settle a silly arguement please

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

  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009

    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

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    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.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009
    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. tekio macrumors regular

    May 31, 2009
    They'll be the same unless he's chosen the option to convert to 128kbps AAC when you sync.
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    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.
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    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. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009
    that's only when transferring back, right?

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

    May 31, 2009
  10. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009
    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. tekio macrumors regular

    May 31, 2009
    Never seen an option for tv or movies, added the pic.

    Attached Files:

  12. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    Let me guess; he probably took 128Kbps files and transcoded them to 320Kbps, thus making them sound worse! :rolleyes:

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