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Do you use iTunes?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Augustus Medici, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Serious people use foobar2000 for playback and nearly every other task and Exact Audio Copy for ripping. See Hydrogen Audio.
     
  2. ghostdeini

    ghostdeini Well-Known Member

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    itunes store is actually a rip-off... the mp3s are encoded at 128kbps. you are paying CD prices, so why not expect CD-quality audio?

    also itunes is a huge memory-hog, and since I don't own an ipod there is absolutely no reason for me to use it. winamp is light, and I have plugins for FLAC and m4a files [​IMG]
     
  3. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    I can't stand iTunes. I cannot eloquently put into words how much I hate the piece of software. It's fine if you really don't need it to do anything but play music, but if you need to do anything remotely advanced, forget about it. When you throw iTunes Store and DRM infected music into the mix, I just want to scream.
     
  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Serious people use foobar2000 for playback and nearly every other task and Exact Audio Copy for ripping. See Hydrogen Audio.

    foobar2000 for me also, as well as Creative Mediasource & CDEx
     
  5. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I use iTunes only for ripping and putting stuff on the iPod. Just because I use iTunes, doesn't mean I'm shelling out for songs also. I buy my music on CD... because paying $0.99 for an digital version of a song is like paying for an imaginary pizza that somehow tastes good, and manages to fill you up; but it arrives at your doorstep without a box, and a bite taken out of each slice.

    +1

    I can't stand the low-res digital sound of the 128K files. But, iTunes is great for organzing, making playlists, burning cds, and using iPod. It's also nice for previewing a record before buying the cd.
     
  6. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Foobar is too difficult for a media player. I want to listen to music, not spend hours of work taggin mp3s and tinkering with an interface.

    Winamp and a DSP plugin here. Nero Burning Rom 6.0 has a ripper and encoder that works just fine for me.
     
  7. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    On Windoze, iTunes is a memory hog, but on OS X it makes a lot more sense. I haven't use rhythmbox in a while on Linux but version 1 was slow as hell, it couldn't handle the large file lists. I think I just might switch to this as my player: [​IMG] It will match my ncurses chat client.
     
  8. fatty

    fatty Senior member

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    itunes is just a software and it's free. I use it because it is good for ripping my music. But i am grievous of the apple icon because i think little of the makers.

    Itunes store is like any of millions of mp3 stores on the internet. People do it becuase it's legal. Otherwise they jsut get it the illegal way [I am aware that some music stores are actually not legal either].

    [don't have an ipod, probably the only one in my social and age group, wouldn't pay for one]
     
  9. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    It will match my ncurses chat client.

    hehe... which one do you use? pork or naim?
     
  10. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    hehe... which one do you use? pork or naim?


    naim
     
  11. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    naim

    I used naim for 5+ years, but switched to pork within the last year or so. I liked naim, but it gave me compatibility issues with screen and terminal emulation, so I had to find an alternative.
     
  12. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    I used naim for 5+ years, but switched to pork within the last year or so. I liked naim, but it gave me compatibility issues with screen and terminal emulation, so I had to find an alternative.

    Never had a problem with gnome term, os x terminal, or PuTTy. Naim automatically added rpi_dan, or something like that, to your address book, I deleted him right away, had a conversation with him once several years ago, he had just gotten a job at Red Hat last I heard.

    Naim has gotten me into problems though, a couple of times I would paste into the window and the carriage returns and tabs from my cut/paste buffer would start messaging one line to each person on my contact list.

    I don't have a server anymore and I no longer work at a job that firewalls AIM traffic, so I have little opportunity to use naim. Now I primarily use libgaim software, mostly Adium these days.
     
  13. Todd

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    I use Itunes maybe 5-10% of the time.

    Chief reason? Time... It often takes less time and is more direct to search for and DL a song from itunes than to locate a torrent that may or may not contain what you want, could be low quality or "bait", etc.

    Itunes will provide a legal, high quality copy that is easy to find.

    Bittorrent may take a little longer, often you need to DL the entire album, there are no "seeders" and the quality may be sketchy but it is free...


    What is your time worth? In most cases the pirate copy is worth a little extra time. Sometimes, you are in a hurry or what you want is not available...
     
  14. GQgeek

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    The itunes software is horrible, not to mention that there's no chance in hell that they'll get me to spend money on anything other than a full-quality recording. That means it needs to come on CD, or they need to start offering downloads in lossless. Even then, I still wouldn't use it because I don't like Apple. And did I say the itunes software is horrible? Not to mention the DRM limitations placed upon your music...
     
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    You are kidding right? You can simply remove the damn icon...

    It's the control panel, no you can't. Not without editing the registry at least.
     
  16. william

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    I use Rhapsody To Go
     
  17. Vintage Gent

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    I know I'm treading on thin ice by indirectly promoting piracy...

    I know the whole notion of downloading music over the Internet has been hashed over by minds more rigorous than mine, but at least have the decency to be honest: you're promoting theft. If you ain't shelling out money for it (and if it's got a price tag), you're stealing.
     
  18. Augustus Medici

    Augustus Medici Senior member

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    I know the whole notion of downloading music over the Internet has been hashed over by minds more rigorous than mine, but at least have the decency to be honest: you're promoting theft. If you ain't shelling out money for it (and if it's got a price tag), you're stealing.

    May the Lord have mercy upon my soul.[​IMG]
     
  19. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    I use iTunes for listening to music on both my Mac and Windows computers, and use an iPod with my Mac. I don't and can't use the iTunes music store because of logistical problems; Apple doesn't allow for the registration of overseas addresses even if the person registering is using a US credit card linked to a US bank. The reason this sucks incredibly badly is that my brother invariably asks for iTunes gift certificates for Christmas and his birthday. Apple's inability to get with the program here means they're missing out on hundreds of dollars of business every year from just one customer, but fuck 'em.
     
  20. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    May the Lord have mercy upon my soul.[​IMG]

    Indeed.
     

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