size matters

Mike ponders the 60GB iPod. An important variable to keep in mind is the bit rate used to encode the MP3s. The collection at Chez GeneHack, fer instance, weighs in at 52GB for 10,352 tracks, the majority of which are variable bit rate (VBR) encoded. If you wanted to use a constant, very high quality bit rate, 60GB wouldn't be that extreme...

In other MP3 player-related bloggage, Ed Vielmetti is solicting portable music player recommendations. I'm still sporting the 20GB Archos brick. My car stereo unit has a front mounted phono plug, which makes it easy to use there. It's not great for exercise, however; any sort of bumping or moving around makes it skip too much.