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Forums: iPod battery settlement, popularity, genre pickiness, data recovery

In the iLounge Discussion Forums this week, users have been comparing notes regarding Apple’s iPod battery settlement: $50 vouchers and extended service warranties for certain iPod owners with battery issues. Do you qualify?

With over 16 million iPods sold since 2001, the question, “how common are iPods where you live?” has been raised in the forums. Are you one of our lucky readers in a iPod hot-spot, or are you the Lone Podder in your community?

One reader reports an iPod mini that has exhibited a dislike for country music. Does your iPod refuse to play a particular genre?

If you’ve ever lost information on your iPod, there are a couple of simple ways you could possibly get that information back - depending on the severity or damage caused. The “how to recover lost data/files in your iPod” thread may help you recover from your disaster…

Forums: Brushed steel, iPod as lunch, Lego stands, top songs

A quick look at the iLounge Discussion Forums reveals a 5-star thread that has never been far from the top of the hot topics listing: the Brushed Steel iPod Tutorial. Clearly a popular iPod modification from its stats: 41 pages, 604 replies, and over 140,000 views.

One reader tells us about the loss of his iPod during an act of chivalry whilst helping a young lady with a horse. The moral of this sad iPod tale? Some animals will eat anything…

Need a quick project? Some readers have demonstrated their ability to turn plastic interlocking bricks into something useful. It can be viewed in the thread on Lego Stands. Post your results!

Finding yourself returning repeatedly to the same song on your iPod? Got a favorite tune? Read what other members are replaying again and again and add your favorite “Must Listen To Song.”

Forums: Weather tunes, beach wear, Audible books, repair

This week in the iLounge Discussion Forums, as we move into the summer with its mix of good and bad weather, forum readers have asked the question: what are your 5 favorite sunny weather bands and what are your 5 favorite depressing rainy weather bands?

If you’re planning for a summer in the sun, you might want a beach friendly case to keep the sand and water at bay. See what others suggest for keeping your iPod safe in the harsh environment of the beach. And don’t forget to check iLounge’s official Case Reviews, too.

What better way to spend your time in the sun than enjoying the company of… a book? Here are some Audible book recommendations from other ‘loungers if you’re looking for a change from music…

Has the unthinkable happened and your iPod’s been damaged? As Apple’s warranty does not cover accidental damage, you can find help in the Service, Warranty, and Repair Q&A Forum.

Forums: Music, Notes, Full iPod, Speculation

To round off this week in the iLounge Discussion Forums, if you’re a fan of Genesis, Pink Floyd or one of the many other bands in their genre, then join the latest Progressive Rock discussion in the Music Forum. We remember them only too well…

Do you have a novel use for the Notes section on your iPod, or want to figure out how to use it better? Read “What do you use your Notes section of your iPod for?” and get some ideas, or submit your own suggestions.

In the General iPod Discussions forum, one member reports that after a year, the 40gb iPod has finally been filled - is your iPod half full or half empty?...

As the next big Apple event approaches, discussion about what features the next iPod will include is going on in the Future iPod forum. It may all be speculation, but who knows - some features may actually be included. What would you like to see in a 5G iPod?

Forums: Families & iPods, In School, IceLink, iPod ‘switchers’

Some topics in this week’s look at the iLounge Discussion Forums include the iPod being embraced by all ages in a thread about parents, grandparents and iPods. Have you introduced your older family members to the iPod phenomenon?

Over in the iPods on Campus forum, readers are sharing their positive and negative experiences with iPods as educational tools. Come and add your experiences. Is the iPod being used in your school to help with your studies, or just something to fill in the time between classes?

The iPod-in-car installation skills of one forum member is highlighted in the thread “2003 Honda Accord with IceLink v. 1.1 installed!”. This installation took just over three hours with a little help from friends, showing that with a little time and knowledge a professional standard can be achieved at little extra cost.

If you’ve recently given in and joined the iPod club, you might enjoy reading how other forum members learned to love the iconic MP3 player and what triggered their purchases.

Forums: ‘Gapless’ playback, Free music, DIY cases, Canada

From our latest look at interesting topics in the iLounge Discussion Forums:  while the iPod doesn’t have a “gapless” playback feature, users who like mix albums should look here for a workaround which is available in iTunes.

Do you have a local band that you rate highly? In the “Filling Your iPod > Free Music” forum, members have created a thread where you can post about your local musical talent. Share their music legally and perhaps help launch the next Radiohead or Red Hot Chili Peppers…

Shuffle cases, like their bigger siblings, come in all designs and materials. Now one forum member has found that recycling food packaging to produce ‘arty’ cases is an alternative to silicone or leather. And they’re cheap!

The sense that some parts of Canada are catching onto the iPod phenomenon is discussed in the thread “Ottawa is officially an iPod city!”

Forums: Your ‘lounge,’ iTMS poll, earphones, picky shuffles

In our first look into the iLounge Discussion Forums we highlighted the “Show Us What You Look Like” thread; today in a similar vein we have members sharing glimpses of their iPod and iTunes computer setups. If you want to add your photos, make sure you tidy up first! And consider sending shots to our iPods Around the World or other Photo Galleries, too.

If you are you starting to wonder how your iTunes Music Store spending compares to other members, join the thread and cast your vote in the Forum Polls section.

Apple’s stock earbuds aren’t cutting the mustard for some of our forum members. You’ll find plenty of iLoungers’ reader recommendations in our Ear/Headphones Forum, complete with useful tips to help improve your listening experience. And don’t forget to check out iLounge’s official Reviews of Headphones & In-Canal Earphones.

Has your iPod shuffle decided that it doesn’t want to play all of its the songs? Some of our members are sharing their experiences of life with a shuffle that’s not so random.

Forums: Tiger, Music, In-Car, Birthday #1s, Podiobooks

What’s new in the iLounge Discussion Forums? If Tiger’s roar has slowed your computer down closer to a kitten’s meow, read “The Creeping Tiger Syndrome” for a possible solution. Planning a road trip? This ‘five star rated’ thread covers permanently installing an iPod in your car.

Have you found that buying an iPod has encouraged you to accumulate more music? Read how joining the iPod club has affected the buying habits of other Loungers. If you’ve ever wondered what the Number 1 song was on the day of your birth, this thread shares the well known (as well as the less well known) with other members. And last but not least, with audiobooks now appearing as weekly mp3 podcasts (“Podiobooks”), a directory of MP3 podcasts has been started by Loungers to help you find something which might catch your interest.

Forums: Photos, Stickers, shuffles, Soundcheck, and More

What’s on tap this week in the iLounge Discussion Forums? Our members continue to post great photos in the long-running “show us what you look like!!” thread, which now runs for 60 pages (and almost 900 replies). Miffed that you didn’t get any Apple stickers with your iPod? Just wait until you find out what some people did with theirs. And if you’re still trying to justify buying an iPod shuffle, read how some iLoungers have recently randomized their lives.

Of course, our readers continue to offer helpful advice on all sorts of iPod topics. Here’s the answer to a basic problem - preventing iTunes from deleting the iPod’s library. What about the iPod’s mysterious Soundcheck function? Here’s how it can be used to give a uniform listening level across all songs. And if you’d like to use the iPod as a home jukebox, but aren’t sure which speakers do it justice, here are some readers’ suggestions, as well as ours.

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