Originally Posted by corybarwick
So, just to be clear, if you strip the DRM from the file, then Thunder will support the iTunes format (I think it's .aac or something)?? For some silly reason or another I never changed my default iTunes settings to import my CD's as mp3 which I am kicking myself for now. If the Thunder will support this format, that would be pretty sweet!!
Yep - it should.
.AAC is exactly the same as.m4a (an mpeg-4 audio file) - both my Blackberry Bold and my Blackberry Curve (and in fact, my Blackberry Pearl) support it and play it back beautifully, album art and all. As long as it's not a DRM track - if you rip it yourself from a CD in the iTunes format, it should work absolutely fine.
I would be gobsmacked if the all singin' all dancin' multimedia Thunder didn't support that format. You can be 99.99999999% sure it does.
The Bold, with decent headphones, sounds actually very very good with a typical mp3 or m4a track (ie encoded at 128 kbps) - much better than the tinny sound you'd get on other or older mp3 playing mobiles. I'm not an audiophile, but I can't tell that there is any meaningful
difference between playback using the same tracks and phones on the Bold and on my 2G nano.
I fully appreciate that if you up the encoding (to lossless or a very very high bitrate mp3) and you are a "Golden Ear" or audiophile, then you can tell the difference, but I suspect the majority of the music listening public won't notice the difference at this level (or more importantly, won't care).
EDIT: Oh, and one of the reasons I am sticking with my Bold over the iP3G (which I also really love despite it's SERIOUS shortfalls) is that I can migrate to the Javelin and, if the touchscreen implementation and size format is any good on it, the Thunder in due course.