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MP3s already prepared

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by Gooner71, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. Gooner71

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    I'm planning either an iPod 60 or Sony NW HD5 30GB in the next couple of weeks. One aspect which may be a factor is that I've already ripped 26gb of CDs to my PC using Windows Media Player 10.

    Please don't tell me I'm gonna have to redo this whole exercise with either SonicStage or iTunes!!!!

    I'm probably gonna go with the iPod purely on the basis that there are more gadgets for it than the Sony such as Speaker Stations and Car Hifi stuff.
     
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    are the files stored as MP3 or WMA? as i have heard there are problems converting some WMA files with the Sony software.
     
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    I-pod doesn't support WMA. HD5 Does.
     
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    iTunes will allow you to convert all the tracks to AAC when you import them
     
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    As the title says, MP3s already prepared, then you're fine in whichever you opt for - as an iPod (40 GB photo) user, it's the de facto mp3 player for a reason......the best user interface and transfer software bar none.
    Pretty much just like OS X then! ;)

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    As both are loseless codecs, then leave as mp3s rather than degrade further by converting to AACs, which only the iPod can decode. There wouldn't be any justification for converting to AACs to reduce space on iPod and PC's drive, as the sound would take a hit.
     
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    You can buy HD5 30Gb from Dixons for £179.98 plus £9.99 delivery.
    Same cost as 20Gb model product code 503532
     
  7. Gooner71

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    Yep all the files are in mp3 128kbps I think. So I should leave them in mp3 and not convert to AACs - seems reasonable to me cos I'll still be able to play them on the PC.

    Thanks for the help...

    Simon
     
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    As they are already at 128, any further conversion to another type @ 128 will make them sound worse than better, and the space saving is minimal really.
    Depending on the type of music, I'd say you should have opted for 192 constant, not variable BR for the best compromise between sound and size. VBR isn't recommendsed as more power is needed to process, in the same way using the EQ, backlight, etc does.
     

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