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Turning off your iPod to save battery life

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By Kirk McElhearn

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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle

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Q: I recently got an iPod mini and have noticed that when you press stop and then restart it the next day, it seems to have lost quite a bit of battery life. I have also noticed that when I stop it and then turn it on again in say 23 hours, it has essentially been on pause as it resumes.  Is that what eats up the battery?
 
- Maria

A: You can’t manually turn your iPod off. When you press stop, or just let it go to sleep, it is waiting for you, like an obedient pet, to come back and turn it on again. After 48 hours, it automatically turns off; you’ll notice that if you leave it off that long, when you press one of its buttons, it will start up completely, showing the Apple logo before displaying its menus.

But even when it is in this “deep sleep” mode, it uses some battery power, as its buttons await your commands. This is why you can start it up - the buttons need power to detect your actions, so the battery is always being used, even if it is just a tiny bit.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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1

i got a 20 gb. ipod, and have tried to use itunes first on my home computer. we went on vacation, so i tried and got it to work on the laptop, and it did work. but then when i got back home, and tried to use the home computer, i couldnt merge the libraries without deleting my other library. what can i do??????

Posted by hottblondie6750 in Connecticut on January 19, 2005 at 3:44 PM (PDT)

2

How big is the OS and included software in an iPod 4G 40Gb? The sum of used and free disk space in my iPod is 37.15Gb and not anywhere near 40Gb.

Posted by Hukes on January 19, 2005 at 10:44 PM (PDT)

3

Oops! Sorry. I’ve read the FAQ, and the answer was there.

Posted by Hukes on January 19, 2005 at 10:49 PM (PDT)

4

You can shuffle your playlist, although it isn’t apparent at first.  Just select “shuffle songs” in the menu, and run the playlist.  You’ll have to select the first song yourself (the first in the playlist will do fine), but each succeeding song will play at random.

Posted by Steve F on January 20, 2005 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

5

Mindi I had a 20 GB 4th Gen and the same thing happened at the apple store they said that the adapter was broken becuase it turned the screen blue.

Posted by cart0194 on January 24, 2005 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

6

I have a question regarding portable dock speakers in which the ipod is constantly charging..it often worries me that i might be wearing down the battery. Constant charging of a cell phone battery wears down the battery’s life and i don’t know if its the same with the ipod’s or not..does anybody else?

Posted by iJason on January 25, 2005 at 6:27 AM (PDT)

7

I have a mini iPod, and two computers (an Apple and a Windows). Can I get music from both computers, without reformatting it?

Posted by thatgreenmini in United States on January 30, 2005 at 12:24 PM (PDT)

8

Steve F: You do not even have to select the first song yourself. Simply highlight the playlist name and then press Play/Pause to play the entire list. You can also select a genre or artist, etc, the same way, and it will shuffle that list.

Posted by uwiji on March 9, 2005 at 9:59 AM (PDT)

9

My brother is sending me his old iPod from Iraq.  He said it is an older generation ipod that will only work with a mac computer.  But he said that there is a way to convert it to windows.  How do I go about doing this?

Posted by fro1736 on May 24, 2005 at 5:29 PM (PDT)

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