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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Basically I have alot of Flac files and alot of mp3 V0 files. These are all the same main folder

 

When I convert my music for my ipod I just convert everything to mp3 V0. It occured to me that mp3's are getting converted to the same thing......but does this result in a decrease of quality from the original mp3?

post #2 of 10

Yes, if the mp3s get decoded and encoded to mp3 again there will be a decrease in quality. See transcoding.

post #3 of 10

I transcoded AAC 256 VBR ten times from AAC to AIFF to AAC to AIFF to AAC... etc. The difference between the original AIFF and the tenth generation AIFF was VERY small. Transcoding high bitrate lossy isn't really a problem.

 

I doubt that the difference between your MP3s is audible.

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

I transcoded AAC 256 VBR ten times from AAC to AIFF to AAC to AIFF to AAC... etc. The difference between the original AIFF and the tenth generation AIFF was VERY small. Transcoding high bitrate lossy isn't really a problem.

 

I doubt that the difference between your MP3s is audible.

The .mp3 coded is VERY different from AAC.  I would think multiple passes through .mp3 and back would fare much worse.  

 

If you want to try something really wild, transcode between AAC > mp3 > AAC (different rate) > mp3 (different rate).  

 

I found a set of conditions once, .mp3 > Dolby AC3 that actually sounded better than either alone!  I don't recall the bit rates, but something about that combination was complimentary.  I doubt this would happen very often though.  It was in a broadcast situation, music stored on HDD as mp3 files, then sent over a Dolby STL to a transmitter site, about 15 years back. Unlikely this is an issue anymore.

post #5 of 10

Maybe for most tracks there is no difference if you transcode from mp3 V0 to V0 once, but it is still a lossy process.

 

Using lower bitrates (128 kbps) there definitely is a difference when using an mp3 as source instead of the original.

post #6 of 10

You'd think that the software would have a simple check to see whether the file to-be-transferred is already at the desired encoding scheme.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by anetode View Post

You'd think that the software would have a simple check to see whether the file to-be-transferred is already at the desired encoding scheme.

I know with dbpoweramp's batch convert you can specify which file types you would like to convert. Very nifty tool. I don't think the batch convert is part of the free version but you can get a free trial, and it's the fastest converter that I know of(especially if you have a lot of cores) so the trial should be plenty enough time to get the job done. 

post #8 of 10

Yes, I use dbpoweramp and its batch-processing is a wonder to behold from behind a four core hyperthreaded processor. What I was referring to was the OP's software, which I presume is iTunes given the stated purpose. Does itunes indiscriminately re-encode each file or does it check whether the file already uses the prescribed encoding scheme?

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Nah I use DBpoweramp. 

 

But I just select my entire folder which is flac and V0 and convert to V0......it doesn't give me an option to not re-convert the V0's. 

 

But They only ever get re-encoded once from the original folder. 

post #10 of 10

There should be an option to only convert a certain filetype in the batch converter.

 

I was doing pretty much the same thing as you before, and what I did is converted all FLAC files to MP3, and then did a search in foobar for .mp3 and copied and pasted those into the converted folder.

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