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Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I agree with fanihi and have recently ripped to AAC @ 160.  This probably encodes at a quality equalling mp3 @ 192 and that is good enough for my needs and is economic with disk (and ipod) space.

Posted by YYWWVV on July 14, 2003 at 3:20 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I just got back from living in Amman for six months. I could not find one decent store to buy anything electronic.

Posted by bla on July 14, 2003 at 11:35 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I just got back from living in Amman for six months. I could not find one decent store to buy anything electronic.

Posted by bla on July 14, 2003 at 11:35 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

u should see some of the other places t-slice. sometime whenever u get a break u should come by Kuwait or Dubai. Especially Dubai. Lebanon has a lot of cool stuff too, but it still needs some fixing up. And supposedly the best place to live in the Middle East is Bahrain.

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 14, 2003 at 3:32 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I am very impressed with the commerce available in Amman.

Posted by t-slice on July 14, 2003 at 3:26 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

A lot of the people here buy/listen/download western music. But thats different from Iraq I would believe. We have a lot of cd stores here like Virgin and stuff. I usually just order my stuff off Amazon or something. The Middle East isnt as bad as it seems…

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 14, 2003 at 2:52 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

hi, I just read all of that and I think that noname should shut his trap because the american government is doing alot for Iraq and for the middle-east. If you want to talk about your political views then go somewhere else.

Posted by Jake on July 13, 2003 at 11:27 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

You would be surprised how many western cd’s I have picked up in this region.  But When I am home I am a part time mobile DJ so I have a lot of tunes that I have copied from my vinyl and cd’s.  Don’t have a real good internet connection here to download.

Posted by t-slice on July 13, 2003 at 10:22 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

“When your sitting there and you get a song running through your head…...it’s probably on your iPod or soon will be:). “


Im guessing you download those “songs running through your head” music t-slice? I doubt they’re music stores holding western music in the iraq region.

Posted by Foo_Foo on July 13, 2003 at 3:37 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

It is true, that it isn’t true “CD Quality” but the majority of people can’t tell the difference. I have a great ear, and I can bearly tell the difference. I will say this though, it is better then WMA. The Real audio format that you can use with Real Jukebox is pretty good too. But the truth of the matter is though, nothing is ever going to be as good as the original. But there is such a small margin of discernable difference between these “lossy” formats and the CD that it really doesn’t matter to at least 95% of the consumers. I would love to hear though, what a true audiophile thinks of this new Windows Media Lossless codec that MSFT has been bragging about.

Can someone who doesn’t like AAC at 128k try out Windows Lossless and tell us what you think? That would be interesting.

Posted by Charles on July 12, 2003 at 5:35 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I’ll be studying Graphic Design t-slice.

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 12, 2003 at 4:05 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Tir-Na-Nog or Bust what you say is true.

Just don’t say that it is CD quality as Byron did at the top and as so many others reviewers do.

Posted by Roland on July 12, 2003 at 12:53 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Patrick,

What will you be studying in Lebanon?

Posted by t-slice on July 11, 2003 at 10:30 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Nasir,

Thank you for the comments. What is one old Skool rap/hip hop song that sticks out for you?

Posted by t-slice on July 11, 2003 at 10:29 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Andrewinla,

No Problem,

Send me an E-Mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I will send you all the info I have.

Sorry to hear about your job.  Hopefully we can get you on board here.

Posted by t-slice on July 11, 2003 at 10:27 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Can you believe that you guys are actuallly listening to some guy who is so ashamed to give a name tht he puts noname.  Well anyways, I love the pictures it gives you a different perspective.  I hope you got that iPod filled because it looks like thesers nothing to do there.  BTW I love old Skool rap.

Posted by Nasir Jones on July 11, 2003 at 5:57 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

T-slice. I will be unemployed in Sept (my company closing in CA and moving to NC. How did you get involved in your line of work. I’d love to be there helping you out and come Sept I have no problem signing up!

Posted by Andrewinla on July 11, 2003 at 12:56 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

AAC at 128 is fine for me. I can’t tell the difference between that and the cd.

Posted by Charles on July 11, 2003 at 11:52 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Roland, I dig what you’re saying, but if CD-audio doesn’t meet your needs professionally then a digital version of that audio won’t either. But were not talking about professional-quality audio here are we?

Posted by Tir-Na-Nog or Bust! on July 11, 2003 at 11:51 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Well, I’m a club DJ who works from regular media and my Powebook, and MP3s encoded at 192 sound just fine over various club soundsystems.

Posted by Tir-Na-Nog or Bust! on July 11, 2003 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Well, just give economics some time to take care of that. Prices will slowly trickle down.

Posted by Charles on July 11, 2003 at 10:53 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Someone.
Its not my hifi I’m talking about. I’m a professional sound engineer. I’m just telling you that lossy compressed audio cannot be as good as PCM based audio such as CD. A digital output will help a little but an MP3 file has less audio information than a CD, something must be missing. Its garbage in, garbage out.
For professionals CD isn’t good enough we use 24 bit audio sampled at 48Khz or 96Khz. Anyone trying to use audio seriously wouldn’t even consider going near MP3. I still listen to MP3s but just for convenience not for quality.

Posted by Roland Hemming on July 11, 2003 at 10:52 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Thank you Patrick.

Posted by t-slice on July 11, 2003 at 7:12 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

we all appreciate (well I do at least) what youre doing there t-slice. Just keep up the good work and keep us updated with info on your iPod :D!

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 11, 2003 at 4:49 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Even though prices are getting cheaper for hard drive space, it’s still three times as much as I want to pay for the amount of space that I would need for doing AIFF files for all my songs. That would be the ideal and i would do it in a second if I could but it’s still financially unfeasible at this point.
I have about 400 gigs of hard drive space attached to one of my computers. I have songs ripped to extreme lame and I currently use this for burning to audio cd’s. I do this believing that this will give me the best quality during the “un-compression.” I’m still having some issues with this.
Now that i have an iPod, I want to try to get as much as I can on it. I’m ripping songs at the 160 AAC format to see if I’m fine with it. My musical tastes vary considerably from pop/rock/soul songs (40’s to the present), jazz, hawaiian, film music, japanese, new age, etc. I want to get as close as I can to the 7500 suggested limit while getting “good enough” quality. Hey, I want to dial up the appropriate “soundtrack” to whatever’s before my eyes at any given moment! I’m listening to songs I ripped last night as I type this and most seem to be holding up. I’m more disappointed that I’m occasionally getting bad rips than anything else…

Posted by fanihi on July 11, 2003 at 2:51 AM (CDT)

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