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What is the best setting to download cd's onto itunes, i have downloaded 9200 songs but it has used up 73gb. i have it on the ACC setting and itunes plus my 80gb ipod is nearly full but i have only downloaded half my cd's please help thanks richcrop

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  • richard_crop May 08, 2010


    thanks for the reply.

    if that is the case how can they advertise an 80gb ipod as capable of storing 20000 tunes.

    a work colleague of mine has an ipod and uses itunes the same way i do but is using far less space for the same amount of tunes and he has video and tv programmes on there.

    is there any way i can get 20000 tunes on an 80gb ipod using itunes?

    can i use other sources to download my cds to get more tunes on my ipod or will the sound quality be reduced too much.

    basically i want to get as many tunes on my ipod as possible whilst still maintaining a decent sound quality.

    i look forward to your reply.

    thanks once again




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I can help you digitize your music properly for your iPod. I've been using mp3 players since the largest size available was 128K, so I know something about compression and get the most out of your space.

I recommend ditching AAC in favor of MP3, choose Joint-Stereo, and a bitrate no larger that 128kbps. Even 96kpbs will be more that fine. Choose high quality encoding. These settings will allow you to get the best results.

If you don't believe that your music will sound good enough with these settings, try encoding one track you know well with the settings you've been using, and the settings I suggest. You won't hear the difference.

Oh, another tip - turn off the iTunes setting for 'organize my music'. I hate that setting, it allows itunes to break your albums up in stupid incomprehensible ways. All it is for is to make it almost impossible for other mp3 devices or programs to use what iTunes has encoded.

And if you are really looking for a good encoding program, google and download AudioGrabber. Its the real thing, not iCrap.

I hope that helps.

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Hi,the problem you are experiencing is what most ipod users encounter,and one of the disadvantages of the itunes,the itunes is a special media software that doesn't support the compression of music files,if you compress files before transferring them to itunes,the media files won't play which is because the sound production of the itune is of a high digitalized quality,hence the compressed files won't play on itunes,however,other media players support the compression and conversion of media files,that's why you can't compare the sound quality of other media players to the ipod.
This is the reason why the ipod has the highest memory space for a media player.

Thanks and take care

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