A thread on this very forum which referenced Peter Gabriel last week caused me to revisit the artist-- and reconsider my original decision to encode my CD collection at 160 kbps AAC.
I tried Apple Lossless next to 320 kbps AAC, and decided that the difference in sound quality did not warrant the extra room on my hard drive (we'll see if I don't change my mind down the line), so 320 kbps it is.
Poking around iTunes prefs though, I see that variable bite rate is greyed out for 320 (224 also). Does anyone know why this is? It is available for 96, 128, 192 and 256. If I understand the technology right it would seem that the higher the resolution, the more potential benefit there is to VBR, right?
Loc: The Wizard's Balcony
AS it says in the description under the VBR panel (Preferences>General>Import Settings), the selected bitrate is used as the minimum frequency. Since there's nothing higher than 320, it can't do variable at that frequency.
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