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    Apprentice, Piano Grinnin's Avatar
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    Anyone here listen to classical music on an iPod?

    Does anyone here listen to classical music on an iPod or other type of mp3 player? How much do you think you give up in quality over a CD? I just uploaded a couple of my CD's to the computer and then to the iPod and haven't really had a chance to listen for any length of time yet, but I think it would be great to be able to listen when I'm taking a morning walk or just away from the stereo.

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    Re: Anyone here listen to classical music on an iPod?

    I don't use an iPod, but el chepo MP3 Player... and I really don't notice the quality difference all that much on a 192 Kpbs rip.

    I rip mine with audiograbber, which is freeware.

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    Re: Anyone here listen to classical music on an iPod?

    Well, I'm planning on buying an iPod and will use it for classical music (as well as other genre), mainly by connecting it to my car's sound system. But in any case I expect it to sound ok. Not high-end Hi-Fi of course, but decent quality - especially with bettter headphones than the standard.

    In regard to MP3-files in general, if you rip at high bitrates (192kbps or higher, normally I recommend 256kbps or higher for classical music or the "alt-extreme" setting if using "LAME") the quality will be perfectly acceptable for most use.

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    Re: Anyone here listen to classical music on an iPod?

    Well I had a little bit of time to listen last night and I can't really tell the difference. I have a Bose Lifestyle home theater system that I use to listen to cd's. They sound great on that, but of course, listening in a room that isn't accoustically perfect there is something lost even there. With the iPod headphones you hear every nuance and it's perfectly balanced, so if anything, it sounds almost better to me.

    I'm amazed at how good the earphones sound that came with the iPod. Of course, using a better set of actual headphones is an improvement over the little earbuds. I bought a Dvorak symphony at the iTunes store last night and listened to that as well. Excellent sound. Not a huge selection in classical there, but the prices are good.

    It sure is great to carry the music around with me.

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    Yes, I do.

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    i own a creative mp3/wma player. never downloaded any tune cause never could install the software properly. anyway i'm used to recording music in real time, it implies that you still have time for music.

    the sound on this little device is average but even for classical pieces with lots of dynamics it's ok. and i generally listen to it on the train.

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    I listen on a Sansa (sandisk) never really used an ipod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcop View Post
    I listen on a Sansa (sandisk) never really used an ipod.
    Hi jcop

    I got one of those for Christmas, it will most definately have classical music on it.


    Margaret

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    I use an iPod to listen to classical and everything else, because I do not have a stereo system or CD player of decent quality at home, or a private space in which to listen. So all my listening has to be done on computer with headphones or the iPod while I'm out and about or lying in bed.
    I know it's not as good as listening in a nice acoustical space with really good speakers and amplifiers, but I'm also not an audiophile and have gotten just as much enjoyment from my classical stuff with earbuds. I did buy some higher quality ones, though, than what the iPod came with (those I keep for emergency backup). My rips are all 320kbs. My biggest problem right now is probably finding the best setting on the EQ for the iPod. There is a "Classical" setting but I don't think it always best represents the music.

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    My ipod is loaded with classical and jazz - And with a superb Sennheiser headset, I'm ready to go...
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    My iPod is a slightly an 80 GB one and has hundreds and hundreds of CDs of classical music on it.

    My big problem with it is the software - iTunes just sucks when it comes to filing music in a sensible manner. Also, the generic term song for everything makes my blood boil and makes me want to slap Apple hard.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Aloha CT64,

    I wholeheartedly share your frustration and indignation in re to the software for ipod. I have learned to live with it and hope that Apple will get *religion* someday and have some real music specialists on-board next time when they are designing a new software especially suitable for classical music.

    Cheers,

    CD
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    Quote Originally Posted by marval View Post
    Hi jcop

    I got one of those for Christmas, it will most definately have classical music on it.


    Margaret
    Hi Margaret,

    I bought one for my wife Christmas, but actually on the 27th I bought one for me two before I was using my mobile phone but the sound from the sansa was at leat 1000 times better. (my opinion ofcourse)

    regards,
    Johan

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    telephones sound even worse than piezo-electric speaker in the back of our old car, sometimes i wonder how some music can be recognized. so using an i-pod is indeed a big step forward!

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    i have tried that one, one of the ways to take some nap/relaxation.

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