Re: "@Dave 126 - Uh, 16GB?" - Who needs 500GB on the go!?
>My bet your friend hasn't got 500GB of legitimately bought music either.
Yours is a reasonable bet, but on this occasion wrong. ish. He bought it all on vinyl over decades, and transcribes it to WAV and MP3 through a FireWire soundcard. Much of it new, but some off eBay in recent years. Grey area. Mostly obscure psychedelia, preferably first pressing.
I wish he would use ID3 tags as opposed to trying to fit all the information (track, artist, record label, year) into the filename, but he's stuck in his ways... it may be that it is these long filenames that are causing his players headaches to index.
He does have an insane amount of vinyl, but I don't know what bitrate/format he is using to fully fill 500GB.
>Anyway, I wish Sony would bring back their Minidisc and open up the standard. I'd have one of those with the amazing small discs over an iPod anyday.
Look at the Wikipedia article... they did make some changes in the MD's last years, allowing discs to be copied to computers more easily. The standard disc was around a 100MB, though a roughly 1GB 'HD' version was sold. You have to use the ATRAC codec though, so you may lose quality if you later transcribe recordings to a more commonly used format. The first Sony iPod equivalents still used ATRAC and SonicStage (uegh!). The website Anythingbutipod.com might help you find the right device for you.
I loved my MiniDisc player - record, split, rearrange delete on most devices... Splendid thing. But now I'd rather have a Rockboxed iRiver h320 with a CF card in place of the little 1.8" Tosh HDD (no moving parts to be picked up by the internal microphone).