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iTunes & iPod for the visually impairedQ: Do iTunes and the iPod offer any accessibility features for the visually impaired?

- Anonymous

A: iTunes itself doesn’t offer any specific accessibility features other than a modest set of keyboard shortcuts, and unfortunately seems to make only minimal use of Apple’s excellent VoiceOver feature built into MacOS X 10.4 Tiger. However, Tiger does offer excellent built-in enlargement and high-contrast viewing features that work wonderfully in iTunes, retaining the ability to drag-and-drop, unlike some PC enlargement solutions. Even if it couldn’t, iTunes can execute most of its drag-and-drop features from contextual menus instead.

The iPod, likewise, has no audible navigation features, other than the minimally useful fact that it emits clicking noises as you navigate throughout its interface. Access World, published by the American Federation of the Blind, reviewed the 4th generation iPod, finding its interface “somewhat accessible” for basic use such as shuffling through a large library, but found that visually impaired users are unlikely to enjoy full-featured usage of the highly visually-oriented device.

If you’re interested in using an iPod at home, and are able to read with the aid of enlargement devices, we’d suggest Apple’s latest color-screened iPods, including both the full-size iPod and iPod nano. Each of these displays all text in black on white, at a much higher contrast level than on the previous monochrome iPods.

If you’d prefer to have audio navigation on the go, consider Rockbox, a free open-source replacement operating system for certain older Archos MP3 players. One of its many features is “Speaking Menus,” easing navigation without sight.

For more information on using MP3 players for the visually impaired, check out this collection of links here.

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Comments

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I just tried to do the “Remember Playback Position” change as it is listed in the 2/2/06 “Ask iLounge”.  While it works as described for a single track, it will not for multiple tracks.  Is there any way to do this to a whole bunch of tracks (like for a book that fills several CDs with several tracks per CD)?

Posted by GC Rider in Wichita, KS on February 3, 2006 at 5:42 PM (PDT)

2

i used software update and got a new ipod updater.

I had previously set up the ipod in terminal to add _show_voltage into the device subfolder, but now the battery display has reverted to the inaccurate battery symbol instead.

mounting my ipod and bringing up terminal shows that _show_voltage is still there, so I’m assuming that the new updater has somehow bypassed this useful hack.

any way of re-doing it (i’ve tried iPodBatteryIndicator v1.0 and iVolt v 2.01 but they still don’t work)

any help?

thanx

gaffer

(PowerBook G4, 1.67Ghz, 1Gb RAM, Mac OS X.4.4
4thGen 20Gb iPod, Hdphn Remote, Senny PX100, Sony MDR-EX71slw, iSkin evo2, iPoDonut, iTrip)
(2nd Powerbook = G4, 550Mhz, 512Mb RAM, Mac OS X.1.5)

Posted by Gaffer74 on February 4, 2006 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

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I have th ipod 30gb, with pics and movies and music. well i want to know how to put movies on it, but i have a hewlett packard. so can you let me know how to do this?

Posted by james.c on February 5, 2006 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

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How do I get the 1.0 software back on my nano because with the software update I can’t manually control the backlight, a feature that I found very valuable and I really have no value for the quick jump to the main menu. I found this to be a lot more than a minor disappointment! :(

Posted by MES28 on February 7, 2006 at 10:26 PM (PDT)

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