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Ringfinger
2008-11-06, 08:10 AM
What is the difference and do you need special software for the 24bit? Sorry if this has been covered before.

uninvited94
2008-11-06, 08:14 AM
http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=53802&highlight=24-bit

http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=39781&highlight=24-bit

Ringfinger
2008-11-06, 01:58 PM
Thanks. So, bottom line, can I decode the FLAC file and import into I-Tunes? Or, is this not possible?

I will burn to disk in the future.

direwolf-pgh
2008-11-06, 02:34 PM
are you downloading 24bit audio files so you can mp3 them in your ipod ?

thats awesome


but yeah, the itunes program can handle 24bit audio files :google:

Five
2008-11-06, 02:38 PM
playback on the computer hooked to your stereo is a good option :thumbsup

rockbox firmware (rockbox.org) can play 24bit or 16bit on an iPod, no iTunes or decoding necessary

if you're using standard iTunes you options are very limited... import it to iTunes as wav, transcode to apple lossless, or transcode to aac or mp3 or whatever and listen to a proxy.

edit: and yeah, like wolf says its kinda ridiculous to download 24bit which is higher quality than redbook cds then discard 90% of the file by converting to mp3

U2Lynne
2008-11-06, 02:38 PM
Your iPod can most likely play 24-bit wav files (if you have a newer iPod), but if you are going to then connect your iPod to your car stereo, the car stereo may not play those 24-bit files. I am assuming you are talking about importing your 24-bit wav files to your iPod, not converting them to mp3 as suggested above.

Five
2008-11-06, 02:47 PM
...the car stereo may not play those 24-bit files.
if the iPod can play 24bit, then the car stereo will be fine with it! :thumbsup

don't listen to crappy mp3 we built this site to give better audio than the run of the mill stuff you find around :nono:

xjsb125
2008-11-06, 04:04 PM
This is straying slightly from the topic, but, would it be very impractical to author my DVD's with 24 bit audio? I tested it out on my PC, laptop, and Blu-Ray recently and had no problems. I typically record external audio at 24/48 or 24/96. If skipping the downsample is an option, it's what I want to go with. However, I don't want the DVD to be impossible for the majority of downloaders to play.

Ringfinger
2008-11-06, 04:54 PM
I understand the whole idea of throwing 90% away, don't get me wrong. My question is for the time being, to listen, can I convert the FLAC to wav, import into I-Tunes and convert to AAC. You all said yes, and I appreciate it. FLAC frontend will do this (concert the 24bit to wav?)

Five
2008-11-06, 04:55 PM
yes

Ringfinger
2008-11-06, 06:56 PM
Thanks!

cutz
2008-11-12, 10:50 PM
are you downloading 24bit audio files so you can mp3 them in your ipod ?

thats awesome


but yeah, the itunes program can handle 24bit audio files :google:

The songs won't go into my Itune player. Does that mean it can't play 24 bit?

FRUSTRATIONS!!!!!

Five
2008-11-13, 03:09 AM
iTunes can't play FLAC ... try getting a better media player! I recommend foobar2000

U2Lynne
2008-11-13, 10:29 AM
The songs won't go into my Itune player. Does that mean it can't play 24 bit?

FRUSTRATIONS!!!!!
They should go in as wav files, not flac.

Ringfinger
2008-11-13, 11:28 AM
That is exactly what I did. Work fine, big files!!

cutz
2008-11-13, 05:16 PM
iTunes can't play FLAC ... try getting a better media player! I recommend foobar2000


I was wondering if that was the problem(ITunes not playing FLAC). I'll give foobar 2000 a try. But, does foobar 2000 play(and Burn to CD), 16 bit AND 24 bit? Thanks........CUTZ

cutz
2008-11-13, 05:18 PM
They should go in as wav files, not flac.

Thanks U2Lynne, but i don't know how to convert to wav files......CUTZ

dude87
2008-11-13, 05:46 PM
I was wondering if that was the problem(ITunes not playing FLAC). I'll give foobar 2000 a try. But, does foobar 2000 play(and Burn to CD), 16 bit AND 24 bit? Thanks........CUTZ

Foobar definitely plays 24 bit files without a problem. However, to burn them to CD you first have to convert them to 16 bit, I have no idea if Foobar does that or not.

U2Lynne
2008-11-13, 05:56 PM
Thanks U2Lynne, but i don't know how to convert to wav files......CUTZ
Go to our Software Links in the FAQ. You need Traders Little Helper, if on a PC, or xACT, if on a Mac. I'd say they are almost mandatory for any sort of lossless downloading/trading.

cutz
2008-11-13, 06:43 PM
Foobar definitely plays 24 bit files without a problem. However, to burn them to CD you first have to convert them to 16 bit, I have no idea if Foobar does that or not.


O.K., but how do i convert 24 bit to 16 bit? The player i use(Winamp), will play the 24 bit too, but it won't burn to disc. Thanks.....CUTZ

cutz
2008-11-13, 06:45 PM
Go to our Software Links in the FAQ. You need Traders Little Helper, if on a PC, or xACT, if on a Mac. I'd say they are almost mandatory for any sort of lossless downloading/trading.


I have a PC. Will i be able to burn once i convert to wav? Thanks for the advice, and i'll check it out.....CUTZ

cutz
2008-11-13, 09:56 PM
iTunes can't play FLAC ... try getting a better media player! I recommend foobar2000


Can you burn CD's with FOOBAR 2000?

dude87
2008-11-13, 10:48 PM
O.K., but how do i convert 24 bit to 16 bit? The player i use(Winamp), will play the 24 bit too, but it won't burn to disc. Thanks.....CUTZ

You need audio editing software. Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows) is free, multi-platform and will do the job. Adobe Audition and Sony Soundforge will also do file conversion but they are not free. I use Audacity on Linux personally. A little Googling will also turn up some other programs.

cutz
2008-11-14, 12:54 AM
You need audio editing software. Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows) is free, multi-platform and will do the job. Adobe Audition and Sony Soundforge will also do file conversion but they are not free. I use Audacity on Linux personally. A little Googling will also turn up some other programs.

Thanks for the advice. I was able to, FINALLY , convert the files. I appreciate EVERYONE'S HELP. Thanks............cutz