MP3 Weirdness

The most recent show, the one I published yesterday, has something odd about it. Several people have said they can’t copy it to their iPod and I’ve confirmed this myself. I didn’t deliberately do anything different and I can’t see any particular reason why this should be this way. Can anyone figure this out? Any Apple engineers reading this that feel like taking a crack at it? Why should any standard MP3 resist being copied to an iPod? It’s the man, trying to keep me down!

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

6 thoughts on “MP3 Weirdness”

  1. Andrew Herron says:

    I don’t know how, but you’ve managed to encode it as MP2 instead of MP3 🙂

    In the itunes file info, on the right it says “Format: MPEG-1, Layer 2” (should be Layer 3 like your other episodes). I don’t know of any portable players that support MP2 😉

  2. Eddie Dickey says:

    That was it Andrew.. Folks with iTunes/Ipods can convert the file to ACC format under the Advanced Menu – that will load to the ipod. Dave, I converted the file from Layer-2 to Layer-3 (it loads onto the ipod as well) let me know if you need the file..

  3. Eddie Dickey says:

    I meant to say AAC format …

  4. PJ Cabrera says:

    It just happens that AAC is the default for iTunes’s import function. But iTunes can convert content to MP3 as well.

  5. Andy says:

    It’s not an itunes specific problem. It doesn’t play on my iriver either.
    xmms, however, seems to be able to grok it without a problem.
    Let us know if you recode and repost/update, I’ll kill my bt client and restart with the improved file.

    Damnit – I was going to listen to this while I walked the dog this morning 🙂

  6. I think this was a publicity ploy to boost the blog post numbers-TGIF,haha. Glad I found out ahead of time before trying to load in the IRiver.

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