Configuring my new OS and setting the preferences took some time, especially since I enjoy to mess with it which resulted in numerous re-installs. I'm not done yet but I have some results. First something else:
- the archive format is Zip, no password. I wouldn't want people on a different OS have to download .tar.bz2 files. Zip should be available on Windows, Mac and Linux (and others) without having to use a different extraction program than you're using already. Problems in the comments.
- fileformat is mp3 (nothing new) which is alien to the world of Linux due to licensing issues. The encoder I used is Lame 3.96.1 (very likely the same as I used before), the ripper is CDParanoia and the frontend is Grip. Ripper and frontend may change in the near future but that shouldn't be your concern as long as the sound is OK. A difficulty for me is that setting the preferences isn't really easy so there are small differences in filenames compared to before. I may tinker with that someday or use a different frontend, just use a tagging-tool to set it to your standards.
I've downloaded and tested the MP3's on my system and a Windows XP machine with WinAmp and it worked (I've no access to a Mac). If you're having trouble, leave a comment.
- I'm very
tempted to use the Ogg Vorbis
encoder because I like the quality and the license. Codecs are available on Win, Lin and Mac for most programs. The only reason not to use it is it's very poor availability on portable players, like iPod, Creative, SanDisk and Archos. My iRiver handles it and so do Samsung players and I can wholeheartedly recommend iRiver to anyone for plenty of reasons. It beats me why manufacturers don't include the Vorbis codecs (they're free to use), if only to beef up their specs, but I suspect the industry is more involved with DRM than it's with customers.
This should be a concern to Windows people since MicroSoft already installs monitoring tools with their updates and I fear it's only worse with Vista. Google on "trusted computing" and educate yourself. Mac users should expect Apple to follow suit because Apple has too much to lose with their iTunes technology. I don't intend to advocate open source software, create panic or start a debate here but I do like to see you inform yourself on these developments and where it affects you and your computer.
- Back to the music: please test the O.V. Wright mp3's. If you encounter problems drop a note in the comments. I also like to hear your opinion on using Ogg Vorbis instead of MP3 via the comments. This blog isn't a good place to discuss DRM, Trusted Computing/Palladium/NGSCB/etc, OSS, pro's and cons of operating systems. For that you'll find plenty of discussion forums out there
- have fun!