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You can un-protect your purchased music and then use Itunes to convert it to MP3. You will need this utility in any case to play your purchased AAC files on anything besides an Ipod (if you dont want to burn and rip)
Is there an advantage in converting to mp3 when you've got an unprotected AAC file?
The iPod range of players aren't the only AAC music players but they're undeniably the most famous AAC players. Many players can play unprotected AAC quite nicely, even some mobile phones (e.g. Nokia 6230); the iPod range are the only players capable of playing DRM protected files from the iTunes Music Store.
Microsoft has done a great job creating a simple elegant media player interface for WMP 10 on Windows Mobile (though the playlist/track access metaphor absolutely sucks), which is why Iíd like to see them open their Windows Media platform for Palm OS. Possible...but not likely.
Tapwave has the right idea. They've partnered with Virgin to deliver music downloads to Zodiac users...all 200 of them. Lord only knows when we'll see the fruits of this labor, but at least it's a step in the right direction.-------------------------------Editor, http://Pocketfactory.comContributing Editor, http://digitalmediathoughts.com
Beyond that... well, I could certainly go for hardware-button-only navigation through the music library, which I don't think either player has. But I'm kind of at a loss to think of anything else.
And no matter how nifty it might seem in theory, I *really* wouldn't want to see someone attempt something like an iPod wheel using the touchscreen. Smeared fingerprints are icky.
The partnership with Motorola is different...I doubt Apple views mp3-playing phones as the same type of threat that a 4gb Palm could be.
I would also point out that only Winamp 1.x and earlier was created by hobbyists. Further versions were created by a company those hobbyists later founded.
More handheld apps should take notes from Dataviz & SplashData. They could give a lesson on how to have a robut, powerful and reasonably feature-packed mobile app that doesn't try and ape an equivalent desktop app (with distressingly poor results).
Look at the Acrobat reader for Palm OS for an example on how not to make a mobile app, in addition to the two mp3 player programs you mention.
Suffice to say, it all comes down to usability. The PDA solution (as it exists now) sucks and is inferior to purpose built devices. PalmOne is going learn a hard lesson in this if it has delusions of grandeur, thinking Tungsten X can take on iPods or other digital audio players.-------------------------------Editor, http://Pocketfactory.comContributing Editor, http://digitalmediathoughts.com
Apple's at fault here for not licensing the DRM for iTunes, but the blame ultimately lands at the feet of the content providers, the record labels.
I love it, better then any media player out there.The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p
However, the knee-jerk poster's information is based entirely on her/my experience with Free/Open Source software UIs, which are generally engineer-driven and not user-experience-driven. The knee-jerk poster hasn't actually even tried or seen TCPMP yet.
Please ignore the knee-jerk poster. She does not yet fully know what she is talking about.
(However, if she happens to be right (by some crazy coincidence), then I call first dibs on having been right. Nyah. ;) )
There's no magic bullet for design that you get when you pay for software. A good designer can choose to write F/OS software just as easily as proprietary or encumbered software.
...well. I would go into detail, but I *really* don't want to start a FOSS flamewar here ;), so let's just say that I do not particularly care for GNOME's direction and have a, shall we say, near-infinitely low opinion of Havoc Pennington, and leave it at that. :)
And I sure would like to see bookmark support like PTunes has.
it looks like aerodrome just keep changing the version number and putting out the same software. it's rather disapointing.