Upgrading a 2006 iPod Video for Lossless Audio

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2022-09-24 00:00:12

As I’ve written before, I lost my last iPod when I left it in the back of a cab in Manhattan. The next day I purchased the first iPhone (after the price drop). It was an amazing phone, but it was a lousy music player, largely because the transition meant going from a 60 gb spinning disk to 8 gb of flash memory. Sure, the phone was faster, but I could barely fit any music on it and I’d grown accustomed to physical buttons to control playback.

Fast forward to 2022. My portable music player is still my iPhone; in this case a 2017 iPhone SE 128gb. I’ve stuck with this model because it’s the right size, it still has Touch ID, and it has a headphone jack. Most of my iPhone use is playing audio, and this model is great for that. At 128gb, I’m still making the same choices I had to make when I was using an iPod – which songs do I sync and at what quality? Most of my library had been ripped as 320kbps AAC files, but around six years ago I re-ripped my entire CD collection as Apple Lossless. Rather than converting songs to lower quality when syncing to my phone, I’ve opted to sync fewer songs.

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be. Back in 2006 I was sure that in the next five to ten years listening to compressed music would be a thing of the past. Hard drives were getting larger and even though lossless audio was larger than compressed files, at some point storage, even portable storage, would be so cheap that no one would even bother with lossy audio codecs.

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