Convert Bit Rate of Songs on iOS Devices with iTunes 10.6
iTunes now allows you to convert higher bit rate songs to three options: 128 kbps, 192 kbps, and 256 kbps. Enabling this option lets you save storage space on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad by compressing the music stored on the device. Here’s how to do this:
- Connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer and launch iTunes
- Select the iOS device from the list in iTunes, click the “Summary” tab, and scroll down to “Options”
- Check the box next to “Convert higher bit rate songs to ___ AAC”
- Click the “Apply” button in iTunes to have changes take effect
Depending on how much music you have on the iPhone/iPod the conversion process may take a while. If you want decent compression while maintaing music quality, 192 kbps is a happy medium.
This option is available only to those using iTunes 10.6 or later. Prior to iTunes 10.6, users only had a single option, which was to convert the bit rate to 128 kbps. You will definitely save a lot of space with 128kbps compression, but audio quality does suffer slightly, though how much that is noticeable to you probably depends on your hearing and the quality of speakers or headphones you are listening to music with.
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