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Mix: Seagate, NPR, Shuffle Bus, BusinessWeek

Seagate has announced the first 8GB, 1-inch hard drive, which could find its way into the next version of Apple’s iPod mini. “The 8GB Seagate ST1 Series can hold up to 200 hours—or 4,000 songs—of high-quality music files (128 kbps), a breakthrough for pocket-size music players and entertainment devices,” says the company. This 4,000-song number, however, uses Windows Media Audio (WMA) as its benchmarking format; iPod owners would expect 2,000 songs, instead.

National Public Radio has ended its relationship with Audible.com and is in talks with several companies about distributing its shows. “We have spoken to a number of companies, including Apple, about our next move in offering NPR programming in podcast form,” NPR told The Mac Observer.

An iPod shuffle Bus was recently spotted in Toronto, Canada. It appears to have been completely repainted in Apple’s lime green with black shuffle icons as a large scale mobile advertisement. [via iPoditude]

BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows says Apple will need to beef up its iPod offerings if it hopes to keep momentum going while consumers wait for Intel-based Macs. “One possibility is a higher-capacity iPod shuffle, or one with a screen. And most analysts expect that the company will unveil an iPod capable of playing video in the coming months.”

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question: is wma much worse quality than aac? I’ve just been assuming that is the case, but I don’t actually know. Even if wma is a little bit worse than aac it probably is a better compression, because they’re so tiny. Of course, there is also this he-aac I have heard about which is supposedly as good as aac but half the size. someone steer me straight.

Posted by jmaurand on June 9, 2005 at 12:32 PM (CDT)


A Bus?  Looks like a tram to me ;)

Posted by ACLeroK212 on June 9, 2005 at 12:45 PM (CDT)


That’s the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) streetcar, not a bus. :) Mind you I’m from Vancouver but I think that’s what you call those things over there. Haha.

Posted by dona83 on June 9, 2005 at 10:34 PM (CDT)


I used WMA for the longest time before switching to AAC with iTunes. WMA is fine, but like most music files, 64kbps just is not a good option. Even the OGG format which arguably has the best sound 64kbps files still has a lot of artifacts, albiet very discrete ones that are hardly noticable above ambient noise while walking along the street. So while walking through busy downtown with open air headphones, yes 64kbps sounds wonderful, otherwise AAC, OGG, and WMA sounds best at 128kbps or higher, and MP3 sounds best at 192kbps or higher, for portable purposes (best sound vs. space required).

Posted by dona83 on June 9, 2005 at 10:38 PM (CDT)


In other news, Seagate just announced a 160GB 2.5” notebook drive - time to upgrade the Archos in the car again…

Posted by Demosthenes on June 10, 2005 at 6:55 AM (CDT)

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