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Chris Glushko
2005-03-30, 16:06
> iTunes. A bit of script can drive command-line
> tools to convert FLAC to

And for those who don't know any code?

>
> Also, isn't it a bit wasteful to use Apple Lossless
> encoding for iPod
> playback? Doesn't it result in decreased music
> storage ability, longer
> transfer times onto the iPod and higher rates of
> battery consumption?
> Can you hear the difference when playing back
> through the chip-based
> amplifier in the iPod, into portable headphones, in
> often noisy
> listening environments?

I don't use Apple Lossless for the iPod. I keep all
the files in Appple Lossless on iTunes. When I want
to put something on the iPod, I just convert the files
to AAC in iTunes, transfer them and then delete the
AAC files from the computer.

> I don't mean to criticize your choices, but did want
> to illustrate that
> there are trade-offs with either method that are
> independent of the
> open-source/proprietary arguments.

Feel free to critcize. I'm sure most people on this
list have more expertise than I. To me personally,
the only benefit of FLAC in my setup is the SB2's
ability to decode it natively. Otherwise, Apple
Lossless seems to be the optimal choice given that I
frequently change the contents of my iPod and I like
using iTunes for cataloging my music.

Ideally, I'd love to keep all my music in FLAC and use
OGG for my portable. But that won't happen until a
portable that supports OGG can compare with the iPod
and I can find a music manager that I personally like
more than iTunes (that happens to be compatible with
the portable player, FLAC and OGG).

Michael Peters
2005-03-30, 16:38
On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:06:14 -0800 (PST), Chris Glushko
<chopcg (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote:

>
> I don't use Apple Lossless for the iPod. I keep all
> the files in Appple Lossless on iTunes. When I want
> to put something on the iPod, I just convert the files
> to AAC in iTunes, transfer them and then delete the
> AAC files from the computer.

I keep all my music lossless flac and keep a second directory with
lame encoded versions of that lossless (I just use --preset standard)

aac is allegedly better but I don't think the iPod has the sound
quality to really tell the difference between aac and mp3 at the same
bitrate. I could of course be wrong.

I don't know where you live, but in the U.S. hard drives are cheap
enough that it isn't issue keeping both lossy and lossless.

For uploading to the iPod - I don't use iTunes, I use gtkpod - it's
not quite as well integrated as iTunes is, but it also doesn't care
how many computers I have set to sync with it - I can use the music
withing gtkpod on any number of PC's, which is nice because I can play
the iPod playlists from the iPod through the better sound card of
whatever computer I happen to be using - and Apple's BS of only
allowing the iPod to connect to one computer for one user doesn't get
in my way of me playing my legally obtained music.

I don't know how close they are, but there is a sourceforge project
for a flac plugin for QuickTime. There exists one for ogg, which does
let you play ogg in iTunes - last time I used it (year ago or so) it
had a tendency to skip a lot and iTunes didn't understant vorbis tags.
But maybe the tag thing is resolved, and maybe the flac plugin has
been released - it's worth looking at if you really do want to use
iTunes for your music.


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