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Future Pods

The removable clip on battery is a brilliant idea. To go with this idea there should be a slot on the redesigned dock where you can slide in a 2nd battery to charge.

Having 5.1 capabilities when dealing with stereo signals is completely pointless.

Line-in recording is a must. FM radio similar to that included in many mobiles would be great especially if you can use it with the recording function. I’d love to be able to record live concerts or DJ mixes broadcast on the radio.

Posted by Stu on February 17, 2004 at 3:36 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

Well my name is on the waiting list at my local Apple Store and I will be standing in line Friday to pick one up. I guess that qualifies me as one of the stupid people who care more about style, size, and color versus having one that has a capacity that is 15 times the size of my music collection and is just a little too big and a little too heavy to comfortably wear on my arm while walking, working, etc. 

But then again I’ve been accused of being stupid for using a Mac too. I mean, why buy an elegant 17” widescreen 1 Ghz iMac which is a joy to use and never crashes, when for a third of the price I could have had a clucky buggy Windows pc that runs (sometimes) at 3 times the speed (and yet has an apparent speed 5 times slower) has double the memory and is compatible with hundreds of thousands of software titles I never use?

We all have different priorities when selecting hardware, but from my perspective the ipod mini is a more perfect choice than a 15GB iPod, and I suspect a lot of other people will feel the same. Would I be happier if it was priced 50.00 less? Of course! I’d also be happier if the 12” Powerbook was priced less than the 14” 1Ghz iBook- after all the same argument applies- it’s smaller, has a smaller screen, 20GB less capacity… But it aint going to happen so just get over it!

Posted by Ravenflight on February 17, 2004 at 12:03 AM (CST)

Future Pods

I don’t want a ‘Pod that doubles as a George Forman grill.

Apple can make all the additional ‘Pods it wants, as long as they make one that is the best, most elegant music player around.

Posted by RAMd on February 16, 2004 at 8:53 PM (CST)

Future Pods

You forgot something, Apple can probably already implement in the current iPod models: The Audio-LineIn Support.
Although not very likely, since Apples contracting with RIAA members to make iTunes possible would not allow such an addition, a LineIn Recording Support would be awesome and then completely replace the AudioTape, which I still sometimes use to record interviews on the radio or else.

I think Apple won’t add too much stuff to their players, their motive has always been simplicity and to get more of the masses they should stick to that one. You gotta remember: The few technique-freaks that surf on iPod and the couple of DJs around aren’t the most profitable market one can imagine. Apple wants to grab the man on the street, give him a device he can understand and at some point pay.
But his will mean that Apple changes some of its policies, regarding audio-standards and else. Of course Steve Jobs says, keeping the Apple platform closed ensures its quality - but it sure doesn’t give Apple the bigger market share and customer satisfaction.
My mom doesn’t care about AAC or WMA. All she wants is listening to music, no matter what format. So do I, although my sympathies to Apple let me favor AAC.

Anyway, I hope Apple will work on the AudioLine in. One must have dreams..

Posted by Obi-Lan on February 16, 2004 at 7:13 PM (CST)

Future Pods

You people are all losers. iPods have s.h.i.t.t.y battery life and sound quality. Not to mention they are huge ripoffs.

Oh and waiting game, you are the dumbest person I’ve ever seen. Learn to read. Any 40gb drive holds the same amount of data, no matter what its on.

Hondo77, you truly understand quality mp3 players.

Posted by Jeff on February 16, 2004 at 4:24 PM (CST)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

Michael—No.  You need to first import the CD and then transfer it using either Manual or AutoSync modes.  If you choose Manual Sync mode, you can choose to delete the CD from your computer after it is transferred to your iPod.


You’ll need to record the audio from the cassettes into your computer—in real time using a Line Out—> Line In connection.  There is software available that can do this… the simplest method on Windows is likely to buy Windows XP Plus! Digital Media Edition, which comes with tools to help you out.

Posted by azdude_15gb on February 16, 2004 at 11:13 AM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

I own an iPod, and as much as i love it, i would not recommend it to anyone.  the battery life is very debilitating, and although everything else is fantastic, if you want to use it anywhere but at home, i would recommend something that gets great battery life, with a few less options.

I also find its inability to play many file types very tedieus, as i enjoy OGG and WM files, yet it supports neither.

Posted by KeaneE04 on February 16, 2004 at 10:54 AM (CST)

Future Pods

it looks like an evil remote!!! i like the speaker tho and the favorites button on the bottom.whats your bpm?

Posted by sene_ncb on February 16, 2004 at 9:04 AM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

To get an Ipod or not? IMHO, you will not be disappointed.

I can’t praise the thing highly enough. I’m sure there are alternatives that are just as functional, but none of them will touch the Ipod for the satisfaction factor it gives. It is just a really nice thing to have.

Bear in mind also, it is basically a big portable hard disk. I have the very first 5gb model, which is relatively small.

I use about 3gb for music - 600 or so songs, and the rest I use to back up my work files from my office and home computers - I have all my stuff with me all the time, plus 20 hours of my favourite music.

All that in a package that (honestly) has air stewardesses saying ‘Oh cool, an Ipod! Can I have a look?.

OK, so the last bit was just a coincidence - it won’t necessarily improve your love life!

Ref operating systems, mine was originally Mac, and using Itunes is totally seamless - but I changed it to Win because in that format it can be read by my PC and my Mac. If you format it Mac the PC can’t write to the disk. Obviously hardwarewise, Ipods are all the same, so the decision between a PC version and a Mac version isn’t importent, you can change it later if you like. There are plenty of utilities to rip your MP3s off the Ipod before you change it.

There are alternatives to the Ipod, which may work just as well, may be cheaper but they’re not BETTER than the Ipod, so go get one.

Posted by jonnyd on February 16, 2004 at 5:54 AM (CST)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

What is the best way to transfer cassettes into iTunes?
Any information is appreciated!

Posted by Evie on February 16, 2004 at 2:58 AM (CST)

How to burn a CD in iTunes


Posted by john 2 on February 15, 2004 at 8:32 PM (CST)

Future Pods

Ooops, typo!

Posted by photos on February 15, 2004 at 1:42 PM (CST)

Future Pods

That photo of the ipod MNini Pro looks more like a high-tech crowd control baton than a convenient pocket device.

Here are some photos of existing advanced media players - some of them look pretty good for non-Apple devices - I look forward to Apple’s take on this device:


Posted by photos on February 15, 2004 at 1:40 PM (CST)

Future Pods

i want apple to bring out an ipod that is the size of the mini with a colour screen and can hold 10,000 tunes. what do you think the chances are of this happening in the near future?

Posted by Paul Whitehouse on February 15, 2004 at 1:19 PM (CST)

The iPod mini Reaction Roundup

Speck Products seemed to have to most to say :p I love those great informative answers, i sure hope that guy or girl aint a company spokesperson…

Posted by stunted on February 15, 2004 at 12:22 PM (CST)

Future Pods

I’m far less interested in neato extras than I am in the iPod doing what it already does better and acting more like iTunes on Mac. Better battery performance and lifetime, more capacity, the functionality we enjoy with iTunes at home, seamless updating of tag info with and between our main computer so our library doesn’t become divergent…

While AirPort enabled might be cool (I envision moving about the house with my iPod and it is playing through my home sound system), I wouldn’t suffer it at the detriment of being better at what it already offers.

Posted by HeadCase on February 15, 2004 at 8:54 AM (CST)

Future Pods

Opps! The big one is:

And I know que is spelled queue I’m tired…

Posted by Silent Lite on February 15, 2004 at 1:57 AM (CST)

Future Pods

Yeah it’s super late but I took the liberty to waste my time and tiredly p-chop an iPod-Pro it’s not awsome by anymeans but I figured since I was bored it might just tickle some of your fancys…  Here’s my rendition of the ipod pro (the bottom buttons are to que up songs or loops quickly) and mine is designed to be held with two hands one for the top and one for the bottom wheel.

and this one is the big one:



Posted by Silent Lite on February 15, 2004 at 1:54 AM (CST)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

Can you put an album directly onto an iPod from a CD?

Posted by michael meagher on February 14, 2004 at 10:26 PM (CST)

Future Pods

Ipod Sport
A more rugged version of the Ipod that would most likely include texturized rubber on the sides for extra grip, along with being “weatherproof” and scratch resistant. If this could be applied to any of the ipods, I think that would be a truly beneficial add-on.

Posted by Ryan on February 14, 2004 at 6:11 PM (CST)

Future Pods

Let’s have an iPod with built in voice recording.  It’s cool that you can accessorize the current line - but I can’t be sold on a device for which I’ll end up carrying around extraneous parts.

And concerning turn table style scratching on an iPod. . . forget the real DJs - I agree, they’ll continue using turntables. . . but adding that feature on a consumer music device could inspire all kinds of cool creativity from everyday consumers.  Picture two people on a subway having their own scratch battle - just for fun.  It would be the epitome of Apple’s dream to innovate the way we use and enjoy media.  I’d be all over it, for sure.

Posted by Bent on February 14, 2004 at 2:37 PM (CST)

Future Pods

I want an iPod with OGG support and recording capabilities.

Posted by root on February 14, 2004 at 1:35 PM (CST)

Future Pods

old bag

Posted by joe mamma on February 14, 2004 at 1:12 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

The 4g ipod are coming out on feb 27! they cost 900 spankers…. but pepsi is having a constest and 3 in every 5 pepsi bottles win you a 4th gen iPod…. I have a freind who works for pepsi so he already got me two ipods!

Posted by ezra chipotle on February 14, 2004 at 9:44 AM (CST)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

Can someone spare a few minutes to help me out please? My only problem is trying to make the iTrip work. I have downloaded Music Jukebox (necessary for syncing itrip stations on ipod) but the damn thing just won’t sync !  On the manual it says that a blue LED should appear on the itrip to indicate the proper functioning, whereas I only get a bloody red light, even if the itrip stations are actually on my ipod.  Please help !  Another quick question:  can you delete tracks from the ipod?  If so, how?
Thanks !!

Posted by Tom on February 14, 2004 at 9:09 AM (CST)

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