A slight revelation - via an A/B comparo..... I dumped a bunch of my funk files onto a old "Transonic" music device a few years ago, usb into your car stereo sort of thing. Last year, I picked up an Ipod and converted my old mpegs into whatever format the I stuff uses.... What the heck happened to the low end? I cant compare some of my recent Itunes downloads, but the old mpeg files sounded much fuller, with much better low Hz response? I wasnt keen on the digital revolution for sound quality in the first place, and now I am realizing that the Apple products are somehow compressing the files to the point where musicality is lost? Dont get me wrong, I'll live with the limitations given I have access to thousands of tunes in my car, but.... do my ears deceive me? Tell me its not so!