I came to the happy monochromatic world of Apple MP3 players in 2007 after hating everything portable that was not minidisc. For good reason too – in 2004, there simply were no fully-featured player/recorders that did not hiss from their headphone jacks like the more dangerous snakes in the world. Sure, there were half-attempts from the likes of Rio and iRiver, but nothing that made my Sharp Auvi-powered MD recorder waver in the reeds.
Not mine. In fact I shuffle parts of my library very regularly so that my iPod Touch is never more than 1/3 full. Still, that is probably only 1000 songs at a maximum. However, if technology will have its way (and it will), the next next next next iPod could carry millions of songs. How will this be accomplished? Well, let me remind you about a great feature called digital compression. It has been around since the dawn of mathematics, but only in the last 30 or so years, been applied to music. In fact, the world’s de facto audio standard, the Redbook CD is compressed at 16 bits and 44.1 kHz.