If you are still using Youtube to MP3 convertor websites to download full albums, or even individual songs, then you are in the right spot and this will be a life changing tutorial.

“But Aaron, using Youtube to MP3 convertors is easy and simple and this looks complicated!”

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TRUST ME IT’S REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT!!!!!!!

Gone are the times where you need to manually fill in every song description so your music isn’t under “unknown album, unknown artist” in your iTunes!

THIS IS 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Step #1 – Download Vuze at http://www.vuze.com/

Vuze is a BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol from websites such as Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents that carry a large online index of digital media content. (The URL’s of these two sites are always changing so just Google them incase the hyperlinks above don’t work).

Navigation on Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents is pretty straight forward, however always be sure to check the comments section of whatever you are downloading to make sure you are getting something legit.

Step #2 – Organize

Once you’ve downloaded an item, Vuze will automatically put it in a folder called “Vuze Downloads” on your computer.

If you want to put this item on your iTunes, follow these steps below:

Importing Your Audio Files into iTunes
  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Choose File > Add Folder to Library. …
  3. Locate the folder on your computer that contains the music you wish to import into iTunes. …
  4. Once you select your folder you should now see your newly imported files in your iTunes library.

**If you are confused by any of these instructions above, the video below will hopefully give some visual assistance.**

Question: What types of music file types and formats can I come across when downloading music? 

Answer (VIA: AudioStream.com)

AIFF 
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF). AIFF is Apple’s proprietary uncompressed file format. iTunes users interested in an uncompressed file format with embedded metadata choose AIFF since iTunes does not support FLAC.

FLAC (uncompressed)
Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC). The application dbPoweramp offers an option to rip or convert your music data to uncompressed FLAC format.

If you buy or download music in FLAC files, you may want to play them in iTunes. While you can’t do this directly, it’s very easy to convert them to Apple Lossless, or ALAC, an equivalent lossless format that iTunes supports.

(THIS IS THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF AUDIO!!!!)

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WAV
Waveform Audio File Format (WAVE or WAV) is another popular uncompressed format for music downloads developed by Microsoft and IBM. The one drawback for the WAV format is a lack of widespread support for its method of encoding metadata.

AAC
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) or MPEG-4 File Format, V.2 with Advanced Audio Coding. AAC is a lossy compressed file format designed to be the successor to MP3 and is used by sites like the iTunes Store for its music downloads (bitrate: 256kbps) and YouTube for its streaming audio.

OGG Vorbis
OGG Vorbis is an open source lossy compressed file format developed by the the Xiph.Org Foundation. Among others, Spotify uses the Vorbis format for its streaming services and offer three levels of quality: 96kbps (Spotify mobile “Low bandwidth” setting), 160kbps (Spotify Desktop standard streaming quality), and 320kbps (Spotify Mobile “High quality” setting).

MP3
The original and still most popular and widely supported lossy compressed file format which became an MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) standard in 1993. Amazon, among many others, uses MP3 as the delivery format for its music downloads (average bitrate: 256kbps).

Question: What does 320kpbs mean on download titles?

Answer (VIA: AudioStream.com)

The bit rate is the amount of data the file uses per second in kilobits. Higher bit rate does not always mean better quality just more data. A 320kbps constant bit rate song means every second of the song consists of 320kilobits A 320kbps variable bit rate song means on an average the song contains 320kilobits for every second of the song. The more complex portions of the song are encoded using more bits per second, the less complex portions with fewer bits per second.

For example, a 10 second duration which contains very smooth variations in the amplitude can be encoded using lesser bits; whereas another 10 second duration with extra-fast variations in the music would be encoded using more bits so as to retain more information – thereby giving better fidelity. This is the advantage of a variable bit rate song. On the other hand, variable bit rate songs are more complicated to encode and decode; so getting your media player to play variable bit rate songs usually forces the decoder and associated software/hardware modules to work at their peak.

tl;dr (too long, didn’t read) – You want to try and download all your music at 320KPBS if you want CDQ (CD quality). 

Hint: YOU ALWAYS WANT CDQ!!!!!!

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