I'm glad you were able to print your jewel case insert. You may wish to check your printer settings, as I just printed a sample insert and it was exactly the same size as those used for traditional CD releases.Thank you, Howard - your suggestion worked beautfully. Although the insert it produces is slightly smaller than a standard insert. Please forgive my ignorance over iTunes (non-intuitive) artwork printing process.
It is debatable if the audio is of lesser quality as the iTunes files in question were encoded directly from the source material. The compact disc 16 bits/44.1 kilosamples per second format isn't without problems either.I have to say I still feel mostly slighted by the whole iTunes thing in general, considering they provide 'sound files' in lesser quality than CDs of the same price and 'manufacturing' my own disc and artwork saves me no money at all.
I wish Walt Disney Records would just continue manufacturing real music products.
The fatal flaw in your reasoning is that the iTunes tracks in question are encoded to AAC from 24bit/96kHz source material. If the source were a 16bit/44.1kHz compact disc, you'd might have a point... but it isn't.The encoded sound files are indeed of lower quality than compact disc as once once they are converted from the analog source to digital format the original sound wave is already truncated and the futher compression standard used by the iTunes system compresses the already truncated digital file down to a further reduction.
You know, that's a really good question, Michael. Many of the burned CDs I purchased from the Wonderland Music system had serious digital...'aliasing' for lack of a better word and made some tracks sound as if they were recorded underwater. Also between some tracks there were horrible pops that occurred. I have several compilations with these problems. So, to answer your question, it may be that the iTunes files are actually of more reliable quality than the burned CDs bought from Wonderland, even though the iTunes files are actually inferior in actual sound quality to standard CDs.It's going to be interesting to see how many permutations of audio formats I'll experience in a lifetime--vinyl, cassettes, CD's, and now, "virtual music." As I try to catch up with some of the recent posts and try to educate myself with regards to itunes--never used it--yet, but looks like my hand's being forced--here's yet another question, using Ludwig von Drake as an example: will the itunes Ludwig CD-R be of the same quality as the CD produced by the Wonderland system?
a dinosaur crying out in the virtual wilderness.....