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Top Ten Things You Wanted to Know About the 5G iPod

Editor’s Note: We now have two Top Ten articles up on the 5G iPod: this one, and Top Ten Things Techies Wanted to Know About the 5G iPod.

10. As first introduced in iPod nano, on-screen lyric display is supported, and the text is more readable than before.

9. In addition to appearing in your Videos library, music videos appear as songs in your audio music library, and play back there in audio-only form. They’re indicated with video icons. Clicking through with the center button gives you a single still image from the video (generated by iTunes), not the full video.

8. New photo transition effects do in fact include realtime 3-D. Cube effects, derived from iPhoto for the Mac, are simple but do look nice. Page flip looks even better.

7. Apple has done a mediocre job of updating the iPod’s interface for the new, larger display. In addition to the copious amounts of white space now on every screen, icons such as the upper right corner battery indicator are a bit smaller than before because they weren’t scaled upwards.

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6. Videos look surprisingly good on the screen, which is very clear, well-lit, and easily viewed from literally any angle. It is a major contrast with the screen on Creative’s Zen Vision, which looks bad from any angle except straight on, and has an odd reflective, shimmering quality even when viewed properly.

 

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5. The optional video widescreen mode actually works, if videos have been formatted properly. Our gallery will contain shots of the same movie playing in widescreen and non-widescreen modes. In one, the full screen is used with cropping, in the other, black bars appear on screen. The video is regrettably small in widescreen mode, but still very viewable.

4. The case that comes with each 5G iPod is thin neoprene, very similar to the iPod nano armband. It’s gray on the outside, white on the inside, regardless of the color of iPod you buy. An iPod fits inside completely.

 

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3. You’ll be surprised by the thinness and lightness of the new iPods. Both models (30GB and 60GB) are thinner and lighter than the past color 20GB iPod, and they cannot support themselves standing up on their bottom edges.

 

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2. So far, our black unit is not showing scratches. We’re surprised. Nor is our white one. But give it a couple of days.

1. Will color 4G owners want to upgrade? If they’re gadget fanatics, our initial feeling is that the temptation is going to be surprisingly strong based on looks alone, even if it’s not satisfying spec or capacity-wise. It is very much worth seeing in person. If they’re not gadget fanatics? Our initial feeling is probably not. But we’ll have more to say on this soon.

 

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Comments

1

Does it display mp3 lyrics?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 4:10 PM (CDT)

1

Yes it does.
http://gallery.ilounge.com/ipod/albums/ipod5G/ilounge_copyright_ipod5G956.jpg

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 5:33 PM (CDT)

1

What’s the final word on firewire support? Has anyone tried it yet?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 5:46 PM (CDT)

1

what i don’t get is why anyone would care about how light it is. size, yes, is understandable, but if for some readon the old ipods are too heavy for you, then, well, you have problems

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 6:14 PM (CDT)

1

Wait—I don’t understand #9. If you buy a video from ITMS, you can’t watch it on the iPod? You can only listen?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 6:17 PM (CDT)

1

I’m confused by that, too. If so, Apple’s U2 ad is misleading. Plus, who wants to buy a music video if I can’t watch it on the road? That’s much more appealing than watching a TV show or movie on the road. Please clarify, iLounge.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 6:51 PM (CDT)

1

I’m pretty sure it means they show up in both the audio and video library, but don’t automatically play video if you’re just shuffling in the audio library.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 7:03 PM (CDT)

1

No, no peoples. It means you can watch the video, or play just the song from the video. Which is nice because you can add the song to your On-The-Go playlist for example.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 7:27 PM (CDT)

1

PLEASE somone tell me that mpeg4 videos are gonna be supprted on the new ipod and i wont havet to spend 10 hours conveting a video…some one answer this for me! please

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 7:46 PM (CDT)

1

Videos play in the Video menu. Audio tracks from music videos play in the Music menu. I’ve clarified the point in the article. :)

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 8:08 PM (CDT)

1

im betting on a special edition ipod

4 months later-

i.e. 80GB, silver, longer battery.

any takers?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 9:15 PM (CDT)

1

ummmmmmmmmm no

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 9:47 PM (CDT)

1

Wich 5G is displayed on # 3???

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 10:26 PM (CDT)

1

looks like a 60GB

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 10:39 PM (CDT)

1

I got my black 30GB 5G today and have to say it’s the most beautiful iPod I’ve seen. IMO, it’s even more impressive than the nano simply due to the wider, brighter screen. It’s really striking. Also, from a design standpoint, I like the smaller scroll wheel. It, along with the screen, give the overall impression that the new iPod much wider than it really is. Most of my friends who have seen it don’t believe it’s the same width as before.

And for all the naysayers who said the screen is too small to watch video, they’re wrong. Sure, a nicer screen would be swell, but this one is very watchable. Very crisp and bright. Just beautiful.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 18, 2005 at 10:46 PM (CDT)

1

How many lines of text can displayed in the notes?
Is there still a note size limit?
If u choose to convert DVDs at higher rates (you can read that in the tutorials) do you end with better TV playback?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 19, 2005 at 1:24 AM (CDT)

1

how long does the battery last if you watch the video with the video iPod?
thanks
Don

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 19, 2005 at 3:07 AM (CDT)

1

#3 is a 60GB.

The 60GB’s battery lasted for 3 hours, 23 minutes of on-screen playback, better by 23 minutes than Apple’s estimate. The 30GB’s battery lasted for 3 hours, 10 minutes of on-TV playback, better by 1 hour 10 minutes than Apple’s estimate, though the company did not provide numbers specifically for on-TV viewing. We’ll have more details on these results soon.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 19, 2005 at 4:07 AM (CDT)

1

Can someone tell me what happens if you have say an H.264 .mov file in iTunes that is like 640x480? Does the iPod scale it or do I need to export it at 320x240 for it to work with the iPod?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 19, 2005 at 4:18 AM (CDT)

1

I wonder if with the new 5GB iPods (expecially the 60GB model wich Apple declares to last longer) is possibile to backup a 4 gigabytes memory card using the camera connector. Actually my iPod Photo (30GB) “dies” approx after transferring 2 gigs of photos. Has anyone tried to connect the Photo Connector to see how long it lasts? Thanks! Lorenzo

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 19, 2005 at 4:31 AM (CDT)

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