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I never mess with this low-rez stuff, but I have to convert a file for a friend to submit a recording for his high school band. We want to submit the highest quality possible. The only type files he can submit are mp3, aac or m4a. Which one is the best quality? Thanks in advance for your input.
and files with the .m4a extension are typically encoded as AAC.
I've listened to various internet radio streams, some allow you to choose bitrate and encoding. For a given bitrate, I have always found AAC to sound better. For example AAC 64kbps is noticeably better sounding than MP3 64kbps.
Music downloads from Apple are 256kbps AAC (.m4a file extension).
I agree with the default settings..... Although with optimizations (which would require a neutral DAW/system/monitors and a good ear), MP3 can overtake AAC.
MP3 gets a bad rap because it's rarely executed to its potential.
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