I too am an iTunes believer (mac platform)... I have probably 25 GB of music encoded - mostly as mp3, but now I encode as AAC (192) as it does sound a whole lot better... it's not perfect though, of course.
However, for casual listening- we are music lovers too, right? - it's great. It's great for my iPod, it's great for playing music while I set up or relax, and I think the iTunes music store is by far the best online model yet. I have spent way too much money there!
But then i came across this article - http://www.recordstorereview.com/misc/aacmp3.shtml
- regarding encoding- it says that an AAC file encoded with iTunes sounds A LOT WORSE than one encoded with Quick Time Pro. Which to me makes no sense because I would think they would use the same engine. But I don't have QT Pro, so I can't compare. I know nothing about this website (recordstorereview) or the reviewer, so I don't know how much stock to put in this article.
Anone have any comment or have QT Pro and can do a shootout??