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Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

If I convert, from within iTunes, an mp3 that is 192kbps to an ACC that is 128kbps will I lose any sound quality?


Posted by Larry Dougher Jr on May 31, 2003 at 9:40 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Thanks Ramze, I followed your tip and used the Dell print-out to buy my 10 Gb iPod tonight at CompUSA. I was planning on buying one today anyway, and then I happened to read through these comments before I went out. They honored it without any problem. I was just wondering if the warranty you bought at Best Buy was better then the one I got at CompUSA. I have had it less then an hour now, so I haven’t opened it yet. The warranty I bought was 39.90 for 2 years, so if I can get a 4 year one at Best Buy for the same price, I may just not unwrap this baby and return it tomorrow to CompUsa, then go buy it at Best Buy. The reason I wanted to buy it at CompUsa is because they actually have an Apple section, unlike Best Buy.

Anyway, thanks for the tip!

Posted by dreaming1 on May 31, 2003 at 9:06 PM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

i bought the old style ipod (5gb) and at first i was not very much impressed but its grows on me everyday..

Posted by pepper mont on May 31, 2003 at 8:34 PM (CDT)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

A few things:
1) Why do you equate Microsoft as evil?  As you and I know, Microsoft owns about 10% of Apple computers, and in fact, much of the Apple software is thanks in part to microsoft.  As we all know, many of the so called i products were brained out and programmed by Bill Gates and Co.  Now a days, the apple programming team is very limited, and depends somewhat well on the microsoft team to turn their ideas into realities in a shorter time.
2) I see this as a PC bashing article, yet fail to see why you equate the PC with Windows?  As a personal Bill Gates hater, and a Linux lover, i use PC’s because of their superior power, availability of cheaper hardware, and across the board compatability.  I have yet to see a program for Mac that my version of Mandrake cannot run (see this as me saying i use iTunes on my PC gasp!).  Even the Mac dev. team seems to be partial to the Linux/Unix boys (see Jaguar).
3) Firewire is a very good standard, and is truely widely used in video equipment (which is the only reason that i even bought a firewire PCMCIA card), but speed wise, its no comparison to USB 2.0.  USB 2.0 also has a lot more to offer, including a backward compatibilty that will squash firewire really quickly.  Seriously, who wants to give up half of their ports to a standard that cant be used for everything?  USB 1.1 is the most widly used connection type out there, and without support for it, Firewire is done.
4) Still on the Anti-Firewire campaign:  What the hell was apple thinking developing 2 different types of Firewire?  They would have done best just leaving the 6 pin for everything, and having the power cables just ignored for those who dont want it.  I bought my firewire Cardbus card recently, and to use my camera, much to my surprise, i needed to go and buy a new cable.  Its too bad that there isnt a connection format that will work with both old and new devices natively.  We could call it the Universal Serial Bus version 2!!


Now, i dont see why many apple users see PC’s as the enemy.  We all know that Microsoft is the enemy, yet apple users still insist on spending huge amounts of money on inferior machines, that can not even run all the programs available natively!  My Mandrake system can run almost any piece of software out there, including OSX (which i have running).

Posted by Erich on May 31, 2003 at 1:53 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

The main bulk of this argument centres around the iPod’s compactness.

Yes, iPods are smaller than many other disk-based MP3 players, but they achieve this compactness by sacrificing features and expandability. They cost around 50% more than equivalently featured MP3 hard drive players. They have no digital line-in recording, no mic facility, no FM radio reception or broadcast, no wireless interface, no memory card interface, and no easy way for users to replace or upgrade the device’s batteries or hard drive.

Unlike most of the new generation media players they also feature no MPEG 4 video playback or recording. They have a weird, all-or-nothing metadata approach to storing music that forces you to use the moderately featured iTunes freeware to utilise the iPod to its fullest instead of being able to use some other full-featured, non-freeware media jukebox software.

Their battery life is shorter than (AFAIK) all other disk-based HD MP3 players. I gather from the chatter that the new-gen iPods are getting between 5-8 hours of real-world playtime, and this is with new, fully conditioned batteries.

On the plus side, they do look cute, and fit in most pockets easily. Well done to Apple for figuring that a large proportion of potential MP3 player buyers are not interested in advanced features, and will pay a significant premium for compactness and a simple, constrained interface.

In the 90s, AOL similarly spotted that they could capture a large proportion of online users by offering a simple, integrated system. I think iPods are “training wheel” MP3 players for many people. It remains to be seen whether Apple can manage their new users’ experience growth and release more compelling iPods using latest technologies so that these maturing users graduate to more fully-featured iPods and do not desert to other manufacturers’ offerings.

Posted by iPodReducedFeatureset on May 30, 2003 at 6:10 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

How well-featured is the iPod V3 playqueue? What kind of addition options are there?

One thing I particularly like in Media Jukebox is the flexibility of the “Playing Now” playqueue. When you add a song to the queue, you can set a default action and have one-click access to the other options:

Add (to End)
Add (as Beginning)
Add (as next to play)
Add (play now)
Add (shuffle)
Add (replace)

What I’d really like after this would be probabilistic addition and grouping-aware addition to the queue…

Posted by meehawl on May 30, 2003 at 6:04 PM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

            C   R   A   Z   Y
to not incorporate an LCD readout on the remote…
to have THAT many mp3s on your machine and you can’t navigate through your library with the remote !!!! 
please tell me some 3rd party manufacturer is designing a better remote control


Posted by dj beta on May 30, 2003 at 10:46 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

*cooks Newby’s steak medium rare* Want some A1 with that?

Alberto, incase you have a hard time figuring out who this is, this is Charles, you know the name BELOW the comment!

Newby, want a baked potato with that?

Posted by Charles on May 30, 2003 at 10:14 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?


Bust out the Weenies and the marshmallows. It may be a lil late for Memorial Day but we finally got some nice flames goin here. I’ll have my steak med rare please.

Posted by Newby on May 30, 2003 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

If you want convert MP3 to AAC without loss of quality: Go into iTunes Preferencies, on Import select encode on AAC-Audio.

Then Select all the songs you want to convert and drag them to “Sources” it creates a playlist. Then: select them again and go into the menue: “Advanced” -> “Convert into AAC” it will convert all.

To delete .mp3 files, go into Sherlock and search for .mp3 in your “Music Folder”. Put them to trash.


Posted by Christian Leduc on May 30, 2003 at 5:47 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just a little tip. I just bought my first Ipod (15 gig). I searched high and low trying to find the “best” price and finally decided to got to best buy. Why? you ask. I took a printout of a dell webpage saying that they are giving off and Best Buy honored it and most importantly I bought a 4 year warranty for 40 bucks (about what the discount turned out to be) I got it right away no shipping delays and I don’t have to worry about any problems (battery, frying the harddrive, etc) I think this might be the best way cause if anything goes wrong I can walk down to the Best Buy and walk out with a new one. ( I have had experiences in the past with a pda with them and they where great). I am now not as worried about the dam thing all the time.

Posted by Ramze on May 29, 2003 at 7:37 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I had also some proplems to get it working on Windows… It’s a little bit tricky to find the button to format the device with the right windows-known filesystem ;)

But now, it’s running and it’s great! I’m using EphPod instead of MM-Jukebox.

Posted by dennys on May 29, 2003 at 6:07 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

does aac sound much beter than mp3 to
warrant all this work? i think not

Posted by c mcc on May 29, 2003 at 11:06 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

i hate the look of the new ones i think it was a mistake to move the location of the buttons!

Posted by ari on May 28, 2003 at 9:47 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Just use the iPod as a transportable hard drive. Copy the music files to it outside of iTunes. Reformat the iPod first if you need more room.

Take the iPod to computer #2 and copy all the songs over to its hard drive.

Then reformat the iPod and let iTunes put all your songs back in playable format.

If you’re on Windows, use XPlay to copy songs to and from the iPod without the restrictions of iTunes.

Posted by Joey J in Chesterfield MO USA on May 28, 2003 at 8:49 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

As far as I understand the windows format under MM is MP3PRO.  The only problem with MM that I had was it took 2 hours to format the drive with the Apple guy on the phone.  After that everything worked fine.  I happen to be one of those few people who happen to like MM.  I guess cause I’ve used it before.  Good Luck!

Posted by Jennifer on May 28, 2003 at 8:47 AM (CDT)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

What is the best way for windows users to rip cds in AAC format?

Posted by hildy on May 28, 2003 at 8:47 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

what formats is the new (windows-)ipod able to play? mp3pro?

Posted by dennys in Berne (Switzerland) on May 28, 2003 at 8:11 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

But I must say, in Albert’s defense. How do you expect Albert to be able to tell who says what? I mean, how can he tell what’s what when his head is firmly lodged up his butt?

Posted by Charles on May 27, 2003 at 10:32 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I bought one from

15GB for a good price of 320 shipped.

Was thinking about selling the dock, earphones, case and firewire cable. And buying usb2.0 and a new set of roxoz headphones.

Anyway, this would be my first apple product in 13 years.

Posted by Simpleton in LA on May 27, 2003 at 9:32 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I have the same situation. I encoded all of my cds and then wanted to listen to them at work as well. I started to re-encode everything at work but quickly became frustrated. 700 CDs would take just too long to do again. Simple solution. One morning, I took out the hard drive from my home mac, brought it to work, plugged it into my work mac. Copy, BAM! All of my mp3/AACs at work.

Posted by Steven Seybold in Los Angeles on May 27, 2003 at 7:37 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I’ve just finished uploading all of my music to my iMac at home, and just bought a second one for the office.  I have an iPod, but short of always keeping the iPod with me, is there an easy way to transfer the entire library to the second computer?  I’d hate to take all of my CDs to the office to load them again….


Posted by Samir M on May 27, 2003 at 6:42 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I just bought a brand new 2nd gen 10Gb iPod on eBay.  The packaging was wonderful, very Japanese with everything nicely wrapped, etc.  I bought the Mac version but heard how easy it is to convert to Windows.

My VAIO desktop has built-in Firewire ports, both 4 and 6 varieties.  Note for VAIO desktop users, the 6 port is on the back so you don’t have to buy the 4 to 6 plug adaptor.  It was extremely easy to use the 1.2.6 updater and insta-WinPod.  However MM was another story. 

MM reminds me of the DOS Windows days trying to get s/w to work that somehow reponds differently each time you use it.  The UI is quite bad.  I gave up after a half hour and downloaded Ephpod.  Instant tunes.

Used it all weekend on a single charge and it just died this morning.  Great battery life.  Personally, I like the design of the old iPod better.  The metal case is like jewelry and I got a Groove see through case to protect it, also great design.

Can’t wait for iTunes 1.3 for Windows and 0.99 downloads for XP users.

Posted by John on May 27, 2003 at 11:35 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

My point is still true nonetheless.

Posted by Charles on May 27, 2003 at 10:11 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Joey J,

Sorry about that.  My message was intended for ‘Charles’.

Posted by Albert in asldfjl on May 27, 2003 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

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