There's always this option (and it's bigger brothers).I don't know about Olympus, but S*ny essentially makes all its hardware out of the same parts. An engineer someplace made an DSP for flash-memory-based voice recording and I'll bet you $100 that it's the same IC that's in a S*ny MP3 player.
Open up a low-end S*ny DVD jukebox and compare it with a high-end ES model: They're about 90% identical, except the low end one doesn't have caps or outputs soldered in every place there are traces for caps and outputs (yes, that's a lot of missing caps).
I've purchased only a limited numer of CDs over the years and likely received more as gifts than anything else. I'd probably not find 32GB of music worth listening to. I'm not much into music now anyway, having mostly lost interest after the 70's. But I'm not a StereoDude. Maybe I should be the FF Dude.The beauty of mp3s is that you don't have to. :lol:
Seriously though, I've got way more than 32GB of MP3s ripped from CDs I've bought.
Temptation is indeed cyclical. :diablo:So uh... the iPod classic is back to 160GB (though in the thinner form factor). Too bad they don't still offer the slightly thicker iPod classic because it would be 320GB now.
Like it or not, the 160GB iPod classic is the largest capacity player out there. However, I still won't use iTunes. I actually ordered an iPod classic 160GB the time I was last posting in this thread, but canceled the order when it was revealed that Apple broke compatibility with the 3rd party apps to load music on it. Most have corrected that deficiency and work again.
Temptation must be cyclical. :nono:
Mine (a newer version of this) auto-rips inserted CDs. It reads the CD's info or uses an on-board GraceNote db for title info. It has iPod/MP3 player/USB stick integration and can play MP3 CDs & DVDs; not sure if you can copy media from them to the HD though.Also there are HD based head units you can get for your car too now. Not sure how it gets into the car but maybe wifi, memory stick based or the drive docks at home.
Well based on what I read, the Zune requires proprietary software to load music on it just like the iPod and people say it sucks worse than iTunes. The Archos devices are quite a bit larger and the reviewers don't have nice things to say about the UI.Well zune is up to 120. Archos is up at 160gb or 500gb. Also there are HD based head units you can get for your car too now. Not sure how it gets into the car but maybe wifi, memory stick based or the drive docks at home.
That's a good plan with your MP3's too, keeping a virgin set away from itunes that is. Personally I avoid itunes and the apple empire so I have no advice there.
Yeah, unfortunately that wouldn't work for me. It doesn't have 3-way crossover capability or time alignment.
Around 25k songs.How large of a collection did you let iTunes index?
The UI isn't exactly peppy, but I'm not using the UI for anything other than importing my music and hitting the sync button. It only ran the gapless detection when I first imported all my music, but iTunes was basically locked up while it scanned all my music.When I let it scan my entire collection, it becomes more of a turd with respect to UI performance. I also can't stand the gapless detection that constantly tries to run.
If it deletes all my music and then copies it all back to the iPod again after re-installing the OS I guess I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. It's just a waste of time, but eh... I wanted a 160GB MP3 player and these are the fun consequences.Also, wait and see what happens if you ever decide to reinstall your base OS and then reinstall iTunes. It'll make you reformat your iPod even if it's your own music (none iTunes purchases). I just went through this the other day. I also couldn't get drag & drop to work to drag music into my phone.
Any Apple person I've discussed this with hasn't ever refuted that it sucks or told me it was my own fault. They just accept it.Apple people will quickly tell you anything you think is wrong with itunes is your own fault.
The largest collection I've ever had to work with was about 450GB, at which point it became an absolute dog, performance-wise. I'd hate to see how it would mangle 1.5TB, but since most of my stuff is .flac files, it probably wouldn't know what to do in the first place.
The standard argument I get (on another forum) is that I should relax and let itunes decide how best to manage my music collection, so I don't have to think about it any more, that it works eleventy times better on OSX than on Windows, and that any kind of application errors, database errors or synchronization errors are the result of user errors.Any Apple person I've discussed this with hasn't ever refuted that it sucks or told me it was my own fault. They just accept it.
Weird.. Mine does the gapless detection routine on my 25k files in a few minutes. I was able to go from no music loaded in iTunes to completely done loading my collection (artwork, gapless detection, etc...) for the ~25k files I fed it in no more than 30 minutes. It might have been even less than that. I didn't keep too close of tabs on it. All of the files are on a local HD if that matters.My library is about 170GB (35K songs) and the UI isn't peppy at all. I was too impatient to let the gapless detection run for hours which is why it's tries to start up all the time. Mine also locked up during this.
Stereodude, have you tried CopyTrans Manager for your iPod? I just started looking at it but haven't installed it yet. Seems it's compatible...I heard it still sucks on OS X if you have a pile of files. My strong suspicion is that in general most Apple users don't have massive collections of music.
While I begrudgingly have used iTunes to load music onto my iPod, but I couldn't imagine actually trying to use it listen to music.