Downloading and burning to CD

rossop -- Mon, 02/22/2010 - 17:07

Call me a late starter but I have just begun to download albums on iTunes. I download using the Apple Lossless Encoder. I bought the Miles Davis soundtrack of the movie 'Dingo' and while it sounds OK I will be forever wondering if there is any way I can make it sound better. Any tips on any sites and ways to get the best sound would be very much appreciated. Thanks all

Gadgetman -- Mon, 02/22/2010 - 18:28

I'll be doing a piece on this in a few weeks. A few basic thoughts:
1. Apple Lossless should basically work fine. There is some thinking that WAV files can sound a little better, but mostly there should be no difference.
2. For your listening tests, try ripping a few CDs that you know well. That will eliminate any question about the quality of the source file (which should be fine, but in the case of Dingo, I simply don't know).
3. When you rip files, make sure iTunes>Preferences>General>Import Settings is set to WAV or Apple Lossless
4. Listen to the tracks you've ripped, preferably on an audio system you know well. Compare the sound to the same CD via a CD player.
5. If you are unhappy after step 4, report back. But I would generally start by asking about the DAC if this happens.

You may also wish to read my guide to building a basic music server, which I posted a few weeks ago on the Playback blog:

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rossop -- Mon, 02/22/2010 - 21:42

Hi Gadgetman and thanks alot! Your advice makes a lot of sense. I got on to HDtracks and down loaded Vivaldis 4 Seasons. It sounds very good even through my pc but when I burned it to CD-R it would not play on my Meridian G08 or my Arcam Solo Mini. It will play back on my pc,though. No doubt I will get it sorted some time. I will keep an eye out for your future posts on the subject and I will check out your Playback blog. Thanks again

francisco hung (not verified) -- Fri, 03/05/2010 - 06:04

Amigo ,prueba con este pagina,, excelente sonidos, muchos temas muy interesantes, lo malo es en chino, pero vale la pena explorar, y el programa burrrn te convierte muchos formato en un cd, ejemplo: mp3,flac ape aac, etc.etc. adios, suerte.

rossop -- Tue, 02/23/2010 - 20:17

Thanks G-Man. Your advice makes a lot of sense. I have now got onto HDtracks. They sound extra good. I will keep my eye out for your posts on the subject and view the Playback blog you recommended.

rossop -- Tue, 02/23/2010 - 16:39

I downloaded Mary Gauthier's 'Mercy Now', a well recorded and good sounding album I already have on CD and vinyl.On first listen it sounds the equal of the CD I own which is as good a main stream CD that I own. So far the only drawback i can report is the lack of artwork and liner notes which is no big deal to me. In Australia, where I live, the download price is a lot cheaper than the regular CD price.

rossop -- Tue, 02/23/2010 - 20:24

I have since downloaded and burnt a good sounding cd from iTunes and compared to the original it is just as good. However when I post the details here the stupid spamfilter blocks me. When I advise the webmaster I get no feedback at all. Whats going on?

rossop -- Tue, 02/23/2010 - 20:25

Why does the stupid spamfilter keep blocking my posts?

Gadgetman -- Tue, 02/23/2010 - 20:27

I've asked Rob. I'll let you know when he knows.

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Rob Grady -- Wed, 02/24/2010 - 23:47

Sorry for the troubles. We're continuing to tweak our spam filtering system but we're still getting some errant filtering. We're continuing to make it better but If you encounter a problem, please send an e-mail to technology [at] nextscreen [dot] com and we'll get it fixed right away.

BigRey (not verified) -- Mon, 03/08/2010 - 15:20

Apple is generally a ripoff since it limits the ability to use the material you purchase thru iTUNES to an Apple product.  My view is that Winamp using FLAC is the answer........Freeware rules!!!!

rossop -- Mon, 03/08/2010 - 16:34

Thanks BigRey,
I know what you mean about Apple. I have media monkey and can play the flac files I got off HDtracks there. I will give Winamp a look too. Cheers!

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