Thursday, March 16, 2006

I Have Succumbed

To this.

And this.

For those of you too lazy to follow the links, that's a 30 GB iPod With Video Playback (Black) and an Altec Lansing InMotion IM7 Portable Audio System. The iPod will be fun, but the little earbud is a serious problem (particularly when you've already got a hearing aid in your ear), so I'm most excited about the iPod cradle/docking station/speakers. First, the contraption looks like a big mortar shell, so if you can't drive particularly annoying people crazy through the music you play, you can actually lob the device at them and cause serious damage. Second, I was amazed by the quality of sound that comes out of that little mortar shell. I compared it to the better-known and higher priced Bose SoundDock, and thought it blew the Bose out of the water.

I'm a happy guy. Anybody know an easy way to convert vinyl --> .wav files --> MP3s --> the IPod?


Karen said...

DUDE. you are gonna LOVE it. i say get new headphones: ones that fit over the hearing aid.

i'm excited for you!

KarlandBethany said...

Vinyl conversion...

Yes, Andy, we can talk.


teddy dellesky said...

welcome to iPoddom. you may want to talk to fred kohn about converting vinyl to MP3. he has a converter that he may let you toy with for a while.

Anonymous said...

If anyone could just type in some instructions, or equipment needed on how to convert vinyl to mp3 that would be wonderful.


Andy Whitman said...

Fred, thanks for the detailed instructions. I really appreciate it.

I suspect it will be a while before I get around to the vinyl conversion. For better or worse, I have enough CDs right now to fill up about four of those 30 GB iPods (yeah, 30,000 songs sounds about right), and an equal amount of vinyl if I ever get around to it. This is the product of a now 40+ year music fetish. What can you do?

So I'm trying to be selective, only adding those songs/albums that I genuinely love. Ideally, I'd love to have about a 200,000 song (that would give me room to grow) database of music that I could carry around in my pocket, but that's not going to happen. So I'll need to pick and choose.

This is also an incredibly time consuming process. I spent most of my free time this weekend importing CDs to the computer and then downloading them to the iPod. And I think I made it through about 12 albums. This could take a while. :-)

Andy Whitman said...

One other thing: Fred, have you ever considered a career in technical writing? You're very good at it.

This is what I do every Monday through Friday: write Step 1 through Step n. You've got the routine down very well.

Anonymous said...

You should check out the Bose sounddock - I liked it better.