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Re: n00b questions about ipods and linux (fedora 6 and 7)

Michael A. Peters wrote:
> Dean S. Messing wrote:
> > I am thinking about buying a 160 GB iPod for my daughter for her
> > approaching golden birthday (she's turning 18).
> >
> > I know _zero_ about iPods (or any other external device toys).
> I've had excellent luck with gtkpod - but with brand new models, it 
> sometimes takes some time.

Would you elaborate this, please?

> With respect to AAC - my experience is that Apple's AAC encoder is 
> better than faac (linux encoder) but it's been awhile.

How does one use Apple's AAC encoder?  Can it be used under Linux?  We
do not own an Apple or a M$-based PC though I have a minimal
installation of XP running in VMware---just enough to be able to use
Word and PowerPoint when I must.

> I myself just use lame to encode to mp3 -  I use preset-standard and the 
> quality is fine, but if she has an excellent musical ear, she may want a 
> higher bitrate. I prefer to use mp3 because mp3 works with everything 
> out there.
> As far as how it compares with AAC - that's something audiophiles argue 
> about all the time.
> I can't tell the difference between a 192VBR lame encoded MP3 and a 
> 192VBR quicktime (iTunes) encoded AAC. But I don't have a good musical 
> ear, let alone a trained good ear.

I have a fair "musical ear", but not a good physical one: I can't hear
very well above about 17KHz and I have a bad case of tinitus.  But my
daughter says she hears "funny stuff" in 192 Kbs MP3 so I now rip to


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