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Old 05-16-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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Where does Sony CONNECT store its data files, like the books? I see a folder in my documents but after copying everything FROM my brand new reader (all the pre-loaded stuff), it doesn't show up there.

Do most people clean it off and just keep what they are reading? I don't want it filled with a bunch of junk--just stuff I am currently reading or may need.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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I found it:
C:\Users\[Profiles]\AppData\Local\Sony Corporation\CONNECT Reader\Database\kLibrary

That's for Vista.

I backed all the stuff up to my server so now I can delete some of it--that way I'll still have a backup copy.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:56 PM   #3
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For the books you've purchased, Sony Connect keeps the purchased books in My Documents\My Books\CONNECT Reader. The purchased books all have a .lrx extension. This is of course for Windows XP Professional (not that God awful Vista)
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:14 PM   #4
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Don't you worry for more than a split second. I format our computers every summer, which is approaching, and I'll be reverting to XP.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:15 PM   #5
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It's too bad they can't store all the books in the same folder. Why do they need to separate everything? I also wish it had a built in FLAC -> mp3 encoder. I store literally all my music in FLAC, ripped from CDs I own, and it would be handy if it had that feature built in.

I use J River Media Center, which will easily do it, but it's an extra step and I need a place to store all the converted MP3s.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:23 PM   #6
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I use a Rio Karma as my portable music player and it handles FLAC, OGG VORBIS, MP3, non-protected WMA, and WAV. So I can keep my FLAC as is and it works quite well.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:39 AM   #7
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The only problem is then you can't fit a ton of music. My iPod Nano 8GB obviously doesn't handle FLAC so my media program, Media Center (not Microsoft), has an autoconvert feature.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:43 AM   #8
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I thought I was pretty familiar with music formats, but FLAC is a new one on me. What uses it?

Perhaps better to store as MP3 for maximum flexibility?
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #9
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FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec

It's free and open source. It's a lossless codec. An iPod with Rockbox can play FLAC easily.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:55 AM   #10
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Thanks - I'll do some research on that. As I say, I've not come across it at all.

Since I use my iPod mainly for audio books, quality is pretty much irrelevent to my needs. MP3s encoded at 64k mono are perfectly good enough for the spoken word, and you can fit a LOT onto an iPod at that sampling rate.
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Thanks - I'll do some research on that. As I say, I've not come across it at all.

Since I use my iPod mainly for audio books, quality is pretty much irrelevent to my needs. MP3s encoded at 64k mono are perfectly good enough for the spoken word, and you can fit a LOT onto an iPod at that sampling rate.

The good thing about FLAC, and the reason I use it, is that it's lossless - MP3 encoding strips out part of the music information for compression purposes. FLAC keeps all of the information, so it's perfect for archiving. You can store FLAC files, and transcode them on the fly to different formats.

If you try to transcode an MP3 file to another lossy format, such as AAC or Ogg, you'll end up with a worse file than you started with, because each format strips out different pieces of the file. With FLAC, you can safely produce MP3, AAC, or whatever format hasn't been invented yet.
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The only problem is then you can't fit a ton of music. My iPod Nano 8GB obviously doesn't handle FLAC so my media program, Media Center (not Microsoft), has an autoconvert feature.
You should install Rockbox on your nano, best firmware for portable player and it supports FLAC: http://www.rockbox.org/
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:10 AM   #13
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It kind of looks like the viewable interface is horrible--just text based--from the screen shots?
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:14 PM   #14
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Rockbox has full skin support. I particularly like Julius's:

http://pijulius.blogspot.com/2006/05...pod-video.html

It really is a great program -- and no more itunes mucking around with your file structures. You can drag and drop your files natively, and rockbox will read them. It will also build a database so you can continue to access your files through the ID3 tags, just like the apple software. It will also read all sorts of other audio formats, and add video support to non-video ipods.

Personally I can't stand itunes. A 70 meg program to transfer mp3s to a hard drive? yuck! It's worse than the connect store, imho.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:13 PM   #15
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FLAC is a good format although for lossless compression I favor Monkey Audio (*.APE) and transcode for the Creative Zen mp3 player. While I am not a fan of audio books, I am a big fan of Old Time Radio (OTR) and have thousands of hours of classic shows. (Yes, even an almost complete run of both Philo Vance and The Goon Show.)

Like Harry, almost all of them are encoded as 64k mono and sound great (given the age of the original recordings and the technical limitations of period for transcribing from AM radio.)

All that said, I do not keep any audio on the Sony Reader. It is great for books and the mp3 player is great for audio. I would rather carry two devices than comprimise the strengths of either.
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