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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrangements are fun, but beware the MP3 audio is dreadful!, November 22, 2010
This review is from: Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (MP3 Music)
If you're a fan of the Glee cast, you'll enjoy the performances and arrangements on this fun holiday album.

However, you might want to avoid the MP3 download version and order the CD so that you can rip it yourself.

Regrettably, these tracks are encoded at 128 KB and they sound shrill and tinny. I am surprised because Amazon MP3's are usually vastly better in quality than those available on iTunes. Their quality control broke down on this album, I am afraid.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2010, 8:27:04 AM PST
Alessar says:
That's weird. You should report that to customer service. It's probably an error. They will probably re-rip the album and let you re-download it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2010, 1:06:25 PM PST
A. Scott says:
Always buy the CD and rip it into iTunes in Apple Lossless. That's the highest quality available -- unless they release it on vinyl.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 11:15:27 AM PST
Robert says:
Hi A. Scott,

Would you mind explaining this with a little more detail (to someone who has no idea what all of this means!).

What I do know is that it is very important to me that I can get the highest quality sound, available, but, unfortunately, I don't know how.

I see the "Apple Lossless" that you mentioned. But, I also see "AAC", "AIFF", "MP3", & "WAV".

How can I tell which will give me the best (highest) quality sound?

Thanks:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 1:18:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2011, 5:58:18 PM PST
A. Scott says:
Sure. The sheer number of audio formats can be confusing. To get the highest quality sound when downloading music, always go for "lossless" formats (AIFF, WAVE, Apple Lossless and FLAC) rather than "lossy" formats (AAC, MP3, WMA, etc). The other consideration is that some of the lossless files are huge and others are compressed, but you get the same result. That's why I prefer Apple Lossless (has a filename extension of .m4a). On a practical level, when ripping a CD into iTunes, make sure you set the default to Apple Lossless. In iTunes preferences, on the General tab, click on "import settings" and change "Import Using" to Apple Lossless and make sure "Use error correction when reading audio CDs" is checked. When you're downloading files, choose one of the lossless choices. In some cases (E.g., FLAC), you may have to convert it into Apple Lossless in order for iTunes to read it. That can be done with a free converter such as Audial Hub. Hope this helps! Congrats on wanting high quality music. You're ahead of the pack.

One thing I'll add: It's better to buy/order the physical CD than downloading lossy files (e.g., MP3) because then you get the songs in higher resolution. You can then just rip them to iTunes. If your download source offers lossless files (AIFF, WAVE, Apple Lossless and FLAC), then you don't need the CD and can download these files as long as they're at least 44.1/16 sample/bit rate. Higher-than-CD resolution files are increasingly being offered on sites such as HD Tracks.
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