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iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

hey Jim Reed,
where are you in saudi? I just bought my ipod here in Texas, but I’ll goin back to Dhahran in Feb. to see how it handles over there…

Posted by Bart on December 27, 2003 at 7:25 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

i dont know about u guys but iPod works flawlessly with both windows xp and mac, but i hate using winxp much rather use a UNIX based system!

Posted by EvilGeek04 on December 27, 2003 at 6:05 PM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

Heh. It adds weight to the argument that you

Posted by jonnyd on December 27, 2003 at 4:40 PM (CST)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

Pretty useful article. I’m not very good w/ computers, but did figure out how to rip cd’s lol. But now i now how to change which bitrate I encode at :)

Posted by Syph on December 27, 2003 at 5:41 AM (CST)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Is there an Apple store in Saudi Arabia?
where an u get these beasts there?

Posted by bozo on December 26, 2003 at 6:18 AM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

IPod ? Forget it.

Creative Labs Muvo players wipe the floor with this overpriced IPod kit.

Yeah, sure the IPod is a quality device, its just massively overpriced.Don’t Apple ever learn ?

Posted by Paul on December 26, 2003 at 5:29 AM (CST)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

I actually found that really usefull. thanks loads

Posted by fiona on December 25, 2003 at 12:35 PM (CST)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

Thanks for this article! Really needed to know how to do all this ripping stuff!! Only got mine yesterday, so christmas will be filled with new cd’s getting put onto the computer and the ipod!

Posted by Zvaan on December 24, 2003 at 6:02 AM (CST)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

Nicely put, know how to rip but have just got my ipod and was unsure of ripping options in itunes, thanx.

Posted by KEZ on December 24, 2003 at 5:23 AM (CST)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

You could just read my post above or mail me if you need more help. Its a lengthy explanation but i’ll be glad to help :)

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Posted by Strykar in India on December 23, 2003 at 10:12 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Remember the name Toshiba Gigabeat. This can be a potential iPod killer. It is smaller and slimmer with 20GB. Toshiba is using their leverage with the 1.8’’ HDD and their experience in electronics to outshine Apple (who is primarily a computer company). It probably would contain a recording ability and maybe even an FM tuner. The dimensions are around 3.5 X 3.2X .5 (inches that is).

Posted by Jack Shutzman on December 23, 2003 at 8:46 AM (CST)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Saddam had a an old creative Nomad 2 in his spider hole. What a loser.

Posted by TomVeil on December 21, 2003 at 3:55 PM (CST)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Hey hey hey now, sure I’m against the war and all, but this isn’t about a war, it’s about…an iPod! Yes!
I just wanted to drop a note to noname. Not to make this a political discussion or anything, but “them Americans” aren’t the type of evil, Bush-backing force you may think. Nearly half of us want Bush out of power and the rest of us know the war was a bull act to win some votes. Anyways, just wanted to defend myself a bit. Just because I don’t support the war, either, doesn’t mean that I don’t support the troops. Go troops! Get out of there so you don’t get killed!

Posted by L-Slice on December 21, 2003 at 3:04 PM (CST)

An iPod Experience: Part 2

Love your article.Its as if i were there right next to you gazing at your ipod. Because of this i really want to get an ipod

Posted by Michael "devilgearx" Ha on December 21, 2003 at 2:31 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I just bought a 15gb Ipod online about a week ago.  I have a PC. (no mac yet)  I put the ipod in the dock and installed the cd and in less that 10 minutes i had a couple thousand songs on it.  I cant say ive had a single problem yet.  The only thing I can complain about is the battery life.  Other than that it is the best purchase i’ve ever made

Posted by David Carter on December 20, 2003 at 11:37 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I’m only fourteen years old and Charles spelling horrifies me! For Gods sake man, take an English class!

Posted by IwantafrigginIPOD!! on December 19, 2003 at 4:12 PM (CST)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

I’ve just received my first iPod, and I’ve found a way to bypass the niggly thing with the on the go playlist option:

1. Go to - Browse - Song - and play your first selection.

2. Then add the remaining songs as normal (the second and subsequent songs should play one after another).

I suppose the only problem with this method is that if you choose to replay your playlist, then the first song will not replay.

Let me know if this has solved any queries regarding the On the Go playlist option.

Cheers!

Posted by John C on December 18, 2003 at 6:33 PM (CST)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I live in the exact opposite type of conditions taht you do Tslice. I am working for Raytheon with the NSF in Antarctica. Where it goes down to -50 degrees and -118 with windchill. I have seen one iPod go dead from the cold. They left it in their parka pocket and BIG surprise the cold killed it. I clip mine on the inside of my pants to keep it warm. So far no problems!

Your little arcticle was neat.

Posted by Ryan on December 18, 2003 at 1:48 AM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

There are three new players that make the old iPod look bulky:

Creative Labs Nomad MuVo

Posted by iPodLookingBulkyTheseDays on December 16, 2003 at 12:11 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I like my FrontierLab Nexia. It even *looks* like an iPod!

It’s a plain device with voice and FM tuner and recording. A very nice LCD screen. The big draw is that it takes CF cards including the 1GB microdrives or RAM.

It’s much smaller than the iPod and no moving parts so never skips. Much longer battery life.

With the convenience of the cards you can just slide in a different memory card and away you go with some new stuff. All the convenience of the flash players like iRiver but with expandability.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000SVSO4/

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000SVSOO/

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000SVSP8/

Posted by FrontierLabs on December 15, 2003 at 6:22 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I came awfully close to getting the 20gb rio karma, then considered getting an ipod, until i found out about the iRiver iHP-120. I chose this because it has the features I really wanted out of an portable mp3 player. First, it’s the same size as an ipod 20gb (a few milimeters bigger, but that’s nothin), and while the joystick/button design for navigation isn’t quite as intuitive (or cool) as the ipod’s, it’s definitely usable, and from what I’ve seen from the Rio, probably alot better. It’s also black, which I prefer to the ipod’s white.

Now, moving on from usability issues and looks, it has some other features that I just couldn’t pass up. First, it has an internal mic that can make voice recordings. Secondly, it also has line in and line out ports, that work as optical OR analog. For recording via the input, you can choose to record via an external mic, line in, or optical in. The external mic is a hell of alot hotter than line in, by the way. For all this recording, you can record to wav (optical does 48khz while the rest do 44), or to mp3 that is encoded on the fly, at bitrates ranging from 40kpbs to 320. This sold it for me, as I am an avid show taper (with a pair of clip on mic’s and a sony DAT), and this will be fun to play with - I plan to do a double recording sometime to do a comparison of quality between the DAT and iHP-120, but I’ve already done a test recording at a show and it didnt sound bad at all. My only gripe would have to be that there doesn’t appear to be a way to control the level of the line-in, but you CAN adjust the level of the external mic, just not while you are recording. Also, it doesnt show levels so you won’t know if it’s redlining until you actually listen to it. I’m hoping they might fix this in a firmware update but I’m not very hopeful, although from what my test showed, it might not even be needed.

Anyways, just wanted to chime in, I too think the karma is rather ugly, and the slightly bigger size of the iHP-120 is not a deterrant at all. I guess the only one would be the price - it’s around $355 or so, a bit more than the karma but with the extra features, I think it’s worth it. It does play OGG’s, by the way, and transferring files is painless with USB as the unit shows up as another hard drive connected to your system - you can easily use it as a portable hard drive if you want. There’s more reviews around the net if you look, for more indepth information.

Posted by IriverVSKarma on December 15, 2003 at 3:56 PM (CST)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Summary:  AAC recordings are definitely smaller than what I’ve been using, but are about the same as MP3 at the same bits-per-second rate (which is understandable, I suppose).  Rip speed is the same at the same kbps rate. 

OK, here are some stats:

  “Miracles of Notre Dame”, Harp Consort (HMU 907317),
Finder says 707mb on the disk.

AAC default:      65.6mb (high quality, 128kpbs, 12.7x rip speed)

MP3 high/custom:  97.7mb (192kpbs, VBR on, quality Medium, 14.0x rip speed) (my current default)

MP3 custom:  66.3mb (128kbps, VBR on, quality Highest, 12.2x rip speed) (probably similar to AAC…)

MP3 default:      80.3mb (160kbps VBR off, 13.5x rip speed)

Rip speed was as recorded on the longest track (13:34), and is an ‘impression’ of the average of the values reported during Import.  Machine is a 933 G4, iTunes 4.1

Not a rigorous benchmark, your mileage may vary :-)

Which sounds better?  Neither my speakers nor my ears are qualified to judge.  I hope someone else will address that.

    dave

Posted by David Emery on December 14, 2003 at 12:32 PM (CST)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Wow.  This is discouraging.  I’m a very inept Windows XP user who bought a 20GB IPod today without doing my homework.  All I want is to have a “jukebox” for my home stereo system so I can put my 500 CDs in storage.  Now I find out there are all kinds of format problems, that maybe the Apple device is still not really compatible with my PC, and even that outputting from the Ipod to my amp through an analog headphone jack is going to muddy up the sound (in which case why even worry about the format?).  And of course, it will take me months to rip the music off of all 500 CDs, and I don’t have PC storage space to keep them uncompressed, but how can you choose a compressed format when they change all of the time?

So, basically, should I just take this thing back and get a Dell or something more PC-oriented?  I don’t want to inflame all of you Apple diehards, but I hate computers in general and want to spend as little time as possible doing this—I just want my music in a jukebox, and I want as close to CD quality as I can get.  Thanks.

Posted by Sparky on December 13, 2003 at 10:33 PM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

One of the problems I see with the iPod is that Apple bought this amazing hardware platform from PortalPlayer (dual CPU, 32MB RAM, high-res LCD) but by closing off their API they have really stymied independent development. Linux on the iPod is goig nowhere and the slight firmware updates for the iPods add very little functionality and deliberately ignore older iPods (to boost new model sales).

By contrast, the ancient Archos is an audio player that keeps improving. Remember, the Archos 6GB was the first hard disk-based mp3 player, released almost a full year before the iPod. I consider the Archos Recorder 20GB their best audio handheld, offering SPDIF playback and recording which let me finally replace my trusty minidisc.

Anyway, one of the things that lets Archos improve is the ongoing Rockbox open-source program. Some incredibly clever and devious people have managed to add some amazing functionality to the Archos, including games, PDA functionality, text readers, a plugin architecture, amazing playlists, and increased battery life.

But even I was amazed to read that one cunning Rockbox developer has now created a plugin that enables the ancient Archos to display 60fps grey-scale video. Yes, that’s right… a device originally intended to play mp3 files only can now display album art, screen savers, and video during mp3 playback.

Compared to the iPod’s hardware, the Archos is unbelievably primitive. Yet the Rockbox wizards can make it do incredibly tricks. Where is this innovation in the iPod? All we get from Apple is predictable increases in disk size, followed by predictable hefty price increases. Oh, and reduced battery life. For iPod to prosper, Apple needs to open this platform!

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/12/14/0050224

http://rockbox.haxx.se/mail/archive/rockbox-archive-2003-12/0439.shtml

http://rockbox.haxx.se/docs/features.html

Posted by ArchosNowPlaysVideo on December 13, 2003 at 10:15 PM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

to writer… iTunes is now available for windows users like me… and i’m happily using it… HAHA, LOSER!

Posted by alex on December 12, 2003 at 12:29 AM (CST)

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