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Musepack Vs. Ogg Vorbis Vs. Nero AAC

Some random comment in #mplayer sent me chasing my tail today. I guess that's how it is with computers --they're dangerous. You never know what you're going to be doing a few minutes after you sit down in front of one. AT least, that's the way it works for me.

I digress...

Jul 29 11:11:44 <patrakov> ...nero offers windows and linux binaries for their encoder in the same zip file

Jul 29 11:13:17 <patrakov> http://www.nero.com/eng/nero-aac-codec.html

Snap, crackle, Pop! A freeware linux encoder for AAC!

Several years ago my brother gave me and ipod shuffle for my birthday. Always being obsessed with trying to get the best sounding music by any means necessary (an audiophile nutjob), I started to try and figure out various encoding schemes for it. It was a 500 meg device (which is plenty good esp on a device without a display) so I was more concerned about file size than I am with the portables I use now.

Never could get that faac encoder working without the occasional clicking sound. And I had heard good things about the Nero encoder. It's just that it's been years since I have used Windows. I kind of want to keep it that way.

Anyway, one thing led to another and for a couple years now I've been using Musepack instead. Sniffing around trying to find some good command lines for Nero AAC encoding I found a weblog post where a guy is talking about some japanese guys who have been optimizing the Ogg Vorbis encoder for speed or for quality (take your pick, I'll almost always go for the quality.)

One thing I found out experimenting with this hi-fi Ogg Vorbis encoder is that I can encode 96khz files. Just happen to have some of those laying around... And I was worried about converting them to 48khz because that's as high as Musepack will go. I like to kid myself that I can hear the difference. And I bet I'm the first kid on my block listening to 96khz files on his portable. How sweet it is...

Compiling aoTuV

Recommended Ogg Vorbis Encoders and Settings

rockbox replacement firmware so I can play exotic formats on my portable...


Kacked Redesigned For Podcasts

No, I don't mean to do a podcast. Though that may come later.

I added a feature to the music section where it lists the podcasts I have on my shuffle. This will be automatically updated each time I sync my ipod --and you can play them right from the page. So you can listen to the same stuff I do...

Strangely the only web browser that doesn't display the java applet correctly (among the browsers that do java) is Safari 1.2.

I'll have to compile my own versions of the flash player I'm using to incorporate the background color of the page. I think that will fix it.

But then, I'm going back to a rotating color scheme based on day of the week, so I'll have to compile 6 different versions of the flash mp3 player. All with different background colors.

Still some fine tuning to do but it's nice to be back to a simpler design. At least the css part is simpler. The backend is a bit more complex.

And, as usual, the comics section is lagging behind. I'm going to have to reconceive that section of the site so that anytime the site is redesigned that part just tags along. Too much work getting it to fit in.


iPod On Linux

My brother got me an iPod shuffle as an early birthday present. Cute the way he gave it to me. Kind of jacked me --asked me to get something out of the glove compartment after we had pulled up in the driveway, and when I opened it there was this iPod shuffle in there. "There's your birthday present too", he said.

I've been experimenting with it. Of course I prefer not to use windows. And sorry Apple I don't plan to buy a mac any time soon (though I wouldn't mind having one.) So I've been trying to figure out how to get it working on linux. So far so good. I mean, I got it working in kind of wanky sort of way (not as wanky as using it on windows though.)

The first problem I had with it is that they all come formatted HFS --for use with macs. I found some instructions somewhere for reformatting it to fat32 but then the link to the firmware you would need to reinstall was down. Probably apple got after them for hosting their IP. So I found myself forced to install windows just so I could format the darn thing to fat32. The iPod software for windows apparently does this the first time you use it.

So, I did that and then I could kind of use it on linux. The problem I'm having now though is related to the automounting of usb devices that kanotix uses. So I went and followed various instructions about setting up iPod support on linux and by using the shotgun approach I hosed out my box. If I was REALLY good at this linux stuff (I think I'm better than most) I could probably figure out how to fix all what I done but at this point reinstalling seems easier. In fact, I'm writing this over ssh from kanotix booted from the cd while it's

Gah! as I was writing the above the cdrom gave out. Got too hot I guess. It was just slow as shit anyway, I just replaced it and am continuing with the kanotix install and this post. Is "vi -r post.txt" cool or what? What the heck was I writing about anyway?

re-installing on my desktop machine. Sometimes linux is painful but everytime I go through this kind of thing I learn a lot more about it. I'll have more to say about the iPod thing when I get it working right.


Monkey Wrench

Monkeyradio... my favorite internet radio station. The quality and choice of music is superior to anything I have found elsewhere. And he doesn't step all over the music with lameass commercials (the way most other internet radio does.) The monkeyradio server has been down for a few days. Computer problems.

The server should be back up soon, guess he's working on it now. Meanwhile he's having various other people do guest DJ'ing --yours truly included. As I write this I'm listening to myself streaming over monkeyradio. By the time you read this of course it might no longer be so, but check it out. I might still be on, and if I'm not, the music will still be cool:

http://groove.monkeyradio.org/



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