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MP3 vs M4A (AAC): what is the audio codec for portable devices which gives maximum independence?

A couple of years back MP3 was the most supported format for portable devices. Then Apple came along and wiped the floor of all the portable devices with the iPod as well as the iPhone. They clearly ...
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Play Apple Lossless (.m4a, ALAC) files in Windows 7 Media Player?

Is there a good plugin or codec that allows Media Player/Media Center on Windows 7 to play Apple Lossless (ALAC) encoded files? As the files are shared between multiple iTunes installations and one ...
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Can FFMPEG convert mp3 files into m4a in full, i.e. with both audio and video streams (jpeg cover) copied?

I use Zeranoe build of ffmpeg. It converts mp3 files into m4a files just fine, as far as the audio stream is concerned, but I can't figure out a way to keep the songs album cover jpeg, which ffmpeg ...
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Best Audio bitrate/encoding? [closed]

I want to rip all my CDs again. What is the best bitrate to use? I am thinking of OGG with 192 (it seems OGG uses ABR and doesnt have a VBR?). I cant remember what i used but i many ripped as m4a and ...
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m4a file with Quicktime: Error - 2041: an invalid sample description was found in the movie

I have a number of m4a files that don't play properly. I previously thought that it was a problem with Media Monkey, but I managed to get Media Monkey to play some m4a files and the files I know don't ...