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Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

My recommentdation in all for everything is:

I believe it’s better to re-encode to ACC. However, if you have MP3s that you have downloaded online. I suggest you stick with them. In other words, stick with the MP3s you have downloaded from online. Do not re-encode them.

As for WAV, I think thats just plain dumb. If you listen to music with an ipod, not only will you have limited space, battery power will go down (something we want to conserve these days). So I don’t suggest it. So DO reencode your library for the songs you have on CDs. Leave the MP3 songs that you’ve downloaded alone. It will be far more simpler in terms of music quality.
When reencoding somgs to ACC I recommend that you use Make Mine MPEG-4. It really will maximize the quality of your songs if you choose to have ACC. It will take about twice as long to re-encode but it will sond much better.

Peace

Posted by Alan T. on June 12, 2003 at 12:15 PM (CDT)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

Aaron - you got just about all of it wrong didn’t you?  But I won’t rub it in…

It’s fairly clear to me that the reason Apple are making itunes and ipods for windows is that they’re branching out into the music business in the hope that it can prove more successful than the computer business - Apple just ain’t gonna convert all those PC users - ever!  A favourite way to change the fortunes of an ailing company is to diversify and that’s just what Jobs is doing.

I love Apple products, but I work with PCs too - they’re all just computers, for God’s sake - they’ve both got their pros and their cons… Apple make the most elegant and intuitive products, but since when does that mean that everyone will buy them?  There are plenty of beautiful, artistic and innovative records and films out there, but you don’t see them at the top of the charts.

Posted by bobba on June 12, 2003 at 9:39 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Glen said:

“I’m not sure really why re-encoding (from CD) to AAC is necessary. I’ve compared a 128kbps AAC (from the iTunes store) to a 192kbps mp3 and if there’s a discernible difference at all, the mp3 might sound better.”

The difference is the size of the file. No discernible change in audio quality? Even better!

Posted by Doug Adams on June 12, 2003 at 7:33 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I have an AAC encoder for Windows (Nero) and am about to get an Ipod - does anyone know if I can easily get AAC files onto the Ipod?  I don’t see why you can’t just drop them on in HD mode, but since Musicmatch doesn’t support AAC files, does this mean it can’t ‘see’ them and transfer them in the normal way?  Will I lose any functionality? 

Excuse my ignorance on the way it works, but as I say I don’t actually have an Ipod yet so have no way of trying stuff out - but I’m ripping my CDs in readiness and want to know which format to use.  And, yes, I’d love to have a Mac, but I’m so broke I’ve had to save up months just for an Ipod - the ‘just get a Mac’ comments are less likely to persuade people to convert (if that’s your true intention) and more likely to convince people that Mac fans are unhelpful and conceited (not true of course!)

Posted by bobba on June 12, 2003 at 7:14 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I have an AAC encoder for Windows (Nero) and am about to get an Ipod - does anyone know if I can easily get AAC files onto the Ipod?  I don’t see why you can’t just drop them on in HD mode, but since Musicmatch doesn’t support AAC files, does this mean it can’t ‘see’ them and transfer them in the normal way?  Will I lose any functionality? 

Excuse my ignorance on the way it works, but as I say I don’t actually have an Ipod yet so have no way of trying stuff out - but I’m ripping my CDs in readiness and want to know which format to use.  And, yes, I’d love to have a Mac, but I’m so broke I’ve had to save up months just for an Ipod - the ‘just get a Mac’ comments are less likely to persuade people to convert (if that’s your true intention) and more likely to convince people that Mac fans are unhelpful and conceited (not true of course!)

Posted by bobba on June 12, 2003 at 7:14 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

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Posted by aroosh in USA on June 11, 2003 at 9:51 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I’m not sure really why re-encoding (from CD) to AAC is necessary. I’ve compared a 128kbps AAC (from the iTunes store) to a 192kbps mp3 and if there’s a discernible difference at all, the mp3 might sound better.

I was an audio fanatic some years back, but at 40, my ears aren’t getting any better. I’m not even sure that an AAC file at 192k will sound better and the file size is the same.

I also encode straight from the CD on my dual 1.42 without first ripping to AIFF and I haven’t had any problems.

Comments of a derisive nature are welcome.

glen

Posted by glen on June 11, 2003 at 9:27 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Sure do. Email me first.

Posted by Pete Saybolt on June 11, 2003 at 7:29 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Bought a 10Gb ipod from Dell for $315 a week before apple announced the new ipod. Now ofcourse im looking for the cheapest way to upgrade. Saw a few deals from places offering to take back the old ones and credit something like $150 for a 10gb old one if you buy the new ipod from them.
Anyone know any better (cheaper) ways other than trying ebay?

Posted by AN on June 11, 2003 at 6:41 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Curious again now, if we are planning to get the apple student discount, will the $19 still apply?  Because that would be great…

Posted by Aakash on June 11, 2003 at 6:16 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just started using ephpod, does anyone no how to eject from computer like in music match.  Thanks.

Posted by Jennifer on June 10, 2003 at 11:50 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just started using ephpod, does anyone no how to eject from computer like in music match.  Thanks.

Posted by Jennifer on June 10, 2003 at 11:50 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Hey everyone who didn’t buy an ipod yet and wants to.  Apple is having a sale.  If you spend $149.00 or more at 1-800-my apple they will give you $15.00 off.  Just call them and tell them that you are having problems pulling up the e-mail you received or tell them ur friend received it and was wondering if you can 2.  I just received the e-mail today and it’s good until June 30th.

Posted by Jennifer on June 9, 2003 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Save ur money for one as fast as possible.  It’s the best thing out there.

Posted by Jennifer on June 9, 2003 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Cash :)

Posted by Aakash on June 9, 2003 at 11:10 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I got an ipod friday and it works perfectly with MMJ. Don’t even bother installing ephpod cause it really s****.For all those who didn’t buy an iPod yet, what are you waiting for ?

Posted by Kadhafi on June 9, 2003 at 9:41 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

This is my second apple thing: New iPod 10G. The first was Newton…

Anyway I already regret to not choose 15G model.

Posted by Harrison on June 9, 2003 at 1:16 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Wow James, how quaint of you. You’re long detailed point-for-point analysis of my posts, with your rebuttle was riveting, and had me on the edge of my seat. I have finally met someone worthy of a verbal sparing match with. I congratulate you, for being able to do what others have not been able to do, and doing it with only THREE words. “Charles, Bothered .. loser”. *starts clapping* Touche James. Obviously a PC user like your self can see the pure brilliance, that is so perfectly encapsulated it the three words that you posted. I am still trying to get my mind around how you could so cleverly put such works together, and make it seem as if it were nothing. James my friend, you are one of the great minds of the ages, who should be put up on a pedastol with the likes of Socrates and the like.

Bravo James.

I mean it.

Posted by Charles on June 9, 2003 at 12:20 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Jared, go to the dell homepage, do a search for ipod, click on ‘add to cart’, and after that the 10% discount will appear. It doesn’t appear off the normal price until you have clicked on ‘add to cart’. Once I did that I just printed out the page, (showing the original price with discount, and the part showing they are giving 10% off all their peripherals) took it to compusa and the manager honored the price. It ends on the 12th of June.

Posted by dreaming1 on June 8, 2003 at 5:03 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

As an XP user the ipod is the coolest thing to come down the pipe. But for god sakes the Music Match interface SUCKS!!Please Mr. Jobs, hurry and release itunes for windows….....

Posted by Wayne on June 8, 2003 at 4:42 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

So does anybody have a copy of that Dell deal to take to Best buy anymore?

Posted by Jared on June 8, 2003 at 2:45 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

cheers for that..

yeah, i’ll probably try and get a powerbook over the summer.

cheers

Posted by James on June 8, 2003 at 2:08 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

James, though the codecs emphasize different things and quality ratings are subjective, generally speaking AAC should give you equivalent quality at a smaller file size.

Converting from MP3 to AAC would be like painting a copy of a copy of a Rembrandt (with the copies done by somewhat nearsighted artists), rather than looking at the original.

Personally, I don’t have any plans to re-rip but will just upgrade to a larger capacity iPod. The author of the original article, though, evidently has more songs than will even fit on the 30 GB.

I have only heard speculation about an iTunes for PC, tied to the expected launch of iTune Music Store for Windows at the end of the year, and it wasn’t clear if it was real or just wishful thinking. However, I think if you get a Mac you won’t regret it. The laptops are especially nice and good values.

Posted by Fred on June 8, 2003 at 1:25 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Charles, Bothered .. loser

Posted by James on June 8, 2003 at 12:50 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Cycloptic Pimpernel, I am not a loser. I have plenty of friends, and I do socialize. I just don’t believe a single word Albert says. Why? Because I know of plenty of people who have been able to EXCHANGE their ipod’s for a new one with NO problem at all. I have a PC too, that I use for coding in VB, probably one of the simplest languages to code in. I am not anti-PC, I just hate it when people are full of crap, and they talk about it here on the boards. XP has TONS of problems with devices. I have expierenced many of them, and so have my friends. You can call me ignorant as much as you want, but you are just showing your ignorance with that very statement. What I think is HILARIOUS, is the fact that a guy like Cycloptic Pimpernel is calling me a loser. What kind of STUPID, and IDIOTIC name is that? I am done with this topic. If you have anything intelligent to say, e-mail me. Oh, and by the way, about all Mac users being as ignorant as me. It is a well known fact that Mac users are more intelligent then PC users. I can go into more details about how I am not ignorant, but I would rather not rub it in your all ready.

Now, I am sorry if what I said came off as rude before. Fact of the matter is, I don’t believe a single thing Albert has said. I have listed my reasons why. He tried to give a rebuttle, which I have proved wrong on my own. If you want to argue with me, that is a personal problem. As far as I am concerned, the flaming started the moment Albert started making his post, full of ignorance. I simply gave a rebuttle.

Do you want to know more about what qualifies me to say stuff about the quality of Microsoft products? I have beta tested Windows 2000 Professional, and Server, Office 97, Office 2000, Internet Explorer, and a few development suites that are now out. I have also tested some copies of Jaguar before it went GM. Not to mention that while I’m in school, I’m a freelance technician for both Macs and PCs. So, if you have any other comments be sure to let me know. As far as I am concerned, Albert is a disgruntled customer, and I saw them all the time having worked for an Apple Specialist. They can be easily identified, by complaining about one thing, then making up other stuff just to try to manipulate the retailer into doing what they want. I have seen it many times.

Posted by Charles on June 8, 2003 at 12:26 PM (CDT)

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