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After owning one of the old styled mp3 players for a long time, a few years back I thought it was time to buy a new one, as some much better one''s had now come out to buy. It was this ipod made by apple which I eventually decided to buy, and to date this is the only thing I have got made by Apple. Unlike my other mp3 player which just played music, this Apple ipod also has a few more functions, such as a address book and games. One thing I really like about this item, is just how durable it is, I have had mine now for a few years, and in that time it has had a few knocks, especially when my daughter got her hands on it, before I bought her, her own. Although it has took these knocks and been used well for a couple of years, it is still in good working order, the solid frame keeping it strong. Plus I love just how much music I fit on to it, there is plenty of room on the hard drive, to fit all your favorite tracks, and with it being compatible with PC and Mac, i''d say this is a great little ipod. The battery is good and has good life, so I can listen to music for a few hours on this, before the charge will run out. It is also easy to use, very clearly set out, so it is easy to search through the music that you put on there. I have been very happy with this Apple ipod, as you can probably tell, and have been very happy with the overall performance of it, so I can recommend this as a good product to buy.
My first Mp3 player took the form of Apple's third-generation iPod. First released in 2003, this particular model was available in 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 gigabyte versions. At a time when Mp3 players were squarely focussed on playing music, the 3G iPod provided extra functionality by adding an address book and a few games to play.
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Compatible with both Mac and PC, the third generation iPod was incredibly easy to use, representing a perfect blend of form and function. Reminiscent of an ice-white rectangle, the device looked great and felt solidly made. The screen was monochrome, but it didn't matter - there was no Internet to browse, or apps to fool around with. At the time, a 30GB hard drive was plenty big enough for my music collection, and it wasn't until around five years later that I needed to upgrade to a different model.
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The iPod could be navigated via its large thumbwheel, which made scrolling through albums, songs, and general options especially simple - none of this touch-screen nonsense here! The four main buttons just under the screen (which had a cool orange backlight) represented the skip, play, pause and menu controls. The battery performed admirably, and could be charged via the included mains adapter or a USB cable. It was only after owning the product for a couple of years that I noticed that the battery's capacity was becoming gradually less and less - but even then I could comfortable listen to around three hours of music before it was fully depleted. It was around this time Apple introduced its iPod battery replacement service, which made the iPod seem like less of a disposable item.
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As with all iPod's (or at least the ones I have owned), the sound quality on this particular model was excellent, and it came shipped with Apple's much copied (and frequently slated) white earphones. Personally, i've never had an issue with the quality of iPod headphones - but then I'm not someone who demands a perfect aural reproduction. Other features which this particular iPod offered included the aforementioned Address Book (which could be synched with Mac and PCs), and a selection of games including Music Quiz (which was strangely addictive), Solitaire, and a ball-vs-wall game in the style of 'Breakout', which was similarly fun.
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Overall, Apple's Third Generation 30GB iPod is a design classic which is still perfectly useable to this day. Price-wise, I've seen a few of these models sell recently on eBay for around £20 - great if you're a collector, although it's unlikely that someone would lust after one of these as their main Mp3 player these days.
Everyone knows what an iPod can and cannot do, so I'll concentrate on the most important difference here - storage.
The iPod 30GB seemed like a huge upgrade from the previous 20GB model ("it's, like, 50% more music, woah!"), but when you factor in the video capabilities, it's not quite so impressive. If you're using it solely for music, then 30GB should be enough for the average listener and the 160GB models are something of a waste. However, if you like to watch tv shows and movies while travelling, you might find yourself running out of space quicker than you think, and it can be quite a pain to keep transferring videos to and from your iPod. And isn't that the point of an iPod, to have everything in one place for easy access?
In short, if you want a cheaper model for music only, this is fine, but if you're looking for video capabilities, get something a little bigger.
I have owned apple ipod 30GB for about 5 years now and I am just loving it.It is working as it was working when it was new.I use it as a storage medium as well and 30Gb is a lot of memory for me.The sound quality is mind blowing.It has some games like solitaire to keep you busy and you can even store contacts on your iPod.You can even store videos on your iPod and the video quality is great as well.If you have trouble in putting videos on your iPod there are many converters you can download.The ipod very rarely freezes and can be easily carried anywhere.My iPod has fallen down a lot of times,but it has never stopped working,earphones that you get with the iPod are not very reliable and might get damaged.It is very easy to use.It is a great product and a trend setter,i surely recommend you this product.
iPod ? The Apple of my eye ?Wow? This happened to be the sentence that I exclaimed as I unfolded the neatly arranged package. The box was extravagant and just so simple in a perfect cube which reveals the iPod inside. It is this kind of thing that makes me respect Apple, how they can make anything beautiful and put so much detail into every little thing. There lay the iPod, the fixture of my dreams over the last month or so and I was over the moon. It was much smaller than I had expected and even more handsome. As it lay there cradled in my hands, I had a look at the contents of the box that included the following: ? iPod unit ? Docking station ? Wired remote control ? Case ? Proprietary FireWire cable that plugs into either the dock or iPod itself ? 6pin to 4pin FireWire adapter ? Software and instruction manual ? Earbuds ? Port Covers X 2 ? Power Adapter The docking station and remote are pieces of art themselves! The dock is very heavy and has non slip rubber layered on the bottom so it doesn?t wander off your desk. Everything?s so shiny and white! The remote is so small and of style and the top layer is coated in reflective silver which looks even more impressive! You have to respect the iPod?s beauty and class to enjoy it. First of all, let?s go over the basics. What is an MP3? An MP3 is a compressed electric audio source which is so popular because of its portability. No longer do you have to take all your CD?s or MiniDisks on holiday to clutter up your suitcase. You can now access these and hundreds more of your favourite CD?s on the touch of a button with the iPod fitting snugly into the palm of your hand. However, the more you compress, the worse the sound will become and so anything recorded at 128kbps
data rate will be degraded. For higher sound quality I would recommend no more than 256kbps data rate. Any less would cause too much sound compression was used at the cost of fidelity and it would be disappointing to listen to. The other benefit is that you can buy MP3?s and download them over the internet instead of going to the shops and then having to rip the CD on to your computer. And I will talk about this and iTunes later on in my review. Other audio formats? The iPod also supports WMA and VBR. I do not believe it supports AAC however I am not entirely sure. Who? I hope all of you reading this review actually understood this title. If not then?..ummm? read the following ? it may help. Anyway (with a sigh). The iPod was made by that lovely company called Apple. Ever heard of Macs? Yep, well this is the company that made ?em! Why? Apple are technology wizards and has come top in every division possible with the likes of the powerbook, Mac G5 or the eBook. All they had left was the music industry and they wanted to explore. Surely if they had been so successful with previous plans then they will succeed just the same with this portable music player? And of course if Apple wants to do something, you know they will do it and come top. This they did and out came the iPod. Critics were blown away and a new era of MP3 began. Would the iPod ever be beaten? Well not to this day! What? Well, what is the iPod? The iPod is of beauty and elegance, like no other and of the best standard available. This is why it has grabbed people like David Beckham and singer Craig David as owners. Although I hate Craig David, I have to admit he has good taste! The iPod i
s ren owned for its huge capacity ? a whopping 10,000 songs, 40GB, 5000 songs, 20GB or 2500, 15GB. If you believe this and do the math: that?s four weeks of music - played continuously, 24/7 ? or one new song a day for the next 27 years. It is the most popular HD (hard drive) player available and although its high price tag is a bit of a distraction, it?s well worth the extra penny or two! Compared to most other hard drive storage devices the iPod is proud with its capacity. It is the smallest MP3 player available that can hold that many tracks and this is why people have chosen it over other players. Its main rival being the creative Zen which has the same capacity but is much heavier and more bulky compared to the slim curves of the iPod. Appearance I believe the designers in California really worked hard to get the iPod looking as best as it can. It has style. At 5.6 ounces, 0.62? thick, 4.1? tall and 2.4? wide, you won?t notice it in your pocket, but its there! It?s about the size of a modern mobile phone. The original version was much thicker and bulkier but apple have realised this and improved the appearance and the faults. Apple have recently introduced a new button layout for the 3rd Generation iPod which makes it an even more ergonomic design. They have introduced a new touch sensitive scroll wheel to easily move through the thousands of songs contained in seconds which works in a rather complex way. Somehow it can sense the density of the air and when you move your finger to touch it, the density changes and it knows where you are and in what direction you are scrolling. The buttons are now also touch sensitive instead of mechanical. There?s a rewind that goes to the previous track or scrolls through songs, there is a menu button that takes you to the previous menu, a play/pause button (this is obvious) and a fast forward that jumps to the next song or can scroll forward the pres
ent song. The most recent iPod is made out of two layers, the first is made out of brilliant, pure white chrome Lucite and then the sides and edges bend around to meet reflective silver metal which is surprisingly protective, although liable to fingerprints and scratching. When the backlight is on, the large LCD screen shines bright blue while the buttons light up an appealing florescent red. This really grabs your attention. The iPod is definitely the sexiest music player to possess. Price? There are three storage capacities. Each one with there individual price. The 15GB costs £250 but does not include the case or a dock (the other two do!), which I will explain later; this is a reasonable price for the amount you receive from it. The 20GB cost £300 and the 40GB costs a whopping £400, only really for professional musicians or DJ?s. If you buy an iPod you also get free laser engraving. Hopefully the prices will come down in the future????? If you ever doubt its capabilities, just compare these two facts ?128mb or 40GB?. The iPod is worth it. What moved me to buy it? I had heard so much about this miraculous MP3 player, so I thought it would be the one for me. I was flicking through a technology magazines, T3, when I found that the iPod was their favourite gadget and was just so popular and great that I couldn?t avoid buying it. If I bought another MP3 player, I felt I would be betraying it and so I got it for my birthday with my nickname (Wicked Willie) laser engraved on the back. iTunes iTunes is basically a type of music database, a bit like musicmatch but better, it is where the iPod updates your music from and is where you create the playlists that you want on it. It can store your whole library and burn CD?s and transfer music. Apple has also made an MP3 web site, just introduced into the UK and is
selling tracks for £0.79. This is one of the best sites for legally downloading music and the cheapest too! It?s unbelievably great! Features and functions? The iPods features are pretty vast but I shall try to include as many as possible. First of all there is a customizable start menu that can display links to Playlists, Extra?s, clock, settings, games and Browse (allows you to browse through your music). *Playlists* are easy to produce using itunes; all you have to do is select your music from your library and drag it to your new playlist. Easy Peezy. Smart playlist are even better, you don?t even have to choose what songs you want in it. All you have to do is select a new smart playlist and specify what kind of music you want in it, e.g. Only songs released in the 80?s with a maximum size of 3MB or a very good one is a list of songs with the colours red, green, yellow or orange etc and you could name it ?Rainbow? if you get my drift. *Extra?s* includes features like contacts, notes or the calendar. These are stored on the hard drive and can be handy now and again. You could keep your daily routine or gym workout on it. *Clock* Do I really need to explain? *Settings* this is pretty obvious too! You know? stuff like contrast or equalizer settings. How you want your iPod to be! *Games* these now include the likes of solitaire, brick (the one with the ball and the bat and you have to break down the bricks) and an interesting and rather tedious game called Parachute. I haven?t quite got to grips with it but I think you just have to shoot these Para gliders down with a big canon. Unfortunately these aren?t Gameboy standard games; quite poor actually, well they?re only there to keep you occupied for a few bleak minutes. Oh! And one fascinating feature that I left till last. It actually (get this) plays music! The iPod has be
en so successful mai nly because it?s so good at what it does and secondly, there are just those little extra?s that make you appreciate just that extra bit more for instance. You can arrange songs in the order you want them to play, saving you time from going through your whole library to find them. Battery? The iPod uses an integrated Lithium Ion battery which can be recharged instead of having to replace AA batteries. The advantages of this are that the iPod is much lighter, with smaller dimensions which make it much more portable and cheaper to run. To charge, just plug it into a USB/FireWire port and a charging icon will immediately flash up onto the screen. If you prefer just use the AC adapter and plug it into an ordinary wall socket. Due to the iPod?s slimmer sizes and the vital millimetres Apple have tried to shave off, the battery life has fallen to a short 8 hours from 10. But who would listen for 8 hours straight? .A 4-hour charge should fill the battery to 100% and a quick charge of 1 hour will reach 80%. Is the smaller battery life really a vital flaw? I don?t think so! Software My first impression when I loaded the iPod windows software disk was how smart everything was presented. After a few minutes, it had successfully loaded with no problems and an iTunes iCon (chi boom boom cha) had appeared on my desktop. I didn?t have to transfer the tracks from musicmatch to itunes as I didn?t use musicmatch so it was simple. I just transferred folders of my library from my network straight to iTunes. Simple. Plug the iPod in, and watch the music flow down the firewire plug, through the wire and into the iPod at rapid rates. An entire album can just take 10 seconds or so to transfer, about the time it?s taken you to read this sentence. Before you know it, the iPods large capacity is full to the brim. This
is good for most modern lives; everyone is rushing about with no time to spare but the iPod doesn?t take any of your time, its pretty damn quick. Essential Accessories The Box contains a small carrying pouch, apple earphones (ear buds) and for the 20 and 40GB, a dock, remote and a protective case. The dock makes charging and updating much easier but is not essential. The only essential extras you might want to buy separately is a better pair of earphones (I personally have no problem with the ear buds) and a handy accessory is the Griffin iTrip that allows you to transmit your music through a radio frequency, meaning you can listen to the iPod through your car stereo! Problems Well, your all probably bored of me ranting on about how brilliant and life changing the iPod really is (honestly, it is marvellous) so here come the problems. This section shouldn?t take long, however the iPod does have some annoying quirks that I shall go over now. Hopefully they will be sorted out for the next generation iPod. One problem I?m having at the moment is that I can?t actually update my iPod due to software faults. Maybe because I?ve just switched firewire cards to a different computer or something, it?s a mystery but I?m working on it. One annoying feature that I have mentioned earlier is that the iPods metal back is prone to being scratched easily and it will pick up any smudgy fingerprints you leave behind. One last complaint is that the touch sensitive buttons can sometimes be a bit too sensitive. It can turn itself on just if you accidentally brush one of the buttons, even if it?s in your pocket. This is why it has a long skip protection and a hold button that prevents the buttons from reacting to any slight pushes or pressure that may just land upon the iPod. iPod mini The iPod mini is a new iPod and guess
what?its mini. This iPod can store 1000 songs and is even smaller than the 3rd generation iPod. If you don?t fancy forking out the dosh for the more expensive iPod and you won?t use up all that space up anyway, get this. Its small, still carries many tunes and is cheaper. Not available in the UK yet but it costs $250 in the US. A nice alternative to the standard iPod. It?s also available in pretty colours too which makes a difference to the bleak, white iPod! Where can I buy it? Well, you can buy an iPod from any good technology site or store. These include: www.JohnLewis.com www.apple.com www.amazon.com A personal favourite is: www.ipodlounge.com There are many more including eBay if you want a 2nd hand, cheap iPod, however, these are the three main, quickest and easiest sites to buy! New just in! Apple have just released the 4th generation iPods! New design and cheaper! 40GB are now just £300 and 20GB are £230! Conclusion Well, by now it?s pretty obvious how great the iPod is. Do I really need a conclusion? I know how good the iPod is, and so do you now, (hopefully) so there really is no point to carry on the conclusion saying how excellent it is. I?ll just say that overall it?s a quality MP3 player that you should all go out and buy it. I give it a top rating. I enjoyed writing the review and I hope you enjoyed reading it; please do comment and I hope that you know a bit more about the wondrous iPod. I?ll just end with this amusing story (not for Brad Pulaski) that I read in the news titled: iPod used in Domestic Homicide! A young woman named Arleen Mathers, 23, was arrested after she called Memphis Police and told them t
hat she had killed her boyfriend, P ulaski after a domestic dispute, apparently due to Pulaski erasing the contents of Mather?s iPod. He had died of a blunt trauma to the head after being repeatedly bludgeoned by an iPod. Arleen Mathers said that he had accused her of illegally downloading music and so he erased over 2000 of her songs. Mathers complained that it took about 3 months to build the entire collection of music that he deleted. An autopsy showed that Brad Pulaski had been beaten multiple times in the face and chest by a blunt, metal object. He died of internal bleeding. (I told you how durable the iPod metal back was earlier, this proves it!) The doctor then made this statement: She must have stabbed him 40 to 80 times with that iPod. His death was not instantaneous, that?s for sure? MrChilliWillie
I got one of these little beauties in June 2003 - I had to get mine from the states on e-bay because 1) it was cheaper (about £350 compared to £400) 2) they are / were like rocking horse droppings to get hold of in UK Anyway, regardless of where it's purchased, it's a miracle of fine engineering. It oozes quality and everyone who's seen it have been well impressed. My model (30 GB) is quoted as holding 7,500 songs - I'm well on my way to 6000 tracks and still have 6GB space free so it looks like it will hold it's capacity at least. I'm running it thru a windows PC (i.e. NOT a MAC) and it's fine regarding comptability (I did have to update my PC as it was rather basic with USB 2.0 card & extra hard drive for all my CD's) My I-Pod came with Musicmatch software, and I really can't complain about it - it's easy to use, and I was downloading my CD collection to PC in no time. I think the new Ipod's now come with itunes which is what originally came with the ipods but only for MAC users. By all accounts, it's meant to be better than musicmatch, so now itunes is available for windows this should be even better (although the latest ipod software update doesn't seem to be compatiable with musicmatch and I had to unistall it and roll back to my older version) The biggest chore is downloading your music collection onto PC - it takes around 3 - 5 minutes per album (so was a major task for me with over 500 CD's). Virtually all my CD's (some going back years) were recognised by the software, and track / album / artist details automatically came up (with the option for manual adjustments occasionally) Music quality is very good - just the occasional glitch, but you can always delete a bad file and re-record it. I have i-pod connected to home stereo system. The convienince of having all your CD's in a gadget the size of a fag packet cannot be under estimated. No
more searching around for CD cases. I've now resigned my CD's to storage and have a lot more space available ! - Put the i-pod on random play, and i'm suddenly hearing things hadn't played for years ! The i-pod can do a lot more than just play music, but to be honest i'm not so interested in some of the add ons. I use a PDA for calendar / contact info. etc. and just keep my i-pod for the music. Although the facility to use it as a portable drive is good (i.e. transfer data files from one PC to another or even download media cards onto it as backup) Battery life could be better - it's quoted at 8 hours, although that seems to be stretching it a little. Certainly, if you have it on random shuffle throughout your entire library, expect about 6 hours playback. But this does improve if you just play 1 album at a time without shuffle. It charges quick though, in under 4 hours (reaching 80% charge in about 1 hour). There's a neat hardware add on that lets you use normal AA batteries so when you're internal batteries are dead, and you're not near a power outlet you can still keep the music playing. The biggest drain on batteries is when downloading (sync) the i-pod with your PC. If you're using the firewire connection, the ipod will charge whilst connected to PC. But for most users (especially windows based) it will be the USB connection option (Both cables come in the box) and this does not charge i-pod when connected. This might mean you'll have to download the music library you've built up on your PC in 2 or 3 sittings, having the charge the i-pod in between. There are a lot of cool accessories available - including a voice recorder. I have a very neat FM transmitter device (actually illegal to use in the UK - but they've got to catch you first !); this plugs int the top of the i-pod, and you simply choose a vacant FM station on your radio, choose the frequency from the i-pod and aw
ay you go - set the i-pod to play, and it transmitts a short distance (approx. 10 feet) to come thru your radio. This is ideal for the car - it's like having a 500 CD boot changer (imagine how big that would be!) in the palm of you hand.... Add a decent pair of travel speakers, and you've got your own very mobile hi-fi system. You have the option os creating 'playlists' so you can assign various tracks (or whole CD's) to your own lists. So, for example, you might have a playlist for driving, one for relaxing etc.etc. etc. All in all, this piece of machinery is very capable, and just so convienient. It's very easy to use and very well built. These things really are the dogs dangly bits. There really is very little else on the market to touch them. yes, they're expensive, but well worth it. Happy listening !
Shhhhh, don?t tell anyone, but I?ve bought him indoors an iPod for Christmas. No, I am not about to confess to sleeping with his brother or anything like that, he just happens to be the man I love and shame on you for casting dispersions on my pure intentions. *Indignant sniffle* In the name of quality assurance and to make certain that it actually does work after laying out wad-loads of my hard earned, I have been using it for the last 15 days. ?Any excuse? I hear you yell and you know what I am going to yell back; ?too blooming right? : ) I?ve seen the ads, what are iPods? **************************** An MP3 player made by the Apple computer company. Well that?s not much use to me, all my music files are in WAV or AIFF format: The term MP3 player has passed into the English language as a generic term to describe a piece of hardware or software that can play digital music files. (This is akin to the way that some people go into department stores and ask for Dyson hovers) The iPod ?MP3 player? will play music files that are saved in WAV, AIFF and MP3 format. What are WAV, AIFF and MP3 format files? **************************** These are the extensions that a computer system will save a music file in. So if you use a piece of software to save a tune from a CD to your Windows or Apple computer (depending on the software) the files will be saved in one of these formats. To find out what format a file is preserved in, select it by clicking on it, right-click and select the menu item called ?Properties?. On the dialogue box that appears you will see the tune and it?s extension listed. e.g. HelpbyTheBeatles.mp3 Ooh, ok, what colours I can get the iPod in: **************************** Any colour your little heart desires, as long as it is white, white, white or whitey-white. (There is also white whitedy-white, but this shade is harder to find) So it is not availabl
e in black? **************************** No. I refer you to my last answer for a comprehensive list of colours available. Will it fit in my jeans pocket? **************************** The dimensions of this doyenne of engineering are 6.1cm x 2.1cm x 10.2cm (in WxDxH format) That?s small, right? **************************** Yes, (sigh) that is small. However if you are someone who considers the area covered by ¾ of a CD case big, then surreally, it is also big. Where can I buy this mini-marvel from?: **************************** http://www.johnlewis.co.uk John Lewis ? Price £299.00 - + P & P: Free - Availability: In Stock http://www.amazon.co.uk Amazon.co.uk ? Price £289.00 Availability: Dispatched within 1 to 2 weeks http://www.comet.co.uk Comet ? Price £299.00 + P & P: Free Availability: In Stock Now at this point, I would like to give a bit of advice to my fellow commuters/foot soldiers/music listeners. If you do have in your ownership the marvel of technology known as an iPod, ditch the white headphones that come as standard with the player. There are very few other standard white headphones on the market at the moment, most being variations on the theme of black. As far as I am concerned, wearing the distinctive iPod ones is like announcing to every mugger within a 50 mile radius ?I have something on my person worth doing me over for? I see commuters on the train every morning wearing them as these little badges of pride and I am happy for them that they have such a desirable object but I think broadcasting the fact they have one is a dangerous thing. Right, lecturing over and on to the object in hand?. I ordered mine from John Lewis as they had them in stock and could deliver right away. I could have found them for 10/20 quid cheaper if I was willing to wait up to 14 days for delivery but I did not want to wait and risk the pla
yer being swamped by the rest of the Christmas post. John Lewis also run their own vans for deliveries so there was no chance of any action of our friends in the post office effecting my delivery. So here it is, after all my strategic planning, I have it in my hot little paws and am about to give the player its virgin run. The first thing that strikes you about the machine is how small and white it is giving an impression of delicacy, an impression that proved to be correct as I put it unsheathed in an inner coat pocket with my house keys and afterwards could detect a slight scratch. I nullified this danger by quickly placing it in its ?mock leather? black carry case. This comes free with the 20GB and 40GB model but otherwise can be ordered from an accessories reseller: I found them priced at £29.99 from http://www.amazon.co.uk, this seemed to be around about the best price. I know what you are thinking at this point and you?re right; I haven?t even played a tune on the thing yet and potentially I have laid out another £40 (presuming I had bought a 5 or 10gb edition) on top of the purchase price to stop it from being nicked and errrr??knicked : ) So is it worth all this fuss and bother? **************************** The storage on this player works by saving all music placed on it on the hard drive (HD). This has the huge advantage that you can have as much storage as you like, the only limitation being your pocket. This player has a 20gb HD, it is more than likely that the computer that you are sitting in front of has a hard drive of similar size. Every singular gb (gigabyte ? the measure of a computer?s storage space) represents the space to store 200 tunes. The quickest of the mathematicians among you will realise that even with my HUGE music collection (stretching back to 15 years of album and CD buying) I have only barely just filled half of this player. It is a funny feeling walking around knowing that you are
carrying the contents of 15 years music buying in one little machine in your inside coat pocket. Funny and really good! So for me, it was worth all the f and b, and more besides! Hmmmm, Apple make the Apple Mac computer, don?t they, will this player work with my PC (personal computer, taken to mean that it is a Microsoft Windows machine) **************************** Excellent question and I am glad that I asked it pretending to be you. Apple have developed 2 pieces of software that ship (in CD form) with the iPod. The first is called MUSICMATCH Jukebox. (For Mac and PC) It is a music organising and purchasing programme that will allow you search for and buy music (providing you have an internet connection, which I presume you do, after all, you are reading this : ) Musicmatch will then organise your music into folders of your choosing (e.g. by artist, by genre or by release date) I found this application easy to install and simple to use. If by any chance, you do have difficulties getting used to it, there are comprehensive help menus and online tutorials available from: http://www.musicmatch.com/ Exclusively for Windows machines, Apple's has included what they call ?Auto-sync technology?. Once installed on the PC, this software checks the iPod automatically every time it is plugged into their PC and updates the song lists, organisational folders and other elements to reflect the configuration on the computer. For instance, if you had a folder called ?Easy listening? and one called ?Nora Jones? and moved the song ?Don?t know why? from one to the other and then downloaded the Eagles ?One of these nights? into the former folder, Auto-sync would automatically update your iPod musical organisation to reflect these and any other changes. Right, how does it talk to my computer? Osmosis? Telepathy? **************************** Included with the iPod is the dock for new iPod. True to its name, it resembles a
courtroom fitting for the accused to stand in?. I could go into surreal ?Rumpole aside? here in which the iPod is standing in the Uxbridge magistrate?s court accused of a cynical marketing ploy to extract more money out of people by not shipping what should be the standard accessories with the 5 and 10gb models??but I won?t : ) The iPod sits in the dock which needs a USB cable to connect to the main PC containing the music files. Note: You can only move files from a computer to an iPod. There is no other way of music getting onto it?s hard drive. So if you want to move all the tunes from you favourite CD to the iPod, you will install the Musicmatch software, put the music CD in your music drive, copy the tunes into the application, put the iPod in its dock and plug the USB cable into USB port in the back of your computer. The USB port(s) are the ones that look long (about 15mm) and flat (about 3mm). The iPod also charges its battery through the USB connection so there are no chargers to dissapear down the back of the sofa, leave in work, or dangle about for the baby to pick up and try to chew. (Don?t laugh, it will happen to you one day) The longest continuous play I got out of one charge was 9hours and 23 mins. That was pretty darned good in my book. It all sounds like a lot of work: **************************** How much work would you normally have to do to carry 4000 songs in your pocket??!! Stop complaining, I could not make this any easier for you unless I came around to your house and did all the song copying (referred to in the industry as ?burning?) and transferring for you. No, that was not an offer?.. : ) Would Rob Gordon approve? **************************** Rob Gordon for the uninitiated is the owner of the Record shop in Nick Hornby?s ?High Fidelity?, his character is that of a muso, one who constantly thinks about, talks about and lives for music. I think he wou
ld love this product as the sound from the iPod is so crystal clear and beautiful. I have a live track from an artist called Damien Rice and what I could not hear when the song was played on the computer were the soft dying-down murmurings from the audience as he played the first opening cords of a song on his guitar, it came out so audibly on the iPod, I felt like I was in that smokey pub room where it was being played. Had I closed my eyes, I would have been. Well, I wouldn?t really, as I would have been chased by the men in white coats as the closed-eyed lunatic standing in the middle of a crowded Oxford St. with all the busy shoppers bumping into her, but you get the idea. So after all that, all you can do is listen to a tune on the thing? **************************** You?re a very hard audience to please. No, the iPod puppy also does other tricks, and bonus!, it doesn?t pinch your loo roll as you sit on your throne. The unit has an integrated (it?s on the inside of the box) Belkin Voice Recorder. This is another incarnation of the old-fashioned dictaphone. It means the holder can digitally record voice memos, lectures, meetings, interviews or foreign language lessons (should they so wish). You could, if you were feeling mean and so inclinded, record your best friend slagging of their girl/boy friend and play it back to them. Just think of the ensuing hilarity! Now the Belkin Media Reader is a feature I really like. This means that you can save all the contents of your 256MB flash memory card from your digital camera to the hard drive of the iPod. This makes a great way to back up an important set of pictures or save to another media type in order to wipe your flash card and start again. The 20GB iPod will hold 10,000 images. This is approximately the contents of 80 cards. Impressive, eh? My 3rd nipple **************************** The iPod has the touch wheel, which fulfils the same
function as the nipple mouse on mobile phones or older models of laptops. It is designed to made scrolling through the iPod?s menu and the complete saved music collection lists quick and easy. However will all nipples (yes, this is really what they are called) it takes a while to learn how to manipulate them properly and to mutual satisfaction ? oooh er missus! All the buttons and on the face of the iPod are easy enough to use unless you have absolute shovels for hands a la Casey Keller. I suppose that looking at it now, the iPod would not be the best pressie in the world for a goalkeeper but perhaps there is a whole other market there for Apple to develop a ?big hands? version. The company blurb specifies that the player is ?designed for easy one-handed operation? but as you need one hand to hold it and the other to twiddle the knobs, I think this is a ?This packet of peanuts may contain nuts? kind of claim. Accessories available (at an extra cost, unless specified) **************************** Remote + Earphones (Comes as standard with the 20, 30 and 40gb models) Carrying Case (Comes as standard with the 20 and 40gb models) Dock (Comes as standard with the 20 and 40gb models) Dock Connector to USB 2.0 & FireWire Cable (for PC) Related URL?s: **************************** http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com/uk/ipod/ http://www.musicmatch.com/