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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday May 28, 2002
07:02 PM

MP3s and Apache::MP3

[ #5261 ]
Dear Log,

So I was at Target the other day. Usually I only go to Target when I need lawn chairs and/or socks, but this time I was looking to buy a new television for cheap.

Target looks pretty much like it always has, but this time I noted something interesting: for N years running, they have had low-end portable CD players going for about $50. But the last time I looked, they were just plain old CD players. Now they can also play CDRWs, and discs full of MP3s. An interesting development! I wonder when there'll be OGG support. I don't care much about the whole patent status thing, but OGG is just better as an audio format -- better fidelity in less space.

In other MP3 news, I'm going to try wrapping up the Apache::MP3 localization project soon. Of course, there will be new language modules trickling in forever, but I think I'm basically done with the changes that needed to be made to the core of Apache/ itself. As I expected, support for right-to-left languages was the hard part, requiring several changes and an occasional hack.

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  • I was browsing at jrandom-big-box-retailer at similar items and I seem to recall that at least one of the mid- or high-end models (I want to say made by either Sony or Panasonic, but I'm not sure) had updatable firmware, presumable to support future formats.

  • Is an MP3 (or OGG ... personally, I haven't checked that out yet) player installed in your car with a CD changer in the trunk. Load up 6 CD's (~1400 songs) and NEVER have to worry about music while you're driving again.