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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)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Albert can’t even figure out that the byline in this forum comes AFTER the message, not before it.

Posted by Joey J in Chesterfield MO USA on May 27, 2003 at 9:20 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I guess you just have all the answers don’t you? You must be the magic 8 Ball of the internet. Tell me, if I turn you upside down and shake you, will you tell me when XP or any other Windows OS will have a fix for the dreaded Buffer Overflow problem that they have been fixing over and over again for years now? Or maybe I have actually used XP, and OS X, as well as having beta tested XP not from the stupid public release, but as a beta tester, and did the same with 2000. I doubt there is much you can educate me on, but telling me that XP handles everything perfectly is a joke. Telling me you had all this crap happen to you at the Apple Store is a lie. I could only see that happening if there was any sign of abuse, which wouldn’t surprise me either from someone so tempermental. But thanks for your time, and I applaud your ability to be able to tell who said what on this website, your logic skills are astounding. In behalf of ever Mac User, and I, let me congratulate you in proving once again, that Mac Users are brighter.

Posted by Charles on May 26, 2003 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Albert, it was me saying that your making up the Apple Store thing. You probably have nothing better to do with your time, or maybe your one of the tempermental affeminate wusses that go nuts, and fly off the handle when every little thing goes their way, so to get the company back for your little temper tantrum, you make up all kinds of garbage about the problem to get attention, and some level of sympathy. As for XP, XP is very very tempermental. I have done multi-GB file transfers to other computers from XP, only to have it crash right in the middle of the transfer. I have had XP lock up, and when it started back up, it didn’t recognize the keyboard, and only the mouse, so I had to restart the keyboard, then uninstall the computer, restart the computer once again with the keyboard connected, in hopes that it will recognize it. I also know SEVERAL people that have had problems with XP REFUSING to delete files on a USB Harddrive, because something was corrupt in one of the files. We ended up having to connect the drive to a Mac to get it to format into FAT, then hooked it back up to the PC. Should I continue little Alberto? How about Microsoft’s claim that XP and 2000’s stability issues are all related to driver support? Wow, this is interesting considering Linux and BSD are running all the same Video Cards, and Sound Cards and ETC with a lot of the drivers written by people in the open source community, not even the manufactorer, and some how Linux is still very stable especially in comparison to the pile of garbage that is XP. What about the 30,000 KNOWN bugs that were in 2000 when it shipped? I will continue this in my next comment

Posted by Charles on May 26, 2003 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Joey J,

Thanks for your intelligent discourse. 

You’re right.  I’ve never had problems with my iPod, and I was able to get an exchange with no problems at the Apple store.  I just like to make up these problems and create outlandish stories for people to respond to.  I have nothing better to do than to waste my time troubleshooting an iPod with no problems, sitting at the Apple store to waste the Genius’ time, and discuss it in this forum.  Oh yeah, all of those people in the Apple forum and the iPodlounge forum are just full of crap too. 

Oh, so there’s only so much Apple can do with XP, huh?  I guess every other peripheral on the PC must be just as problematic.  Maybe my digital camera won’t work.  Maybe my camcorder will lock up.  Maybe this keyboard will suddenly fail and cause me to have to realsjdf;lsajdlfsadjflsadjflsadfldsjfldsflasdjf;lsadf;lsahfdsahfssadkfhjkfkjfkfkkfkhxjygsgd

Posted by Albert in aalsdj on May 26, 2003 at 4:04 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

I tried posting this topic for several days and they deleted it. This time someoen else has started it. THANK GOD. Maybe they will leave it this time!!! Anyways. it is important that everyone give their opinions about this topic! And do it soon![email protected]@.3bc31956/3


Posted by Ben in Chicago on May 26, 2003 at 8:39 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I have had so many problems with my new 30GB iPod in XP that I decided I can’t wait for iTunes for Windows. I’m going to buy a G4 eMac just so I can manage my iPod better.

It’s not XP’s fault, in my opinion. Other companies have few problems making FireWire peripherals for the Windows platform that work on all machines. Apple is just spoiled by previously only having to deal with its own hardware.

It’s much easier to be innovative and stable when you CREATE the standard and no one else can use it.

Windows is just an MS-DOS program and has to run on thousands of different computers configurations from different companies. It’s amazing it works at all.

Posted by Joey J in Chesterfield MO USA on May 26, 2003 at 7:57 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I agree with comments made by Joey J. I have re-ripped several times with my latest discovery of the latest and greatest. I have settled on keeping copies of my CDs in .aiff format (uncompressed) and AAC versions of the same for my iPod.  I’ll keep the originals and batch convert should some other better compression come along.

Posted by Randy Decker in Vancouver on May 25, 2003 at 10:29 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just bought the 15gb 2 weeks ago.  I am a first time ipod owner.  I think the ipod is the most wonderful design for music.  The only thing I am disappointed in, is sometimes the screen freezes and i have to reset it.  I read 2 books on the ipod and they all explained about the things that could go wrong with it.  I’m scared about that in the future, but for now am very satisfied.  One other thing I also don’t like how touch sensitive the buttons are, but the design is unique and fun to use.

Posted by Jennifer on May 25, 2003 at 9:53 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Just a couple ideas:

If you re-rip a CD to AAC and for whatever reason, ‘Replace Existing’ doesn’t come up.  Just import anyway.  After it is done, browse to the album in iTunes.  Hit apple-J and enable the kind field.  Sort by Kind by clicking on the ‘Kind’ header and just delete the MPEG files.  You’ll have just AAC left.

Also use Smart Playlists to keep track of your ripping progress.  I have a Smart Playlist that keeps track of mp3’s not converted yet by using kind is ‘MPEG’ and date modified is before April.  I have a second Smart Playlist that keeps track of re-ripped AAC by using kind is ‘AAC’.  With live updating you can watch your progress by checking these playlists. 

Don’t rip your mp3’s to AAC.  Go back to the orginal CD.  If the mp3’s are downloaded, just deal with the fact that they are mp3’s.  I would only suggest re-ripping mp3’s if the original bit rate was at 256kbps or higher.  The only use for that would be to save a few megs of file size.  At that rate, you won’t lose that much quality if you go to AAC.  Please DO NOT re encode a 128 mp3 and expect any decent sound quality.

If you import any file supported by iTunes into iTunes it will remain at whatever format it was orginally.  iTunes will only convert format if you tell it to.

To manage WAV files:  I’ve never used it, but you may want to check out iView Media Manager  It may be what you are looking for.  I’m not sure.

Posted by Michael Hengeli on May 25, 2003 at 7:29 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

they took it down again.  What is wrong?!  Touchy subject I guess.

Posted by MLWings on May 25, 2003 at 6:46 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Well my 30gig monster came this weekend and I have spent the last day and night prepping my music. I decided it was time for a spring clean of my collection and a re-tagging of songs hence it taking so long but have to say how dam quick the firwire is. To think I put up with USB on my PJB 100 :) One prob I did have is that unless you tell XP that you want to remove the IPOD you can lock the device in such a state it needs a reset and re-format.

I am now an official convert to Apple IPOD’s and have become an ISPOD ( Someone that won’t stop going on about their IPOD).

Posted by Robert Perkins in UK on May 25, 2003 at 4:52 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Albert, you are full of crap. I know of several people that never had a problem exchanging something at the Apple Store. Apple can only do so much to get the iPod to work right on the PC, and the PC isn’t exactly the most stable platform to do the things that Apple is doing. My XP is always doing thigns it ought not be doing, so I know that there is only so much they can do. Stop yoru whining.

Posted by Charles on May 25, 2003 at 4:40 PM (CDT)

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