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First Looks: iTrip, iPod Armor & FlipStand

I had a belkin tunecast fm broadcaster and like the iRock, it’s a dongle type thing.  The itrip does not require batteries.

I have to say that the size and power benefits of the itriop make it a lot better than competing products.

I hear that Belkin has a new fm transmitter that has much better fidelity than the itrip.  But it also has a dongle and uses batteries.

Posted by johnny on October 30, 2003 at 10:57 AM (CST)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I keep iTunes & MMJB on my PC, and I just direct both of their music libraries to the same folder location.  For the most part, I like iTunes better, but there have been situations where I’ve opted to go use MMJB for a given situation.  You’ll just have to choose one of them as your default player.

Posted by me on October 30, 2003 at 9:27 AM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

30GB $500, 80GB $700

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0303/03030217smartdiskflashtrax.asp

http://www.smartdisk.com/Products/DigitalMultimedia/FlashTrax.asp

http://store.yahoo.com/smartdiskstore/flashtrax.html

Excellent for photographers!

CompactFlash type I, II CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive slot on-device. No crummy Belkin add-ons required.

AUDIO
Stereo analog line out or earphone jack

Built-in speaker

MP3 and WAV formats. Plays MP3 files encoded up to 320 kbps bit rate; can play VBR encoded files

VIDEO
LCD: 3.5

Posted by FlashTrax on October 29, 2003 at 5:41 PM (CST)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

Just downloaded itunes for the pc.
As normal for Mac its crashed my pod lost all my playlists. Itunes is as dull as you get, feature less and dull to look at.
If you got a pc get xplay and just sync it to media player simple.

Posted by Rick on October 29, 2003 at 9:28 AM (CST)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

http://news.com.com/2100-1041-5097266.html

Dell says that the device, which comes with a capacity of either 15GB or 20GB, can play music continually for up to 16 hours ... Dell seemed to take a swipe at Apple. “Carrying around thousands of songs on one small device is a nifty idea, but not if you have to recharge it every few hours.”

http://www.techtv.com/news/products/story/0,24195,3558236,00.html

Large 2-inch LCD
Champ-like 15 hours of battery life—the longest we’ve seen (Dell rates battery life at 16 hours)
Comfortable scroll barrel
Solid construction designed by Dell and manufactured by Creative

The Dell DJ is also hands-down the best player to look at in a dark room. The back-lit LCD emanates a delicious blue hue while the buttons give off an intense blue glow.

The Dell DJ adds a useful voice recorder to the mix thanks to a tiny microphone sitting at the top-left of the device. You need third-party hardware to use an iPod as a voice recorder.

The Dell DJ, along with the hot Rio Karma, certainly belongs in the top echelon of portable hard-drive MP3 players. The DJ’s greatness starts with the quality of its build. The friendly $300 price for the 20GB version is $100 less than an iPod with the same capacity.

 

Posted by DellDJ on October 27, 2003 at 7:19 PM (CST)

Digital Devices

I can’t believe what I’ve just read. It is this kind of rudeness that makes me cringe. How can you ever expect to evangelise PC users with this kind of attitude. The article shows an incredible amount of selfishness! I use both so I have no axe to grind but you need to read your work before you send it out!

Best wishes Iain

Posted by Iain on October 24, 2003 at 9:14 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Hi, just wanted to say that 2 days ago I bought the new 40gb ipod. I actually bought mine while on a business trip in Paris, as they were selling the 40gb there for the same price as a 15gb would cost me in Prague, CZ.
Needless to say I was very impressed with the packaging and the device itself. I think the control system is fine, quite sensitive until you get used to it, but nice. Ive never seen the older g ipods so whats different with the controls?
Im using the ipod on my pc (winxp) through an audigy 1 cards firewire port, and havent had any problems whatsoever. Ive managed to upgrade my firmware and trnasfer songs without any problems. Im using the windows version of itunes to transfer.
At the moment Im testing out the battery life, Ive had it playing for around 2 hours already, non-stop and it seems to be on or around 60-70%. I was kind of hoping it would last longer but Ive only had it for a day so we’ll see.
Incidently to the guy complaining about scratches I reas somewhere on this site or one of the others something about using Brasso on them, apparently fixes it.
Well just wanted to say that Im happy I gave in and bought it :)

Andrew P

Posted by Andrew P on October 24, 2003 at 3:32 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Hi, just wanted to say that 2 days ago I bought the new 40gb ipod. I actually bought mine while on a business trip in Paris, as they were selling the 40gb there for the same price as a 15gb would cost me in Prague, CZ.
Needless to say I was very impressed with the packaging and the device itself. I think the control system is fine, quite sensitive until you get used to it, but nice. Ive never seen the older g ipods so whats different with the controls?
Im using the ipod on my pc (winxp) through an audigy 1 cards firewire port, and havent had any problems whatsoever. Ive managed to upgrade my firmware and trnasfer songs without any problems. Im using the windows version of itunes to transfer.
At the moment Im testing out the battery life, Ive had it playing for around 2 hours already, non-stop and it seems to be on or around 60-70%. I was kind of hoping it would last longer but Ive only had it for a day so we’ll see.
Incidently to the guy complaining about scratches I reas somewhere on this site or one of the others something about using Brasso on them, apparently fixes it.
Well just wanted to say that Im happy I gave in and bought it :)

Andrew P

Posted by Andrew P on October 24, 2003 at 3:31 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

iPod prices here (the ME) are a bit higher

Posted by Patrick M. on October 23, 2003 at 4:14 AM (CDT)

Reader Rebuttal: Digital Devices

hmmm,

I guess you’re now proved wrong ;-)

Posted by SoloMalee on October 23, 2003 at 4:12 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Hoorah, my ipod arrived last week, down loaded tracks, began to listen then disaster.

The pod would not switch on or off, all i got was the apple symbol on the screen. It also got very hot.

Sent it back and the new one arrived today, just got to charge it up and off i go.

Anyone else had this problem.

Regards

Robster UK

Posted by Robster on October 22, 2003 at 1:06 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Sorry if I have missed this, but does anyone know if itunes and musicmatch can coexist?  Or would I have to completely transition away from MMJB.  MMJB is incredibly buggy, but how difficult is the transition to Itunes?  Thanks for the help…..

Posted by david on October 21, 2003 at 11:13 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I just recently started re-ripping my cds to AAC and was very happy when I discovered the Copy Track Info to CD Tracks v1.2 script.  It was working great until I downloaded the new iTunes 4.1.  Now when I run the script, I get the error “File Permission Error” and it creates a playlist called “*songProps”.  I ran Disk Utility and repaired my disk permissions, but I still get the error.  What happened?  Is there an update or a fix for this?  I would love to continue using the script… I still have about 500 cds to re-rip.

Thanks

Posted by Adam on October 20, 2003 at 5:04 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

i was reading the posts and wondering.. since i live in canada and the temperature can go well below 10c during the winter .. ( around -25c sometimes in the cold mornings) .. is there any known bugs using the ipods in very cold temperatures

Posted by samzor on October 20, 2003 at 10:57 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Hi
I have iTunes for windows now
I have about 1,200 songs and I am thinking about reimporting them all.

First, is it really worth it?  It takes forever, I dont know if it is worth it.

Second, if I do the replace thing, will it copy much faster than a plan import or does that just do a good keeping of your current info for the song?

Thanks

Posted by Scott on October 19, 2003 at 5:56 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

eustacescrubb wrote:
1) What is the best software to rip to WAV… I have used MusicMatch on the PC and it does CDDB lookup and names the file based on artist/album/song and even uses directories based on all that, which is nice. WAV files can’t store ID tags. Is there a better method?

if this hasn

Posted by m.r.m. on October 19, 2003 at 7:52 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

I loathe the new buttons…I wish I could have the 40Gb capacity in my old 10Gb case!

Posted by mbj on October 14, 2003 at 4:45 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

http://gear.ign.com/articles/452/452815p1.html?fromint=1

“The iRiver iHP-100, which is the company’s first stab at the hard drive market, sits between the iPod and Zen NX in many ways. The sound quality is not quite on par with Creative’s, but is better than Apple’s. It is slightly larger than the iPod, but a good bit smaller than the Zen NX. However, in terms of straight features and abilities it beats the hell out of both.

No player is more versatile than the iHP-100. From the digital optical in and out to the insane menu system, there is nothing you could ask of a portable that isn’t in the iHP-100. This is something iRiver is famous for, and the company didn’t hold back with the iHP-100.

Another big draw is that the iHP-100 shows up as a generic hard drive. You don’t need any software or drivers; you simply drag and drop.

Unfortunately, the very things that make this such an impressive device also make it the most expensive in the shootout. Make no mistake: This is the Starship Enterprise of hard drive portables. However, you pay out the ass for it.

The iHP-100 is my daily player. And if you aren’t on a budget, then I recommend it without reservation. However, the price will turn many people off.”

Posted by reviews on October 14, 2003 at 3:48 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

http://gear.ign.com/articles/452/452815p1.html?fromint=1

“Compared to the iPod or iRiver the Zen NX is a beast. It is a good deal larger and heavier, which makes it harder to tote around. Creative includes a carrying case, but that just makes it bigger.

Two things make the Zen NX a great player. Firstly, the sound quality is second to none. It is loud and clear as a bell. Invest in a decent set of headphones and you’ll be happy as a clam. Secondly, it offers stunning value. The larger capacity model is the same price as the entry iPod and much cheaper than the iRiver.

Creative also packed the Zen with features. It is not as robust as the iRiver, but it is equipped with plenty of sound and playback options.

I recommend the Zen to anyone looking for a good deal. I also recommend it to those of you who place the highest priority on sound quality. It’s not as slick as the iPod or as well-endowed as the iRiver, but I think the sound and cost make it a very practical solution.”

Posted by reviews on October 14, 2003 at 3:47 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Comparison review of iPod, Zen, iHP
http://gear.ign.com/articles/452/452815p1.html?fromint=1

“The iPod is a funny device. Apple has done an excellent job marketing it, and it is wildly popular, but in a lot of ways it is not such a great player. It does, however, look hella cool, which is enough for many people. The iPod excels in portability and ease of use. All versions are small and light. Of these three players the iPod is the easiest to carry around with you. The menu system is simple and the touch-sensitive scroll wheel makes navigation a snap.

The drawbacks are battery life and sound. It plainly doesn’t sound as good as the Zen NX or iRiver. The battery life gets shorter and shorter with each generation of iPod. Apple’s claim is eight hours, depending on use.

I recommend the iPod to users working with a good size budget and not looking for a long list of features. If you want something that will simply play your songs, and don’t want to hassle through a complex menu system, then the iPod is for you. I also recommend it to anyone looking to pick up techie girls or boys.”

Posted by reviews on October 14, 2003 at 3:46 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Would just like to know if Ipod prices in the Middle East are cheaper than the US.

Posted by rush on October 14, 2003 at 8:09 AM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

I too was getting sick of juggling a dozen CF cards and booting up the laptop in dubious terrain to empty them while worrying about remaining battery was getting old fast.

I tried using the ArchosAV 340 - the 4” screen is good and the video out quality is acceptable, but it was a little bulky and at $600 was a little spendy for me.

I ebay’d it and got a Lyra instead. $400, screen not so good, but video out quality seems better. Longer battery life, same Compact Flash slot, and the unit is a lot more compact. I swapped out the 20GB drive for an 80GB drive. Has no problem accepting CF cards from my Canon, or recording from a direct Composite video feed from my Sony.

Lyra
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008VFCU/

ArchosAV
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000A3KY4/

Posted by VidGuy on October 13, 2003 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

P.S. For a very portable DV capturing system check out MCE’s Quickstream DV http://www.powerbook1.com/quickstreamdv.html

Posted by Eris on October 13, 2003 at 12:44 PM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

I came to this site asking the same question as Micheal. Does anyone know the answer? I have looked on this site but haven’t found any posts that address the question. My idea is to use an iPod, a dual female firewire adapter, and a firewire CF card reader to provide a storage solution for when I am out shooting with my digital camera. Will this work? Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Posted by Eris on October 13, 2003 at 9:51 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I havent posted here in a while. I’m still waiting for the 2nd part of this story. I just started university a few weeks ago. my pod goes everywhere with me. I’m the only one that has it in my university. I’ve gotten some attention from it. I havent had any problems with it temperature wise yet, and I listened to it on the plane just fine. I’ve scratched the cover and screen, but that isnt bothering me, unless my pod stops working, i’ll be fine. I still need to visit the Apple store here (in Lebanon). Peace.

Posted by Patrick on October 12, 2003 at 5:27 AM (CDT)

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