On paper, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters' HomeDock Music Remote is an iPod owner's dreams come true. It allows you to control your iPod's playback through your hi-fi via a remote control. Sounds good, and DLO got it 95 per cent right. But that last five per cent makes all the difference and will have you tearing your hair out and …
iPod and HiFi are mutually exclusive. I dont' know where the author got the idea that 128k bitrate is "HiFi". It's 8-track quality at best. Those who don't understand this concept obviously signed up for iTunes.
Will iPod even play 320vbr non-DRM infected mp3's? If so, then I would partially retract my statement.
i'm not sure where Dave got the idea that the author of the article was comparing an iPod to HiFi quality sound.
the only time hi-fi is mentioned is on the first page where it is clear that it is referring to your home audio entertainment system (be that a surround sound system, a compact "mini hi-fi", or some kind of insanely expensive seperate component system which these days is only used but the sort of sad audiophile freak who gets their rocks off pretending that they can actually hear and appreciate sounds outside of the hearing range of most normal people.
HiFi used to mean High Fidelity and was a classification of the quality of sound. These days it's just slang for whatever kit you use to make noise come out the speakers
Re: Will iPod even play 320vbr non-DRM infected mp3's?
Um iTunes 7.x already has that feature already built-in.
But, even with a 30Gib iPod, not to mention bothering with an 8 or 16Gib "Touch", One wonders just how much Music, One could get on Ones iPod.
Thus we have compression!
Sure 129Kb/s sucks and DRM even more so, but I'd be hard put to it to tell any major difference between a 192Kb/s AAC Track and your 320KB/s VBR One.
In any case if your looking for "Genuine Hi-Fi", it's probably best to stick with good 'ol uncompressed Vinyl...
I got the idea from the fact that the article totes the wonders of connecting an iPod to a home theatre. It's like saying "military intelligence", ya know? Hooking up a cheap mp3 player with expensive, shoddy recordings does not give a good experience. It's mediocrity at best. I know most Americans are quite comfortable with low standards, but I'm not.
"pretending that they can actually hear and appreciate sounds outside of the hearing range of most normal people."
Not that, I am alluding to the quality of the sounds. Audiophiles other than those you mention can easily tell the difference between 128/192k and 320kvbr. The difference is pretty blatant. The ambiance of the song, the tightness (and existence) of the bass, the clarity of the high end are so very obviously distorted at the lower bitrates. Sure, with iPod's puny headphones it doesn't matter, but since (I'm assuming) most people who use iTunes buy that music to also listen on their home system or car stereo as well, the utter lack of quality of 128/192k is horrendous. Especially for the price charged! (If one buys garbage like 50cent, they don't know what music is in the first place, so I guess they are excluded)
I have 5000 songs @ 320vbr and I'm still under 30G. I can fit my entire collection of Floyd on one CD for my car. (taking out some of the songs I don't like anyway.) Making mixed cd's gives me enough music to go on a 3 hour road trip on one disk. (Can't wait for in-car DVD mp3 players that don't have the 7" LCD) I'm very particular of the music I own though, I don't rampage p2p and just download everything in sight and then say I have a great collection. Besides the fact that most of the music is utter shit, it's at (you guessed it) 128k! What a waste.
You say iTunes has that feature 'built-in' since one of their most recent versions? Wierd, it's been a 'feature' of every software music player on the market for about, oh, I'd say the last 7 years. Is this another one of Apple's "innovations"? You can't buy songs at that bitrate, can you? I forget if the iPod itself can even play that bitrate with vbr...non-drm infected. If I remember, the first few versions of the iPod could not. Or should I say, would not. Deliberately.
I just noticed that I misconstrued my original post quite a bit. I have a habit of mangling my thoughts into incoherency around lunchtime :)
I don't know about VBR, as I don't use it, but iPods can play MP3s at up to 320 kbps. So I'm not sure exactly what you're complaining about. The ability to play a lossless format like FLAC would be nice, I suppose, but probably impractical for a portable device due to disk space issues.
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