I know this post is going to alienate just about everybody that would ever consider reading my blog, but here’s the deal: I want all iPods to support the ogg file format.
For the uninitiated, the ogg format is like the MP3 or the AAC format, except for a couple of very important differences. One, it’s free, which is to say that it doesn’t belong to some company, and every time I use it I’m not supposed to be giving them a nickel or something. (The MP3 format technically is licensed to the company that created it, so theoretically, every time you buy a computer, MP3 player, etc., you’re supposed to give them some quantity of money.)
The other reason that I am hereby requesting ogg on my iPod is because it’s better. It sounds better. It compresses better. Are there other metrics that we should be using? None that I know of. I want ogg. Steve Jobs, do you hear me now?!
Now, the theoretical argument above holds water, but I have personal reasons for this desire: I have 357 ogg files that I can’t listen to on my iPod! This pretty much gives me three choices: One, install Rockbox on my iPod (I have, it didn’t work reliably). Two, convert the ogg files to MP3s (this solution would create inferior-quality songs). Or, three, only listen to those songs on my computer (also a lame solution). I should also mention while I am on this rant that I have flac files as well. Why doesn’t the iPod support those! iPods are great, but these are serious shortcomings.
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