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Old 07-13-2009, 03:59 PM
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First off, let me say I just purchased an s9 largely because of the the info provided here. It is due to arrive this week and I have a few qts. I have used the search feature on this site to get some answers, but I still don't seem to be completely clear on some things. Believe it or not this is my first PMP/mp3 player and I am still in the process of burning all my CDs. So that being said, I'm really after the best audio quality I can get, so it looks like lossless is the way to go even though it takes up a lot of space. So my questions:

1) I just burned a CD using iTunes with Apple-lossless. Will I be able to drag and drop this into my s9?

2) Can I drag and drop my other songs I've downloaded from iTunes into the s9. The specs don't support iTunes files?

3) It looks like the best quality I can get off iTunes is 258kbps? If I want lossless quality is there somewhere else to download such a large selection of songs, or am I going to have to go back to buying CDs and ripping them as lossless? Or should I just stick with iTunes and deal with 258 kbps?

4) I read in one of the answers on here about using LAME as an alternative to lossless which is comparable in quality but takes up less space. Can someone please dumb that down for me and walk me through how to do that? Keep in mind that I recently had to google the different kinds of mp3s and file formats just to get an idea of what the heck I'm doing, so I'm a total newb and not ashamed to admit it!

Thanks again for everyone's help as this site has helped me take a step in the right direction to take my music enjoyment to the next level.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:24 PM
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First, check this out. This will give you all of the info you need for Audio Formats. It helped me.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archi...at-roundup.php

1) You will be able to drag and drop anything onto the player as long as there is space.
2) see above, If it is drm protected, I dont think the s9 will play those.
3)The Cowon jetaudio software came with the s9. you can use that to convert to most formats. Check this part of the forum on here to check out some others.
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...splay.php?f=23
4)Personally, Flac is the way to go for me for lossless. It works well on my o2. But, thats just personal preference. If you wanted to save some space, mp3 at 320kbps works pretty well. There are more technical people on here that will help you more with that, but mp3 is very common(obbviously), so if you are going to downsize, it seems sensible.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:28 PM
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If you don't have an iPod.....just get rid of iTunes altogether.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:31 PM
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If you don't have an iPod.....just get rid of iTunes altogether.
Where else do you go to download songs?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:32 PM
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Where else do you go to download songs?
For MP3 I use Amazon and Rhapsody.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:32 PM
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First, check this out. This will give you all of the info you need for Audio Formats. It helped me.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archi...at-roundup.php

1) You will be able to drag and drop anything onto the player as long as there is space.
2) see above, If it is drm protected, I dont think the s9 will play those.
3)The Cowon jetaudio software came with the s9. you can use that to convert to most formats. Check this part of the forum on here to check out some others.
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...splay.php?f=23
4)Personally, Flac is the way to go for me for lossless. It works well on my o2. But, thats just personal preference. If you wanted to save some space, mp3 at 320kbps works pretty well. There are more technical people on here that will help you more with that, but mp3 is very common(obbviously), so if you are going to downsize, it seems sensible.
OK, thanks. I didn't realize it came with software that will help me with that. So the only to get flac quality is ripping from a CD? I did find a few bands who I like who have flac downloads, but they are sporatic. I guess there's no comprehensive web site that has a lot of artists where you can download flac?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:34 PM
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For MP3 I use Amazon and Rhapsody.
Cool, thanks. I'll have to check em out and see what kind of selection they have. I like Christian prog rock stuff, which isn't exactly common mainstream stuff. (David Crowder Band, Misty Edwards, Hillsong United, etc.) That's probably greek for most of you guys, huh? lol
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:39 PM
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Cool, thanks. I'll have to check em out and see what kind of selection they have. I like Christian prog rock stuff, which isn't exactly common mainstream stuff. (David Crowder Band, Misty Edwards, Hillsong United, etc.) That's probably greek for most of you guys, huh? lol
I listen to a lot of Christian music as well...Mercy Me, Tobymac, Chris Tomblin, 3rd day...etc.

Go here.....

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...d+Crowder+Band

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...=Misty+Edwards

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...illsong+United

They have about everything....
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:46 PM
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I listen to a lot of Christian music as well...Mercy Me, Tobymac, Chris Tomblin, 3rd day...etc.

Go here.....

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...d+Crowder+Band

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...=Misty+Edwards

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dm...illsong+United

They have about everything....
Wow, sweetness...thanks! Any thoughts about getting these in higher quality than 256?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:51 PM
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Wow, sweetness...thanks! Any thoughts about getting these in higher quality than 256?
hmmm...not sure. I don't remember what Rhapsody music comes in. 256 is pretty darn decent though. I'm really not sure...wait 1 sec.............................................no pe just checked (forgot I could do that just by looking on my S9)...Rhapsody comes in 256 as well.

Maybe someone else could chime in....
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:38 PM
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OK, thanks. I didn't realize it came with software that will help me with that. So the only to get flac quality is ripping from a CD? I did find a few bands who I like who have flac downloads, but they are sporatic. I guess there's no comprehensive web site that has a lot of artists where you can download flac?
Any thoughts from anyone on this?
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:48 AM
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I think thats pretty much the max, unfortunately. Maybe one of these days, the consumer will get the music the way the artist intended. Until then, the wishing well is making bank!!
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