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.