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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 03:56 PM   #1
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Well my first ever Mac computer will be a G5 iMac (1.8GHz 17-inch). I just placed the order yesterday. I also ordered the new click wheel 20GB iPod. Actually, I'm still undecided on the iPod. I'm still thinking an iPod mini will suit my needs just fine. Anyways, that's for me to decide.
I was very excited about the whole thing, but I have to admit that I'm now having second thoughts.
First, I'm quite nervous about "switching", especially to a computer that I've never seen in person.
Second, I'm even more nervous about the uncertainty of iTunes coming to Canada. The main reason for my decision to switch is unquestionably because of my love of music. I have hundreds of CD that Iím anxious to rip and enjoy on my iPod. But, where can I go to buy music online besides iTunes that will be compatible with the iPod? Am I mistaken about only iTunes' purchased files being compatible with the iPod? Please clarify.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 04:08 PM   #2
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Yes, you are mistaken. Just about any audio file will play on the iPod. What you're thinking of is that if you buy a tune from the itunes store, it is copy protected so that it will only play on your ipod. But you can stick any ol' mp3 or wav file etc. on it and it will play fine.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 04:15 PM   #3
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Don't you want to wait and see if it has white spots first?
Sorry...I don't mean to be a stick in the mud...But initial releases
are a little bit notorious for something that isn't working right,
Or a bit later that doesn't work right.

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Actually I think they meant will songs from OTHER download services work on the iPod, and that is a no (except for REAL, which have a converter).

For the most part I would say downloading music is fun and all, but it doesn't beat having the CD with the art on the cover and the inlay card. I have learned so much reading them, finding out what artists helped out on which albums, etc etc.

Downloadable music will give you the cover art (but not the rest) and a compressed song. Sure it's CLOSE to CD quality, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades (as my Dad would always say).

For me personally I think I'll stick to CD's when I want to buy an ALBUM (I have close to 300 right now), but for individual song purchases an online source is going to be a lot cheaper.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 04:25 PM   #5
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I tend to agree with Capitol K, I've downloaded many a song
using iSwipe and have had to re-edit so many of them in
Quicktime Pro and Sound Studio because they were choppy or
they had bad sync beginnings or endings.

C.D.'s are so much easier to copy in hi quality to a player.

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Hi BB,

The iTMS will come to Canada sooner or later (likely sooner). While CDs currently do offer a lot more in terms of quality and packaging than downloaded files, that will change. The biggest plusses for downloads are the ability to buy a song rather than an album (this isn't true for all artists on any of the sites, however) and the sheer convenience.

The G5 iMac is a great way to switch from a Windows PC and there are lots of resources on the web to help make the transition. The 20 gb iPod is also a very useful back-up/transport device for files - a feature not shared by the mini (although the mini's design is very sexy).

Dolawren is just jealous..... [img]smile.gif[/img]
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When the doctor that my wife works for was talking about Macs I told him that probably the best thing to do is buy an older Mac. This way if he doesn't like it he could easily sell it and probably not loose to much money. My first Mac was an iMac DV400. I had no idea about Macs and I wanted to start with something cheap and see if I liked it. Well I did and have never looked back since. Some people have not liked Macs, I could of been one. Hopefully you like it though, they really are the best computers ever made.
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Dolawren is just jealous.....
I'm not jealous...I celebrate the arrival of a new Mac user,
I just hope that this person isn't one of the frustrated few that
has problems.

Whereas with the eMac...I'm in 7th heaven...
It's a Multimedia Artists dream...Finally.

I play my Midi keyboard and my electric guitar directly into the
computer, Just like the commercial...It's wonderful.

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Some people have not liked Macs, I could of been one.
In my experience, most of the people that I've met that don't like Macs, are the ones that haven't used them enough or at all.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 05:30 PM   #10
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Thanks for your insight.
While, this will be my first Mac computer, it is certainly not a blind purchase. I was ready to buy the G4 iMac before a friend suggested I wait for the G5. In fact, I've been very close to buying every iMac released, but didn't each time due to peer pressure. I'm glad I waited. I like the new design. I know it may not be what all you Mac freaks were hoping and dreaming for, but for a "switcher" like me, it'll do just fine. I've messed around with Panther and I love what I see. I like using iTunes to organize the files I have on my PC. I take a ton of digital pictures and iPhoto seems like a nice fit. Why the iMac you ask? I hate the display on the eMac (no offense to you eMac lovers). I have no use for a portable iBook or PowerBook (I'm a desktop man). The Power Mac is way out of reach. So, the iMac fits into my lifestyle just fine. I think there are many others out there that are just like me. This iMac will sell, contrary to popular geek-dom opinion.
I agree with all your CD buying advice. I love buying CDs. In fact, my wife thinks I need professional help in this regard. I'm a wannabe-audiophile. MP3 is not my format of choice. I've set up a nice A/V rig (NAD electronics, B&W speakers and Grado cans) and I intend on using it. I will still buy CDs if not mainly for the quality of the recordings. But, there are lots of singles (not full albums) out there that are waiting to be downloaded by me. But, if I can't buy them from iTunes, where do I turn (in Canada)? If I'm reading this correctly, I cannot purchase a track from a rival online music store (puretracks for example) and play it on my iPod? Ouch!
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