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Mac: AAChoo 1.2 Released

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2003
News Categories: Mac Software

Keep your iPod always updated with the freshest music. An amazing utility for every music lover, Ovolab AAChoo converts all your MP3 songs to AAC, the new high-quality and compact audio format at the core of MPEG-4, with an easy drag-and-drop interface and full control over every encoding parameter.

What’s new in v1.2:
Adds support for 3GPP encoding.

License: $15
System Requirements: Mac OS X and QuickTime 6 or later.

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Comments

1

Is it actually wise to convert your mp3s to AAC?  Seems like you’re just asking for poor quality audio.

-Jason

Posted by jerseyfreeze on May 14, 2003 at 3:44 AM (PDT)

2

Also,  why would anyone pay $15 to do this, when you can just use iTunes for free?

-Jason

Posted by jerseyfreeze on May 14, 2003 at 6:52 AM (PDT)

3

$15 does seem a little steep.

Posted by kainjow on May 15, 2003 at 7:03 AM (PDT)

4

Consider that converting an mp3 file to AAC certainly isn’t going to make it sound any better: if there are nasty compression artifacts in your music, converting it to AAC can’t magically make them go away.  To do that you’d need scrubbing software (an imperfect solution) or to rip the source material at a higher bit rate (better). Might make the files smaller, though, useful if you’re space-strapped.

However, AAC uses mpeg-4 encoding, and the program here can accept AIFF, WAV, or movie files. So it has plenty of applications beyond converting your old format to a new one.

Posted by sb on September 17, 2003 at 9:40 AM (PDT)

5

This doesn’t sound like a good idea at all.  Both MP3 and AAC are lossy codecs, so you’re losing information both times.  To get the full benefit of AAC, ALWAYS encode it only from a CD, AIFF, or WAV file.

Posted by thed on September 18, 2003 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

6

Just why would anybody do this?
a. Lower quality to bith mp3 and aac compression artifacts are present.
b. $15 for a 10-50 line shell script??!!
c. $15 for a 10-50 line shell script??!!
d. $15 for a 10-50 line shell script??!!

Posted by pbox on September 18, 2003 at 10:02 AM (PDT)

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