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tlr online
07-03-04, 22:33
Has anyone legally bought any music from the net with apps like iTUNES or NAPSTER? How good is the encoded music? Which service to you prefer? Thanks.

Kurtislover101
07-03-04, 22:34
iTUNES for me :D

[ 07. March 2004, 23:35: Message edited by: clorinda ]

andromeda_eats
07-03-04, 22:41
No I steal all of mine.

Kurtislover101
07-03-04, 23:06
Originally posted by andromeda_eats:
No I steal all of mine.http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

tlr online
07-03-04, 23:08
Installation of iTUNES failed for me, Napster isn't available outside the U.S. Back to the newsgroups then...

laracroft8290
07-03-04, 23:14
Did it give you an error message?

iTunes has the best quality between all the pay to play music services. There are a few more services, but I don't know if they will work outside of the US.

tlr online
07-03-04, 23:42
Downloading iTUNES again. Windows Media Store sounds **** at 56k. I'm looking for 320bitrates.

laracroft8290
07-03-04, 23:46
The only thing is, you can't burn mp3 cds just music cds. You cannot export to any other mp3 player except the iPod. iTunes is the only thing that will play the music you buy. Of course there is that program that makes a copy in the background while it plays...it was on register.co.uk awhile ago. But I don't know how well it works.

Oh and even it you don't have an ipod it runs the ipod mini program in the background (so it syncs when connected) and another program which I forgot the name of. And it sucks a buttload of memory.

[ 08. March 2004, 00:47: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

tlr online
07-03-04, 23:56
But you're downloading an MP3 in the traditionally accepted format tho right? One can easily reverse engineer MP3 tracks to AAC or WAV for burning to CD.

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:01
Not really.

its protected aac encoded. It's mp3 but attached to the file it has DRM, and when you play in an ipod or itunes it checks the username and password then lets you play.

You can get around it though. Burn to a music cd in the itunes program then rip with another program. I prefer CDex (http://www.cdex.n3.net/).

[ 08. March 2004, 01:10: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:07
I almost forgot. Last time I checked their AACs are encoded at 128kbps. I think an option may have been implemented for 160 and 192Kbps AACs. Some say the AACs are better than standard mp3, some say they aren't any better. According to a few website AACs encoded at 96kbps are better than mp3s encoded at 128kbps even though the file size and bitrate are smaller.

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:10
Well... back to square one. iTUNES is pretty darn good, but you can only preview music in the UK. You need to be a U.S. citizen in order to purchase music via iTUNES....

:mad:

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:11
:eek:

You're kidding right? That's a load of bull.

I wait until cds go on sale around here. Sometimes I can pick them up for 6.99 http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Maybe I can buy and ship to you http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

[ 08. March 2004, 01:12: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:27
Think I'm gonna use iTUNES as my default player tho. Looks really now. Now if I can get the bugger to minimize to SYS TRAY I'll be a happy chappy...

kenny
08-03-04, 00:33
if they wont sell u one steal it. sometimes u have to do the wrong thing. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/silent.gif

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:36
Aaron. Do you know of any ID3 tag editors that will check something like CDDB (Gracenote) and auto-update?

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:37
if you have a previous library be careful because itunes will re-organize the entire thing.

Winamp is very nice if want a general player. It plays everything now, ogg, mp3, vorbis, mpeg movies, AVIs, tons o stuff. Quite nice too.

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:43
Also check here: http://www.arstechnica.com/w_ankerdesk/03q2/i-tunes-1.html article about itunes and windows. (take out the underscore in the url)

If ripping from cd the cddb thing is usually built into the program, at least it is with cdex. As far as individual mp3s, there's no way for the program to know what it is, so it wouldn't update by itself. You'll probably have to do that manually.

There's a tag editor here (http://www.mp3fe.com/ieindex.html) but I don't know how good it is, it looks cool from the screenshots.

edit: link corrected.

[ 08. March 2004, 01:49: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:43
iTUNES will not update ID3 tag info on my MP3 collection... maybe Apple knows something about my music collection.... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

Any other ideas?

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:45
I'll say this... I'm not surprised MS is bundling WMP into Windows XP! iTUNES beats the pants off WMP!

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:45
Originally posted by tlr online:
iTUNES will not update ID3 tag info on my MP3 collection... maybe Apple knows something about my music collection.... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

Any other ideas?Well it can't. No program can. You have to do it manually, because there's no way for the program to know where it came from.

[ 08. March 2004, 01:47: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:46
Originally posted by tlr online:
I'll say this... I'm not surprised MS is bundling WMP into Windows XP! iTUNES beats the pants off WMP!They both use too much memory. Winamp..winamp...winamp... (what's your opinion of winamp?)

tlr online
08-03-04, 00:50
I don't like WinAMP all that much. Not bad for a light-on-resources MP3 player, but I prefer WMP (well, iTUNES now)

Regarding auto-update of ID3, I had a program that queried the CDDB and updated the tags for me... but I cannot remember the name of it.

Another thing about iTUNES. Apple claim to have 500,000 tracks online... and with iTUNES I can listen/preview them all! That's a very cool feature! Napster only has 250,000 as done WMP, alto I can't even install Napster coz I'm based in the UK.

Anyone else know of an auto-ID3 updater?

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 00:56
[QUOTE]Originally posted by tlr online:
[qb]only preview huh? where's the fun in that? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pillow.gif

* oops, sorry, hit edit and not quote. tlr.

[ 08. March 2004, 01:59: Message edited by: tlr online ]

tlr online
08-03-04, 01:00
Originally posted by laracroft8290:
only preview huh? where's the fun in that? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pillow.gif

* oops, sorry, hit edit and not quote. tlr.First stop iTUNES... then onto newsgroups... :D

laracroft8290
08-03-04, 01:02
Originally posted by tlr online:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by laracroft8290:
only preview huh? where's the fun in that? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pillow.gif

* oops, sorry, hit edit and not quote. tlr.First stop iTUNES... then onto newsgroups... :D </font>[/QUOTE]I need a newsgroup tutorial...

tlr online
08-03-04, 01:04
Check your email. (new one) - It'll blow your socks off!

max_payne_99
08-03-04, 05:39
iTunes uses the m4p format, so you have two choices: you can either burn a cd from within iTunes, or use something like this (http://pessoal.onda.com.br/rjamorim/stuff/m4p2mp4.zip) to convert it to a more usable format. ;)

*Note: it didn't work quite right for me, but I used on the college's computers, so who knows what's going on. :rolleyes: