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AeroBar
Jul 31, 2009, 10:58 AM
Hi,

I've got a guy sitting beside me here who won't believe me without a second opinion.

He insists that if he saves all his music and video to an iPod and deletes it from his drive, that it will have degraded in quality when he transfers it back to his computer.:rolleyes:

I say it can be done a hundred times and never be affected.:D

someone please tell him I'm right so I can get on with my life.:p

regards



swiftaw
Jul 31, 2009, 11:01 AM
Assuming the ipod holds exact copies of the music files stored on the computer (which I would image it does) rather than a reduced bit-rate version, then you could copy back and forth as many times as you want and it wouldn't change.

He's probably thinking in terms of analog media, where a copy of a copy is lower quality than the original.

GGJstudios
Jul 31, 2009, 11:01 AM
You're right. It's a silly argument. Your friend doesn't understand very simple 0s and 1s. It's binary. As long as all the data is transferred, it doesn't matter where it's stored. The iPod is just another solid state hard drive.

AeroBar
Jul 31, 2009, 11:05 AM
now he's saying my what I wrote is biasing peoples opinions.

I've just told him he is a twit.

thanks guys. I'll just leave him to sort out his own computer while I go talk to mother and sister. nice.:cool:

tekio
Jul 31, 2009, 12:18 PM
They'll be the same unless he's chosen the option to convert to 128kbps AAC when you sync.

chrono1081
Jul 31, 2009, 12:38 PM
Digital files do not degrade in quality.

Now, if he were to resample his tracks (which would be an enormous pain in the ass) then yes, but just copying, nope. Not possible.


Anything in digital files will be copied exactly hence one of the million reasons digital is the preferred medium.

SnowLeopard2008
Jul 31, 2009, 12:42 PM
Don't worry, one of my friends spent 2 whole days re-encoding ALL of his music to 320kbps manually. And then he freaked out where there was a fingerprint on his iPod's backing.

AeroBar
Jul 31, 2009, 12:47 PM
They'll be the same unless he's chosen the option to convert to 128kbps AAC when you sync.

that's only when transferring back, right?

you can't convert like that when putting a track on an iPod can you?:eek:

tekio
Jul 31, 2009, 01:10 PM
that's only when transferring back, right?

you can't convert like that when putting a track on an iPod can you?:eek:

Yep, you can convert when you put music on it. Both my shuffles had it & I sure the nano did.

http://www.ixbt.com/td/images/ipod-shuffle-itunes-settings.jpg

AeroBar
Jul 31, 2009, 01:28 PM
Yep, you can convert when you put music on it. Both my shuffles had it & I sure the nano did.

http://www.ixbt.com/td/images/ipod-shuffle-itunes-settings.jpg

tekio, I can't access that link.

can you tell me how to check transfer settings on an iPod?
I assume TV shows and movies can't be altered.

tekio
Jul 31, 2009, 01:52 PM
Never seen an option for tv or movies, added the pic.

Galley
Jul 31, 2009, 07:37 PM
Don't worry, one of my friends spent 2 whole days re-encoding ALL of his music to 320kbps manually. And then he freaked out where there was a fingerprint on his iPod's backing.

Let me guess; he probably took 128Kbps files and transcoded them to 320Kbps, thus making them sound worse! :rolleyes: