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Two Questions: Apple iTunes Download and iTouch as a Remote, Please chime in....

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FIRST: When/if you purchase a song/"album" from the iTunes' Store and your personal iTunes setting is set to import in "Apple Lossless", are the songs from the "store" sent to you in Apple Lossless? Or are the iTunes files preset to a standard and will only download at only one specific codec? And, if so, what codec are iTunes songs/albums sent out as?


SECOND: For those using an iTouch as their iTunes remote, how/where do you set the iTouch volume slider? When I have it "up all the way" the music has a strain to it regardless of my own pre-amp's volume (almost) and I tend to think the iTouch volume set at 75% with the pre-amp volume turned up more to compensate for the overall volume sounds better....Comments? Should the iTouch volume be bypassed in some way that I am missing?


What doe you do with the iTouch volume control?


Thanks guys and I am looking forward to your responses....




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1. The iTunes store now sells music in only one format - AAC at 256kbps. Formerly this was only 128k unless you paid extra for iTunes Plus format. The selection of Apple Lossless, etc. only affects whn you import music from CDs.


2. The volume should generally be set to full as anything less than 100% will start iTunes altering the bits and will reduce quality. If you find the sound a little harsh it maybe the output level from the DAC is approaching the overload point on the pre-amp (or integrated sorry didn't read what gear you have fully) input. You could look at placing a passive attenuator between them.






...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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