Reader Impressions: iTunes 2 Triumphs

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Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2001, 02:57
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I am running Altec Lansing ASC56’s 5 piece system and I just download iTunes for OS 9. The cross-fade from song to song feature may seem like a little thing, but it is so neat and I really enjoy it. It makes it even more interesting when listening to songs that don’t fade themselves and that are from different genres. The EQ works wonders for sound.

I am running Altec Lansing ASC56’s 5 piece system and I just download iTunes for OS 9. The cross-fade from song to song feature may seem like a little thing, but it is so neat and I really enjoy it. It makes it even more interesting when listening to songs that don’t fade themselves and that are from different genres. The EQ works wonders for sound.

I have used iTunes (original) and Sound Jam, and each of these plays has their problems and their strengths. iTunes was lacking an EQ and it was FAR inferior because it doesn’t work with the best MP3 player in the world (Do I really need to spell it out for you?). SoundJam has a harder to learn and use GUI and no burning capabilities.

iTunes 2 makes up for the failings of iTunes 1. The sound seems to be quite better, improves a lot on Sound Jam and on iTunes. It also read a song that would stop after a few seconds on both iTunes and Sound Jam. The “voice” setting on the EQ really makes everything sound crisp. I have not tried any of the other new features (such as the “faster” CD burning) but I believe that iTunes 2 will be more widespread now that it is truly a top caliber iTool (like iMovie and iDVD.)

Also, since I did used iTunes, the player did not abuse me and “search” my hard drive. The previous version searched for mp3 files, which it usually found, but it also found a lot of QuickTime movies too. The Pre-Amp booster in the EQ also might work very nicely for Powerbook users.

Congrats to the team that did this at Apple; they are amazing =).

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