I just got an i-pod mini and have transferred quite a few CD's to it without problems using MP3 encoding at 192 kbps I got the new U2 album and put that onto the i-pod mini. It all transferred OK but the sound is absolutely appauling. It's the only CD that I've transferred that suffers from such awful quality in sound. The bass is awful and just seems to break up and distort, and the vocals are pretty scratchy too. Any ideas why this particular CD transfers to the i-pod with such awful quality? Also, I've read here that I can increase the volume on the i-pod by downloading some program. How do I do this? Is the software for doing this safe? Will it work on i-pod mini? Lastly, I don't seem to get the 8 hour battery life stated. I reckon it's about 5 hours I get. Thats without using the backlight. Is this because I've only charged the battery twice since new and will the life get better over the next few charges? Does turning the i-pod on/off decrease battery life? Is the 8 hours stated on continuous play i.e from turning on once then playing continuously? Any help would be so much appreciated. Thankyou.