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Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

There is another option.  If you are like me and aren’t that particular about the difference between MP3 and AAC quality, you can use Ovolab’s (http://www.ovolab.com) AAChoo utility.

From their website:

An amazing utility for every music lover, Ovolab AAChoo converts all your MP3 songs to AAC, the new high-quality and compact audio format at the core of MPEG-4, with an easy drag-and-drop interface and full control over every encoding parameter.

Try that out !!

Posted by A G4 Cube User in NY on May 18, 2003 at 5:21 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

playlist, if my ipod had a playlist and an ebook feature it would be gods gift to humanity.

Posted by duc in uk on May 18, 2003 at 4:44 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

I overheard a conversation at the Live On Stage event for the debut of iPods…
One customer was discussing the concept of pitch control on iPods with the iPod DJ…

Would it be possible to modulate the pitch with an external signal processor plugged into the iPod’s headphone port? iPod > Pitch Controller > Mixer

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on May 17, 2003 at 4:16 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I’m going through a similar process now.  A few observations:

9500 songs?

Posted by Andrew Giddings in UK on May 17, 2003 at 1:28 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

yeah it might, but would people ever listen?

http://macnet2.com/more.php?id=338_0_1_0

Posted by Oliver in Japan on May 17, 2003 at 1:13 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

If my pod had pitch control like turntables , It would
fundamentaly change the art of DJ’ing.
Any ideas?

Posted by DJ Mark Kamins in NYC on May 17, 2003 at 9:15 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Dave - mine, and everyone elses, is the same way.  Its what everyone is complaining about.  You’d figure that the songs that were just added to the end of your list would play, but instead when it gets to the last song on your original list you made, it loops back to the first song on the orginal list.

APPLE, THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED!!!

When I’m listening to my songs and have inspiration to add another song to the list, I want it to play when it’s turn comes about. Please, please fix!

C.C.R, I’m totally with you on this one.

Posted by Brad on May 16, 2003 at 10:10 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Don’t want to start a big comparison debate, but I don’t think the original article was written based on actual experience of using the alternatives.
1. Archos can show photos/videos
2. Zen plays mixed CD tracks gaplessly. Last Ipod couldn’t. Can the new iPod do this?)
3. Jukebox3 has two removable battery slots. 22 hours of play. And much better sound management (not the gimmicky bits, but e.g. the compression for loud environments, such as cars/planes)

I know each of the above players can also be faulted very easily. But it’s important to recognise that for many people the Ipod can be bettered, in fundamental features.
I think the new Ipod is an absolute classic. Beautiful. For me I’d buy one if I knew that point (2) above was fixed.

Posted by RBH on May 16, 2003 at 1:53 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Clearly anything *can* be beat… but will it? I suspect iPOD will be beat but it will take time since PC centric companies are slow on the draw. That said someone has to come up with a small MP3 player that has WORLD CLASS (read: classy art NOT cheap plastic faux “modern) looks, huge hard drive with FM radio, and WORLD CLASS SOFTWEAR for the PC. Can it be done? Sure… will it? Maybe.

Posted by Dave in Chicago on May 16, 2003 at 1:03 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Max,

Are you the same Max who spent 4.5 hours trying to sync his new iPod to his pc? Come on now, fess up… I read a post by a Max that said he had all kinds of trouble and was at his wits end.

http://www.ipodlounge.com/reviews_more.php?id=409_0_6_0_M

check out that page to see what I am referring to if it is not you.

Comparing the iPod to other Mp3 players is a lot like comparing Macs to PC’s and the statement I made is not a generalization, it’s a fact. I have never met anyone who’s ever used a mac that liked windows better except one and he may really be crazy!

Yes, I am proud to own a Mac. So much so that I bought stock in the company.
Are you proud of your PC?
Would you buy stock in whichever of the thousands of windows PC manufacturers built your machine?

Posted by sillycar on May 15, 2003 at 12:38 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Sounds like a bug in the software, not a hardware defect. Can anyone confirm?

Posted by Songdog on May 15, 2003 at 11:07 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Got the new 30G 2.0 model and was thrilled to have a queueing feature—but I think I’ve hit a problem…is mine defective?  It works like this:  I set up a short “on-the-go” playlist of three songs.  Then I start playing the first song.  Then I go back to adding songs to the list.  I hold down the button, the title blinks, the song is added to the queue and everything seems to be working fine BUT:  The ipod stops playing after those first three songs.  Any songs on the list that were added after I’ve pressed PLAY aren’t recognized.  So I scroll up to the top of the queue again and press PLAY and this time it’ll play all the songs in the list.  If I add any more though…same thing. They’re on the list but the ipod doesn’t see them. Anyone else?

Posted by Dave in SF, CA on May 15, 2003 at 10:21 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Way before the IPOD there was a 20GB monster called the PJB100 which was clearly marred by poor product placement and became a very techy only device. What boosted it was its ease of use and open source coding. The development front is superb and although production has now stopped the device has a loyal following that keep quiet as it is their little secret. I have now got to the point where I needed to upgrade and though I could just stick a 60GB drive in my PJB and it would still work I have plumped for the new 30GB IPOD. I expect big things. I just wanted to let you know there was a player to match (beat) the Ipod it is just no one knew about it :)

Posted by Robert Perkins in Oxford (UK) on May 15, 2003 at 8:29 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

just wanted to let you know your vaja case link is incorrect: it points to speck products. otherwise great article!

Posted by spoof on May 15, 2003 at 2:21 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

They haven’t given me AAC support yet, jzero. I have a Windows iPod.

Posted by Songdog on May 14, 2003 at 10:24 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Albert,

Having just purchased one of the new iPods I haven’t had a single problem with connecting/compatibility with my PC.  The iPod definitely charges while I’m sync-ed up, I imagine it doesn’t for some because they are using a 4-pin FW connection and thus their fire-wire ports are not powered (and therefore cannot charge).  Also, while I dislike MMJB as a product it’s been perfect to use with the iPod, not problems whatsoever.

Sillycar, ugh ... why bring a stupid Windows v Apple debate in when you’re commenting on mp3 players.  I understand how proud you are of your Mac, but to make broad generalisations such as:

“I only know one person who’s ever used a mac that likes windows better and I think he has mental probs.”

... is totally ridiculous, I will admit that the iPod is better as a whole package than any other mp3 player I’ve dealt with.

 

Posted by Max in Australia on May 14, 2003 at 9:25 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

alright, that sucks you feel that way

Posted by jzero in AZ on May 14, 2003 at 7:35 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

LATEST SUPPORT FEEDBACK:

“version 2.0 is incompatable with my old ipod, just as your software (marketing) is incompatable with my hardware (brain)

please update the “old” ipods to version 2.0

I cant even begin to describe the deformations in my anus that this has caused.

I hope you choke.”

Posted by Oliver in Japan on May 14, 2003 at 5:28 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

they “gave” AAC support because it was in their best interests with the music store.

I dont think they will update the firmware, just like I dont think I’ll buy a mac product again.

Posted by Oliver in Japan on May 14, 2003 at 5:21 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

damn, guys. . .seriously, give apple a month to update the firmware for the old ipods.  i mean they gave you AAC support. . . .just be patient

Posted by jzero in AZ on May 14, 2003 at 5:12 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

That would be fine with me. In theory the queue could be editable on the fly, but all I really care about is the ability to enqueue more than one song at a time.

Posted by Songdog on May 14, 2003 at 7:14 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Hey Albert,
There are incompatible card problems for every pc device and very very few third party devices are “well” integrated with the pc because there are too many hands in the cookie jar!

I work with both pc’s and macs all the live long day, and Macs rule! It took me 10 minutes the first time I ever used a Mac to see how infinitely better they are and to switch. I only know one person who’s ever used a mac that likes windows better and I think he has mental probs.

P.S. The iPod does have an insurmountable lead, because despite the pitful way that pc’s work with iPods (and most other third party devices), Windows users are buying them up like HOT CAKES! Which is great for me since I own stock in Apple!!!!!! YEEEEEE HAWWW!!!!!!

I own the very very first model iPod and have used it hard every day for about a year and a half now and it ROCKS HARD! Every single day! I’ve had to reset it 5 times in all the time I’ve owned it. Not too shabby I think.

Like the new version, mine had some bugs when it was brand new, however Apple listens to its end users and has released very well targeted software updates that have eliminated all the probs. This will likely happen with the new one too.

This is coming from a guy who thinks the Zen is kinda cool. But c’mon man! It’s not even close! How can you say that an mp3 player that’s Ugly and Big could have better functionality than a small elegant one that’s easy as hell to operate?

P.P.S. How many times did your windows XP machine tell you that new security updates for this or that had been downloaded to your PC and were ready to be installed?

Posted by sillycar on May 13, 2003 at 7:03 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

The ipod is undoubtedly the leader, and it’s definitely the best designed, but I think your comments are a bit biased.  Though the Zen market share is much lower, you have to give them credit for packing in a number of features the ipod does not have for a lower cost.  True, it’s ugly and big, but arguably functionality has far surpassed the ipod. 

The ipod itself has a ways to go.  There are numerous reports of bugs in this new release (resets, clicks, etc.), and it’s just not well-integrated with the pc (no charging while syncing, incompatible firewire cards, MMJB).  I think it’s too early too call it an insurmountable lead.

Posted by Albert in CA on May 13, 2003 at 6:43 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

im still leaning towards the iPod but I have come across a few articles and potential iPod killers… some are very tempting.

MP3 Insider: iPod killers coming soon (2-12-03)
http://electronics.cnet.com/electronics/0-3219397-8-20851455-1.html

Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen (60GB, USB 2.0)
http://electronics.cnet.com/electronics/0-6342420-1304-21189822.html?tag=sd

Philips HDD100
http://www.audio.philips.com/betatest_HDD100.asp

Posted by 2000NB18T on May 13, 2003 at 5:16 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Actually to implement a play queue would not have to have a negative impact on the interface at all. You would simply add an option to turn play queue on or off (in the settings or in the main menu). If it’s on, then selecting a new song queues that song. If it’s off, then selecting a new song switches to that song. The contents of a queue would also be accessible via a playlist.

Posted by cpatch in San Diego, CA on May 13, 2003 at 5:03 PM (CDT)

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