Well, I am man enough to admit when I am wrong. And folks, I was wrong about the iPod. Two key events in the past few weeks caused me to start copying my CD collection this weekend using the Apple lossless codec. Once that is finished, I’ll be purchasing a 60 GB iPod Photo.
What caused such a transformation? My parents purchased an iPod 1GB Shuffle for my oldest daughter (birthday present) and I was very impressed with the design. Sure, it feels like a memory stick with audio controls, but the little device looks nice. I visited my local Best Buy and re-examined the iPod (after my many month use of the Creative Zen XTRA) to find that I really liked how the device worked and felt compared to the Zen.
The second and final nail in my Zen XTRA’s coffin came when I discovered that the geniuses at Creative decided than the Zen would not work with any lossless codec except for WAV files. The sound quality, even at 320 Kb realaudio AAC, just isn’t up to my standards for compressed audio files. I can particularly tell the difference on any bass heavy tunes. I thought I would just re-record my CDs in lossless format, suffer with my Zen’s poor design, and life would be good. No such luck.
It’s off to Best Buy in a couple of weeks with my hat in hand to eat a big old plate of crow and join the iPod revolution. Very late, but late is better than never in this instance.