Well, basically, it doesn’t look like iTunes supports automatic down sampling. I did find one mention where apparently it supports it for the Shuffle, but I couldn’t find the same option in my options tabs for the Nano. I also checked out a couple 3rd party iPod access software packages like XPlay and they don’t support it either. If I want smaller files and more songs, I guess I have to duplicate all 50 gigs of music by converting it to a different format. That’s totally lame. Windows Media Player supports downsampling on the fly. My Cowan iAudio supported it. I’m really surprised Apple forgot to include such an incredibly useful feature like this.
I’d like to pick up a new player I guess, keep the Nano for the BMW. But $400.00?? Man, I thought mp3 players were supposed to be cheap. I’m not blowing $400 on something I’ll use less than a few weeks out of the year. I guess I’ll just have to hand pick a few albums to plunk into the Nano for Europe. Bummer.