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Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Can anyone please describe how the ‘on-the-go’ playlist feature on the new ipods works?

Is it possible to continuously add music to the current playlist while listening to that same playlist in the mean time?

Is it easy to re-order the songs within that playlist?

Posted by phester in TX on May 12, 2003 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

Does anybody know if I can I sync the iPod with iPhoto, or can show QT videos (.MPG) on the iPod?

Posted by CQ in Paris on May 12, 2003 at 8:14 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

It seems most of the manufacturers are only interested in making cases. Is there anyone interested in making use of the new connector for other possibilities, such as a one-button-transfer card reader for downloading photos.

Posted by Mammoth in Hong Kong on May 12, 2003 at 2:22 AM (CDT)

How to fill a 5Gb iPod

I have a 5 GB iPod as well, and I fill it using a set of smart playlists:
- Audible Files: Kind is “Audible file”. I’m into books on tape, so I make sure they’re all on the iPod. I uncheck the ones that I’ve listened to, so they’re displayed in the iTunes playlist for reference, but not copied to the iPod.
- Favorites: Limit to 1 GB selected by highest rating.
- Recently Added: Limit to 1 GB selected by most recently added.
- Purchased Music: as Apple defined it. if I paid for it, I want to listen to it. (At least for now)
- Random Music: Limit to 2 GB selected by random. I like having this so that I’ve got “new” music to listen to every time i synch my iPod.

A few feature requests (in case an iPod engineer reads this):
- Add a ‘shuffle’ command to cause random smart playlists to re-randomize.
- Have ‘convert selection to AAC’ ask whether to remove the old tracks. I’ve been converting my 192k bps MP3’s to 128k bps AAC’s, and it’s amazingly tedious double checking to make sure that I delete the right MP3’s after conversion is done.
- I’m also finding that deleting tracks from iTunes (e.g. the MP3 versions of tracks I just converted to AAC’s) doesn’t always delete the MP3’s. So I have untold MB of disk space wasted on invisible music times. I’d like to be able to force a scan of the iTunes folders to make sure that all songs physically present are in iTunes, and vice versa.

Posted by Laird Popkin in New York City on May 11, 2003 at 5:58 PM (CDT)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

Minidisc uses Sony’s ATRAC compression.

Posted by Rus on May 11, 2003 at 9:28 AM (CDT)

Audio Formats Explained And Rated

Minidisc players use AAC format, I believe?

Posted by Phil on May 11, 2003 at 8:23 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience


Posted by Leee in planetlee on May 11, 2003 at 12:38 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

BTW, everyone needs to go to the above link and post a request for this to elevate the issue to apple…

Posted by Sean Smith in Los Angeles on May 10, 2003 at 10:19 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

“please Apple, please”

Posted by Sean Smith in Los Angeles on May 10, 2003 at 10:02 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Thanks for the comments… and I still am thankful for this little gem, I just feel a bit slighted.  At least with computer technology, faster chips are announced and it is at least a few months before the price drop occurs.  This was over the course of a week… your $500 buys 20 gigs today and 30 gigs with improvements (and some draw backs) tomorrow… if you we lucky enough to have your pay check cashed this week you win, if it was last week, too bad.

On balance, I am very satisfied.

Posted by Mark Matson in CT on May 9, 2003 at 8:49 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I agree with the WMA guy.

If he does have ten gigs of WMAs then a 20Gb iPod won’t be big enough once they’re converted to MP3s. Or, at least, not if he wants to put any more music on it afterwards.

And does anyone know a program that converts WMA to MP3 anyway?

Anybody who bought a Windows XP machine in the last year tends to have their music in WMA because that’s what Microsoft Media Player rips to, and since they’re the smallest files there doesn’t seem much point changing.

Posted by Tim in Bristol, UK on May 9, 2003 at 7:14 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Hi Mark,

I bought my 10G ipod on 18 April, just 10 days before Apple announced the launch of the new ipod.

Like you I was initially very upset over the matter.  But just think about it, beside being slightly thicker and heavier, the old model works as well as the new one (The docking station although useful is not really essential). 

In fact, I prefer the old design (the control layout) compared to the new one which look more ordinary and less cool.

The bottomline is the ipod (both old and new models) is simply a great piece human creation.  Not everyone is as fortunate as some of us to be able to afford one.  So just be thankful you are holding it in your hand.

Enjoy the music.

Posted by BC in Singapore on May 8, 2003 at 8:05 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

How can you feel ripped off just because Apple came out with a new model?  Should they have phoned you and told you “Psst, don’t buy yet, new models will be here in a couple of weeks?”  Good grief.  That’s technology.  Should they never come out with new models?  Should they tell everyone in advance when to expect them?  I guess they could do it like auto manufacturers, where you have a 2002 iPod, a 2003 iPod, etc.  But that ain’t gonna happen.

I bought a 20G iPod in January, then took it back because I read all the rumors about new models.  Had I known I’d have to wait 4 months for the new ones, I would have kept the 20G.  In some ways I liked my 20G more than my new 30G.  Them’s the breaks.  Just enjoy your new iPod.  It’s just as great now as when you bought it.

Posted by Chris on May 8, 2003 at 2:49 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I am upset that I bought a 20GB iPod at the end of March and that they came out with a newer version with larger capacity for the same price.  I bought mine from B&H Photo (got it the day after I ordered it) so I have no recourse but to look at my iPod as a rip-off.

Posted by Mark Matson in CT on May 8, 2003 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

Since it didn’t post the homepage link, I’ll post it now:

Posted by Mark Chally on May 8, 2003 at 11:36 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

As expected, the new iPods are completely compatible with PodPods—as are all iPods ever manufactured thus far.

Posted by Mark Chally on May 8, 2003 at 11:20 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Apple and Microsoft should be like every other company out there.  If they come out with an updated product make it just a little bit better than the old one so that the consumer has the urge to upgrade.  BUT they should also support the old products as well.  Supporting the old product should be in full and it shouldn’t make it better or equal to the new product because if it does….WHY WOULD THEIR BE A NEW PRODUCT!

Posted by MLWings on May 8, 2003 at 10:13 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

having been a pc user my whole life. i’m beginning to see a very familiar trend here from apple.  and i think everyone here knows where i’m going with this. but i’ve always been the pc guy that is in love with the apple machines and platform but because of my investments in pc software and the like it doesn’t make sense to move to a mac and incur all that cost again. so i stay on the pc.  but back in september i broke down and bought the 10GB iPod.  and i flat out LOVE it.  but if apple is going to start treating their loyal addicts like microsoft treats us.  i’d just assume keep getting in the ass from someone i’m already used to gettting it from, microsoft. i’m not disappointed or pissed at them for they way they run their business, i’m used to it.  i thougt apple was different, and thought different.  guess not.  if they aren’t going to do such basic things as update the firmware for the *ahem* old *ahem* ipods. then i sure as hell aren’t going to buy a new one no matter how hot the fire gets in my wallet to really want the 30GB (mmmmm) ipod. —- anyway that’s my two cents.

Posted by Jason in Columbus, Ohio on May 8, 2003 at 8:34 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Of course we can’t have the benefits of the new hardware. What we want are the benefits of the updated software. Apple was able to bring AAC support to the earlier iPods. Surely it’s a simpler matter to deliver the playqueue feature.

Posted by Songdog on May 8, 2003 at 8:05 AM (CDT)

New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

anything from vaja cases? I was just about to get one of their beautiful ipod cases when apple went and released the new models…now i don’t know whether to get the case or a new ipod!

Posted by anon on May 8, 2003 at 4:52 AM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

I’ve had an iPod since the day the first ones came out (the 5GB). It recently got stolen, and i was addicted to iPods. Apple is very money hungry (releasing a new operating system every year- puma, jaguar, and now panther). But you must understand that if they make a new product, they want it to be sold. Those that have the old iPod cannot have the same features as thenew one, or nobody would buy the new one. I agree that Apple should still support the older products, but they have to make money.

Posted by Dave Luebbert in Ontario, Canada on May 7, 2003 at 9:10 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience


Ny story is quite the opposite.  I ordered mine on Friday, it shipped Saturday, and I still haven’t received it.  I hope to have it soon, though.  I’ve been waiting all week.

A quick question—do the new iPods come with software (iTunes) for Windows, or will I have to use EphPod / xPlay?

Posted by Anon in USA on May 7, 2003 at 8:56 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I ordered my Ipod on the day after Apple announced the new product line. I decided on the 10 gig, ordered it up, and as I decided on my method of shipping I couldn’t justify spending another few bucks on shipping just because I have the patience of a poodle. Anyway, I decided against the express shipping and according to Apple’s website they were to ship on Friday so I was expecting a week to pass before I would see anything.

As it turned out, the thing shipped a day early, Thursday and I was quite excited because I was now sure it would arrive within a week. The next day, to my surprise, the damn thing showed up. This means about 16 hours after they reported it shipped, it arrived. Ridiculously fast, never experienced anythig like it and I’m a slut so I experience a lot of things. I have no idea what the point of paying express shipping would have been, but whatever that might have been I was thrilled with Apple. Oddly enough I never plan to buy anything from them ever again unless it’s possibly a future Ipod.

Posted by Jill Magloire in Calgary, AB on May 7, 2003 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Anyone need to trade up to a 30gb iPod from the old 20 and do it free of charge. And we aint talking eBay either. A onetime charge of $50 for this information.

Posted by Pete Saybolt in Baltimore, MD on May 7, 2003 at 6:47 PM (CDT)

Wishing for a play queue for iPod

Archos Rockbox has play queues - they can’t be *that* difficult to implement. In fact, some people have pyut a lot of thought into the functionality of playlists and queues for portable players:

Posted by meehawl in San Francisco, CA on May 7, 2003 at 6:26 PM (CDT)

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