Originally Posted by ScumBum
Well that sucks .
Whats the best file to convert it to then ? WAV ? But then won't it will be a large file of whats really only 256 kbps . Kinda like recording a VHS tape onto a DVD . Yeah its on a DVD but its still looks like a VHS tape .
I'd go with the 320 kbps mp3 CBR (assuming all the players in question will play that
-- some older players would top out at 128 kbps (!) or maybe somewhat higher rates but not play even 256 or 320 CBR.)
I'll bet the degradation isn't too noticeable, particularly with consumer-grade converters like those in a car, phone, media pod, etc.
(When I was using a subscription service that had media in what I estimated to be 128-168 kbps quality range, it didn't seem to matter whether I listened over my motherboard built-in (SigmaTel) audio or my outboard MOTU box. When I switched to MOG's all-320 kbps streams, the difference between converters was 'suddenly' noticeable -- so noticeable that if I forget to switch, I'll typically find myself thinking, wait, things sound kind of dull, here...
Of course, that's the other way around from your situation -- but it highlights the fact that differences in media files may not matter much unless
the output converters are up to a certain quality level.)