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Ovolab AAChoo converts all your MP3 songs to AAC, the new high-quality and compact audio format at the core of MPEG-4, with an easy drag-and-drop interface and full control over every encoding parameter.

What's New

Version 1.2 adds support for encoding audio, video and other media to 3GPP format. 3GPP is the new worldwide standard for sharing multimedia content between 3G cell phones, PDAs and computers.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2 or later, QuickTime 6.0 or later

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Anonymous
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Converts the mp3s to aac without a hitch however the tags on some of my files, I'd say about a 100, are a little messed up. Also it failed to automatically set up these new files with my itunes library.
Overall, not too bad, but they should really look to fix these issues.

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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doesnt update the Itunes library as stated it would.
Took me over 2 hours to reconnect all my newly mp4'd tunes :( OS 10.3.4 iTunes 4.6
also selecting any of the options or menus during processing cancels processing and doesnt do specified action (ie delete original)

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Version 1.2
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Doobie Doo
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I have had the program for a night, and it freezes everytime on the first song. I cannot get it to work. Running newest iTunes on a G4

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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I have a very large music collection of 4500 tracks and growing. Some of these are lengthy opera and theater peices but most are 3 to 5 minutes long. I attempted converting them from MP3 files to AAC using iTunes and found it impractical as iTunes failed to update my library and left duplicate copies in my folders. I purchased AAChoo, dropped the entire folder of 4500+ songs onto AAChoo and stood back. It has been tackling my MP3s one at a time 24 hours a day for several days without a glitch. It runs in the background while other people are logged in doing other work. It has handled complex file structures involving multiple levels of subfolders without a problem. Everything gets converted and ends up in the correct location. AAChoo is a very convenient program and quite a labor saver for me. Even running 24-hours a day it will take it over 9 days to complete the project but I would have never gotten it done using iTunes.

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Version 1.2
kraaft
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converting your mp3 to aac is probably the most stupid thing you can do - converting a lossy source file with a lossy encoder!
what should be the benefit?

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Hector
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I've been using this product for a couple of days now. In my opinion, the quality is the same as iTunes. I've made several encodings directly from CD rips and I've found that it's the same (or almost the same, the difference might be from 2%-5% higher quality with AAChoo). And it's slow for a 3% of difference from iTunes. It may be my ears but, I've tested several kinds of music and they all gave me the same quality @ 128kbps and 96kbps. In my humble opinion, I would keep this application but I would NOT register for something that does the same as iTunes (and iTunes is free). Also, I will keep it for the 3GPP encoding. Then again, this is my opinion and my review.

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Version 1.2
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Bigbadvoo
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Beautiful! Works like a charm, helps free up space with those songs that have to be high-fi, without digging out the CD again. A tip: it'll quit iTunes while encoding. Don't reopen it until it's done (Maybe not the case if you don't tell it to update your library automatically, but then why would you use it?)

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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Actually, the bit rate setting is different from the encoding quality setting. iTunes lets you choose the bit rate but forces a faster, lower-quality encoding. Ovolab AAChoo allows you to use a higher-quality encoding, regardless of the bit rate you choose.
In addition, the only setting that affects the file size is the bit rate. The encoding quality only affects... the quality.

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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ok- maybe i'm being even dumber than usual here, but i can't see anything on any of itunes menus that remotely hints at being able to convert MP3s to AAC. can someone enlighten me?

as regards this product, it's nice and elegant to use [you can't really find fault with any app that says "drop your sh*t here and i'll take care of the rest" - can you?] however the unregistered restrictions are a bit stingy. the app claims it'll let you process 50 files before it'll start hassling you to register, but in reality, if you drop a folder of MP3s onto the app, a dialogue box pops up after one it converts, asking you to register and forcing you hit a 'not yet' button before it'll continue. surely the developers could have allowed unregistered users to batch process more than one file between nagging messages?

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Version 1.1
ian meyer Member IconComment+0
ian meyer
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response to JJ:

Actually, iTunes does not do what AAChoo does. AAChoo encodes at a much higher quality, where iTunes natively encodes at a lower quality.

wait a sec...lower quality? 128 kbps AAC is equal to 192 MP3, and you can CHANGE that setting...

iTunes also doesn't do the task of deleting your old MP3s after it converts it.

mine did. when i went to import my cd's again, it said "this is in your library, do you want to replace it?"....then again, if youve downloaded, i guess thats a diff story, but then again, you could just do a find in all files names ending in mp3 in the itunes folder and move it to a folder, convert it, delete all items from your library, delete the mp3s and add the aac's to your library

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that said, imna try this for all he music ive downloaded (only a relative handful of songe) and see how well it works...

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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Seems it has to be trashed first and fished out again! Yeah, now it runs fine!

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 11,113
Version Downloads 7,162
License Shareware
Date 16 Sep 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $15.00
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