Another Use For iPods…

DSC_1888dx.jpgLast night, I went to Molly Malones to see Corrinne May as well as Justin Clayton (mentioned at LA-Underground), who was accompanied by Neil Hammond and Vanessa Freebairn-Smith from Sonus Quartet.

As great as their performances were, I noticed that Corrinne and Vanessa had their iPods connected to the sound system and were playing backing tracks! It wasn’t perfect though, as Corrinne’s iPod inadvertantly played its songs a few times before she had even clicked the wheel.

This is the first time I’ve seen iPods being used in this fashion before. I don’t know how widespread this practice is, and a quick Google search doesn’t seem to yield much information either, but it seems to point to a future trend if it’s not widespread already amongst musicians.

7 Replies to “Another Use For iPods…”

  1. And you call yourself a gadget geek!

    Seriously though, it’s not surprising. iPods have been used to DJ for a long time now; this is just another way to use the iPod as a performance tool. Just think of the crap John Cage would be composing if he were still alive…

  2. Hey Ricky Retardo, guess what? Ipods use mp3. Mp3 = lossy, compressed music and that = shit sound. What if, oh I donít know, you saw an artist who didnít need to use a backing track? Think about that. Oh well, in the meantime you can all keep jerking off over your lossy music. Iíll stick with my CD quality while you fiddle with your minature 8-track player. Ahh, lemmings.

  3. Hey Dillweed – MP3s are CD quality. That’s why the RIAA is suing the crap out of people posting them online. Ever hear of Napster? That wasn’t an issue because people were sharing .wav files, it was an issue because MP3s are the same quality as the CDs being sold in the stores. If you want to argue that Vinyl sounds better then you have a case, because at least that is analog, but CDs are digital and it’s the same compressions as MP3. Do your homework next time smart guy.

  4. So much misinformation here. iPods can use MP3, AAC (higher quality), and even uncompressed WAV files if you have enough space. CD audio is not compressed and therefore arguably higher quality that any lossy compression scheme.

  5. Sean,

    The quality of an mp3 depends on the bit rate at which it is encoded. An mp3 at 128 kbps is most definitely not CD quality. 192 is better, but still not a CD. Listen to the hi hat or some other bright instrument and you will notice a distinct loss of fidelity. Just because it’s digital does not mean it’s the same. If you google “mp3 encoding”, you can find out more about this.

    As for using iPods for backing tracks, they are simply a variation on the discman, which is still the player of choice for most artists who want to play to a track. iPods have the benefit of not skipping when things get rowdy, and as Tremolux pointed out, you can load your tracks on to it as uncompressed audio so it sounds good.

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