settle a silly arguement please

Discussion in 'iPod' started by AeroBar, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
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    swiftaw

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    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.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    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.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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:
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    They'll be the same unless he's chosen the option to convert to 128kbps AAC when you sync.
     
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    chrono1081

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    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.
     
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    SnowLeopard2008

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    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.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that's only when transferring back, right?

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

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  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Never seen an option for tv or movies, added the pic.
     

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    Galley

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

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