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Thread: qAAC (iTunes AAC encoder) with dBpoweramp

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    qAAC (iTunes AAC encoder) with dBpoweramp

    If you want to encode your music to AAC, one of the best encoders is Apple's (that hurts to say). You can use their encoder through the CLI encoder interface with a program called qAAC.

    Install the latest iTunes (or Apple Application Support itself is actually independently packaged as AppleApplicationSupport.msi. If you want, you can extract it from installer exe file using 7-zip archiver, and directly run AppleApplicationSupport.msi. This way, you can install only necessary modules to run qaac. No iTunes, QuickTime, or Safari needed.)

    Download latest version of qAAC from here. You only have to download qaac-x.xx.zip.

    Open the encoder.txt (/Illustrate/dBpoweramp/encoder/CLI Encoder)

    type
    Code:
    .mp4
    save and close the txt file

    In the coverter window, choose CLI Encoder. You will need to point it to qaac.exe (where you installed it)

    check Pass wave header and dB write ID tags and highest quality decoded source.

    I use the following command line:

    Code:
    -V 54 -q2 -o [outfile] -
    if you want higher or lower bitrates you can change 54 to any value between 0-127.

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    Re: qAAC (iTunes AAC encoder) with dBpoweramp

    What advantage(s) does this encoder have over the one included with dBp?

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    Re: qAAC (iTunes AAC encoder) with dBpoweramp

    Some listening tests have shown it to be slightly better then nero's AAC.

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    Re: qAAC (iTunes AAC encoder) with dBpoweramp

    Quote Originally Posted by EliC View Post
    Some listening tests have shown it to be slightly better then nero's AAC.
    Hmm....kinda vague. But if you prefer it, glad you found a way that offers more control than iTunes does.

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