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Old 05-17-2012, 09:27 PM
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I encoded a Linkin Park album (Hybrid Theory) in FLAC to the iTunes Plus setting that you posted.

The result was the same as your album, the average bitrate is ~272kbps. It looks the same as albums I've gotten from iTunes except with encoder information. I have not bothered to test this out in true vbr mode yet.

It does make sense that Apple would use CVBR instead. I would imagine it would be a lot easier for Apple to explain to the average joe that 256kbps was CD quality, instead of explaining what TVBR is.

I may try this album in TVBR mode another time, but the bitrate probably won't be as low as yours, since the music is more complex I think (rock vs jazz).
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