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Old 28 December 2007, 11:45 am   #1
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Hi Dudes,

I assume some of you have been through a problem similar to this in the past - so I'd be interested to see your thoughts (can't really find a definitive answer no matter how much I search). I just managed to get my hands on a 20GB X5L & have the following requirements before rockboxing.

(1) Clearly, although 20 GB seems pretty large to most people, it will fill up pretty quickly if one uses a lossless file fomat.

(2) Any chosen file fomat must be gapless (fave music is segue driven alum rock - Pink Floyd, etc).

(3) Therefore, we need a lossy, gapless format. This clearly excludes mp3.

(4) OGG provides the worst battery life, which is already impeded by the use of Rockbox in any case.

(5) So we come to the problem of needing a gapless lossy format which is preferable to OGG in terms of CPU usage, but doesn't lose out on the sound quality too much.

Anyone got any ideas/data of how MUSEPACK stands up to OGG?

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Old 28 December 2007, 04:05 pm   #2
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Musepack is gapless and is the fastest lossy format you can play with Rockbox (lowest battery usage). As for quality, I don't need to state the obvious, you can listen for yourself.
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Old 28 December 2007, 06:16 pm   #3
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rockbox support addresses a huge previous negative of musepack (hardware support).

SV8 is here and in the final stages to be released and support for the format is very good (most improved on linux with the usage of libmpcdec).

listening tests of aotuv vorbis versus musepack put the two very close in quality about 128kbps. at low bitrates vorbis will definitely be much better (64, 96, etc.)

also, it's important to note that not all rockbox implementations have horrible battery life. i would even say that the h100+musepack might have much better battery life.


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Old 28 December 2007, 09:21 pm   #4
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Thanks dudes!

Is it true that one can't search through mpc tracks quickly?

re SV8, i don't think my ripper has this release yet.

is this one okay to use?

http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-musepack.htm

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SV8 is still in beta (no final release yet). SV7 (encoder version 1.16) is fine to use, and Rockbox can search through files encoded with it quickly.
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