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perfect example of why 128kbps AAC for iTunes Store is not enough...

Gooberlx2

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...IF you were willing to spent a buck to hear it for yourself, go buy and download Simple Plan - Perfect from the iTunes Music Store. It's so damn "warbly" on the guitar and cymble crashes it gives me a headache.

IIRC, AAC is inherently VBR/ABR, which is probably why the Winamp iTunes AAC plugin shows it coming up as 133kbps.

In any case, I imagine that it's probably not any better with other media stores. Anyone know of any media stores that offer higher bitrates? Though it's a moot point because I'd rather just go and buy a CD from BB. I got an iTunes Store gift certificate for Xmas which is why I downloaded this one song in the first place...guess I'll need to listen to the previews more carefully to pick out songs that won't be so warbly.
 

VTEC01EX

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I don't know what the deal is with the AAC 128 format... some of the songs I've downloaded (out of about 10) sound great, and I've got a few that sound like 112K MP3's. It's a shame, the distribution method is just about perfect.
 

Viper GTS

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I could have told you that.

In a blind test with good headphones (Grado SR-60) I can tell the difference between WAV, 320 VBR MP3, and 320 VBR AAC/MP4.

128K anything is a joke.

Viper GTS
 

Gooberlx2

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Originally posted by: VTEC01EX
I don't know what the deal is with the AAC 128 format... some of the songs I've downloaded (out of about 10) sound great, and I've got a few that sound like 112K MP3's. It's a shame, the distribution method is just about perfect.
I can't imagine wm9 being any better, but it is a shame that while 9/10 songs will sound just fine, there's those few that dont.
Simple Plan - Perfect and Outkast - Hey Ya! (I heard this one on a friend's pewter) come to my mind.
 
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Originally posted by: Viper GTS
I could have told you that.

In a blind test with good headphones (Grado SR-60) I can tell the difference between WAV, 320 VBR MP3, and 320 VBR AAC/MP4.

128K anything is a joke.

Viper GTS
I start to blur the "line" around 224kbps myself. 128kbps just sounds like utter ass. Unfortunately I don't have the space to rip lossless, so I use 320 VBR MP3.

- M4H
 

pulse8

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I'm not paying a comparable price for songs online until they are lossless.

I can't see the benefit in paying $9.99 for sound files of lesser quality that I have to jump through hoops for when I can buy the CD for not much more and do just about anything I want with it.
 

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