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I'm switching to Winamp from iTunes

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Well after long and hard thought about this, I've decided to move all my iTunes music over to Winamp. I actually use iTunes on my MacBook, and use OS X as well. But over time I've decided I'd rather use my desktop to store all my music since onboard audio in a laptop is never really that great.

So I've also decided that I think I'm going to move to Windows on my MacBook. I really like being able to use Windows to tweak things more. I would really like to use Ubuntu for my everyday OS, but it just doesn't offer the things I need at the moment.

Anyway, I'll be picking up an ASUS Xonar DX soon to put into my desktop. That's only the first step of enhancing my listening experience though. I plan on getting some better speakers and perhaps some new full-size headphones.

It's also times like these when I'm glad I was able to buy un-DRMed MP3s online. Only about 30 of the songs I have in iTunes are the protected AACs I had bought from iTunes. These days I buy from Amazon MP3.
 
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Was just thinking about this as well. Is there any way I could possibly transfer over all my song ratings and play counts and whatnot?
 
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Great choice. Winamp is the best player imho.

Are you using an iPod or not? If so I'd switch to the Rockbox open-source firmware, it allows you to play many more formats than the iPod does, including flac, and gives many more options to tweak and the quality sounds better.

Make sure to encode all your CD's you rip to your computer in a lossless format if you intend on getting good headphones and listening to high-quality music. I myself would recommend FLAC, as it is the most popular statistically *correct me if I am wrong*, and does not take up too much room.

Make sure you get a sound card also if you get good headphones, even if you get a $30 Bottom of the line creative card it will still sound much better than onboard sound.

Google ways to remove the protection from iTunes, they are really easy to find.

Do you have a budget for sound card + headphones in mind? You hafta have a sound card if you intend on getting anywhere near the full potential out of your headphones.
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I'm not looking to have the most amazing setup. I'm not an audiophile or anything. The one problem I'm having is transferring my ratings and play counts though. Also, I've been looking into using Songbird as well. It seems to be turning out to be a good iTunes alternative as well.

Also, why in the heck do you have to buy the pro version of Winamp to rip CDs as MP3s?!

And yes, I do have an iPod. I don't want to put Rockbox on it though.
 
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Eh, I've decided I'm going to stick with iTunes. I really want to keep my ratings and play counts, as well as have the ratings and play counts sync correctly between my iPod and my computer.
 
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