Originally Posted by Martycool007
First off, isn't an iPod a crappy way to get the songs for the outboard speaker playback.?
Not at all.
I would imagine that the DAC in the iPod really sucks
You obviously haven't studied up on this issue. the DACs in iPods have always been about as good as the ones in a good CD player.
and being that it doesn't have any analog outs,
In what alternative universe? iPods all have analog outputs, if nothing else in the form of a 3.5 mm jack.
you are basically stuck with the iPods internal DAC.
...which is clearly not the worst day of your audio life! ;-)
I would look into a Samsung type player and get rid of the iPod. That is jmho.
Whether your opinion is humble might be controversial but what isn't controversial is that it lacks being well-informed. ;-)
Also, I have always understood that iTunes can not, and does not, support the bit rates and resolution in lossless music formats.
This was never true. Boy, your posts are just chock full of disinformation. Do you work for an Apple competitor? ;-)
Is this not still the case?
Since you repeated the question, I'll repeat how clueless this statement appears to be. ;-)
Assuming that we can all hear the differences in these types of playback codecs, isn't iTunes sort of less than optimal?
Never heard of lossless AIF I take it?
Of course I know that in a double blind, placebo controlled test, most of us could not even begin to tell the differences between a track downloaded from iTunes in a lower bit rate and resolution, compared to s track downloaded from HdTracks in a much higher bit rate and resolution. BUT...
That all depends on bit rate and encoder. Since just about everything from soup to nuts has a lower bitrate than a lossless format, its not really clear where you are going on here.
I know that for myself, if I consciously know the music I have downloaded is in any way inferior to other downloading methods, then I will sub-consciously bias myself against the iTunes versions and thus end up un-happy.
If you are that bound up in your prejudices, why advertise it????????????