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New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

dude, a remote with an lcd readout would be too big, making it annoying.  a slim remote is better, and besides most people only use the remote to navigate through play lists, not an entire collection, that is what the scroll wheel is for.
peace.

Posted by phil jude on August 6, 2003 at 1:33 PM (CDT)

MWNY03: A look at iPod accessories

LimeWire rules!!!!

Posted by limewire on August 5, 2003 at 10:26 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

“bouncy guy”

I understand the value of the USB based Keychain mp3 device, but iTunes does not export to them.  Thus, the only way I see getting music on the iRiver device is to burn an audio CD from iTunes, then encode the files as mp3 using a non-iTunes encoder and store them on my hard drive, then transfer them to the iRiver device via some other, non-iTunes software…

Very involved!  How and with what process/software do you accomplish this?

 

Posted by Matt Dermer on August 5, 2003 at 9:57 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I have one question to ask to Charles - do yuo weigh less than 20 stones?

Posted by big fat bobby taylor on August 5, 2003 at 9:28 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

FAQ seems old, there’s now an OSX and OS9 music manager for the iRiver

http://www.iriveramerica.com/support/iFP-manager.asp

To manage such devices with iTunes you’d have to rely on Apple or third-party to provide a suitable driver.

These drives, like most of the flash RAM players, also function as basic USB thumb drives—you can mount them on your desktop as regular (though small) USB drives.

Posted by bouncy guy on August 1, 2003 at 7:06 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Three cheers for T-Slice.  Not only does he have awesome taste in mp3 players, but he’s helping people out!  It’s one thing to say “I hate this war” and “Free those Iraqis
but this guy is actually DOING something.  Hurray!  If only the world would see Americans like him, eh?

Posted by Aakash on August 1, 2003 at 1:44 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Response to bouncy guy re: Check Out Key Chain mp3:

Thank you fo the advice.  I was checking out the mp3 players from Wired.  On iRiver’s web site it says in the FAQ area that 100 & 300 series are not Mac OSX compatible - is this correct? 

The Kanguru product, also recommended in Wired, looks like a good fit.  But, I am wondering:

1) How do I load the player with iTunes as my music program and the AAU format?  It would seem that I would need to maintain iTunes and another program for the mp3s?

2) Why do I need an iPod?  I really only want music for on the go - as in when I am jogging?

Very confused and second guessing all of my Mac decisions. Help!

Posted by Matt Dermer on July 31, 2003 at 9:10 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

thats cool :D What bands do you like?

Posted by Patrick M. in Kuwait on July 31, 2003 at 8:19 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Patrick, your musical tastes describe me almost the same!

though rock/metal is not my first choice as it seems with you, I am getting to like more and more.. all other stuff you said fits me exactly…

“rock/metal. some techno, some lounge music, and a little bit of rap, not a lot though”

Posted by spirit on July 31, 2003 at 8:16 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Hal9000, your words are well noted, but lack any real substance. Yes, Apple lost market share in areas where they once dominated. But it would be ridiculous to think that Apple would repeat these mistakes. Those mistakes were made with very bad management, who are all gone now. Steve Jobs isn’t going to let this slip through his hands like you think!

Posted by Charles on July 31, 2003 at 1:28 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

noname should shut his trap because the american government is doing alot for Iraq and for the middle-east. If you want to talk about your political views then go somewhere else.

Didn’t you just expound your own political view there, then tell everyone who doesn’t agree with you to get lost?

That doesn’t seem politically neutral to me. If yhu are going to inject your own ideologies then you should accept that other people will as well.

Posted by MakeSpaghettiNotWar on July 31, 2003 at 1:09 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

If anyone has any advice for me/can recommend freeze & skip prevention when jogging

No HD-based MP3 player can really withstand prolonged, sustained bouncy motions. Not to mention that, really, these little devices don’t have RAID 1 and all that reading/writing from the disk during heavy activity is risky. And you *really* don’t want to have to try to source a replacement for an iPod’s proprietary hard drive yourself.

Keep the iPod, but also get a solid-state keychain MP3 player for heavy activity. They are a lot smaller and cheaper than an iPod as well, but they do only store a couple of album’s worth of music! I like the iRiver ones. There are some reviewed in the current Wired as “Key Chain MP3 Players
“.

Posted by bouncy guy on July 31, 2003 at 1:02 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Not necessarily the largest marketshare, cheaper alternatives will win out there, but the best overall models in terms of form and features: small and sexy, high resolution screen, best backlighting…

I don’t think you’re seeing the bigger picture. Other HD-based jukeboxes have added or are adding microphone dictation, recording, video record and playback, full-colour screens, bluetooth, and battery lives 2-3 times longer then V3 iPods. And they do this at price points ranging from around the same as an iPod to less than half the price. Against this the iPOds offer a couple of ounces and half an inch.

If you look past the retail dollars spent, then iPods accounted for just over 10% of MP3 player sales last XMas, and I’d argue that as their distinctive style is copies, and features added, then you’re going to see a repeat of the Macs long slide in retail sales percentages and usability advantage. Apple is a great starter, but seems to slowly kill its best products through benign neglect, incremental upgrades, and excessive pricing.

http://www.macobserver.com/article/2003/03/13.10.shtml

US Retail Unit Market Share for MP3 Players Q4 2002 %
   
RCA 12.95
RIO 11.27
APPLE 11.23
SAMSUNG 8.63
NIKE-PHILIPS 8.53
 
All Other 47.39

Posted by HAL9000 on July 31, 2003 at 12:55 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Love the pics. I was in Bahrain during the war. Don’t worry, no political comments. There is an Apple dealer in town but they don’t stock much and what they had was at least 6 - 12 months old. My wife sent me an iPod for my birthday while I was there so it tolerated the flight. Wanted to get a pic of my Pod at the “Pearl of the Gulf” monument but it was covered with scaffolding my last 3 months there.

Posted by navsurg on July 31, 2003 at 9:35 AM (CDT)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

the wmas are designed so they cant be converted or even played on programs like winamp and also its not really *buy* music because your actually paying to listen to it, and unlike iChoons someone knows when and where you listen to the tracks and make sure u cant convert them

Posted by ti on July 31, 2003 at 9:28 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Look, I love the look and feel of my new 15gb iPod. I love iTunes, and I love my new Mac. But, I am pretty frustrated that the iPod freezes and skips while jogging (yes, I have already returned it and received a new unit - same problems).  The active lifestyle marketing stuff is junk.  I wish I would have hit these forums in advance to appreciate that people don’t use these things when jogging.  If anyone has any advice for me/can recommend freeze & skip prevention when jogging, please reply.

Posted by Matt Dermer on July 30, 2003 at 10:36 PM (CDT)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

I’m a Windows iPod.  I bought some tracks from BuyMusic.com just to try it out since it’s new and iTunes for Windows isn’t out yet. Of course, they are WMA files which iPod won’t accept.  Is there any way to export WMA files to iPod?  By conversion or something?  I’m not well versed in technology so be gentle.

Posted by Rick on July 30, 2003 at 9:01 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

The backlighting stuff—the glowing buttons—is kind of gimmicky, but it looks very cool.


from the last guy.

lol im not buying his book, his grammar sucks too much for a decent read

Posted by foo_foo on July 28, 2003 at 11:27 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

I disagree.

The 1.8” hard drive is what allows the iPod its greatest feature: form.  It’s smaller, lighter and sleaker than its competitors.

And that’s what Apple does.  Their stuff is generally more expensive in a price/performance/features comparison,  but it’s always sexy.  Apple will stay with the smaller drive, keeping the larger price, but have a sleak and sexy design that those using larger, cheaper hard drives just won’t be able to compete against.  Features will continue to be added and reliability will be improved, but the price won’t drop over time.  Competitors will roll out with 2.5” hard drive based products.  They’ll be larger and less expensive.  Feature sets will be similar.  Reliability will be stabilized.

In the end, Apple will have the same section of the MP3 player market that they enjoy in most other markets.  Not necessarily the largest marketshare, cheaper alternatives will win out there, but the best overall models in terms of form and features: small and sexy, high resolution screen, best backlighting…

In the present, the iPod on windows suffers from Apple’s reliance on third party software (aka MusicMatch).  Once they roll out a Windows version of iTunes (if they do), the iPod will be that much better.

I, personally, have used MusicMatch for years and find version 8.0 to have everything I’ve ever wanted in a music cataloging program.  It has worked flawlessly with my 10GB iPod after a few minor studders out of the gate.

Posted by Ybarra on July 27, 2003 at 1:36 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Someone asked about iPods in the tropics. I’m living in Fiji now and have no tanks or fighter jets around to pose w/ my iPod so I’ll stick w/ palms and blue water views.

Some pics at http://homepage.mac.com/jsegal/PhotoAlbum9.html

To be fair, my first 30gig died a week after getting it. This replacement has been great and goes w/ me everywhere from dive boats to hiking trips to my work commute.

Posted by Jonathan Segal on July 26, 2003 at 11:51 PM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

Super!!

Posted by Michael on July 26, 2003 at 3:28 AM (CDT)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,111168,00.asp

nice.

Posted by Adam in Detroit on July 25, 2003 at 8:28 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

If Pat or t-slice are intersted, I’m in Beirut right now… drop me a line on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).. well meet up in the centreville or in monnot

Posted by ipod wannabe on July 25, 2003 at 2:05 AM (CDT)

MWNY03: A look at iPod accessories

i went back to booq on friday to get a 15” powerbook case, and they were sold out! :( oh well, ill hav eto order one online i guess

Posted by ian on July 24, 2003 at 9:27 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Thank you Ari,

Well,  It looks like my next report is going to be from Iraq. 


  To everyone that wrote in, thank you, I am going on the road making my way to Iraq.  Once I get communications set up I will drop a line.

Later

Posted by t-slice on July 23, 2003 at 10:47 PM (CDT)

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