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alisonwonderland 12-15-2006 08:22 AM

I have a mac - Where do i get Music?
 
I have never had an mp3 player before and am still trying to figure out the terminology and whatnot. Actually haven't opened my new Vibez yet - I want something under the Christmas tree!! Here's my dilemma, which I hope is only due to my ignorance. If I have faulty points below which would correct my perceived no win situation, please enlighten me.

1) I have a MAC
2) Didn't want an ipod for various reasons
3) Had limited options on MP3 player choice because of having a MAC
4) Came across trekstor web site, read reviews, waited for the vibez to come out, read more reviews, and was happy to order it - seemed like a player I may have picked even without the MAC issue figuring into the decision
5) Trekstor arrived (sitting in room in box, waiting for dh to wrap :-) and I decided to see what my online download options are so that I am rarin' and ready to go Xmas morn.
6) I researching and find I have 3 options a) file sharing (most things I'd want are copyrighted music, and I'd like to try to not fall into that everyone is doing it mode) b) pay per download c) "all you can eat" subscription service.
7) Uh, oh, prefer c, but as I get digging further I find the list of providers that are not MAC compatible. Move over to the list I have for b, which also quickly narrows down for the same reason.
8) Only one on list not crossed off is itunes - which, and correct me if I am wrong, I cannot load onto my trekstor.
9) Now what????:confused:
10) Please, oh, please, I am hoping that you all know more than I do and that there is a mac AND trekstor compatible mecca awaiting me somewhere.

Thanks for any help, Alison

dfkt 12-15-2006 09:07 AM

If you don't want to download illegal tunes from P2P networks, and don't want to be restricted by protected music that won't play everywhere:

1) you can rip music from your own CDs. Max seems to be a very good CD ripping program for OS X. It's free software.

2) you can use legal music download services like emusic.com or magnatunes.com. Both work without any restrictions, AFAIK. And, no, you can't use iTunes. It will only work with the iPod.

With the Vibez you don't need any program to load music onto it. It acts like an external hard disk - you just drag'n'drop music onto it from Finder.

alisonwonderland 12-15-2006 10:01 AM

trekstor/mac download source woes
 
Thanks so much for your quick reply. Couple more questions:

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 36699)

1) you can rip music from your own CDs. Max seems to be a very good CD ripping program for OS X. It's free software.

The trekstor also has inline recording - does anyone know about quality ripping via the computer vs. recording directly from a cd player?

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 36699)
2) you can use legal music download services like emusic.com or magnatunes.com. Both work without any restrictions, AFAIK. And, no, you can't use iTunes. It will only work with the iPod.

So, no resources for current big label music that fit my trekstor/mac combo? Mainly interested 'cause we got our ds one, too, and he is 15 and definitely wanting to go for the more well known tunes.

bRokEnCHaRacTer 12-15-2006 10:22 AM

I would refrain from buying music in "mayor" download stores. The quality is inferior to a CD (or even a well made CD rip) and you have to deal will the Digital Restriction Management (aka DRM). Do yourself a favor, and buy CDs ;)

To recording: I didn't test it, but ripping a CD is my preferred way.

alisonwonderland 12-25-2006 09:40 AM

okay, we're idiots - got our vibezes and like 'em - now if only we can figure out how to get music on 'em. :-) We plug it into the computer, and nothing comes up on the desktop indicating it is there. It does show up in the usb devices, though. Also, we've gone with limewire and downloaded a song, which then got loaded into our itunes playlist. So, in my ignorant state - I see two problems: 1) where is our device located so that we can upload to it (doesn't come up in a search of the computer) 2) how do we prevent downloaded songs from automatically being saved in itunes? Does it matter if they are there? Is that only a storage place and when they talk about not being able to load from itunes to anything by ipod does that mean actually buying from itunes - not saving and managing playlists in the itunes software on my emac? Sorry for needing some hand holding through this process...

bRokEnCHaRacTer 12-25-2006 09:55 AM

1.) It's used like an ordinary USB Stick. There should be a new drive mounted in Finder. Just drag & drop the audio files on it.
2.) No idea about iTunes. I had it some time ago, disliked it, deleted it. But it shouldn't matter if the files are in the iTunes database.

fromrussia 09-02-2007 02:33 AM

I have (better had ... another thread will come up) a Trekstor organix (2 MB, red). I drew an MP§ file from iTunes directly onto the organix, it showed up there and ... played as well as a podcast that I drew from iTunes onto the organix. But be aware, AAC files (the APPLE prefered file format) doesn't play.

Werner :D

P.S. I have not come up how to set up iTunes the way that it will ALWAYS make MP3 files and not AAC files


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