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Originally Posted by anetode View Post

Apple chose to develop ALAC to maintain both lossy and lossless filetypes within the mp4 container. If you're dealing with millions of music files it helps if you can manage metadata between filetypes without any conversion. That and after the initial investment ALAC was kept closed in case Apple decided to sell lossless DRM music.

 

Couple the fact that Apple could also give less of a fig about the open source movement and the end user's non-itunes-managed files.

 

Yeah they don't seem to care too much about open source... they like to keep stuff as closed as possible.

 

I would just think that by now they would at least have a FLAC converter for when you put songs into an ipod. I would have bought one if that was the case, because they are well built and very nice PMPs, but I instead went with another brand.

 

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Takes a large amount of processing power to decode, which isn't ideal for portable devices on batteries. Only thing worst would be APE. 

Ah that makes sense.

 

My PMP has 100+ hours of battery life so that's no big deal for me. Although if it runs out of batteries it can die for good due to ****ty engineering....

post #17 of 31
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Why isn't it ideal? Any reason other than space?

The least they could do is convert it for you when you put it in your ipod.

They actually do. There is an option when you sync to downsize to acc 128 or 256. For some reason 320 isnt one of the options.
post #18 of 31
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My PMP has 100+ hours of battery life so that's no big deal for me. Although if it runs out of batteries it can die for good due to ****ty engineering....

 

What is this magical device and how many kidneys would they take for one?

 

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They actually do. There is an option when you sync to downsize to acc 128 or 256. For some reason 320 isnt one of the options.

 

I can't see the 256 option though. Is the default for the mass convert option VBR?

post #19 of 31
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What is this magical device and how many kidneys would they take for one?


I can't see the 256 option though. Is the default for the mass convert option VBR?

Its on the main page of the device options when u plug in. Ill post a screen shot when i get home.

Now u bring up a question. I set mine on constant when i converted the whole library to 320acc. Is variable more or less desirable?
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


They actually do. There is an option when you sync to downsize to acc 128 or 256. For some reason 320 isnt one of the options.

I'm referring to FLAC, do they let you do that? I thought you had to hack itunes just to give it FLAC support.

post #21 of 31
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Its on the main page of the device options when u plug in. Ill post a screen shot when i get home.
Now u bring up a question. I set mine on constant when i converted the whole library to 320acc. Is variable more or less desirable?

 

Once you get to 320 cbr then vbr offers no tangible sq improvements.

post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


Its on the main page of the device options when u plug in. Ill post a screen shot when i get home.
Now u bring up a question. I set mine on constant when i converted the whole library to 320acc. Is variable more or less desirable?

Just a way to save space without losing any sound quality. 320 VBR AAC in iTunes is actually ABR, so it outputs really large and transparent stuff. 

post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

 

What is this magical device and how many kidneys would they take for one?

 

Cowon X7.

 

They're like $350 I think for 160GB.

 

But seriously if you get one do not let your battery die... I left mine on sleep mode for like a month which slowly drained it, and it took me a few days to get it back on. Some people don't have such good luck and it never turns back on.

post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Cowon X7.

 

They're like $350 I think for 160GB.

 

But seriously if you get one do not let your battery die... I left mine on sleep mode for like a month which slowly drained it, and it took me a few days to get it back on. Some people don't have such good luck and it never turns back on.

Ah. I like BBE, and it's actually cheaper than a Classic with a HD upgrade. That battery life sounds insane as well. Any reason why it would freeze like that though?

 

Oh, snap, Post #666! Must..not..ruin...perfect..number...must...stop..posting...

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Ah. I like BBE, and it's actually cheaper than a Classic with a HD upgrade. That battery life sounds insane as well. Any reason why it would freeze like that though?

 

Oh, snap, Post #666! Must..not..ruin...perfect..number...must...stop..posting...

I have no idea, but fortunately it's really easy to prevent the battery from never dying. 

 

For the space you get they're a pretty good deal. They've probably got the best sound quality, and definitely the best amplification out of any PMP that I know of, and support nearly all file formats(ALAC can be iffy, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't). Their only flaws are the whole dying with the battery thing, the touch screen can be wonky, and they're HDD based so browsing through album art is too slow and the boot up time takes a little while. Plus it's pretty big, but that can be a pro if you're watching movies on it.

post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

I have no idea, but fortunately it's really easy to prevent the battery from never dying. 

 

For the space you get they're a pretty good deal. They've probably got the best sound quality, and definitely the best amplification out of any PMP that I know of, and support nearly all file formats(ALAC can be iffy, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't). Their only flaws are the whole dying with the battery thing, the touch screen can be wonky, and they're HDD based so browsing through album art is too slow and the boot up time takes a little while. Plus it's pretty big, but that can be a pro if you're watching movies on it.

 

How's the screen look? From what I see, the stated resolution is a bit on the low side, not that it matters on a DAP, but if the colours aren't bright or sharp enough, it might be a hassle to see/navigate, what with all those different light sources when you're outside. And is it a "thigh-killer", with really sharp edges or anything of the sort? 

post #27 of 31

It has smoothed out edges.

 

It's screen looks fine, good contrast and brightness. Not the highest resolution though, yeah. However, they made a VERY poor design decision with the shortcuts menu. It's WAY too dim, you wouldn't be able to see it in the sun. They did this because the shortcuts are a normal amount of brightness if you remove them from the main menus.. so that you know that you can drag and drop the bright one's to the pages. Really bad design decision on their part, and most people are under the impression that it's just a quality control mess up.

 

Navigation takes a little bit to get used to. Definitely not the best, but it's fine once you learn it.

post #28 of 31

Hmm, definitely looks interesting. Either this or the Z2 at this point for me probably.

 

Love how we strayed way off OT though.  

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post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

A better question is why has Apple not chosen to support FLAC despite it being the dominant lossless compression format.

FLAC is not known to be open source. Many believe that parts of the FLAC codec are, in fact, protected intellectual property, and those properties' owner(s) are waiting for a major manufacturer to infringe on those patents so the owners can sue. Since suing Apple appears to be a somewhat viable business model, Apple are wise to avoid FLAC (and, similarly, Vorbis) support until such time that its open source status can be fully verified.
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