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eCoustics.com has huge list of iPod reviews

The eCoustics.com MP3 category has links to just about every iPod review published online.  View the iPod search results at this link.

Editor’s Note: There are 39 reviews listed, including 20 consumer reviews.

Baseball Stats on the iPod

For all you baseball junkies out there, I’ve updated my site containing Major League Baseball stats for the iPod: There are now links to the latest standings, player statistics, team rosters, and box scores.  All the links are updated daily.  The links are .vcf files, which you can just save to your iPod for viewing on the go. Hope it’s useful, Peter

iPods.com For Sale

Ebay auctioneer, “morning-view” has posted iPods.com for sale. Starting bid is $1,000. Why does Apple not own this domain? The auction’s description is as follows:

“With Apple’s release last month of the new third generation iPods, there has never been more of a buzz surrounding what many call the greatest digital music player in the world. This domain name is at the peak of its value to a business—there is nothing more memorable than iPods.com when you are trying for repeat customers.     

The domain will be transfered to the winning bidder free of charge. Payment will be accepted in the form of certified check or electronic transfer, and is expected within five (5) days of end of auction.”

CNET 30GB iPod Review

CNET’s Eliot Van Buskirk reviews the 30GB iPod.

“First, it must be said that the new iPods are undeniably cool, with their smaller profile, feather-touch backlit buttons, and easy operation. These features will drive many people to rush out and buy an iPod, but users with lingering doubts about battery performance and Windows syncing may hesitate. Overall, the picture is rosy, but careful buyers should read this review before opening their wallets.”

Online Petition for Firmware Updates for Classic iPods

An online petition requesting that Apple port the 2.0 iPod software to a format supported by Classic iPods is now up.

“Owners of Apple?s iPod have put up with numerous problems with the product in the past:  Poor battery life; an unannounced lack of certain features for the Windows version; very poor software support for the Windows version; and deletion of posts critical of Apple on their website. 
 
The recent release of the new, third generation iPod has brought a new level to this dissatisfaction.  Unlike rivals Creative Labs, Apple have jettisoned owners of the ?old? iPod and refused to update them to a new firmware version, which contains features such as on-the-fly playlists, new games, and customisable menus.  Version 2.0 firmware is for use with the newest iPods only. “

SLCentral: 15GB iPod Review

A new review of the 15GB iPod is up at SLCentral.com. I owned a 20GB iPod, so I wrote a review that incorporated the changes between the old and new.

PC Magazine: The Ultimate Listening Experience?

PC Magazine praised the new 30GB iPod and iTunes 4 in its latest review. Reviewer, Troy Dreier rated the iPod 4 out 5 and gave iTunes 4 a 3 out of 5 dots.

“We’ll be curious to see where the iPod goes next, as other makers, such as e.Digital, attack its leading position. Apple will offer USB 2.0 support for Windows by June, which will require users to purchase a special cable ($19) and download new software. We’re curious about the hidden record feature, which many techies have discovered and written about on iPod sites. It allows six-second voice recording, but Apple is mum on the subject.”

Apple: iPod (with Dock Connector) Manuals Posted

Apple has posted user’s guides available in PDF format and in several languages for new docking iPods. (Adobe Acrobat 3.0 or later required)

Toshiba posts information on new 15 and 30GB drives

iLounger sparks9 points out that Toshiba has posted information about the newest hard drives used in new iPods on its website. In addition to the original 5 and 10GB models, there is now an overview, specs and technical documents on the new 15 and 30GB hard drives. Toshiba provides all OEM hard disk drives for Apple iPod.

Small Dog Offers iPod Trade-in Program

iLounger Mark H. informed us about Small Dog Electronics offering a trade-in program for old iPods. Purchase your new iPod online or by phone, request an RMA number for your old iPod and ship it to Small Dog for credit toward your new iPod purchase. Small Dog lists the current trade-in values for the week of May 5 at; 5GB iPods - $100, 10GB iPods - $150 and 20GB iPods - $225. Visit the website for specific details to trade-in your iPod.

iPod Dissection Photos

Update: iPoding has posted serveral new iPod dissection photos, including a comparison of the old vs. new battery.

iPoding has dissected and posted photos of a new iPod 15GB. Notice that the battery is much smaller than in older iPods. Here are photos  of an old iPod 20GB dissection for comparison purposes.

“Pop” between tracks exists on all iPods?

iPoding has performed listening tests on classic iPods to see if “pops” or “clicks” existed between tracks.

“We tested ScrollWheel and TouchWheel iPods running firmware 1.3 and 1.2.1 respectively and found the same phenomenon on each.  Readers have also suggested that all MP3 players exhibit similar behavior, though we are unable to confirm—we have only iPods… go figure—if that is indeed the case.”

“iPod Envy: Dealing With The idea That You Can’t Have It All”

Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes about new iPod envy and how he has “pledge[d] sole allegiance to the original, my Old Skool iPod.”

“So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I am going to embrace my iPod, the one that started it all for me: my Old Skool iPod. Yes, my iPod that stood by me through 7 hard months of commuting will continue to be by my side. Instead of seeing a clunkier, uglier iPod, I will see a powerful handheld that warms my hand with every spin of the hard drive.”

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