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    Forum Regular MindGoneHaywire's Avatar
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    Nov 2003

    Question Itunes/Mp3 vs. Mp4 question

    Never thought I'd need one, but I'm actually looking at getting an MP3 player. I got my laptop for work purposes, 60gb HD (actually 52, I know they're always a bit smaller than advertised, but this was kinda weak), and I said I wouldn't fill it with music. Then I went ahead & filled it with music. I have an external HD on my desktop PC that has 150 gb of MP3s, and growing by the week. I put about 30gb or so of MP3s on the laptop & figured I was pushing it. Then they started to skip a bit; I degragmented & that took care of that problem, but it started again & defragging didn't do the trick this time. What I'd like to do is take most of these files & find a 20gb player so I have access to the tunes & can run them through the laptop when needed, or through my CD case with a speaker built in.

    What I'm not sure about is...when I ripped most of my music to my desktop, the files showed up as MP3 files with the Musicmatch icon, which makes sense since that's the program I used to rip the CDs. When I discovered that ITunes supported naming indivdual artists on comps once Musicmatch inexplicably decided to drop that feature, I decided to look at ITunes as a player, whereas before I'd only used it to purchase a song here & there. When I got the laptop I dumped Musicmatch & went with ITunes exclusively as the player. Now, I have all these R&B box sets, I hadn't wanted to rip them to Musicmatch on my desktop since it would only display as 'various artists,' which is something I don't think I should have to do without. So I was ripping some stuff to the laptop, and some stuff to the desktop. On the desktop, the files showed up as Window Media Files when I ripped them with ITunes. On the laptop, the icon is different, and they're MP4s. With the recent ITunes upgrades, it may well be MP4s on the desktop also, I can't remember, all I know is the icons for them are Windows Media Files.

    So, everything I have on the laptop (30 gb) is MP4, and most everything I have on the desktop is MP3, as I've really only ripped a few comps to ITunes, and stuff that's come in that I wanted to make sure I got good MP3s of...Musicmatch rips at 40x if I'm not doing anything else, and that makes me a bit skeptical, as I don't like burning at that speed, I'd rather burn at 4x & end up with less coasters.

    What I'm wondering is, if I get an MP3 player, will it support MP4? I poked around CNET & didn't see anything that addressed this. I know I made a CDR on the laptop of MP4s from ITunes & tried to play it on my Discman, which plays MP3s, and it didn't read the MP4s. I'm probably okay, I have a pretty decent collection of stuff that's on MP3, enough to probably listen to for a lifetime, but if there's that one time when I want to hear something that the player won't read, I won't be happy. I do want to get these MP4s off here, sooner rather than later...anyone know anything about this stuff?

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    Forum Regular newtrix1's Avatar
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    don't quote me on this...

    Quote Originally Posted by MindGoneHaywire
    What I'm wondering is, if I get an MP3 player, will it support MP4?
    ...but I think the answer in "no".

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    Indifferentist Slosh's Avatar
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    Isn't mpeg4 a video format? Ever since I got my HDTV last year I've been wanting to upgrade my Dish DVR receiver to a high-def DVR model but everyone says wait 'til Dish (or DirecTV) introduces their mpeg4 models (that, and I really wouldn't get all that much more at this time with my current subscription package that I don't already get for free via OTA).
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.

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