[Dixielandjazz] Are iPods just a passing fancy? (was mp3s and allthat stuff)

Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis larrys.bands at charter.net
Fri Nov 10 21:25:40 PST 2006

Is the Ipod layout similar to a computer that is can you have directories 
and sub directories and more importantly to me can you play one tune at a 
time and then it would stop until I told it to play the next tune in the 
queue.  Also the new Nano and the  Ipod with the hard drive seem to cost 
about the same with the hard drive holding a whole bunch (30-80gig) vs the 
Nano which holds 8.  Which is easier on batteries?

Do they beep or do anything obnoxious when you change tunes.  I have a Sony 
mini disk player that beeps when you change anything or advance to the next 

Is the readout easy to read?  Is there any difference between the regular 
Ipod and the Nano in this respect.  Also how is navigating around the menu? 
Are tunes easy to locate?
St. Louis
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
To: <jim at kashprod.com>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 1:04 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Are iPods just a passing fancy? (was mp3s and 
allthat stuff)

> Hello listmates,
> I'm not sure how many of you are following this discussion about the 
> merits
> of mp3 files and wav files and the emergence of iPods which are making CDs
> obsolete. The resolution of this constant conflict between analog vs.
> digital recordings, between CD players and Ipod players, between DAT
> recordings and hard disc recordings has enormous impact on those of us who
> listen to music.
> We listen to music - that's the thing that unites us in our little mailing
> list here. As listeners we have concerns about getting the best media to
> convey our music not only to us but to our children and grandchildren.
> Some of us may be stuck in the 78 rpm phonograph record system and may be
> going bonkers trying to find needles to play our old 78s (which decrease 
> in
> fidelity with every playing).
> About three or four years ago I bought a small Sony mini-disc recorder. It
> was about the size of one of those cigarette cases which sophisticated 
> film
> stars used to carry around. It recorded music very nicely and was more
> compact than my older Walkman Professional compact audio cassette tape
> recorder. But it seems to be obsolete now and I haven't used it for a long
> time.
> Jim Kashishian wrote:
> --> clip
> " . . . [we've discussed] the escence of the argument between hard disc &
> tape.  The fact that
> tape is disappearing from the market will require everyone to end up on 
> hard
> discs
> only, obviously.  Doesn't mean that tape wasn't good, and didn't have a
> place in the recording industry, though.
> P.s. I just bought a memory stick the size of a thumb nail for my Sony
> digital camera that has 1 GB of memory.....which is really weird when I
> think about my two original recording "bricks"!  What a world we are 
> living
> in, the speed of the innovation!"
> --> end clip
> I have a Sony digital camera which I bought maybe six years ago. Cost me
> about $400 and had a resolution of 3 mega pixels. I could store around 25
> pictures on the memory stick.
> I just bought a new HP digital camera for under $100 and it has a 
> resolution
> of 5 mega-pixels! My daughter gave me a memory stick for it (like Jim's)
> that has 1 GB of memory. She paid nineteen bucks for it at WalMart and 
> It'll
> hold about a thousand pictures!!!
> I just saw an ad for Fry's Electronics in this morning's paper showing a 2
> GB memory stick for thirty nine bucks!  You can't take that many pictures 
> on
> your next trip to Disneyworld!
> I'm amazed that they still sell film!
> Folks -- we are witnessing an enormous explosion of technological
> advancement in the gathering, storing, processing and distribution of
> information (in our case, music) and the speed at which these developments
> transpire is getting faster and faster. At the same time, the quality of
> this digital information is increasing just as rapidly.
> Consider this . . . A friend of mine (recently deceased) was a radio guy 
> who
> had a regular program on the air where he played, basically, dixieland and
> tradition jazz. He had a record collection (mainly LPs) which was 
> enormous.
> It occupied a lot of space on shelves that reached across one whole wall 
> of
> his studio. Hundreds of LPs all vertically stacked on those shelves pretty
> much like your own LP collections . . . only larger.  Remember how you had
> to really squint to read all those titles along the narrow spine of the LP
> sleeve?
> Well . . .
> That entire collection (every song therein) could be put on one Ipod no
> larger than a cigarette case and which you could carry around in your 
> shirt
> pocket and listen to whatever song you chose anyplace, anytime, over 
> small,
> high quality headphones.
> This morning's Sacramento Bee (my daily newspaper) carried this 
> information.
> In a story headed "Really, I'm Listening" and sub-headed "Digital savvy
> teens say parents shouldn't stress about all their electronic 
> multitasking."
> The story goes on to point out:
> "Parents have never had an easy time relating to their teens, and now
> there's more to compete with than ever. According to the Pew Inteernet and
> American Life Project, 87 percent of 12 to 17 year olds are regularly
> online, 75 percent use instant messaging, AND 84 PERCENT OWN CELL PHONES 
> IPODS (emphasis mine)."
> Now tell me -
> What is it exactly we are doing today to get youngsters to at least
> appreciate our music and, hopefully, learn to play it? Do any of these
> efforts involve iPods?
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
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