I've never posted to the computers area at all so I'm assuming a thread of this nature would go here... Ummm, so anyway, here's my question: I want an Apple iPod. I'm pretty sure I know what it does. I know what I want. But with my crappy dial-up connection, I've never really been into MP3's. And aside from that, from what I've heard, it's a lossy format before you even get started. So with that said, I am interested in taking all of my favorite tracks from the 407 CD's I currently own and putting them on a new Apple iPod. I currently have an early version of Roxio's Easy CD Creator software (ver 3.5) but I know version 5.0 is currently available. With the version I have, it allows me the ability to convert a normal track from a normal CD toa .WAV file and then store it on my hard drive. I have then downloaded the LAME software to convert the .WAV file to an MP3. And voila! I have an MP3. At the Hydrogen Audio forum, LAME seems to be the best quality software that allows the file to be converted to an MP3... as far as it being less 'lossy' and better quality sounding. An iPod full of tracks that sound like crap is of little use to me. So here's the question: Does anyone if the current version of Easy CD Creator allows a track from a normal CD to be converted *directly* to an MP3 file?? Is that possible? If so, how does it work? Does it simply take the track, convert it to an MP3 and then toss it on my hard drive? I feel as though I am currently going about the process in a very conviluted way but from what several people have told me online, if I want the best quality, then the way I am doing it is the best possibly way. But with a 10.0 GB iPod, at this rate, I'll be done sometime in the year 2012... when the current hits I am downloaded to my iPod will be golden oldies. Any info? Scott.