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 Posted: Tue Jan 26th, 2016 10:16 pm
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I have about 700 store bought CD's and about the same in bootlegs or stuff I've gotten from streaming sites.  I never owned an ipod and wanted to digitize the collection, so I purchased a FIIOX1 (the first generation of a loss-less music player, it's Chinese-made).  I purchased a 128GB sd card which allows all file types (MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, etc...) so it's not restrictive. That's the most beneficial aspect of the FIIO player. The IPod restricts to MP3 or the newer AAC formats, and forces you to convert your other formats to AAC in order to play on the Apple platform. I love the player and got it and the card for $150 on Amazon. In comparison, an older 160gb Classic Ipod costs $500+ on EBay as they are out of production.

I installed iTunes on my computer and ordered some new music like a kid in the candy store. By the time I was done, I'd spent about $200, but I got some really good deals.  I then checked out Amazon Music after logging into my account, and they had some great deals as well (.99 albums, and I bought a few of those).  I downloaded all of the new files from iTunes and Amazon to my computer, where I put them into Windows folders in "My Music". 

Then I checked out Google Play Music. They had some music for free (Madonna-basically for my daughter) and I downloaded that as well.  So I set up shop with all 3 music sites.  I'll check back about once per week to see what's basically being given away and they all come in 256 or 320K format.

I cannot stress enough to burn your music in higher-quality formats.  The old MP3 standard was 128K, and that prompted Steve Jobs himself to say "who would ever give up their music collection for this?".  With higher-capacity ripping options and different file types, you can now rip discs at much better quality and store them without losing much, if anything, to the average ear. 

While on Google Play Music, I was prompted to download their "Music Manager" in order to download my purchased music to my computer. Once installed, it prompted me to "Upload Your Music".  They allow up to 20,000 free songs to be stored in their Google Play cloud, accessible from any device, and seem to accept virtually all formats. It turned out that I have 8436 songs and I set the system up to upload my collection to the Google Play Cloud.  Now, I can go on my iphone, hit the Google Play App, and my collection is available wherever a secure and/or private wi-fi connection exists.  I love this feature, and can now play my collection anywhere in my house at any time through a wireless bluetooth speaker.  Here's a nice summary of the options for uploading your music collection available today. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-keep-your-music-library-organized-with-the-cloud/

Hope this helps.  I spent a lot of time ripping my collection ONLY TO REALIZE the standard was at 128K, so I had to go back and re-do the rips in a higher capacity, typically 192 which is the max for WMA (Windows Media Audio).  Good luck to those who haven't done this yet, but it's pretty awesome once you're done.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 27th, 2016 01:08 am
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Man, I feel you on the 128 stuff. Back when MP3's took off I took most of my prized cds and ripped them at 128 to save space. Few years ago I had to pull the discs out and re-do them at 192. I probably got about 60% of my collection done before I got fed up and decided not to bother with stuff I knew I'd never listen to anymore..



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 Posted: Wed Jan 27th, 2016 01:55 am
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My iPod Classic is going, it barely holds a charge anymore and the sound quality seems to be suffering too.  Since they stopped making them, it looks like I need an alternate solution so I might have to do something like this soon.  What are the different sound card options in terms of capacity?  And do you just plug the FIIO into your PC and download all your stuff off of iTunes like you would an iPod?  I know Apple can make it difficult to use other products sometimes. 



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 Posted: Wed Jan 27th, 2016 01:57 am
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srossi wrote: My iPod Classic is going, it barely holds a charge anymore and the sound quality seems to be suffering too.  Since they stopped making them, it looks like I need an alternate solution so I might have to do something like this soon.  What are the different sound card options in terms of capacity?  And do you just plug the FIIO into your PC and download all your stuff off of iTunes like you would an iPod?  I know Apple can make it difficult to use other products sometimes. You can do that. I'm an idiot and just did a copy and paste after putting the card into the device and then connecting a cable. Probably took 20x longer that way. The FIIO is great. It can play back all of the different formats and the 128G is the largest I've seen so far. Considering I've burned my whole (legal) collection and I'm at 66G, I'm fine.



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Married Jo wrote: Man, I feel you on the 128 stuff. Back when MP3's took off I took most of my prized cds and ripped them at 128 to save space. Few years ago I had to pull the discs out and re-do them at 192. I probably got about 60% of my collection done before I got fed up and decided not to bother with stuff I knew I'd never listen to anymore..Here's something to chew on: When you upload to Google Play Music, they do a "scan and search" before the upload. The files you have (legally) they identify and self-populate from their music player at 320K. Then, if they can't find a song, they'll upload it from your library on your hard drive.  They'll do that at max capacity as well so it will be better than 192.  You can upload everything to Google Drive, get it set at the higher rates without doing anything, then pull it back down to your hard drive at the higher capacity.

Problem solved.  Wish I'd known to do it this way a month ago as it would have saved me a lot of time and effort!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 27th, 2016 02:54 am
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you kids with your streaming and file sharing and fancy digital music. Music was made to be large and bulky when you move. It needs to sit out so you can feel superior when people come to your house and you can show them how cool you are.



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Count Grog wrote: you kids with your streaming and file sharing and fancy digital music. Music was made to be large and bulky when you move. It needs to sit out so you can feel superior when people come to your house and you can show them how cool you are.Which is one reason why I have my vinyl and my CD's still. :) 

Seriously, I'm never getting rid of my CD's because they're of higher quality than any typical high-quality download.  It makes no sense to get rid of the "best copy" you'll ever have. Who knows?  Maybe CD's make another comeback like vinyl.  Now I'm regretting selling all of my old cassettes......



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And for the rest of the GB/space that you don't have material to add to and sits empty (like the 58GB I have left), there's always the Live Music Archive. Grog will certainly enjoy the bands here and hopefully some of you guys might find stuff you like. I've already found a few concerts I've been to, like John Mayer @ Chastain in ATL 10/14/06, a bunch of Dead shows, etc.... Enjoy!

https://archive.org/details/etree




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