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Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I posted this in another topic, but I am honestly interested in what AAC sounds like if outputted not via the iPod’s analogue outputs but through a digital line out, say through a soundcard.

I output high-bitrate VBR MP3s using the Digital Line Out from my Archos to my Onkyo system and they sound fantastic. Seriously. One of the reasons I avoided the iPod was because of its lack of support for digital I/O. For me all the sounds get kind of mushed coming through an analogue microphone output.

I don’t want to have to re-encode all my stuff at some point in the future… sooner or later Apple will bring out an iPod with digital line out and then I might buy one. So it’s good to get a handle on what AAC sounds like now. Better than VBR MP3? Worse? The same?

Posted by dfsdfsdsdffdfsda on July 8, 2003 at 6:12 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Someone, thank you for being honest. I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks its an XP problem. While many think that XP nailed device management, they are wrong, XP is probably the worst at it.

Posted by Charles on July 8, 2003 at 4:14 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

On their website, Apple recommends using the AAC format to conserve battery life. Also, tests have shown that a song compressed at 96kps in AAC format sounds better than the same song compressed at 128kps in mp3 format.

Posted by john on July 8, 2003 at 2:15 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I see from the articles at the top of the page that the iPod can withstand very hot temps but i was wondering how high in the air can you take it? the instructions to my 15 gig said that you cannot play it above 10,000 ft. is that true, cause i want to take it on a jet with me but i dont want to screw it up. It should be fine though shouldnt it because the cabin is presurized and stuff right? has anyone else taken it on a jet with them?

Posted by JL on July 8, 2003 at 7:40 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

“using them with anything bigger than a computer loudspeaker or a pair of headphones is pointless, it just doesn’t sound that good.”

I output high-bitrate VBR MP3s using the Digital Line Out from my Archos to my Onkyo system and they sound fantastic. Seriously.

Is it true that the iPod only provides analogue output? That could be why your music loses fidelity on larger systems. Try a high-bitrate lossy VBR file using digital outputs sometime and you may change your mind about psycho-acoustical compression!

Posted by dfsdfsdsdffdfsda on July 7, 2003 at 5:23 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

thank you Scott

Posted by t-slice on July 7, 2003 at 6:49 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Great article T-Slice.  Looking foward to Part II.  Sorry “noname” had to comment off topic with his brainwashed views.  It’s really not his fault.


“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

Posted by Scott on July 6, 2003 at 7:50 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

i dont think so….

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 6, 2003 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Hey fellas i have a question, is there anything you can get that will copy songs from one ipod to another? thanks

Posted by JL on July 6, 2003 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

fro sure!

Posted by tslice in Illinois on July 5, 2003 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Hey, good luck t-slice. I’ve had a 5GB in Saudi since December 2001. It works great, and people here are buying them up!

Posted by Jim Reed on July 5, 2003 at 2:36 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

wow this really took off in the political direction didnt it. I knew it was coming.

I cant wait fro more pictures.

Posted by Stasyna on July 4, 2003 at 7:15 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

AR, I’m with you.

I’ve got MiniDisc coming out my ears - NetMD walkman, MDLP deck in my truck, and one of the few 5CD/1MDLP decks made by Sony (the changer deck is particularly well built IMO).  I loved it, and to a point still do, but hate a lot of the limitations - and Sony has been ZERO help in working with the Macintosh community.  Though I must say the MDLP deck in the truck (augmented by the cd/mp3cd changer) is pretty slick!

My new 17” G4 and 30gb iPod are waiting for me when I get home in a week.  I’m trying not to drool on my keyboard.  And I’ll shelve the MD walkman - won’t get rid of my MD stuff ‘cause I think it’s a neato format, but I completely recognize the advantages the iPod will have in SO many ways.  I travel a lot for work - so the G4/iPod combo will be radically better than the iBook/firewire drive/MD walkman + discs option.

Too bad Sony had to be so proprietary.  A fantastic opportunity just wasted.

That Guy

Posted by that_guy on July 4, 2003 at 6:40 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

So to summarise;
Saddam=bad
ipod=good.

See? We’re learning.

Posted by Jake on July 4, 2003 at 12:36 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

......is it really safe to give LSD to saddam? I think he’s messed up enough :D

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 4, 2003 at 9:50 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

and give the lsd to sadaam

Posted by t-slice on July 4, 2003 at 9:29 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

good job finding sadaam twdldee!  But take it easy on the old iPod! Save the battery bath for that old tape player.  Just my two cents.

Posted by t-slice on July 4, 2003 at 9:28 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

JL,

Well I can tell you that only after owning my ipod for a couple of months, it is still one of the best investments I have ever made.  It took me awile to make a decision to buy one also. But once I found the iPod lounge and listened to the members, I started wanting one bad!  My iPod has not shown any problems.  The battery life is as advertised.  I use mine about 3 hours a day and I charge it about every three days.  I am currently holding 600 songs (with room for 6900 more….yeah boy). 

Some good things about owning the iPod:

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

Provided you have alot of songs…....just put it on shuffle and rock on and on and on and….you get the idea.

Throw a party…...Hook up the iPod to the stereo….and then take requests.

When a friend comes up to you and says….man do you remember that one song and it goes like this…..and he starts to sing and you say….you mean this one and show it to him on your iPod.  (then he will want one).

You forget what songs you put on your iPod….
You’ll be sitting there listening to your iPod, and all of a sudden a great song will play that you forgot you put on your iPod. 

And finally….if you get your iPod…..there is no other joy than opening the box and knowing….that you are about to have the power to carry 500….1000….3000….5000…7500 songs anywhere you go…..yeah boy.  So I hope this way to long post helps you out.  Lets us know what happens.  And keep visiting ipodlounge…..you can learn alot about the iPod from here.  Good Luck.

Posted by t-slice on July 4, 2003 at 9:19 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Hey, I found sadaam!

But seriously, tslice, when I get a 3G, I’m going to dip my old one in battery acid.  Or maybe some LSD! iDOP!

Posted by twdldee on July 4, 2003 at 1:31 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

You iPod infidels! ..... You shall feel the wrath of MY iPod….. May your be plagued by the junk mail from 1 million spammers and may your undergarments reek of the smell of defeat as us loyally citizens of Irak (sp) rejoice and party like it’s 1999. (Sarcastic tone implied)

Posted by Sadaam Smith on July 4, 2003 at 12:18 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Tslice,
I first learned about the Ipod when a buddy of mine brought one to a summer camp I went to (2003) and now I want one soooooooooo bad, so I was curious is there anything I should know of about the performance of the Ipod itself or the battery? I am a little nervous to buy it since its really $$$ so if u could just sell the idea to me i would appreicate it. ok thanks alot.
JL

Posted by JL on July 3, 2003 at 7:17 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

yea it fixed it. . .  i can’t really tell you what size to get, i have the 30 and i have less then 7 gigs left. . .

Posted by jzero on July 2, 2003 at 7:36 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

jzero, hey the 2.0.1 rectified the on the go playlist prob already?
is it?
alright…thn i shall go get the 3rd gen ipod then! 10 or 15? do i really need the remote?

Posted by j.m. on July 2, 2003 at 4:20 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I am a PC user and the IPOD is amazing. I have a second generation 10G ipod and I have never experienced any problems with it, so I dont know what all these problems on the new ipods are, but i think the problem is XP. On the average, i am getting 5 to 10 errors a day while i open programs or try to get on the internet. I have to send error reports to microsoft all the time. I dont have a mac, only my pc, but i think XP is not that great. I never had any problems on ‘98 0r 2000. My ipod plays great. I cant wait til itunes comes out on windows.

P.S. PC’s are not the fastest anymore. Apple’s new Powermac G5 is much faster than any pc.

P.S.S. I just had an error typing this and i sent ANOTHER error report to microsoft.

Posted by Someone on July 1, 2003 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

To Glen,
For the Windows iPod crowd, the new EphPod supports AAC formats for Windows XP. You can get it for free at ephpod.com

Posted by Buell on July 1, 2003 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

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