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iTunes downconverts 24-bit ALACs into 16-bit AIFFs!!!


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I've just realised that iTunes 12.8 downconverts 24-bit ALACs into 16-bit AIFFs!!! 😤

And because I tag all my downloads manually that means I need to re-download at least a dozen records and re-tag them again...

 

Does this happen with Music too?

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Ouch!

 

I don't actually have a mac here to look at, but I seem to remember there was a setting or a checkbox someplace in iTunes to stop iTunes from doing anything to your files. Are you also 100% sure that iTunes did it? I once mistakenly ripped a bunch of CDs at 24/16 and ended up re-ripping them all, such a hassle.

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2 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

Ouch!

 

I don't actually have a mac here to look at, but I seem to remember there was a setting or a checkbox someplace in iTunes to stop iTunes from doing anything to your files. Are you also 100% sure that iTunes did it? I once mistakenly ripped a bunch of CDs at 24/16 and ended up re-ripping them all, such a hassle.

 

Yes, I tried it again with a couple of 24-bit ALAC files and it downcoverted the bit depth to 16-bit.

I'll have another look in the settings.

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58 minutes ago, kirkmc said:

No, if you add ALAC files it doesn't convert them, unless you tell it to. 

 

It didn't convert ALAC to AIFF automatically, I asked it to because HQPlayer doesn't read ALAC.

I need to check the settings again, reverted to using XLD for the time being.

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Couldn't find any option to keep bit depth and sample rate as original.

iTunes has a suitable for dummies design approach apparently... They decide which bit-depth is best for the user.

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