Mac & Windows Notes

I continue to enjoy my Mac Pro (under Snow Leopard) and my PC (with newly installed Windows 7-64). Following are some collected notes & observations.

  • Music: for years I’ve been careful to select PC motherboards with the best onboard sound processors (DAC’s). I knew I would be interested in finding the results of A/B sound comparisons between Mac and PC playing the same iTunes tracks in synch.
  • iTunes: “PC music” is a hot topic in the high-end audio magazines these days. The thinking is that you have to get an external DAC to wring true “hi-fi” stereo sound out of your PC – and the pros are often as not using iTunes to create their own state of the art music servers – something I’ve been doing for years, using just the onboard digital-to-analog logic.
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Streaming Radio Stations

After years of futzing with things like the dreadfully in-your-face RealPlayer, I didn’t think it would work. A newsletter from KDFC, my favorite classical station, prompted me to visit their KDFC website. I noticed a “Click to Listen” link in the upper left corner of the page, and clicked it. (You will have to do the same, as the link is done in Flash and can’t be copied and pasted here).

The “Listen Online” page provides links to the free online streams that best matches Windows Media Player, WinAmp or iTunes, RealPlayer (broadband), or Windows Media Player or WinAmp or iTunes (dialup). I use iTunes as my default player. I was invited to open or save a file named “broadband.m3u”. I saved it to the desktop. I double-clicked it.
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