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PAUL WILLIAMSON
2004-06-08, 07:16
>>> civan93 (AT) gmail (DOT) com 06/08/04 10:03AM >>>
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>However the Apple product has one feature the Squeezebox does not. It
>can play songs from the iTMS. That is critical, perhaps not as much
>for we audio geeks, but it is to most everyone else. That has been a
>snare in trying to sell others on the Squeezebox. That and price.

I discourage everyone I know to not purchase from iTMS. I've let
multiple people hear the difference between a 128k mp3 and a flac
encoded file on my system and they instantly understand - at least
most people do. When I ask them what they plan on doing if they
want to listen to the music they purchased on a car stereo, a work
pc, a portable device, etc, the response is always "Um, I'm not sure -
burn them to a CD?" Yeah, that's great. Once mobile consumer audio
has either a usb port, a memory-stick or SD card interface and you
are able to avoid the whole media mess, you're SOL. Still need to burn
to a CD and then rip back to a PC. When the original file was 128, and
the rip gives the option for 320, it's quite a misnomer. And lot's of
unnecessary wasted file space to boot. I love macs and some of what
Apple does, but I really hate iTMS. Ironically, I like iTunes.

Paul

Jim Noble
2004-06-09, 02:21
PAUL WILLIAMSON wrote:

>I discourage everyone I know to not purchase from iTMS. I've let
>multiple people hear the difference between a 128k mp3 and a flac
>encoded file on my system and they instantly understand
>

I hear what you're saying, but apple use AAC for the iTMS AIUI (will
find out for myself when they launch over here). Even at 128kbps, that
should give far better quality than the same bitrate mp3. For most folks
that's good enough...

> - at least
>most people do. When I ask them what they plan on doing if they
>want to listen to the music they purchased on a car stereo, a work
>pc, a portable device, etc, the response is always "Um, I'm not sure -
>burn them to a CD?"
>

iPod car changer interface, iTunes for windows, iPod... ;-)

Jim