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Changing the Bit Rate of Songs

post #1 of 28
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How do I change the Bit Rate of all my songs in my library to say a Bit Rate of 92? I need some more space on my iPod.
post #2 of 28
go to the preferences menu in iTunes, change the bitrate to 92, then do Apple+A and do Advanced-Convert to (insert format here) then delete all the duplicates. or just dont click anything after clicking convert. then press delete
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post #3 of 28
there are much better ways to make space on your ipod than lowering bit rates. i have a 13GB library filtered down to 8GB for my ipod.
post #4 of 28
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Originally posted by ipodandimac
there are much better ways to make space on your ipod than lowering bit rates. i have a 13GB library filtered down to 8GB for my ipod.

Ok, well what are those ways?
post #5 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
Ok, well what are those ways?

good organization. my songs all have proper tags, i've added comments, and they are rated to my own scale. most of my music is alternative and rock, so i went to those playlists (i make my genres playlists) and tweak them so that i don't have any one star songs or songs i've only listened to once. if they are one star, i won't want to listen to them on my ipod. if i've only listened to them once, chances are i don't like them too much either. now i also have top rated, new stuff (50 most recently added songs), and heavy rotation playlists that always get synced. that way, if there is a song that i've only listened to once, but is new, it still makes it on the ipod. also, my 20-30 songs that i'm really liking at the current time are in my heavy rotation playlist, which is not a smart playlist and therefore i have total control over.

you dont have to follow my system, but i would suggest at least looking through yours to weed out songs you wont necessarily listen to on the road. after all my filtering, i still have plenty of "random" songs that i dont listen too often but are there for those moments when you want them.
post #6 of 28
If you want to squeeze out some songs you can let iTunes do it for you - it will choose the songs you don't listen to an take them out. It'll make a playlist of the iPod and then you can choose if any songs are missing etc.
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well I think what I can do to save space is just convert all of the bitrates to 128. For some reason a lot of my songs are 200+. I don't think I need a better quality than 128 for my iPod anyways. This will take forever though. I just converted one song and it took like 20 seconds and I have around 2000 songs.
post #8 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
Well I think what I can do to save space is just convert all of the bitrates to 128. For some reason a lot of my songs are 200+. I don't think I need a better quality than 128 for my iPod anyways. This will take forever though. I just converted one song and it took like 20 seconds and I have around 2000 songs.

leave it to do it overnight or lunch or something - you can select multiple songs
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
Would deleting the album art of 2000 songs free up a lot of space?
post #10 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
Would deleting the album art of 2000 songs free up a lot of space?

not tons, but a noticeable amount.
post #11 of 28
It depends where you got the artwork from and the size of it.
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
Alright this is saving me a ton of space so far. How about encoding everything in Mono instead of Stereo, would this save a lot of space? Or would that not sound good?
post #13 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by nd32k3
Alright this is saving me a ton of space so far. How about encoding everything in Mono instead of Stereo, would this save a lot of space? Or would that not sound good?

depends on the song - the best thing to do is to try out the options and choose what YOU prefer. It's all preference
post #14 of 28
sorry but i have to ask. no one else i have ever talked to would dare turn their music files to crap quality so to be able to have them all on an ipod. why not just get a new ipod or leave some songs off?
post #15 of 28
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Quote:
Originally posted by ipodandimac
sorry but i have to ask. no one else i have ever talked to would dare turn their music files to crap quality so to be able to have them all on an ipod. why not just get a new ipod or leave some songs off?

well i dont think AAC 128 is crap quality. Deleting the album art doesnt affect the quality and Im not sure that stereo sounds better than mono anyways. I want to save space without getting bad quality
post #16 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
well i dont think AAC 128 is crap quality. Deleting the album art doesnt affect the quality and Im not sure that stereo sounds better than mono anyways. I want to save space without getting bad quality

oh ok. i thought you were doing 92 kbps.
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by ipodandimac
oh ok. i thought you were doing 92 kbps.

Well I was but I changed my mind because I realized I had a lot of my music at 200+ so changing all to 128 would be enough.

Between making everything 128, and deleting album art, I saved a total of 2 GB. Thanks to all who responded.
post #18 of 28
I would like to do something similar, but how can I use iTunes to display only the songs that are .mp3?
post #19 of 28
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Originally posted by Kishan
I would like to do something similar, but how can I use iTunes to display only the songs that are .mp3?

smart playlists
post #20 of 28
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Originally posted by MacCrazy
smart playlists

yeah, but with which condition? I want only mp3 files displayed. If I use "kind is mp3" the playlist is blank.
post #21 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by Kishan
yeah, but with which condition? I want only mp3 files displayed. If I use "kind is mp3" the playlist is blank.

Kind is MPEG audio file

if you control click on the area above the scroll bars you can choose which categories to see - you can then find out the names for various file formats. I had problems when I was setting up this playlist myself (previously).
post #22 of 28
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Originally posted by MacCrazy
Kind is MPEG audio file

thank you, got it now.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
After you convert songs is there a way to delete all the originals. I know if you dont press anything you can just press delete, but I messed that up. Is there a way to select every other song without doing it manually? Or is there some sort of option you can choose so that after it is done converting you can delete all the originals?
post #24 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
After you convert songs is there a way to delete all the originals. I know if you dont press anything you can just press delete, but I messed that up. Is there a way to select every other song without doing it manually? Or is there some sort of option you can choose so that after it is done converting you can delete all the originals?

not that i know of but if you enable the kind menu then you could sort the MP3s and delete them.
post #25 of 28
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Originally posted by nd32k3
After you convert songs is there a way to delete all the originals. I know if you dont press anything you can just press delete, but I messed that up. Is there a way to select every other song without doing it manually? Or is there some sort of option you can choose so that after it is done converting you can delete all the originals?

Try selecting the "show duplicate songs" from the edit menu and then arranging them by date added. The newest songs added to the library (such as the converted songs) will be near the top or botton. You can then simply select all the songs that were added before you did the mass convert and delete these. Just beware that if you don't scrutinize the list of songs you are about to delete, you might end up deleting some songs you want to keep.

Alternatively, you could create a smart playlist in which kind = MPEG audio file, bit rate > 128 and date added is before you converted all the songs.
post #26 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by Kishan
Try selecting the "show duplicate songs" from the edit menu and then arranging them by date added. The newest songs added to the library (such as the converted songs) will be near the top or botton. You can then simply select all the songs that were added before you did the mass convert and delete these. Just beware that if you don't scrutinize the list of songs you are about to delete, you might end up deleting some songs you want to keep.

Alternatively, you could create a smart playlist in which kind = MPEG audio file, bit rate > 128 and date added is before you converted all the songs.

you cannot delete songs in playlists
post #27 of 28
Go to http://www.dougscripts.com and search his applescripts for "duplicates" There are several there to choose from.

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post #28 of 28
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Originally posted by MacCrazy
you cannot delete songs in playlists

Then the first option i wrote would be better as it is done without creating any playlists.
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