Originally Posted by shamus
Could you touch on this a little more. According to the manual the music on the Olive is encoded and can't be transfered to a computer (I think you touched on that). Is copying something different? Sorry for my inexperience.
Olive does not provide for direct access to music files from a PC, probably because adding or deleting music without trigering a library update would result in a mess. Of course, it is possible to hack the software so that the :Music: folder becomes accessible, but that would probably void the warranty. (See Danny's posts).
There are two "legitimate" ways of getting music files out of an Opus.
One is connecting an external USB drive or MP3 player, and copying whatever selection of files you wish to transfer. However, files are copied in their original format, as there is no provision for "on-the-fly" conversion.
The other is selecting files, and then burning them to CD-R. When you do that, the Opus offers three options: CD (files are converted to uncompressed PCM if they were not originally stored in that format); Data CD (files are burnt in whatever format they were stored on the Opus); MP3 CD (files are converted to MP3).
Actually, it would be nice if Olive, in a future software upgrade, made provision for on-the-fly conversion of files copied via USB. As it is now, if you have an iPod, you can copy files to it via USB, but you are limited to uncompressed PCM or MP3, two formats that Opus users are unlikely to use much for ripping their CDs to the server. It would be even nicer if conversion options included not only MP3, but AAC or even Apple Lossless (but the latter would entail Olive paying licensing fees to Apple).
Hope this is not too confusing.