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Windows 7: Where can I get the highest quality music ????

18 Dec 2010   #31
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cemcilfa View Post
which is the best quality, itunes, amazon, Youtube-converter or any others???
(and also whicj is the best player player.such as windows, winamp and itunes??????)
Since sound is relative, that is depending on who's listening to it, opinions on this will vary wildly. In the end it's your ears that will tell you what sounds best to you.

I consider myself an audiophile so MP3's to me sound dreadful. Others say they can hear no difference between the various formats, still others will say one format is superior to another, but within that format, there is no difference between the different sampling rates. Who's right?

The other thing to consider is your sound system/soundcard and speakers.

In the end it's going to be your ears determining that. Not ours.

In short, only you can answer your question.

My two cents.


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18 Dec 2010   #32
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Cemcilfa:

The best thing you can do is take 10 bucks and buy 10 tunes from various sources in several different formats. Do some experimentation and make your own decision.

See if they offer choices other than mp3.

Then ultimately decide what file format you are going to stick with.

If they offer mp3 only, try 128 and a higher rate. See if you can tell the difference.

I'm not sure what the main sources are. Maybe Amazon, Apple I-Tunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and ?

The best quality isn't going to be You Tube.

Players aren't like to make a difference in the sound quality. Players differ mainly in their interfaces and what file formats they will play. Speakers will make a big difference as will your stereo system and sound card if they are involved.
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18 Dec 2010   #33
cemcilfa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is there a bitrate or format choice on iTunes??
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18 Dec 2010   #34
ignatzatsonic

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I don't know about "regular" I-Tunes, but I found this on the iTunes site:

iTunes Plus songs and music videos are encoded in our highest-quality, 256-Kbps AAC format.

I guess "Plus" is a higher quality and costs more?

Look out!!!!! You have to be sure your player will play the downloaded format----AAC in the case of iTunes Plus.
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18 Dec 2010   #35
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I'd still say CD's. Sometimes you can get used CD's cheaper than the same album downloaded from iTunes, and as long as the CD isn't all scratched up, it's well worth the time spent to rip them yourself.
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18 Dec 2010   #36
cemcilfa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But surely if they supply it they should do a download for the player??
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18 Dec 2010   #37
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cemcilfa View Post
But surely if they supply it they should do a download for the player??
Huh??

YOU have to be sure that AAC files will play on YOUR player, whatever it is. Otherwise, you spent money for an AAC file that you can't play.
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18 Dec 2010   #38
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cemcilfa View Post
Is there a bitrate or format choice on iTunes??
Quick simple answer - Yes.

Where can I get the highest quality music ????-itunes-import-settings.jpg

This is from version 10.1.1.4

Or did you mean the song downloads? If so, I'd imagine the bit rate will be at least 360, though I don't "download" songs/CD/Movies so... As a collector I'd rather have the hard copy format.


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18 Dec 2010   #39
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

who would want Grateful Dead music? even if it was free
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18 Dec 2010   #40
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vierasniper View Post
who would want Grateful Dead music? even if it was free
Huh
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