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Wireless iPod transmitting from 50-foot distance

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By Kirk McElhearn

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Published: Thursday, July 21, 2005
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Q: Is there a device that will plug into my 20 GB iPod or computer and allow me to transmit music to a radio on my deck about 50 feet away? I know the iTrip will do this from an iPod to the car radio but will it do a good job with the set up I mentioned above?

- Bob

A: There are a couple of ways you can do this. Using an FM transmitter such as the iTrip will work fine, if the iPod is close enough to the radio. Fifty feet is too far - no FM transmitter is going to provide a clear signal from that distance - but if you take the iPod on your deck, you’ll have no problem.

The other solution is to use Apple’s AirPort Express, which allows you to stream music from any computer that’s running iTunes. However, you’ll need to have a wireless networking card in your computer, and you cannot control the music very easily: you need to be in front of the computer to change songs.

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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Comments

1

#5: There are other products made to transmit audio wirelessly over such a distance. Check RadioShack. The Airport Express is probably overkill in your case.

Posted by mattwardfh in Texas on July 21, 2005 at 8:42 AM (PDT)

2

I have just started using podcasting. My first file, about 64 megs, has about 90 minutes of programming. When I resume play after pausing at about 30-45 minutes (done this twice), the iPod starts at the beginning regardless of where the time bar says the stop point is. Fast advance does no good, just moves the bar. Even at 10 seconds from the end, the beginning is playing. Do I need to do something or is this a problem with the iPod. I have downloaded the latest SW, the iPod is the 40 GB with dock.

GPODspooky

Posted by GPODspooky on July 21, 2005 at 8:53 AM (PDT)

3

I tried using ephpod to take my songs off the ipod and put them on itunes. the first time i tried i didnt install the Dataviz Macopener, now 30 of my songs wont play on my ipod, when i click on them it either goes to the next song or goes back to the main menu. I used podu and it put every song on itunes exept the 30 that dont work. How can i get those songs back?

Posted by MvPcuban on July 21, 2005 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

4

MyPcuban,
  First of all why are you using Ephpod? Just go into iTunes enable disk use, then go to explorer and make it so you can view hidden files. Then go into the iPod and the music will be under a file called iPod controls>music. If your using a Mac, then your an idiot, and are screwed. If you have a Mac you’ll have to re-import those songs because their probably corrupt.

Posted by Dragoon.exe on July 22, 2005 at 1:24 PM (PDT)

5

Is it possible to use iTunes to export SONGS from a playlist to external media. I like to carry some selected playlists on the CF card on my PDA and don’t know how to tranfer the songs.
Thanks in Advance.
Sonal

Posted by sonalchaturvedi on July 22, 2005 at 2:26 PM (PDT)

6

sonalchaturvedi,
  What you can do is burn the playlist to a CD then re-import the CD as an album, then from Exolprer copy it to the CF card.

Posted by Dragoon.exe on July 22, 2005 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

7

There are several songs on my ipod that cut out after a few seconds.  The timer at the bottom of the screen gives the full play time, but the song never makes it through.  I can hear the ipod struggling with the song.  They are complete files on my computer, some have been downloaded and some ripped from my CDs.  What’s going on?  How can I fix this?

Posted by j2718 on July 22, 2005 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

8

Hi

What I want to know is how do I add the music that i have in my iPod into my Library.
I went to a friends house and put into my ipod plenty of songs of his library. How can i put now that song into my hard disk?
I used the itunes to load all of my friend’s songs.  But when i tried to add them into my library, i couldn’t find a way to do it.
Please, i really need to do this.

Thanks in advance

Posted by Palmi on July 23, 2005 at 12:54 PM (PDT)

9

hi again
I wanted to ask this: i have done the Consolidation of my library, but i have done it into the hard disk that have all my music.  So now i have duplicated all my songs.
How can i undone this?? at least free space by deleting some of the dupplicated songs.  I have n’t deleted the originals cause i don’t if im going to mess things again.
I would like to keep my original folder of songs, but if there is no way, it doesn`t matter

Posted by Palmi on July 23, 2005 at 1:13 PM (PDT)

10

same as palmi’s first i have songs on my ipod not in my library how do i fix this please:(

Posted by billybobclifford on July 23, 2005 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

11

Hi I have a 15 gig pod that is 2 years old. the problem I have is that it seems to stop during playing a tune. It also skips through songs rather than playing and going back to menu. Have tried resetting numerous times but no joy. Is it on the way out.
Thanks for your help
Mike

Posted by ekimbee1 on July 24, 2005 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

12

When I charge my iPod Mini, it says it’s charged after a couple hours or so, so I disconnect it and it still shows the battery is almost dead! What is up with this? Please help

Posted by kaitw1017 on July 24, 2005 at 9:04 AM (PDT)

13

#5 “However, you’ll need to have a wireless networking card in your computer”

No, you do NOT need a wireless card. smile  That said, it probably is overkill, unless you want to use the wireless features of Airport anyway.

Posted by Ipstenu on July 27, 2005 at 10:28 AM (PDT)

14

I had to uninstall my windows xp and re-install all of my programs as I had error problems developing. In the process I lost about 150 songs in my music files. Those songs are in my i-pod but not in my library. How do I get the songs from the i-pod into the i-tunes library?

Posted by mfsnj on August 6, 2005 at 6:32 AM (PDT)

15

How do I get music from my ipod to my pc?

Posted by mfsnj on August 6, 2005 at 6:40 AM (PDT)

16

I have a U2 Ipod and my son loves listening to it and now wants one.  However I am not willing to spend the money on an Ipod for an 8 year old.  I would like to buy him a small, inexpensive MP3 player and just convert all of the songs that I have saved to Itunes.  These songs were from physical CD’s and not purchased through Itunes.  Is there any way to convert these songs?

Posted by stagg on August 15, 2005 at 9:51 AM (PDT)

17

HELP!  Ok me and my sister each have our own computer and ipod. I had just imported more music into my computer and was going to tansfer it into my ipod, turns out i put the wrong ipod in my computer and now my sister ipod is not working, why is that and what can i do? PLEASE I NEED HELP!

Posted by DarthJade on August 21, 2005 at 12:15 AM (PDT)

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