Having never tried to use a portable media player with Banshee (but my Mom wants to so I am enquiring), I assume that dragging tracks to a portable media player is straightforward enough, like rhythmbox does. Does Banshee use HAL to determine the capabilities of a target device and transcode to a supported format if necessary? For the bonus prize, does Banshee provide any user settable option to limit the bitrate of mp3s going to a portable device? Let's say I have a bunch of 320KB/s mp3s which I want to copy to the portable device, but let's say I only want them to be 128KB/s on the portable device to maximize the number of songs I can put on a memory limited device, is there any way for me to tell Banshee that and have it transcode those mp3s down from 320KB/s to 128KB/s? I did notice the Device Properties dialog on the context menu for the device in Banshee, and it even has an Encode to: pull-down which has "MP3 (LAME Encoder)" item in it (BTW: is there any way to get other encoders than LAME for this?) and when I click Edit for that entry it has a Bitrate: menu with 128 Kbps available in it, but I suppose that is only used when something actually needs transcoding to mp3 from another format. I wonder if it would be at all useful to have a per-device property to set a maximum bitrate for mp3s on that device such that mp3s will be transcoded down to that maximum bitrate if they are higher. Thots? b.
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