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I've got two computers working on re-encoding all of my FLAC files correctly. One is an old computer running a Celeron 866 MHz chip on a 100 MB connection to the network, and one a 1.8 GHz Centrino Duo on a 1 GB network connection. Take a guess which is my work laptop and can only do this work part time? ;)

After the files are re-encoded, I need to go through and clean up the OGG tags and add the album art. When I was just dealing with Sonos, I had to only worry about having the album art in the same directory as the FLAC file. Well, since I need to convert things over, I need to album art embedded in the file now, and the encoder I used didn't do that. *grr* This is, regretably, a manual process.

After I get all that done, I use dbPowerAmp to convert from FLAC to M4A (Apple Lossless). All of this so that I can load the M4A files onto Jen's new iPod Classic (80 GB) that she received last night. Woo-hoo! *collapses* My poor NAS and router are taking a beating today.

Why not just convert everything to M4A format, especially when Sonos will play that as well? Because I don't want to be beholden to Apple's proprietary format. With FLAC, I can convert to anything I want. And since FLAC is an open source file format, I just generally feel better about it. I really with the iPod would support FLAC so that I don't have to go through all this hassle, but unless I want to load RockBox, that isn't feasible right now. (update: RockBox doesn't yet support the iPod Classic anyway, so ... pooh.)

In other news, I have lost about 4-5 pounds so far, which is exactly where I want to be. To me, that's really impressive given there was a week vacation in there. The really weird part to me is that I feel like I'm eating ALL THE TIME! I have really taken to this concept of eating a little bit of food throughout the day, and it's generally working for me. The weekends are tough for me, because I tend to lose track of time. But at work, I've got this down to an art. Coffee and half a muffin for breakfast, the other half a muffin for mid-day snack, a small lunch, something for mid-afternoon, and dinner when I get home. Sometimes I will have something after dinner, but generally a big glass of cold water and crushed ice does the trick. So I'm good there.


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Jan. 27th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the weight loss!!
Jan. 28th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I really like FLAC. The only reason our whole library isn't FLAC is the damn iPod.

Also I have not lost any weight. BAD ME. I have to join the gym this week!
Jan. 29th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I was gonna ask you if you were doing to start again, since you got sick right after you started.

Are you using Apple Lossless for your iPod, or some other format? I haven't started that conversion yet, and would like your input.
Jan. 29th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Honestly? Right now I'm using high bitrate non-VBR MP3. When Greg encoded VBR MP3s my iPod couldn't read them properly - it would think the track was 30 minutes long, or cut off, or both. This was a problem on both my 3rd gen and 5th gen iPods. -_-

The reason we're using MP3 as opposed to Apple Lossless is because we use one library shared across Greg's computer, mine, my iPod, and the household media server; mp3 is what works the best for us across all these platforms.
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