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Old 11-16-2008, 09:57 AM
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I recently installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my PC. Now I'm using Mozilla Songbird, it just looks allmost like ITunes, and I use the build in browser quite often. But my entire collection is in WMA, which Songbird can't read. Now I have to convert my whole collection to another format.
Now I have to choose between MP3 and OGG. My sansa is rockboxed (newest SVN build), so it can play both. Which of the two is better for the player?
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Old 11-16-2008, 10:38 AM
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Songbird and Rockbox both play WMA. Don't convert, it'll reduce quality.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:03 PM
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Songbird can only WMA on Windows (Songbird itself says that).

But in theory you should be able to play WMA with the correct packages.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:28 PM
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The Medibuntu repository might have the needed packages.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:11 PM
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x2 on Medibuntu (I use Ubuntu, Amarok and occasionally Songbird - no issues). I still use 8.04, but I assume 8.10 should work as well.

Also x2 on converting WMA files - don't do it! Once it's in a lossy format like WMA, you should avoid any further conversion. I am a heavy WMA user - the only issues I've ever come across is trying to use MPD (doesn't work with WMA at all) and, of course, trying to use it with iPod OF.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:44 AM
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I have installed the codecs and libdvdcss2 and guess what? It didn't help at all! How did you get Songbird to play back WMA? I just don't like Amarok. Rythmbox interpreted 3/4 of the tags wrong, especially besic stuff like track numbers!
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:24 PM
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If youre going to encode to a lossy format, it should be mp3, because while it's technically inferior, it is at least guaranteed to play on every player ever. Otherwise you risk being stuck in the exact same position somewhere down the line when you suddenly find yourself owning something that wont play ogg files.

But don't transcode from wma if you can possibly help it. Eeesh. If at all possible, re-encode from the original source.

[Edit]Something just occurred to me... your wma files arent... DRM'd are they?
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:19 PM
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No, I don't use DRMed crap anymore. The files are "bought" from ITunes in the first place. Coca Cola paid for them...
No bashing about ITunes please, do you have the money for 3500 songs?

I just used WMA, cause the OF of my e200 had a lot of trouble with MP3. Just try a few players, Banshee looks quite great. I red somewhere that there's a way to hack Songbird into playing WMAs under Linux. Tomorrow I'll see about that.
I know it's not ok, but anyway: Does someone have QTFairUse6 or myFairTunes7? Linux plays unprotected mp4 quite well^^

About ogg: I'll keep the WMAs (for Windows Vistas Media Center) and the ITunes files too. Riping CDs into WMA, Ogg and Itunes doesn't take that much time and my HDDs are big enough (1,08TB). A few TB more won't cost me that much^^
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:05 PM
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You do realize, if they're not DRMed, Rockbox will play the original iTunes files, right?
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:16 AM
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Some of the Files are DRMed, the question about DRM was about the WMA files, those have no DRM.
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