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Ripped CD's and different file formats on the iPod?

by Aaron1978 / February 12, 2006 7:18 PM PST

I'm in the UK and thinking about getting an iPod (the 30GB one with colour screen) and was wondering if there are ways to put music ripped from my cd collection to the iPod or am I restricted to only being able to listen to music downloaded from iTunes.

Also can you transfer files in say .avi, .wma, .mpeg, etc to the iPod?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Aaron

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Music for iPods
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 12, 2006 11:54 PM PST

You are not limited to music that is purchased from the iTunes Music Store on your iPod.
It will play tracks in a number of formats, including MP3. If your music has not already been ripped, then the process is even easier for you when you use the iTunes software. Just rip into iTunes and out to the iPod. The iPod needs video to be in a certain format but there are various, free, programs that will convert your video into a format suitable for the iPod.

Hope this helps a little

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Ripped Music
by dukefan23 / February 13, 2006 12:21 AM PST
In reply to: Music for iPods

IF you ripped in WMA format you can use itunes to convert it to AAC(well, it will do it automaticlly if you tell it to.)

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Re: Music for iPods
by Aaron1978 / February 13, 2006 12:24 AM PST
In reply to: Music for iPods

I'm not really sure what you mean by "rip into iTunes and out to the iPod"? Does that mean you can transfer music files to the software supplied with the iPod and this allows you to play them via the iPod?

There doesn't appear to be much info on this process on the web and I don't want to spend

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Ripping CDs
by tom_2727 / February 13, 2006 3:22 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Music for iPods

Converting CD music to mp3 format is very very easy to do. There are dozens of applications out there that can do it. If you buy an Ipod, Itunes is probably as good as any other method.

You can download Itunes to your windows/mac PC, then you put your music CD into the CD drive, and tell Itunes to convert it to mp3 format. Then you use the Itunes software to transfer the mp3 file to your Ipod. Yes, it's that easy. If you have files that are already in mp3 format, you should be able to play them on the ipod.

Now, you were asking about other files. This is a bit trickier, but you can do it. The Ipod can be set up to work as a "storage device" and hold any type of file you want. You just have to configure it. Here's a link I found explaining how to do it. I don't have an Ipod, so I'm not too familiar with the details, but I don't think it's that hard.

http://www.mmc.arts.uwa.edu.au/__data/page/39292/iPod_Instructions.pdf

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Re: Ripping CDs
by Aaron1978 / February 13, 2006 4:58 PM PST
In reply to: Ripping CDs

Excellent. That was the sort of advice I was looking for. Thank you.

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Stick to mp3
by alext / February 13, 2006 1:54 AM PST

Yes the iPod plays mp3s. Stick to this format and you can be sure it will be compatible with any player you get in the future. If you encode to either aac or wma you are excluding yourself from at least half the market.

You can use iTunes to encode mp3, and it is very easy. However, iTunes does not produce very high quality mp3s.

Audiograbber is now free and can create proper mp3s. You may have to download the LAME mp3 encoder separately.

It is also easy to use. You put the cd in, it retrieves the artist / track names from the web, you press a few buttons and it creates the mp3s, properly named and tagged.

If you are new to mp3 I would recommend using the LAME encoder at 192kbs. This works out at about 1.5Mb per minute and is a good balance between sound quality and file size.

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