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12. Master iTunes > Change Import Settings for Better Audio Quality

Change Import Settings for Better Audio Quality

iPads can play back music in several digital audio formats: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, and one called Apple Lossless. If you find your songs’ audio quality lacking, you can change the way iTunes encodes, or converts, them when it copies tracks from your CDs. iTunes gives you two main options in its Import Settings box. Go to Edit (iTunes)→Preferences→General, and then click the Import Settings button to get there. Your options are:

  • Audio format (use the drop-down menu beside “Import Using”) . Some formats tightly compress audio files to save space. The tradeoff: lost sound quality. Highly compressed formats include AAC (iTunes’ default setting) and MP3. Formats that use little or no compression include WAV and AIFF, which sound better but take up more space. Apple Lossless splits the difference: It has better sound quality than AAC and MP3, but isn’t as hefty as WAV or AIFF.


  

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