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Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 , Linux Mint Debian Edition , Microsoft Windows 7
ofcourse there is.. nothing is perfect... FLAC is a lossless format but the filesizes are bigger
mp3 is a lossy format and it's smaller.
on high def speakers there's definitely going to be a difference , a big difference between the 10 mb file and the 3mb one..
on headphones there ain't gonna notice no change because the headphones sound good because they're smaller or i don';;t know why...
Maybe it uses a different equalization than your PC's media player. I wouldn't know, since I don't have an iPod, but maybe there's a way to chage the EQ settings? My portable MP3 player (which is almost never used anymore ) has (albeit very basic) EQ controls that are accessible via the settings menu.
I would guess you are using a low bit rate. What software are you running what is the default configuration? I would guess you might be using 128 kbits/s. Try changing it to 320, the file size will be bigger but the sound quality is better.
Is it necessary to compress the songs by ripping them to put them in the ipod? Any way by which the song gets transferred to the hard disk while the size doesn't change?
The size is always going to be different from the original WAV (uncompressed) file. Once you encode either to lossy or lossless then the filesize is constant whether you transfer it to your ipod or leave it on your hard disk.
You can get slightly better sound from MP3s by encoding your music as variable bitrate rather than constant. Typically a minimum bitrate of around 192kbps and max to 320kbps. Check your encoder for such settings.
Like I said earlier though, you can also rip to ALAC (Apple Lossless) because ipods support that (well they would have to, after all it's Apple's codec. It would be like buying a Zune player, and not having support for Windows Media Audio), and you would have a better sounding file compared to MP3, but still at a lower filesize compared to a fully uncompressed WAV file.