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Using Apple Pro Speakers with the iPod

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By Jerrod H.

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, August 11, 2005
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Q: I own Apple’s Pro Speakers. Can I use these with my new iPod photo?

- Anonymous

A: You’ve correctly noticed that Apple’s Pro Speakers only connect via the “Apple Pro Speaker Jack,” found only on iMacs and PowerMac G4’s. Good news! You can use Griffin Technology’s iFire product to connect your iPod to the Pro Speakers.  Here’s how:

  • Plug an iPod into the iFire’s audio mini jack using a miniplug-to-miniplug cable.
  • Use a 6-pin to 6-pin Firewire cable, plugged into an Apple Firewire iPod AC Adaptor, to power the iFire’s Firewire port.
  • Plug the iFire into the Apple Pro Speakers.  It will provide the power and audio necessary to drive them.

One way of looking at this is that the cost to buy the iFire, Firewire cable, and Firewire AC adaptor ($40+$15+$20) is probably not worth the return, and you may be interested in a more standard set of speakers for around the same price (perhaps JBL’s Creature IIs). Then, you could charge the iPod with the USB power adaptor and cable you already have, and enjoy the advantage of a subwoofer. Good luck!

Jerrod H. is an iLounge Contributing Editor, with frequent contributions to our iPod 101 and 201 tutorials, plus occasional hardware and software product reviews.

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1

how to get i get songs from limewire to itunes if anyone could help it would be great.

Posted by berto1202 on August 11, 2005 at 1:32 PM (PDT)

2

Berto1202:

Generally, if you use iTunes as your default music player, when you first play a song through iTunes, it will be copied into your iTunes library. Firstly ensure that iTunes is your default player.

You need to locate the file (I think Limewire stores downloaded files in a folder called “Shared”) and double-click on it to play through iTunes. If you like, you can then delete the file you’ve just located because a copy now exists in the iTunes library folder.

Needless to say, all of this should only be used with music you own!

Posted by alfa1996 in UK on August 13, 2005 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

3

My hard drive recently crashed, losing all of my music on iTunes. Whlie the music is still on my ipod, can I transfer it back onto my computer? The people at Apple said this transfer was possible using this site. Please help!!

Posted by Screem06 on August 14, 2005 at 9:37 PM (PDT)

4

I have a 4th generation 20g ipod and I want to get an external hardrive to store some of
my music on. Can I play the music that is stored on the external hardrive directly through the ipod, without using the my computer?

Posted by janetan on August 15, 2005 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

5

When shopping for music in iTunes you’ll see some songs labeled “EXPLICT.”  Is there a way to keep that label when you purchase songs with EXPLICT lyrics?  I would like to keep track of which songs that I have purchased that have EXPLICT lyrics.

Posted by LDRiPod in Redondo Beach on August 15, 2005 at 8:09 PM (PDT)

6

In a question that is related to the first one from Brenden, i have had a strange occurrence to some of my itunes files on a mac mini running 10.3.9. Seemingly randomly, occasional tracks wont play, the artwork says for the respective track says “Artwork not modifiable”, even though the file, when located in the contextual menu seems to still be present. This has happened to random tracks from an album, while other tracks remain unaffected. Anyone know whats up? Any help most appreciated.

Posted by kiwipete on August 16, 2005 at 9:37 PM (PDT)

7

My new ipod mini will turn on but it just stays a white screen. And if a song starts to play, it skips from song to song every few minutes. I have no idea what’s going on and I really need help!

Posted by MaGicalTr3v0r on August 20, 2005 at 9:49 PM (PDT)

8

In reference to the ChkDisk situation posted above, there is a chance that after all your iPod Updater work that you will still find this warning appearing when you connect your iPod to your computer.

Apple has several articles about this dilemma on the service and support section of thier website that might be helpful to you. It is apparently related to the ‘Deep Sleep’ the iPod goes into after 48 consecutive hours of not being used.

On a personal note, I was plauged by this warning for quite some time. Nothing seemed to make it go away. Until I stumbled on a post in Apple’s support section that I mentioned. Turns out, you can fake your iPod out of going into ‘Deep Sleep’ and preventing the ChkDisk error. You’ll need to create a playlist in iTunes, and put one song into it, ideally the shortest you have in your library (I happen to have a 4 second track from a CD I imported).

Copy this playlist to your iPod and then open up the Extras feature in the main menu. You have an alarm option. Set the alarm for whenever you please and direct the iPod to play this new playlist you’ve created.

Now, every 24 hours at the time you set (mine’s 3:30 am), your iPod will work as an alarm clock and turn on to play this playlist. Unless you have the ‘repeat all’ function on, the iPod will then turn back off once done playing.

A bit of a round-about way to beat it, but my iPod is now gauranteed to come on for 4 seconds every day, and I haven’t had a ChkDisk message ever since.

Cheers!

Posted by drewsome218 on September 1, 2005 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

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