Old 5th December 2001, 17:55   #1
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This is gonna cause a fray... I know it...

Thought you guys might appreciate this... well either that or you'll probably come hunting for my friend. He doesn't like winamp for some reason... and he also hates mp3! Bill Gates has been talking to him I reckon... (*I will buy Microsoft Products. I will buy Microsoft Products. I will buy Microsoft Products.*) Don't know why as It's the only player and file combination I use and trust. Hmmz... anyways, here is the original E-mail.



>From: "Steve ********" <*******@hotmail.com>
>To: toxic43@hotmail.com
>Subject: WMA wipes the floor with Winamp and MP3!
>Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 23:52:05 +0000
>
>"WMA vs MP3 (weekend test)"
>
>I loaded up the MusicMatch-Winamp combination and pitted it against
>MS Windows Media Player 7 this weekend. I ripped CDs of various
>content - heavy metal, classical, opera and jazz. Interestingly, the
>two music forms that put the most strain on the system are opera and
>heavy metal -due to the intense and sudden variations in volume,
>pitch and instrument switching (cymbal crashes seem hardest of all
>to reproduce). At 128kbs, there is no discernable difference in
>audio quality between MP3 and WMA formats. There is however a marked
>improvement in stereo channel separation when encoding to WMA. No
>matter what genre the music, WMA consistently out-performed MP3 in
>channel separation. The effect was further heightened (and
>appreciated) when using headphones. At 64kbs (something you would
>normally only set encoding to to double space availability on a
>portable MP3 player), WMA blows the doors off of the older MP3
>format. While the Windows Media Player's current version is more
>CPU-intensive than both MusicMatch and Winamp, it comes with a few
>goodies that make it worth the while. You can't save the adjustments
>you make to MusicMatch's equalizer - unless you spend the money to
>upgrade it (or input the key from an illegal key generator). Winamp
>does allow you to save equalizer settings - even going as far as to
>allow you to save them on a per-song basis! While this is a powerful
>option that's sure to make every song in your library sound its
>best, I couldn't find a way to make them stick on a per-album basis.
>I had to open each file, setup the EQ the way I wanted it, and link
>those settings to that particular music file - a tedious task.
>Windows Media's EQ settings are global - once set, it's set for the
>system. What it seems to lack in personalization (when compared to
>Winamp's EQ), it makes up for in automation. Windows Media will
>automatically adjust for the loudness of the music during recording
>and playback (I've tested it with both WMA and MP3 files to confirm
>this). This is something that Winamp also has the ability to do (via
>a pre-amp volume slider in the EQ) but once again, in Winamp this
>must be set either globally (being too loud for some files -
>resulting in harshness - or being too soft for others) or on a
>file-by-file basis which has to be manually programmed and linked to
>each file. Here's the pros and cons of each in summary: Windows
>Media Player Pros: Can record either MP3 or WMA in various quality
>ranges - some very high. Gives the user detailed and precise
>controls over just how the recording is to be made. Allows you to
>record from your audio card's line-in. Has a nice library function
>and extensive Internet database - complete with album art. Built-in
>Internet radio channels and web-like links to related sites and
>music. Cons: erm... iy can't cook you breakfast and Some features
>are deactivated unless you upgrade. Winamp Pros: Allows for manual
>EQ adjustments to be permanently linked to individual songs. Cons:
>only plays music files
>
>so there :P
>
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Old 5th December 2001, 18:00   #2
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you really shouldn't have displayed his name & e-mail in the thread... could you edit them out please... poor guy will be getting nasty letters

[edit]thanks[/edit]

as for the actual letter... well its one man's opinion, i guess if you want a player to do everything then musicmatch and wmp is fine for you... but personally i think that winamp is customizable enough and light enough to do the job- as for mp3's not sounding good, well what do you want for something so small & mobile- how big would your hd have to be to store 2000 wma files? its just not very practical... so we give up a little quality for versatility- no biggie...

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Old 5th December 2001, 18:05   #3
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heh... you could'a been right there... done it anyhoo. So anyway... got any views on the subject? I, personally, think that it's a loada crap...
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Old 5th December 2001, 18:10   #4
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Oh wow! MP3 vs WMA. What a novel topic.

And you can play more than music files on Winamp. You just need to get the NiceMC plugin or the Weedsoft Video plugin. Actually avi's, mpg's, etc. play better for me in Winamp than they do in WiMP. If I'm not mistaken, there are at least 1 or 2 "line-in" plugins also. And with the out_wma.dll from earlier versions of Winamp, I can create wma's as well. Just don't let Uncle Bill know.
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Old 5th December 2001, 18:18   #5
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Nice! I'm soooooo there! NiceMC & weedsoft eh? (Toddles off to main site d'to some downloadin...) But tis true... WiMP does suck to tha max.
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