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gerwen
post Nov 25 2008, 19:49
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I've talked the wife into getting me an iPod Touch for Christmas. Currently i'm using a Rockbox'd Sansa E280. I've never owned an ipod.

Right now, i use EAC to rip and encode to flac, then Foobar to transcode (lame 3.98.2) to mp3. I've waffled around a bit on what bitrate to use, but i've settled on v5, as it is transparent (or close enough) for me.

I'm not a big fan of itunes, based on playing with it a little since deciding to go apple.


I'd be hard to live without replaygained, and gapless albums. Itunes Soundcheck is not a promising option for me, based on the fact it doesn't have an album gain scan.


I'm looking for opinions on the best workflow and tools used to go from my flac archives to gapless replaygained (album) files of a quality similar to or better than lame -v5, at similar file sizes.

I'm not afraid to transcode my entire collection to aac if it is a superior choice for the task.

How do you do it?
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Neasden
post Nov 25 2008, 20:13
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AAC will be superior to MP3 in the lower bitrate field, because it's much more of a modern codec, different than MP3 specs and written in another language... But if you're using high bitrates you can go with MP3 or AAC because I doubt you will hear a difference.

As for ReplayGain, Rockbox comes to mind, but I have heard compatibility is getting tougher than ever with the new models.
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post Nov 25 2008, 20:56
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QUOTE (Neasden @ Nov 25 2008, 20:13) *
AAC will be superior to MP3 in the lower bitrate field, because it's much more of a modern codec, different than MP3 specs and written in another language... But if you're using high bitrates you can go with MP3 or AAC because I doubt you will hear a difference.


Not that different!
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