Just to be clear, there's no such thing as "Apple format." Perhaps you meant AAC, which is an open standard. iTunes can encode songs in AAC (as well as WAV, MP3, and a few other formats, including Apple Lossless, which may have also been what you meant).litzdog911 said:What format are your music files? The HR20 cannot play Apple format or any DRM protected files.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Audio_Codinglaxcoach said:From what I read the Apple AAC uses some custom DRM routines. I haven't read the AAC spec, so I assumed it was a way to package DRM'ed content, but that you specified the DRM format and key info in the packaging. If so, it is an Apple format as in WMP would never be able to decode it.
Yes... that is correct... the HR20 can not play AAC formated files...HofstraJet said:Therefore, since my entire iTunes library was ripped into AAC, I cannot listen to any of them through the HR20.
Is that correct?
Does Nero or any other program help this problem or do I have to convert anything I want to hear through the HR20 to mp3? (I am using Nero MediaHome on my iTunes PC since I cannot get WMP11 to work for the life of me on that box - on another PC, WMP11 works perfectly - not sure what the conflict is on the iTunes PC, but Nero works so it really doesn't matter)
Not to throw this thread completely off topic but...iacas said:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Audio_Coding
Apple could have DRMed MP3 files, but they chose not to because AAC offers better sound at similar compression rates as MP3.
It might be but if you can't play them on all players then it's useless (to me). Car stereos for example can play MP3s from CD, not AAC or OGG files.HofstraJet said:I always thought the advantage of AAC was smaller file size at comparable bit rates.
I agree, MP3 remains the best format for universal compatibility. My entire collection of 2000+ CDs is encoded with LAME using its "extreme" VBR setting. This produces files that--even when played on a quality stereo system--in almost all cases are indistinguishable from the original uncompressed audio, as demonstrated in many blind listening tests. (I do have a backup of each in FLAC format in case I ever want to encode them differently in the future.)bonscott87 said:It might be but if you can't play them on all players then it's useless (to me). Car stereos for example can play MP3s from CD, not AAC or OGG files.
Thus I ripped my 400 CD collection to 192 kps MP3. I could care less about file size, hard drive space is cheap. I can still fit 500 or so songs on a single CD and they all fit on my Creative Zen. And again, MP3 is the "universal" digital music format that will play in or on just about anything. Thus why I don't really care about other formats that are better then MP3. Yea, they are better but they aren't as portable.
Smaller file size...yes. Comparable sound quality? Nope.HofstraJet said:I always thought the advantage of AAC was smaller file size at comparable bit rates.
How large is large? Yes, you could blow up your computer by selecting your entire library, right clicking on the highlighted files and then selecting "convert selection to MP3" (assuming that you changed your encoding preferences to MP-3 first). iTunes will then proceed to convert you entire library to Mp-3 form, duplicating your entire collection. I've never done this for more than a 100 or so files (I converted some 320k stuff to 256k AAC) so i can't comment on how it might work with a 1000 files for example.likegadgets said:I have a large library of my own CD's in iTunes on the ACC format.
(Not purchased or downloaded from Apple).
Is there a way to batch conver them from ACC to any format that the HR20 will play (not on the fly - but a permanent conversion)?
Still doesn't help since the HR20 doesn't stream AAC files (DRM'd or not).machavez00 said:EyeConnect (Mac) streams non DRM AAC(MP4) just fine. I ripped a CD to check. I have one iTunes+ song and it plays as well