iPod badly distorts high bitrate MP3 2004-04-05 10:05:16 I have found that the iPod badly distorts 320 kbps mp3. Most noticeable with classical music, such as piano concerts and opera.The distortion is so bad on certain sequences that it is unbeleivable. I can best describe it as heavy wow and flutter as could be experienced on poor quality first generations cassette players.In this test I have used EAC to extract a WAV file. Then proceded by converting the WAV file into mp3 320 kbps using different mp3 encoders as listed below.I have tested two different iPods and the problem remain the same.The track I tested was Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 performed by David Helfgott.My findings were: - MusicMatch 320kbps - Very High quality setting: No problem - LAME 3.95 --preset insane -q0: Problem - LAME 3.95 --preset insane -q1: Problem - LAME 3.95 --preset insane: Problem - LAME 3.93 --preset insane: Problem - iTunes 320kbps: ProblemAll mp3 files plays fine on iRiver IFP390T, Philips CD-8cm, a small no name stereo with MP3 capability and on the PC.It seems that the problem is in the iPod decoder. Curiosly though that it can decode MusicMatch mp3's without distortion.The problem is also present when using 256 kbps although less noticeable and even on 192 kbps.Anyone knows if the iPod mini have a similar problem?