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08 November 2005 @ 10:06 am
something I've been curious about for a while.  
Poll #607975 your music file preferences

Your preference for downloading music files is:

mp3s, all the time, mp3mp3mp3
I can get/play/convert wma files, but Microsoft is Satan.
RealPlayer files (.rm)
mpeg-4 (m4a, m4p)
ogg files
something else, obscure and freakish, that I'll describe in comments
viverra_libroviverra_libro on November 8th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
I actually don't download music because it's not available in non-compressed formats. I buy CDs, load them into my PC in Apple's lossless format, then convert them all to mp3s. So I actually have 2 copies of every song. MP3s are fine for listening to on an ipod, but 192kbps sounds like crap on my home stereo, which I attach my ipod to sometimes. Does that make any sense?
Anna S.: tas-devileliade on November 8th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
You are technically savvy far beyond my ability to comprehend! I am humble and impressed. :) Plus, ferrets are cute.
Trepkos: Listen to This by Mangofandangotrepkos on November 8th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I am also not keen on downloading - had a bad experience with napster, and trying to download from the net seems fraught with difficulties though I occasionally manage it.
I prefer to buy the CDs, but I read today that Sony are putting something on their CDs now that can mess with your computer - something to do with their rivalry with Apple - so I'll be trying to avoid Sony stuff.
Rat Creature: rageratcreature on November 8th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
What I think really sucks is when I buy a CD but it happens to have some freakish copyright protection that I can't play it on my (linux) computer and sometimes not even in my rather old CD player. I think technically these digital rights management crap CDs shouldn't be even called audio CDs, seeing how they don't even comply with the official format anymore. It's even worse with DVDs.

Um, yeah, I might be slightly pissed off about this. ;)
I Blame the Dutchmpoetess on November 8th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
MP4 and realmedia are the bane of my existence; I am not allowed to install new software on my PC at work, which means I can only play what Media Player will play. The number of times I have downloaded a zipped fanmix only to find out after opening three levels of zipfiles and folders that 3/4 of the songs are in a format that's completely useless to me at work...
peasant_ on November 8th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
I have never downloaded any music. I am old-fashioned and weird and listen to the radio or CDs. When I can reach the knobs with my zimmer frame, of course.
Anna S.: rateliade on November 8th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
When I can reach the knobs with my zimmer frame, of course.

Hee. *g*

I still buy some CDs, but these days I mostly buy stuff from iTunes, or DL files that people share--which often leads to me buying more music from the artists I like.
peasant_ on November 8th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well the other weird thing about me is I very rarely buy any music for myself. I live in a house filled with an enormous CD and record (remember those?) collection, and we add to it at Christmas and birthdays so there is always something to listen to.

But then I don't make the time to listen to music much, it isn't actually very high on my list of priorities, and I just haven't developed the acquisitive habit when it comes to music.

Now DVDs are an entirely different matter...
Pouncer: Crouching Tigerthepouncer on November 8th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have yet to figure out how to be mp4s to play anywhere. I hear you have to get iTunes, but I don't want to!
par avionpar_avion on November 8th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
VLC Player (free, for PC, Mac, Linux & other) will play .mp4 files. Actually, VLC plays just about anything).

Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on November 9th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Real player plays them. I know, very evil, but nothing else worked on my comp.
Destinadestina on November 8th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Because I am freakish and strange, I don't download music files. (Dial-up, y'know.)
Anna S.: rodney2eliade on November 8th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hey! I have dial-up. :) At home, anyway. Music files usually take 10-20 minutes to download, depending on size, I find. It's not that bad, really. I just go watch TV.
the kid with the bullet soul: FF RS (always)exsequar on November 8th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I actually, uh, prefer wma, is that weird? I use WMP all the time.
Anna S.: rateliade on November 8th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
It's not weird. :) When I first started listening to music via computer (um, I was a laaaate adopter), I burned CDs to Windows Media and didn't realize that they were creating .wma files. I didn't even think much about the difference between this and mp3s. I actually haven't gotten around to finding software that will convert to mp3s. I have Windows Media & iTunes & between the two it's difficult for me to share files with people. I'll figure it out eventually. I think.
the perfect drunken party girl.: she found the lonely sound.kickthebeat on November 17th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
*zooms through*
mp3 whenever possible, but FLAC for the bootlegs. uhhhh. yes. :D