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Apple Posts Kbase Docs for iPod 2.0 and iTunes 4

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By Dennis Lloyd

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Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2003
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Apple has posted several KnowledgeBase Documents for new iPods (iPod Software version 2.0) and iTunes 4. We have a list of links appearing on our Links page.

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Actually Grffin has begun shipping iTrips.  I emailed them a few days ago and found that they were so backordered that they’re shipping for orders placed in January & February now…it’ll be a few weeks until they’re all caught up.

Posted by Justin GB on May 7, 2003 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

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OK, I found an Applescript solution that can help you rebuild playlists after you rip from MP3 to AAC.  I know there are people that will argue that you shouldn’t do this for quality reasons, but there are still some people that want to do it.

You need to go here:
[url=http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes]http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes[/url]

and download:
Restore Library 2-Step v2.0
which has two scripts “Playlist Names to Comments” and “Restore Playlists”

also download:
Quick Convert

Now for the details.

The first step is to run “Playlist Names to Comments”.  This will put some text into the comment fields of all songs in playlists to help identify which playlists they are in.

Step two is select some songs to convert.  I would suggest selecting a single playlist worth of songs.  Then run the script “Quick Convert” and obviously select the AAC encoder.  This script will maintain the comment field (I don’t know about rating, but I think you lose play count).

This is the only tricky part, you now need to find the songs that you converted to AAC in the main Library and select them.  I think you can do this by searching for the playlist name (because it is in the comment field) and then sort by date (the newest files will be the AAC files).  Select the old MP3 file and hit command-delete to remove the files from the library and put the MP3’s into the Trash.

The last step is to run the “Restore Playlists” script and the AAC files will be put into the playlists where the MP3 files used to be.

I don’t think this saves playlist order, so you are screwed there.

Posted by Eric on May 8, 2003 at 3:14 AM (PDT)

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As an example, I ran this method on my wife’s Grateful Dead collection last night.  It took about 7 hours on a G4 400 Tibook to convert 1.5 days worth of music.

It only takes about 5 minutes to run the first and last scripts on a library of about 3000 songs.

I am downsampling my MP3’s from 128kbps or better to AAC at 96kbps.  I am not that concerned about quality because the places I listen to these files are not audio file listening rooms.  Obviously, this saved me about 25% on disk space.

Posted by Eric on May 8, 2003 at 3:20 AM (PDT)

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