What does encoding mean? JTV Digital March 04, 2013 11:06 Encoding is the conversion of a sound recording into a digital file format, often referred as 'output format'. Related articles What is iTunes Match and how does it work? What is the audio format meeting the upload requirements? What is the turnaround time from Create export to Completed delivery? Do I have to pay a monthly or annual fee? How much can I earn from streaming? Comments 0 comments Article is closed for comments.