Changing bitrates


Q: Is there any way of changing the quality of songs that are already imported into my iTunes library and iPod? I realized that I imported a lot of my songs at 128 kbps and I’d like to change that to 192 kbps to get better sound quality. Do I have to reimport all the songs again or is there a quicker way of doing it?

– Jason

A: No, there is no way to improve the quality of songs you’ve already imported. It is best to make this decision when you start importing your music, so you don’t have to go through the process again. If you plan to do so, start with the CDs you listen to most often, then work your way through the rest. Also, decide if it’s really worth it for all your music. We’ll have an expanded iPod 101 feature on this topic in the near future, too.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.