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Old 08-28-2013, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by skip252 View Post
There's no option to rip or convert using a quality setting? It wouldn't make much sense for them to include a quality MP3 encoder and then cripple it by only allowing a bit rate setting.

Ripping to 320 kbps is a waste of both quality and disk space. LAME is optimized around it's -V quality settings. While it's not likely that forcing it into CBR mode at that high a bit rate will result in lower quality files it's possible.
I agree that it's unfortunate that Media Go doesn't allow some form of VBR encoding. They should have followed the suggested LAME interface (seen here: to give you needed options while, as they recommend, keeping it simple.

As far as conversion goes, it does allow you to convert the files when it loads them on your Walkman. For conversion, you're limited to MP3 (from 128kbps to 320kbps) and AAC (from 128kbps to 256kbps) and it has an option to only encode files when it's required by the device or all items when they are transferred to your device. I've used this to convert FLAC files (the format I rip to, one not supported on my Walkman) when loading them on my Walkman.
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Last edited by CDMP3PlayerFan; 08-28-2013 at 08:18 AM. Reason: To add to original post.
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