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Musepack Vs. Ogg Vorbis Vs. Nero AAC

Some random comment in #mplayer sent me chasing my tail today. I guess that's how it is with computers --they're dangerous. You never know what you're going to be doing a few minutes after you sit down in front of one. AT least, that's the way it works for me.

I digress...

Jul 29 11:11:44 <patrakov> ...nero offers windows and linux binaries for their encoder in the same zip file

Jul 29 11:13:17 <patrakov> http://www.nero.com/eng/nero-aac-codec.html

Snap, crackle, Pop! A freeware linux encoder for AAC!

Several years ago my brother gave me and ipod shuffle for my birthday. Always being obsessed with trying to get the best sounding music by any means necessary (an audiophile nutjob), I started to try and figure out various encoding schemes for it. It was a 500 meg device (which is plenty good esp on a device without a display) so I was more concerned about file size than I am with the portables I use now.

Never could get that faac encoder working without the occasional clicking sound. And I had heard good things about the Nero encoder. It's just that it's been years since I have used Windows. I kind of want to keep it that way.

Anyway, one thing led to another and for a couple years now I've been using Musepack instead. Sniffing around trying to find some good command lines for Nero AAC encoding I found a weblog post where a guy is talking about some japanese guys who have been optimizing the Ogg Vorbis encoder for speed or for quality (take your pick, I'll almost always go for the quality.)

One thing I found out experimenting with this hi-fi Ogg Vorbis encoder is that I can encode 96khz files. Just happen to have some of those laying around... And I was worried about converting them to 48khz because that's as high as Musepack will go. I like to kid myself that I can hear the difference. And I bet I'm the first kid on my block listening to 96khz files on his portable. How sweet it is...

Compiling aoTuV

Recommended Ogg Vorbis Encoders and Settings

rockbox replacement firmware so I can play exotic formats on my portable...



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