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Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Have you ever tried using the on the go play list as a que, just select “on the go” from your play list, and as a song is playing, find the song you want next in line, hold the center button down till the track name flashes, and there you go instant que ability. Once the current song finishes it will move on to the next track in line.

Posted by Paraquanta on February 24, 2004 at 3:17 PM (PDT)

Audible User's Guide for iPod

I am thinking about buying an iPod and have one question:
Is the “bookmark” feature bound only to these Audible files or can it remember the play position within any other large MP3 file (for example a DJ mix) or within a playlist (persitent, not just the last)? I think the Rio Karma player can do this…

Posted by Christian on February 24, 2004 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

I don’t understand why anyone would buy an iPod Mini only to rip it open to extract the hard drive.

There are cheaper, uglier players with the same hard drive. Why not desecrate them instead?

Posted by don't get it on February 24, 2004 at 11:15 AM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

I bought a mini last night with the hope of pulling the 4gb MD…has anyone tried to reformat the drive in a computer…I could do that with a PC and the PCMCIA reader, but have no idea if it would then work in the D-Rebel. 

The other side of that coin is putting another MD in the mini…can the Apple software on the install disk do a build of the mini’s OS so that a smaller MD would run in it?

Answers to these questions would be really nice to have, but I’m not sure I want to be the test dude to find out.

Posted by Chip on February 24, 2004 at 10:41 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

I have a problem knowing that I spent $400 on the 20G ipod, and someone’s going to come behind me w/ a better one w/ a better price. It hasn’t been that long its been maybe 6 months since I bought it. Mine already seems bulky compared to the Ipod mini. I guess I just hate change. But the Nokia type removable cases would be great. Iskins work for now.

Posted by chocobabe0 on February 24, 2004 at 9:58 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

I’m a windows user and i dont hate mac, i cant see why anyone would.

Im a programmer which is an obvious reason i dont own a mac, seeing as about 3% of people own them.

Anyhow i built my PC for around about 1000 -> 1100

It has a 3.06 P4, 1024mb DDR ram, 256mb radeon 9800 pro, and a 120gb HD. For me to buy a similar spec mac it would cost over 2000.

Anyone that says mac is good value for money is lying, I think macs look great, their OS’s have (not always) but most of the time been very easy to get to grips with, although i find (like win xp) theres just too much automation, and unless youve owned a previous more manual version of the OS you will never really learn anything.

There is no OS war, its just fools like some of you and others that keep arguing about it. If i didnt need windows, didnt play games, and didnt know how to build PC’s i would probabley get a mac, cause i love gadgets.

However for the real hardcore work I really need my PC.

Someone i know brought a powerbook to replace his PC, however he still uses both because MAC doenst have all the functionality he requires, but he prefers using the mac.

Posted by BlackICE on February 24, 2004 at 9:56 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

Well my iPod crashed the other day, and typical of mac, there was nothing i could do about it. I had to wait for the batteries to die. Ease of use means removing stuff, on the ipod, a physical button turning it on and off would have saved alot of bother.

Posted by Steven Beeching on February 24, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

“The Linux market share is now larger than OSX.”

Not on the desktop.

Posted by pb on February 24, 2004 at 12:19 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

I want to point that Os X’s Darwin is now available to without the bells and whistles of phanther or juagar.  Now for PC x86 or PPC.

At the moment using linux it’s great at no cost.  And, being that Xp home or Xp Pro is just to expensive for a home pc.

Just, imagine how many people approaching when I’m working in the computer store and choosing to buy a new pc because is xp demands juice.  Well, mostly come Xp.  Man I never heard to just run an OS you need to get the latest pc to run xp’s package and it’s system hungry kernel.  Meanwhile, linux and BeOs is one my favorite for it’s 64bit support all filesystems and being the only pervasive multithreading Os it’s great.  Be died out and sold it’s source code to some company.  Now there many variants of Be out there just as Linux distributions list keep adding up.  Even [url=][/url] is getting into Os; linux that’s right!

I stick to linux and BeOS because I enjoy tweaking and nothing that allows me to change the way I want it to for the cost of what?, I ain’t going to jumping into it


Darwin from Apple:

Posted by Victor on February 23, 2004 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

What about anodizing PowerBooks?

I’ve seen (stunningly beautiful) painted ( PowerBooks, and they are very slick, but anodizing can really take more abuse. (imagine the first ding on your new car… :(  ouch…)

Colorware takes the machines apart, voiding the warranty, but if you buy direct from them they give a 2 year warranty.

Soooo? When can I get my PB anodized?

Posted by Chris on February 23, 2004 at 7:50 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

An interesting read hear on false rumors about a revised Muvo2 that cannot have its drives removed, It seems eBay sellers that are ripping them out and selling them are trying to scare away competition.
Quote from

“It is now agreed that there is no such thing as a ‘soldered-muvo2’. A certain picture of a so-called-soldered microdrive is a hoax done by Ebay sellers to scare off potential buyers of Muvo2s at online retail merchants. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SOLDERED MUVO2. IT IS A FALSE RUMOR/HOAX. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE”

The site has 2 forums covering this

As far as CF compatability is concerned many cameras do not support fat32 format even if they are type II.

“Actually, most serious cameras and pretty much all SLRs support Type 2 - the issue with the 4GB drives is whether the camera’s firmware supports FAT32 format. Kimbro’s camera is a recent model, though, so I assume it should. Should be good grounds for a warranty claim on the iPod too - “but dude, the disk just like, fell out”

From here

Posted by Zoraster on February 23, 2004 at 6:25 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

Wow… so far there is an early report that the MD drive in the iPod mini may not be able to work as a CF card (in digital cameras and CF Card readers).  There looks to be different Part numbers of the Microdrive (the iPod mini is P/N 13G1768, where the muvo’s P/N is 13G1766.  Someone over at dpreview said it might have something to do with the iPod mini’s lack of buffer in the drive (supposedly). 

Posted by Leo+ in San Diego, CA on February 23, 2004 at 3:40 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

See [url=][/url] -> Hot Deals on the Creative Labs Muvo2 4GB Microdrive thread to find out what these guys are doing to get the Microdrive dirt cheap (<$200) and working in their digital cameras.

Also, here:

Posted by adorable on February 23, 2004 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini


Oh yes, there have been many many people that have done this.  The reason it isn’t “available” is because the MuVo’s are sold out everywhere (from people wanting to do the Microdrive extraction).  I have no clue why places like Amazon state “not yet released”—ESPECIALLY since mine is arriving tomorrow from an order that I placed with Amazon.

Anyway, check here:

and for a hell of a lot of info, check:

Enjoy grin

Posted by Leo+ in San Diego, CA on February 23, 2004 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini


Really? many people have already done that? Interesting because I did a price grabber search and it is not shipping yet. To places are taking pre orders for $210 and $220.

I would guess that in a few months we will see 4 GB CF drives selling for less than $150 and everyone can stop thinking about ripping apart the iPod Mini.

Posted by Doug Petrosky on February 23, 2004 at 1:44 PM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

Hopefully Jobs will lose his controll complex and decide to port OS X over to x86 so he can actually tap into that 90+% desktop market.  The reason why he doesn’t want to do this is quality issues & maybe cannibalization, but I don’t think the latter would be true, on the contrary, it would just expand his market and increase revenue albeit with lower profit margins.  Now for the quality issue, it’s true that we can’t expect the same flawless experience of OS X, iLife, et al, on pc architecture with its miriad of commoditized components from various vendors, but who cares?  It will be good enough, and if its not, people will get hooked onto OS X and everything that it brings to the table and decide they should switch to Mac hardware. 

Posted by haig on February 23, 2004 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

Bill: Just FYI, Athlon 64 does run XP.  The neat thing about the new Athlons is that they run both 32-bit and 64 bit apps and OSes.  You can’t take advantage of the 64-bit nature of the Athlon64 until the new 64 bit XP comes out, but then, OSX is not fully 64 bit either, so again, it’s a draw.

I use all three major platforms, personally.  Each has it’s pros and cons, but each excels in certain given areas.  I choose to take the advantages of each.  Granted, not everyone can afford the luxury.

Posted by compudude on February 23, 2004 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

GregK -

Can you get the MD to mount under Apple’s disk utility? (if you use a Mac that is - sorry new here.)

Posted by Philbert on February 23, 2004 at 12:48 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

Reviewer sez: “I know a lot of iPod mini owners are probably outdoor types”

Well, I’d like to spend more time outsoodrs, but the crappy battery life on my 3G means I have to lunge indoors for the nearest wall socket to recharge.

Anyone know if the Mini gets a longer play time?

Posted by yeah i wish on February 23, 2004 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

It’s actually not a CF card but a Microdrive which has a CF interface. It’s actually a mini (pun not intended) hard drive with moving parts.

Posted by Philbert on February 23, 2004 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

Since the storage is a CF Card, shouldn’t it be basically skip-free, like a flash-based player.  Apple advertises it as a HD player with 25min skip protection (?)

Posted by Jason on February 23, 2004 at 12:42 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini


If you want to extract a microdrive, just get Creative’s MuVo2 for less than $200.  Its easier to take apart, and ALSO, you can put a normal CF card in there and still have it be an mp3 player.  MANY people have already done this grin

Hopefully you can do this with the mini, but no one has tried.  If it was not such a hassle to take apart, I would have done it by now.

- Leo

Posted by Leo+ in San Diego, CA on February 23, 2004 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

Y’all think the mini is expensive. Check out the price for the 4gb microdrive: It retails for $599.99 and is on sale for ONLY $488.95. You could make a profit just buying mini’s at retail and selling the drives on ebay. Here’s proof:

Posted by bob atkins on February 23, 2004 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

i’m quite interested if you can pull the CF card out and use it elsewhere. i just think that would be funny that a 4gb flashcard inside the mini is cheaper than buying one by itself

Posted by Tristan O'Tierney on February 23, 2004 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

Taking apart the iPod mini

Does the iPod still work (even though it is disassembled)?

If so, can you try putting a flash-based CF card in there and see it it will work with it?


Posted by Leo on February 23, 2004 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

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