OSX 10.7.5 Audacity 2.0.2 AIFF (Apple) signed 16bit PCM

I am using Audacity 2.0.2 to rip cassettes for iTunes on my iMac OSX 10.7.5

I am saving the audio files as AIFF (Apple) signed 16bit PCM

My iTunes library exceeds the file storage capacity of my iPod Classic seventh generation 160GB

These AIFF files are too big

Can anyone recommend an alternative file type that works for iTunes (not limited to audio)?

Audacity’s choices are almost as limited as my comprehension of computer software

See here http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Exporting_your_Audacity_Project_into_iTunes_and_iPod#Exporting_to_iTunes .

Note that Audacity only exports audio files - it isn’t a video editor.


Thanks for the tips Gale.

If I convert a WAV file to AIFF in iTunes (as explained in the link attached to your reply) will the new AIFF file be the same size as the WAV file?

My recommendation would be to use iTunes to convert them to AAC - Apple’s compression format.

I use AAC 256 VBR - which to my ageing ears are fairly indistinguishable from CD recordings or the original vinyl played on my hi-fi.

If you want to go really mad, up the AAC rate to 320 (only young females might have the hearing capabality to distinguish that from the original). My son, who is a purist, insists on using 320 - but note that he has over-filled his iPod (160 gig Classic) capacity :slight_smile:


P.S. There’s no real point in converting from WAV to AIFF as they are both “lossless” formats and the filesizes will be very similar.

And have a look at this workflow tutorial: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/sample_workflow_for_exporting_to_itunes.html


Thanks WC

Your information was just what I was looking for

I successfully converted the AIFF files and freed up 32GB on my iPod after adding all the converted files.