5G iPod and subtitles
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: Does the iPod classic fifth generation support subtitles when movies are played on its built-in screen or on TV?
A: For the sake of clarity, the term “iPod classic” generally refers only to the 2007 model iPod, which is by definition the sixth generation iPod model.
Assuming that you are referring to the fifth-generation iPod released in 2005/2006, rather than the current iPod classic, this model does not support encoded subtitles (sometimes referred to as “soft subtitles”) in the way that the newer 2007 iPod models do. This means that any movies that have soft captions or subtitles will not display these captions/subtitles on a fifth-generation iPod. The movie itself will still play fine, but any soft subtitles will not be shown.
At this time, however, the availability of encoding tools that will add soft subtitle support to videos that you encode or convert yourself is still very limited, so you are likely only going to find soft subtitles on content purchased from the iTunes Store at this point.
Most of the iPod conversion tools available right now that do offer subtitle support instead actually use “hard” subtitles. These are subtitles that are embedded in the picture, rather than being stored as a separate subtitle track. Naturally any display device will present hard subtitles during playback, since they are part of the video image itself. However, for the same reason you will not be able to turn these subtitles off (again, since they are part of the image, rather than an overlaid subtitle track generated by the device).
Although it is certainly possible that Apple could add subtitle support to the fifth-generation iPod with a firmware update, this seems unlikely at this time, since even the most recent v1.3 firmware update has not added this capability.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report: Apple’s Jimmy Iovine still has ambitious video plans for Apple Music
- Apple executive talks using AI to boost human memory
- Apple rolling out ‘Today at Apple’ educational courses starting in May
- Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell
- Apple delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ release to ‘later this year’
- Dutch court rules Apple can’t replace broken iPads with refurbished models
- Chinese blog claims Apple is only releasing two iPhone 8 models, no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus
- Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1
- Images claim to show iPhone 8 prototype with glass back, vertical camera
- Apple works on alternative power sources, new uses for waste heat in Denmark data center
- Advanced Mezger aptX Bluetooth Receiver
- iDevices Wall Switch
- iDevices Wall Outlet
- Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartSocket for Apple HomeKit
- Sony MDR-1000X Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
- FiiO i1 Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter
- Blue Ella Headphones
- Apple iPad (Fifth-Generation)
- AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones
- ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle Lens Kit
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10