View Full Version : Victrola in a pocket?
03-08-2012, 05:18 PM
I keep seeing this thing called MP3 this and that. Sounds like a mini recorder.
I really hate airports and international flying with the filthy planes, surely waitresses, screaming kids and general third world goats and chickens they call passengers so I was thinking ...
Can Jimbuna's wonderful collection of Victrola era music somehow get shoved into a MP3 gadget? Sure would make for a better experience and I won't have to pray for the plane to crash in the mid Atlantic anymore!
03-08-2012, 07:13 PM
There are several free converters that will make any sound type into any other sound type. The only one I remember offhand is www.goldwave.com (http://www.goldwave.com).
03-08-2012, 10:52 PM
NCH software also has many software packages for free 30 day Evals. I go to them for any one off use, or even to buy sometimes. They specialize in audio and video
03-09-2012, 01:15 PM
Thanks fellers. Is this the thing I need to do? Convert .ogg to Mp3? Isn't Vorbis the best possible sound emulation and that is why Jimbuna used it? ( I really do not know what I am talking about ).
then what happens? it goes into my PC, then somehow I need to plug the MP3 thingy in (USB?) and download into that. Sheesh. I miss my Victrola and platters. LOL
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12269967&clickid=prod_cs but is says MP4 ????? something different ???? I clearly do not want to spend a lot of money on some gizmo I would hardly use I think. Unless there was a way to get 'audio books' on it!
Can you stick stuff into your phone? or do I need to go to Radio Shack and buy a MP3 gizmo? I think the Mp3 gizmo lets me load movies too?
I really do not like all this geekenheimer technology stuff. Ok for the grandkids! LOL
03-09-2012, 04:29 PM
To be honest, your right. Give he grandkids a call and have them help set you up with what you need. It's difficult for us to help you with hardware as we are t there. But we will do what we can.
03-09-2012, 04:58 PM
Hi Pappy. You sound like me. An old guy at war with technology. I'm losing this war. Anyway, I'll tell you what I know. Don't worry, it won't take long.:har:
I have an iPod and iTunes loaded on my computer. iTunes is a free download. Any music files you have can be played on iTunes. I plug the iPod into my computer with USB cord, make a playlist on iTunes and the chimps do the rest. I assume this would work with any Mp3 player but don't know for sure.
Hope this has been some help. Good listening. :salute:
03-09-2012, 08:39 PM
Grandkids ... I have to tell you this story because it still makes me laugh!
The companies I consult provide me cell phones. I just get this whiz bang cell phone from a client with a bazillion useless features (to me).
I just want to be able to answer an important business call as it is global business.
So we take a boat trip in the harbor with 8 of us and a kid who was all of ten. He grabs my cell phone and I see him fooling with it and I panic.
He says no problem and continues hitting buttons and I am freaking out on the ocean like never before but maintaining my cool for my guests. OMG he screwing up my phone!!! My business!!!
About ten minutes later when we pull into a cove and stop he hands me back the phone and say 'watch!'
He made a movie of our trip, edited it professionally, added a music track. I mean it was excellent.
I am still freaked out with just answering one of these cell phones or trying to make a call. I have each phone's telephone number duct taped to the back because I cannot find the numbers on the display thingy.
Meanwhile a 10 year old kid makes a Hollywood Production on a stinkin cell phone.
No wonder I like SH3, this WW2 technology is about valves, trim, station keeping, navigation, sea state and managing crew and staying alive while executing orders. This I understand. LOL
Downloading ITunes ... :arrgh!:
03-09-2012, 10:11 PM
Thanks fellers. Is this the thing I need to do? Convert .oog to Mp3? Isn't Vorbis the best possible sound emulation and that is why Jimbuna used it? ( I really do not know what I am talking about ).
Yes. I had a look at that program and it works both ways. You need to convert the mp3s to .ogg, and the thing you linked to will do it just fine. :sunny:
03-10-2012, 08:42 AM
Ok. I found the solution. It is a cell phone, MP3 player, video monitor, internet access HELMET:
One can sit in an airport with privacy, dash to a meeting in London, Paris or Manhattan in comfort.
With a few options like a solar powered air conditioner or heater, one is styling ...
I plan to become a dealer for AARP membership. Contact me for details!
03-10-2012, 09:21 AM
Will this device be available in a variety of styles and colors? I'd like a blue one with heavily padded interior. Also running lights and a coffee maker. :O:
03-10-2012, 07:02 PM
I downloaded a free MP3 audio book off the internet. When I click on the file it opened to ITunes which played it ... so then I must buy a small pocket Victrola next and transfer the file into it? It would be nice to listen to audio books again, or Puccini, or Swing music. Am I on the right track now???
1. Download free stuff (or buy it)
2. Transfer files into gizmo via USB (just need the MP3 file not ITunes right? ITunes looks like a rip off store with audio books as high as $37.00!!!)
3. Lock out the world
03-10-2012, 08:14 PM
Yes I believe you are on the right road. These pocket Victrolas are very cheap to buy or you could probably use your cell phone. I just looked at mine and it has a earphone jack and USB port. I 've never tried it as I have an iPod that my son gave me. I use it when I go for walks. Just don't sing along, people look at you like you're crazy! :haha:
Just read your edit. iTunes is just a media player for computers. You can buy stuff but you don't have to to use it. I play music on my laptop on it. I believe it will only transfer music to an Apple device like an iPod. Check this link out. You will probably have to get your device first then use the proper application.
Regards, u crank.
03-11-2012, 12:03 AM
Yes, iTunes is a ripoff. There are free converters that let you change the file formats without paying anyone any money! Just get one and do it. It's easy.
03-11-2012, 05:36 AM
Thanks fellers. I finally get it.
"Your portable MP3 player no doubt came with special software (http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/transfer-music-from-your-pc-to-your-mp3-player.html#glossary-software) for managing music. Although these steps get you through basic music synchronizing using Windows Media Player, you might still need to use the MP3 player's extra software to help manage your music, remove tunes, or organize how the music is played."
That dummy link was perfect.
I still have my Sony Walkman cassette/radio which is the size of a brick and my Sony CD Walkman ... LOL
Now to go out and find a mini thingy that I can load up stuff without carrying all those disks and cassettes.
(By the way, I tried the pasta colander on my head with rabbit ears and did pick up NPR "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers!" and "Praire Home Companion").
How does this puppy look - seems to handle many formats. Looks like I can load SH3 music, video clips, & Jimbuna's stuff. More than I wanted to spend actually ...
03-11-2012, 07:44 AM
Morning Pappy. Yea that looks like a good one. It's a buyers market. 4GBs is about 1000 songs. I've seen some for half that price but without the video.
Since you still got that Walkman you'll probably have this one for a while. :har:
Might as well get a good one.
03-11-2012, 08:25 AM
Holy Schmooks. I just looked at one of my cell phones and it has a radio, video storage, music storage, camera for stills and video, voice recorder - and that might just be good enough? Am 63 and never have read a manual on anything in my life. Perhaps I should? :rotfl2:
I remember making a crystal radio at the Juvenile Deliquent Center (Boy's Club) in 1956 or so!
03-11-2012, 09:05 AM
Manuals are for girls. It's like asking for directions. Have to be lost first. :O:
Yea cell phones are pretty amazing. When I was a kid we had party line phones. I just recently learned how to send a text. I feel like a dinosaur but it is cool to learn new stuff. My 12 year old grandson puts me to shame.
Does that ham radio pick up messages from BDU? :haha:
03-11-2012, 10:49 AM
When I was a kid, we had this tube radio (wish I had it today!)
Then one day, I remember a big stir on the street as a delivery truck arrived with a B&W TV set, a real beauty. About the same size as the radio. Back then in NYC we had 3 or 4 stations and eventually Channels 2,4, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13. Test patterns, then the star spangled banner and the broadcasting day would start around 6AM. By midnight most were shut down. Golly we were so modern and high tech!! Most shows were live with all the goofs. But I remember still listening to the radio as most of the radio folks then moved to TV. Yep we had a party line too. Then a car showed up - first one in our family! 1950 Ford.
I used to hear stories from my parents and grandparents how good us kids had it compared to their day. But we still made our toy guns from wood and bullets were cut from truck tire tubing. :yeah: It hurt when shot. (yep and sling shots too! always outside playing hard, not dweebing. LOL)
I dunno. This new technolgy stuff changes every week and I have lost interest now. But I can see the kids loving it.
Let me know when they implant microprocessors in your neck - soon I bet.
Oh, I never ask for directions - I have a GPS thingy that yells at me to turn. Just like having a wife! :rotfl2:
03-11-2012, 11:34 AM
Sometime around 1960 my dad bought our first color TV. The NBC peacock. Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color (replaced the older Disneyland show). "If you need to adjust the color, do it during a commercial or a football game. They're the ones who work hardest to get it right."
03-11-2012, 11:40 AM
Those things were not easy to carry around.:haha:
My daughter has a similar one, a Marconi, that my Uncle gave her. It belong to my grand parents and ran on a 6 volt car battery. In my case, my life long love of music began on a transistor radio. It weighed about 3 pounds and took 4 C size batteries. Wish I still had it. In the winter late at night you could pick up stations from southern states. It was magic.
Yea, makes you wonder what's coming. I already have that implant. It's set on old and slow. :O:
03-11-2012, 11:57 AM
In the winter late at night you could pick up stations from southern states. It was magic.
I remember that effect! Thanks for reminding me! Wolfman Jack at midnight! :rock:
Forever and a day my dad had a huge console stereo with built-in record player and a radio with enough bandwith (a different meaning from the modern internet concept) that at the lower end of the band we could pick up transmissions from the L.A. airport. I remember waiting until I was tall enough to see over the top of the thing. He also had a short wave reciever that could pick up local police and fire transmissions, as well as some public stations from other countries.
Those were good days indeed.
03-11-2012, 12:24 PM
Oh yeah. I had a portable radio the size of a shoe box that I stuck under my pillow and I used to pick up radio stations from way down south in Texas or Alabama! AM station - no FM in those days. I guess AM had stronger signals and when FM came out they were small local stations.
I remember the delight in one particular talk show from down South. Man, what in heck are those people saying??? If you weren't from NYC, fugetaboutit.
When we got our first color TV zowie!, Disney, Bonanza!!! Unbelievable!!
I have to change my batteries now, seems like my pacemaker is slowing down and I need some ice cream to ramp it up. Preferably a bannana split with extra whip cream.
03-11-2012, 12:36 PM
Oh man, lets all put our rockin' chairs in a circle! :har:
Yes Steve I remember those monster consoles. They did every thing but wash the dishes. Now you can put all that and an internet connection in your pocket.
Times have changed. :DL
03-11-2012, 12:37 PM
My drink of choice has for decades been the Freeze - A shake made with soda instead of milk, or alternately a float whipped to the consistency of a shake. I make mine with Dr Pepper, but Black Cherry soda or Sprite are also cool. Call it what you will, I call it scrumpdiddlyumptious. :D
03-12-2012, 01:21 PM
Here is THE SOLUTION:
Elegantly simple ...
03-12-2012, 04:59 PM
Great solution Pappy.
I really like the red one, Steepletone Roxy 3, on the second link. Very sharp. :yeah:
Wish I still had all my old LPs.
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