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If you have a big enough iPod set the rate a bit higher. Make sure it is set to AAC first. Set it to custom, select VBR and then 256. For most stuff you won't notice a difference but things like trumpet, piano, and complex musical packages will benefit. VBR automatically alters the bitrate depending on the complexity of the source material. Check the "Use error correction when reading CDs" box. It will give you some of the benefits of Exact Audio Copy without the effort. Even if you don't intend to buy anything from iTunes fill-in the credit card and address information, then you can retrieve album art again without going to the effort. The traditional tools will get you a better end result and are more flexible but require more effort to get the extra out of them. iTunes 7 will get you 90% of the way there.
The bit-rate is based on a number of controlled blind-tests which established that 320k mp3 is indisinguishable from CD by MOST people. 256k AAC is roughly eqivalent. I've got a pair of studio headphones coming so that I can test my ears with my music.
You may also find it useful to select manual updating of music and video, especially if you want to use iTunes on more than one PC. Just go to the Library, select all and then drag all the music onto the iPod icon. It will only copy new or changed files. iTunes can be a pain and delete stuff from your iPod if it isn't present on the PCs library.
DON'T buy stuff from iTunes - it is cheaper to buy the CDs online and rip them yourself. The copy protection is horrible and the quality isn't great. If you want to use them with a decent HiFi at home you may want to use losless encoding at a later date. I really must write that document...
Last edited by Tim_M; 14th September 2006 at 02:53 AM.