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I'm in the process of downloading some Super HD (.wma) files from MusicGiants.

 

Once I copy them out of my Windows VM and into OSX, what's the best way to convert them in such a way that it's part of my iTunes library, retains all tags, and retains the HD quality?

 

MacBook Pro -> AppleTV ->Rotel RSP-1570 -> Martin Logan Electromotion[br]MacBook Pro -> Icon HDP -> AKG K701[br]Apple Lossless all the way

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Hi Chris,

 

I followed the directions and thought I'd share some comments/results:

 

1. Damn, this is a bit of work and fairly inconvenient. I look forward to the day when I don't have to do all this on a Mac.

 

2. For the $19 I paid for the download ("A Boy Named Charlie Brown", by the Vince Guaraldi Trio), I could have bought the SACD. An interesting tradeoff to consider.

 

3. After converting everything to WAV, I copied the files from my Windows VM to OSX. I then imported the files directly into iTunes and had iTunes convert straight to Apple Lossless (superior to AIFF, IMHO, at least if you're on a Mac). I didn't use MAX for the process, and I'm not sure what, if anything would have been gained by doing so.

 

4. The iTunes data before doing so:

 

WAV version (track 1): 71.9 MB, 4233 kbps, 88.200 kHz, 24bit

Apple Lossless version (track 1): 48.9 MB, 2880 kbps, 88.200 kHz, 24bit

 

Are those the expected results, or should I have seen something different?

 

UPDATE:

 

I tried converting via Max, and got the following results:

 

AIFF version (track 1): 71.9 MB, 4233 kbps, 88.200 kHz, 24bit

Apple Lossless from AIFF (track 1): 48.9 MB, 2880 kbps, 88.200 kHz, 24bit

 

In other words, the results are identical to doing it within iTunes, but far less convenient.

 

MacBook Pro -> AppleTV ->Rotel RSP-1570 -> Martin Logan Electromotion[br]MacBook Pro -> Icon HDP -> AKG K701[br]Apple Lossless all the way

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Hi watchnerd - I agree 100% you could have purchased the physical disc for less money and possibly less time.

 

The only reason MAX is necessary is to convert to AIFF and keep the bit/sample rate. iTunes can't import high resolution AIFF files.

 

Anyway the whole thing is an interesting exercise :-)

 

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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Hi Chris,

 

At least from my testing, importing a WAV (converted from WMA) into iTunes allowed me to convert it to Apple Lossless while retaining the high bit rate.

 

Give that Apple Lossless has tags like AIFF, and has a higher compression ratio, why not just import the WAV files directly into iTunes and convert to Apple Lossless there, bypassing the Max step?

 

Am I missing something?

 

MacBook Pro -> AppleTV ->Rotel RSP-1570 -> Martin Logan Electromotion[br]MacBook Pro -> Icon HDP -> AKG K701[br]Apple Lossless all the way

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Hi Chris,

 

I see your point for using Max is you prefer AIFF.

 

It seems that converting within iTunes gives the following results:

 

24bit WAV=>AIFF=16bits

24bit WAV=>Apple Lossless=24bits

 

Any idea why there is a difference?

 

MacBook Pro -> AppleTV ->Rotel RSP-1570 -> Martin Logan Electromotion[br]MacBook Pro -> Icon HDP -> AKG K701[br]Apple Lossless all the way

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This one has bugged me ever since I ran into the issue. For some reason AIFF within iTunes can only convert up to 48k and 16 bit, but it can playback up to 24/192. Just a weird iTunes limitation.

 

I am researching some other options, but I can't really speak about them at this time. Things are looking very good for computer audiophiles though :-)

 

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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