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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


I have spent the better part of the last year rueing the creation of iPods. I have hated them, and enjoyed my hatred of them. When clients came to Smoke and Mirrors and wanted to play a song for us from their iPod, I'd cringe as I got out 'the iPod cable', plug it into the patch bay, while they scrolled the little wheelie thing. Poseurs. Mp3 cowboys. Hate. Hate. Hate.

Cut to the present day. I'm in Chicago working a sales meeting, and I have to load 129 iPods with a video and 300 pronunciation files (pathogens). My buddy Mike and I bust open the first two and plug in to iTunes to load our Pathogenic Playlist.....and the magic starts.....it's doing stuff all by itself. Neato. Then when it was done, I picked mine up, scrolled the wheelie thing.....ahhhh.

I turned to Mike and told him about my hatred, which has turned into desire.

He replied, "They make them out of heroin"

Yes, it must be.

I still have my 2nd generation 10 gig iPod. It still works just fine, but as I discovered this summer when I purchased my 91 pontiac grand prix with the CD player - iPods ruined the way I was listening to music.

After listening to CDs from start to finish for a while I put away my iPod, until my friend showed me that I didn't have to shuffle all the songs...

The coolest thing about my iPod is the Podcast section proudly holds all the S&Ms and almost all the P10thStreets...

Made out of herion, but twice as hard to kick.
oh yeah, the new video iPods are cool as hell
Hue's use of the iPod is approved.

Holding S&M or 10th Street podcasts is certainly a worthy use of this questionable technology.

The bigggest problem with the iPod, to me, is that it's reconditioned listeners to the MP3 format, which I think is deeply flawed. There is no longer any quality control (I know, why should I care?). Your cassette walkman sounded better. Digital distortion is a terrible thing. I think it makes people crazy (witness the violence over iPods in the NYC subway).

Of course, the idea that these things can load their files without any help from Jackson is cool... but if they get too good at it, what will we need Jackson for?
The attraction, to me, seems to tactile, holding this slim machine, and spinning the wheelie thingie - oooooh ahhhhh.

A little used to to it, but the little got more and more....
Rampart we're losing him! Get the vinyl, grab the CD's, ringers lactate stat! Paddles... CLEAR! (chachunk) (beeeeepppppp).

He's gone. Anybody want a killer vinyl collection?
No worries - it has nothing to do with music. I'd use this thing to store work files, I'd never use it for any actual listening.

Mostly, I now see why the non - audiophile like them, they are cool gadgets.
Even for the audiophile. For portable use, 128 kbps AAC is great. You can encode these things in whatever bitrate you want. Audiophiles encode their MP3s often at 320. I think that's overkill. Even with my awesome Etymotic ER-4P earphones, I was perfectly happy with 192. When they put out AAC, I sat with the uncompressed AIFF, a 192 kbps MP3, and a 128 kbps AAC. The AAC was very impressive, and much more like the real thing than the MP3. The MP3 sounded colored.

I'd like you guys to do a blind test with a song you know, comparing the AIFF and the 128 kbps AAC. Very possible you can tell the difference, but I'd like to see how long it takes.
Mp3 killed the radio star....
I think I could name that format in... 10 seconds?

It would be interesting. What bitrate are the AAC's on the Geek Farm website? Perhaps I'll do a little blind taste test today.
128. With how efficient AAC (MP4) is, I think that anything above 128 is negligible. Not so with MP3. Have someone do it for you, though, of course, so you don't know which one you're hearing.
Where's the music on the Geek Farm site? It's gone!!!
Oh, looks like Erica took them down.

Dolby Labs states that AAC compressed audio at 128Kbps has been judged by expert listeners to be "indistinguishable" from the original uncompressed audio.

As Vincent Vega once said, "That's a bold statement."
Who's Vincent Vega?
Vincent Vega is John Travolta's character in "Pulp Fiction."

When he's buying junk from Lance (Eric Stoltz's character), he tells Lance he just got back from Amsterdam so he's used to good shit.

Lance says something like he'd take the Pepsi challenge with the Amsterdam junk, and Vincent says "That's a bold statement."

You gotta imagine Travolta reading it.
So he's nobody really....

It's more like; "as Quentin Tarrantino said..."
So what happened to your Pepsi Challenge here?
I'll never prefer any digital format due to it's lack of tangibility.
Doctor we've got sinus rhythm, I think he's coming back. Thank god. I missed Jackson.
If I was Vincent Vega, I'd buy my junk from Fred Sanford, or his son, Lamont.
Ah yes, the challenge. Things have been busy.

i am currently without my iPod and am enjoying the withdrawl.

and what's with the captcha (the word verification thingy) for posting comments on your blog?

those things make me feel old when i can't read them without blinking a couple times.
Can't deal with blogspam - need word verification to curb those fuckers - it works very well.
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