Unraveling the FLAC lossless mysteries of the iPod
I love music. I could soundtrack every minute of my life. I’m sure there’s a song in my iPod for any occasion that may occur. Blowing up some stuff? I got “1812 Overture.” Walking down the street? I got the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. Having a nervous breakdown? I got tons of ABBA.
Every music lover could use an mp3 player. Whichever brand is your preference, or if you just use your phone, mobile music is a great thing to have around in case you feel the inexplicable urge to dance, run, drive fast or do some impromptu wedding deejaying.
I was late to the mp3 game. My first mobile music device wasn’t an iPod, but a Creative Zen, which I accepted gratefully with all of its 60 gigs of space. I quickly filled it, enjoyed it, and toted it everywhere. But it went to Gadget Heaven, and I picked up the 160 gig seventh-generation iPod. That’s, like, way more gigs.
I love my iPod. It means I can take pretty much every song I could ever want to hear with me everywhere I go. It means I don’t have to clutter up my phone with music and can cram it full of puzzle apps and pictures of dinner.
But it also means mastering mobile music. I might need a degree in digital library science.
For example, when I download an album (legally, of course – hey look, a squirrel!), the file format can be mp3, wma, or this thing called FLAC. Not a duck-insurance-related thing, but a format that shrinks the file without losing any of the sound quality. But, to put FLAC files in my iPod I have to convert them mp3 files. Ain’t nobody got time for that! It also means downloading third-party software which is, like, no.
Also, with an iPod you pretty much have to use iTunes. I am a PC owner (though not devout) and don’t have the seamless Apple chain running through all my electronics.
There’s some stuff about iTunes I don’t get and/or like. The whole thing where you can’t plug your device into another computer without losing all your stuff is a bummer. And I don’t like having to run constant updates on the software. I’m still trying to figure out how to make a ringtone out of a song snippet, and why half my song files have a thumbnail of David Bowie on the screen instead of the proper performer.
I refuse to get an iPod Touch, since I do most of my listening while operating cars and/or boats and the screen would be largely ignored. But if it lets you delete songs without having to plug into iTunes, it might be worth a look.
Compounding the mysteries is the addition of Spotify, which is basically iTunes that lets you show off your music on Facebook. If someone can tell me how to delete a duplicate of a song out of my Spotify library, I would be most appreciative.
And, the biggest mystery of all: How did this Jessica Simpson song get on my iPod? Because I totally never owned that nonsense. It must have come with the computer. Yeah.