tab.
12. Check "Only use custom Options".
*. Now most people would want to convert to 320kbps. So that is what I am going to use for the tutorial.
13. Type "-b 320" (without the quotes) into the custom options.
14. Hit "OK".
*. You can also save the options, if you like. Just hit the "Save Options" Button.

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15. Click Edit > Options.
16. Click the folder button under "LAME", to search where you installed Lame.exe (which we installed into the Razrolame directory).
*. Mines installed elsewhere in the screenshot.
17. Hit "OK".

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18. Drag and Drop or click "Add" to search for the files you would like to encode.
19. Hit the "Encode" button on the toolbar to start encoding.

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Now go to the directory where you set the files to be encoded to, and either put them on your portable music device or play them instantly!


Here's some common switches for different birates:

320kbps
-b 320

220-260kbps
-V 0 --vbr-new

170-210kbps
-V 2 --vbr-new

#12 OP Crazysah

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:13

Hmm... Thanks alot but this seems like a long process. Any easier way of doing it?

#13 The_Decryptor

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:40

To actually answer the question, Rockbox: http://www.rockbox.org/

No, LAME is not higher quality than AAC, and definitely not higher quality than ALAC. If you don't want to use Rockbox and want highest possible quality, use ALAC, or use AAC to save some space (Ogg Vorbis if you do use Rockbox).

If you want the highest quality (and you're not using a lossless codec), Use 320Kbps AAC (I prefer 256Kps VBR AAC, but that's just me)

#14 acedriver

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:07

How to play/convert FLAC files in iTunes

maybe this will help you

#15 OP Crazysah

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 17:11

If you want the highest quality (and you're not using a lossless codec), Use 320Kbps AAC (I prefer 256Kps VBR AAC, but that's just me)


Yes but how do I convert it to 320Kbps AAC?