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Thread: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

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    Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    I see several formats available and size of files is not my highest priority, quality is. Which one gives me the highest quality on an iPod? Apple Lossless? Lame (MP3)? Or one of the other formats that iPods support. Can use the help.

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    Apple Lossless is the highest quality.

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    Apple Losless (ALAC), then m4a and then mp3.

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    You may also want to browse the forums at Hydrogenaudio.org

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    Quote Originally Posted by LtData View Post
    Apple Losless (ALAC), then m4a and then mp3.
    ? I'm no expert, but I thought m4a was a file extension that could be used for ALAC (lossless) and MPEG-4 (lossy) formats.

    If my understanding is incorrect, then what's the file extension for files that are exclusively Apple Lossless?

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    .m4a could be Apple Lossless, or AAC (lossy).

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    Re: Best quality for listening on iPod from CDs

    Quote Originally Posted by biggles View Post
    If my understanding is incorrect, then what's the file extension for files that are exclusively Apple Lossless?
    there is no exclusive extention for apple lossless

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