AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated

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Gunnar Van Vliet has written an informative article at RecordStoreReview.com comparing the quality of AAC vs. MP3. Although the tests were unscientific, Vliet posted the results of one songs performance compressed at 96, 128, 160 and 192Kbps in both AAC and MP3 formats. He rated each test group for tonal accuracy, imaging/soundstage, naturality, and musicality.

“On the whole, there weren’t any surprises.  My observations echo what most people have said about AAC vs. MP3.  AAC is higher quality at the same bit rate, so you can use a smaller file to achieve the same quality as MP3 which is a good thing for portable and computer users.  Ultimately, both formats still sound pretty bad in their practical ranges compared to CD.”
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Dennis Lloyd

I'm a passionate, long-time lover of Apple products, and was a civil draftsman and graphic designer before creating the iLounge web site. My prior projects include work for The Los Angeles Times' LATimes.com, and the company Creative Domain, where I developed websites for clients including Columbia Pictures, Disney, Fox Studios, Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers. As the Publisher of iLounge, I direct the site's community forums, photo galleries, iPod User Group, and general business affairs, which have grown under my watch to over sixteen million page views every month. I'm happily married with one daughter, one dog (Rocket the Wonderdog), one cat (Ferris), many iPods, iPhones, iPads, and two turntables.