Live From the Formosa Tea House Enhanced

As an experiment, I’ve created an iTunes enhanced AAC version of the plain old Live From the Formosa Tea House, Session Five, that contains chapter markers, images and links to websites we mention. Here’s what it looks like:

iTunes Screen Snap

Because of the AAC encoding, and the embedded images and links, this is a much larger file than the regular MP3 version (32MB vs. 12MB). But it also sounds a lot better. Feedback welcome on whether this is worth it.


Peter Lux's picture
Peter Lux on November 3, 2005 - 16:08 Permalink

It is a large download, but well worth it if you’re really wanting to listen to the whole piece. Sound quality was good considering the challenges you mentioned and the chapter markers are perfect if you don’t have the time to listen to the entire session in one sitting and want to return to it again.

The file size might deter the curious or bandwidth challenged however….

Michel Arsenault's picture
Michel Arsenault on November 3, 2005 - 19:15 Permalink

The AAC encoding is well worth it. Though the file is larger, the overall experience is proportionately enriched.

Peter Lux's picture
Peter Lux on November 3, 2005 - 22:16 Permalink

Interesting discussions about the sense of “wearing someone else’s underwear” in the context of opensource solutions. It certainly is something I can relate to. Well, at least in a software context. In a shop running several different open source projects, the discomfort can run high, especially for those who prefer a different fit.

The discussions on SWAT and the Gnome project all point to efforts at cleaner integration via some new level of common standards. It would be nice for example to see several open source projects using the same API/toolkit (SWAT perhaps?) which would open things up considerably for in house developers trying to link and integrate parts of various projects.

Hopefully this will be a topic for the future although the temptation to drift off into a veritable avalanche of puns might be considerable.

May your teacup always be full…

Pete Prodoehl's picture
Pete Prodoehl on November 4, 2005 - 00:15 Permalink

It’s not worth it to me, as I have an MP3 player that does not play AAC files. If I did, I might feel different though. Thanks for still making an MP3 version available.