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Chapter 16. Building, Browsing, Searchin... > Understanding Encoding and Other Imp...

Understanding Encoding and Other Important Format Options

Back in Chapter 13, you learned about the major music file formats that you need to be aware of as you use iTunes. As you will recall, the two primary formats you use when dealing with music are AAC and MP3, but the Apple Lossless format is useful when you want only the highest quality from your music. When you add music to your Library, you choose the format and then select the specific configuration of that format.

Choosing a Format Option

Although I am sure that going into the specifications for each kind of format would make for fascinating reading, there isn't really any need to get into that detail. Frankly, the benefit of using an application such as iTunes is that it manages all this complexity for you so that you don't have to be concerned with it. If you are like me, you just want to work with the music, not diddle around with complicated settings.


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