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Topic # 112561 12-Dec-2012 19:26
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Just wondering if anyone knows the compression rate of Vodafones NZ music store now. It used to be really good, about 256kbps a few years ago, but when they redid the store, it dropped to 128kbps, and sounded poor quality so I stopped buying music through it, as itunes was far higher quality. But I've got vodafone credit to use, so wondering if anyone knows it the quality has been increased or not on VF music store.

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  Reply # 731562 12-Dec-2012 19:27
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I thought it was 196kbps



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  Reply # 731567 12-Dec-2012 19:46
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The last one I brought, Avalanche City in 2011 was 128kbps, sounded really poor and compressed.



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  Reply # 732014 13-Dec-2012 13:28
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Anyone know the answer, even vodafone staff?

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  Reply # 732015 13-Dec-2012 13:29
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Download a song and check it out



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  Reply # 732022 13-Dec-2012 13:37
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johnr: Download a song and check it out


Thats costs, and last time I did it was only 128kbs, so was basically a waste of money. As per my question, have they increased the quality recently. There wasn't any announcement that the quality was decreased from 256kps. I would have thought that it was a pretty simple question and it would be in the FAQ on the vodafone website.



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  Reply # 732578 14-Dec-2012 14:05
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Guess not too many people download from it, so I guess it must still be at 128. Guess I will buy from itunes then. Don't think I should have to waste money testing, as was suggested by vodafone staff, as they should know or test it themselves where they have free access to access it. Would have preferred to support an  NZ online store, but oh well.

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  Reply # 732651 14-Dec-2012 16:38
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mattwnz:
johnr: Download a song and check it out


Thats costs, and last time I did it was only 128kbs, so was basically a waste of money. As per my question, have they increased the quality recently. There wasn't any announcement that the quality was decreased from 256kps. I would have thought that it was a pretty simple question and it would be in the FAQ on the vodafone website.


 

It's probably not a question frequently asked

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  Reply # 732656 14-Dec-2012 16:45
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Do you happen to have iTunes Match? I recently used it to convert all my "other" purchases (Vodafone, Lala, Digirama, etc) to 256 kb/s AAC.



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  Reply # 732658 14-Dec-2012 16:48
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AndrewMac: 

It's probably not a question frequently asked


Apple have it though in their FAQ

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1711



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  Reply # 732659 14-Dec-2012 16:51
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Behodar: Do you happen to have iTunes Match? I recently used it to convert all my "other" purchases (Vodafone, Lala, Digirama, etc) to 256 kb/s AAC.


No I don't. All my music is already at 256 kbs so it isn't really any advantage to me. But that is a very  good point though for people buying inferior quality copies. But as VFs prices are the same or more than itunes you would expect them to be at the same quality these days, and infact they were a few years ago, and don't know why they dropped them.

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  Reply # 733049 16-Dec-2012 09:18
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mattwnz: Guess not too many people download from it, so I guess it must still be at 128. Guess I will buy from itunes then. Don't think I should have to waste money testing, as was suggested by vodafone staff, as they should know or test it themselves where they have free access to access it. Would have preferred to support an  NZ online store, but oh well.


If you want to support a local online music store, then go buy from http://www.marbecksdigital.co.nz/ rather than iTunes.  They're at 192kbps I believe and I think they have some 256kbps as well.

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  Reply # 733321 16-Dec-2012 23:36
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I find the search function on the music store isn't too flash and the song selection can be a bit obscure sometimes :(

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