Friday, July 25, 2008

iPod Reviews!

Welcome to the iPod Review Blog! I created this blog to review iPods, both legacy models, and the latest ones. I will also discuss and review iTunes, and some of the third-party iPod Software and cool accessories.

The iPod revolutionized mobile music, by providing a simple navigation-wheel interface, great features, and exceptional reliability. The iTunes interface also is easy to learn and update s are provided over the internet through the iTunes store.

Apples advertising appealed to all ages, and the iPod was a smash hit. Sales do not appear to be slowing down at all with the introduction(s) of the ITouch, Nano, and Shuffle.


I am currently using the 30GB iPod Classic-Video Version 5g, (pictured above) , handed down from my teenager, when she received a new iPod Nano for a gift. Previous to this her friend had attempted to remove the internal battery which would no longer hold a charge, but he broke the two tiny, hair-thin battery connection pins!

After consulting with the Apple Geniuses at the Apple Store, I decided on an alternative strategy. I purchased the iRecharge external battery pack. The iRecharge replaces the internal battery when it fails, (they do eventually fail you know?).

The iRecharge comes with a leather belt pack, and a Cell-Boost module for your cellphone, providing 8 hours of emergency calling if your cell phone becomes discharged while travelling.
It also comes with shims, so that the iPod fits snugly when you slide it down into the iRecharge case.

I bought the iRecharge at Fry's Electronics in California for $23.95. It provides 16 hours of play time before requiring a recharge overnight. This accessory has been a wonderful addition to my iPod. For powering the iPod on my laptop, I purchased a nifty adapter cable from the Apple Store.

This cable has both FireWire and USB ends. The Firewire cable feeds power to the iPod, while the USB cable provides the data link to ITunes. The Firewire cable attaches to my FireWire adapter plugged into my two-port ExpressCard slot on my laptop. I purchased the adapter cable for $25.00 at the Apple Store.

This was the only way to power the iPod, due to the missing internal battery, when using the USB interface with iTunes. All in all I am very pleased with the iPod Classic. It continues to provide service, even though it is not new, and was roughly handled during transportation to and from many swim meets, water polo matches, and basketball games by my teenager.

The only other accessory I have added, is a better set of lightweight headphones, as opposed to the supplied 'in-ear' versions. While all iPods use compressed audio files, some additional frequencies can be heard with a better class of headphone.

Of course, if you have a standard internal battery, it will require more amplification to power the better headphones. This in turn translates to reduced running time between recharging cycles.

On color-screen equipped models, you can save photos to your iPod, and create slideshows if you place the photos in discrete folders. This is a neat feature to share your photos with friends and family while traveling.

From Apple Computers Website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300241

Notes

  1. Photo Sync works in one direction, from iTunes to the iPod, not the other way.
  2. iPod nano requires iTunes 4.9 or later. Fifth Generation iPod requires iTunes 6 or later.
  3. For information on adding artwork to songs in iTunes see iTunes Help or click here.
On Windows, iTunes 4.72 can recognize these file formats from Adobe Photoshop Album and Adobe Photoshop Elements:
JPG , JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TIFF, PSD, SGI, and PNG

Using the Pick Folder option, it can recognize the same file formats as Adobe Photoshop Album/Elements.

The iPod can also be used as a temporary hard-drive storage device, if you have enabled this feature in iTunes Setup, when you connect your iPod to your PC, it will automatically mount like any other hard drive, and show up in My Computer.

This has saved me on the road, when my laptop was too full to save updated engineering project plans and drawings onto, I just connected my iPod and saved the files there until I returned home. Cool feature!

My next post will include a review of the iPod Nano 4g.

2 comments:

Nicholas said...

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Andreya said...

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