The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 May 2006

Yet another tech bleg

If you want QuickTime 7, you install iTunes; Apple has so decreed, and I have done so.

I now find myself increasingly tempted by the offerings therein, and indeed one marginally-obscure album track caught my eye this evening. (You'll never guess what it was.) I am no expert on AAC-format files, which is what iTunes serves up, and I own no iPod, but it's my understanding that they can be converted to the more flexible MP3 format, perhaps with some loss in fidelity, or burned directly to CD right out of iTunes. I do know that Nero (6.6) will not accept AAC files directly; however, I have to assume that once on a CD, the files are in normal CDA format and can be handled accordingly.

If you have experience superior to mine, which in this case is any at all, please feel free to pass along whatever enlightenment may seem appropriate.

Posted at 9:30 PM to Fileophile


Nope, you're sufficiently enlightened. That's how it works.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at 10:36 PM on 6 May 2006

Yes, and iTunes will burn the CD directly from a playlist. But you can only burn a given playlist ten (maybe 8) times.

Posted by: Dan at 1:33 AM on 7 May 2006

You can only burn a specific playlist seven times if it includes any protected AAC tracks purchased from the iTunes Music Store. "AAC" does not equal "protected AAC" (or, in the world of filename extensions, .m4a does not equal .m4p).

Full details on the 7-burn limit may be found here and at therein-linked pages.

Posted by: Matt at 2:52 AM on 7 May 2006

Well, I have begun buying tracks from the Music Store — got three so far — so I will conduct myself accordingly.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:21 AM on 7 May 2006