I’ve got a few questions about napster and tunebite. I’m looking for some information on the format napster uses. From the sample files I’ve checked it appears they are asf files with a 192k bitrate. Not knowing anything about asf files can someone tell me (or direct me to a way to find this) what bitrate in ogg or mp3 this is comparable to? Currently I’m trying to use tunebite to transcode the audio and I’m set to 192-256k VBR ogg and I’m thinking that’s a bit overkill, but I don’t know. Maybe 160-192k VBR or even 160k CBR would be more than enough to maintain the quality level without wasting space. Anyone know what an optimum setting would be?
ie 128kbps MP3 is not the same as 128kbps OGG, 128k OGG has much better quality for the bits used. What OGG encoding settings would be close to the napster ASF settings? It looks to be a 192k constant bitrate. But, I don’t know if all napster songs are encoded the same.
Also, what are folks thoughts on tunebite’s high speed digital dub? It’s been something I’d been curious why it was never done before. I’ve played around with tunebite’s high speed dub and it’s interesting, but I’m not sure it’s 100% reliable. Anyone have a location where folks have discussed this feature?