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iTunes software is the best song management software I've encountered.  On my desktop machine I have the default set to .wav.  If I fip songs from a CD, that's the format they'll be converted to.  I've loaded mp3s, iPod proprietary files and other file formats into iTunes.  They stay as they are, unless I right click and ask iTunes to convert them to the default.  But I don't have an iPod connected my desktop.

I do have an iPod, that I use a lot in teaching.  It's synched with the iTunes on my laptop.  The default there is set for the iPod proprietary format.  It's easy for me to the move a folder from my desktop iTunes to my laptop and convert in to a smaller format.  I don't like moving in the other direction, but if I plan well, I don't have to.

I'm thinking of changing all my iPod files over to .mp3, so that I can load them into Sound Ford for editing.  The proprietary format is untouchable.

Paul

"Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" 
> Well, there is a reason the iPod is far and away the best selling digital
music player -- ease of
> use and user-friendly interface. You'd be hard pressed to find a better
interface, although someone
> probably makes a specialized player of some sort for institutional purposes.
I've seen specialized
> CD players in museums -- the covers are locked and they are ruggedized and
offer only play and stop
> buttons, covered in rubber so slimy little fingers can't break them. Someone
must make a similar MP3
> player.
>
> Another idea -- seek out an Apple refurb or recycling place in Europe. You
might find a load of iPod
> Mini or even an early Nano for very cheap. A Nano might be your ideal choice
because it's got
> solid-state memory, not a hard drive, and will thus last longer under constant
jarring.
>
The problem with genuine Apple iPods is that they use a proprietary sound-file
format. I don't kmow if they can convert other more common formats (i.e.
CD, .wav, .mp3, usw.)...but I do know that material intended for the iPod
can't be played by anything else (there may be Apple-built exceptions...?)

One can also buy "MP3 players," which act much the same as iPods but use
more accessible file format...

Steven C. Barr