i'm on the verge of buying a sony NW-HD5. a couple of questions - 1 - i use a 3rd party piece of software to rip my cd's (easy-cda) to mp3 before then transferring to my ipod via i-tunes. with easy-cda i am able to set a vbr rate suited to what i want rather than a fixed 192/256 rate. can this be done with the atrac format? 2 - can i ONLY use the supplied sonicstage software to rip cd's? i have found that with i-tunes, the ripping quality was not as good as with easy-cda. i would prefer to just use sonicstage for transferring files to the NW-HD5 & leave the ripping process to another package are the above possible? thanks stuart ps i'm right in thinking the NW-HD5 can play both mp3 & atrac?