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iPod Updater 2004-07-15 released

iPod Updater 2004-07-15 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini, including the new Click Wheel iPod. This update includes the latest available software for each model of iPod or iPod mini. Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-07-15 then connect your iPod or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

    New for Click Wheel iPods
  • Shuffle songs with one click
  • Create multiple On-The-Go playlists
  • Delete songs from On-The-Go playlists
  • Select reading playback speed for audiobooks
  • Hear the clicker user interface sound through headphones
  • Charge via USB 2.0 connection
  • Enjoy improved playback performance
    Updates for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini
  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 or later and the iTunes Music Store
  • Improved playback performance
  • Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality
    Updates for iPod without a Dock connector
  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 or later and the iTunes Music Store
  • Improved playback performance

License: Freeware
System Requirements:

Macintosh Requirements:
Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later, Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended
Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later required for USB 2.0
iTunes 4.6 or later
Macintosh computer with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0

Windows Requirements:
Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP
iTunes 4.6 or later
A PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0, or a FireWire or USB 2.0 card

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Comments

61

Obviously software can’t seem to apply any sort of reasoning to his/her argument. What’s the difference if the improvements are software or hardware-related? Software doesn’t just appear out of thin air…somebody has to create it, test it, distribute it, etc. If you don’t like what a particular piece software offers/costs, go elsewhere, or write your own. Maybe you’d like to check out the Linux adaptation….

To claim that somebody owes you something for nothing just because they’ve added new features to their product is outrageous….

Posted by slap maxwell on July 20, 2004 at 7:05 PM (PDT)

62

Some of the posters don’t have a clue. I have also just received my 4G iPod (20GB) and have already taken it apart to compare to my 3G 20GB model. Besides the obvious differences mechanically with the buttons/clickwheel, I can see many hardware differences…different chips, components on one that aren’t on the other, etc.

Kinda makes the shills who keep yelling about their free upgrades look stoopid when they claim it’s all in the firmware….

Posted by Capt. Janks on July 20, 2004 at 7:14 PM (PDT)

63

I think Apple is missing a potential money maker here, why don’t they charge for firmware upgrades that add new features.  That way if people are so compelled by the new features they don’t have to shell out for a brand new model.

Posted by rage on July 20, 2004 at 8:28 PM (PDT)

64

I agree somewhat with the notion that Apple could charge for updates. Obviously bug-fix only updates should be free, but if you want new features you should pay for them.

This should have the effect of making a little money off older Apple customers who were at risk of boycotting Apple, and who they never would have made money from again. The opposing argument is that there would be less people buying expensive new iPods, unless Apple made enough innovative changes to the hardware.

How much to charge would be another question. Would you consider $50 too much to ask to extend the abilities of your obsoleted iPod? Maybe those who bought extended warrantees could get one (feature-adding) update free?

This could be an economic incentive encouraging them to add more features (alternative codec support, games, etc.) per update.

If the firmware were made capable of loading “modules” for extra features from the hard drive, maybe people could buy the games and features separately. Software support could then also be managed separately.

To curtail update piracy, they could require that they do the update themselves (no downloads available). The problem here is that there could end up being multiple bug-fix updates released simultaneously to support all the different versions of firmware.

That’s probably part of the reason why they’ve decided not to update older iPods: they might be physically incompatible with some features and so might require the increased costs of giving multiple version equal attention.

This has just been a brainstorming post, so it might not have made much sense.

Posted by praenuntius on July 20, 2004 at 11:31 PM (PDT)

65

TERRIBLE.

3G IPod’s flaws that disturbs me while using it:

1/ Really terribly programmed EQ, correct.

2/ No user EQ setting, correct.

3/ Distorted sound on most songs, correct. (like Vocal Booster etc) and inability to attenuate sound like on HiFi equalizers that fixes distortions.

4/ Inability to use national filenames (if you indirectly build your own iTunesDB see 5), correct.

5/ Inability to play the files right off-the -filesystem, correct. (by the way you can have this feature indirectly - you can drop your dirs as you like and use for example Anapod’s search for missing tracks functionality)

My next mp3 player will not be from Apple.

Personally i will not fight, I pay or NOT pay. The choice with apple was clear for me right after i researched ipod’s capabilities.

ps. but for the time when i was buying it - it was smallest and lightest among others that size.

Posted by zeer on July 21, 2004 at 12:51 AM (PDT)

66

I said about the petition in Spymac

http://www.petitiononline.com/aipodfw/petition-sign.html

Propagate it every where

Posted by Thrilos on July 21, 2004 at 3:04 AM (PDT)

67

This is my impression of Apple:
Make a product as good as you can, release it. Wait for feedback (X ain’t working and Y is missing!). Make a new generation with those fixes and hope that those who bought the old one buys the new one for it’s features. There is quite a lot Apple could do with the software for the older iPods, but hey, that wouldn’t force old customers to upgrade their functioning iPods.
Although my iPod plays MP3 well, it vertainly lacks a lot of features Apple could have incorporated with ease, but they refuse to. They keep goodies hangign so that they can profit from upgraders seeking features.

It’s not illegal in any way, but people should bear that in mind when shopping Apple products. You must be prepared to get screwed when they release updated models; they never ‘backport’.

I doubt I will ever buy another Apple product: they look fancy, but have annoying bugs. Not critical bugs, but annoying, and it seems to me they do not care much for their customers. My iPod is small, but that’s about the only reason to get one. Next time I’ll be a bit smarter when shopping.

And comparing this to a car purchase is way off. Software ain’t hardware.

Posted by tyldis on July 21, 2004 at 3:14 AM (PDT)

68

If the car could easily be upgraded for free with all the new features if the company did decide to do so (like the iPod’s firmware), then fair enough, but you cannot even compare an iPod’s firmware to the features of a car slapmaxwell. You do indeed need to be slapped. And well.

Posted by Rish on July 21, 2004 at 1:56 PM (PDT)

69

If the car could easily be upgraded for free with all the new features if the company did decide to do so (like the iPod’s firmware), then fair enough, but you cannot even compare an iPod’s firmware to the features of a car slapmaxwell. You do indeed need to be slapped. And well.

Posted by Rish on July 21, 2004 at 1:59 PM (PDT)

70

Imagine this update policy beeing applied to their Macs… “The new Mac OS X 1.5 is only available to users of our brand new Dual G5s. Users who bought G4s or single processor G5 prior to last month will have to live with version 1.3 - Kind regards, those friendly people at Apple”

Posted by Uncle on July 30, 2004 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

71

I have to say that I’m feeling a little pissed off that Apple seems to refuse to support the many loyal existing iPod users/customers with some meaningful firmware updates.  I just purchased a 3G 40GB in June and am totally pissed - thanks for nothing. 

Posted by Ace on July 31, 2004 at 3:13 PM (PDT)

72

hi. i am using my new 4th gen 20gig ipod on win xp and evr since i used the 2004-0715 updaet my songs dont transfer from ituesn nad th eunit freezes up.  has anyone else ahd similar problems?

Posted by radarmary on August 4, 2004 at 6:47 PM (PDT)

73

hi. i am using my new 4th gen 20gig ipod on win xp and evr since i used the 2004-0715 updaet my songs dont transfer from ituesn nad th eunit freezes up.  has anyone else ahd similar problems?

Posted by radarmary on August 4, 2004 at 6:48 PM (PDT)

74

i need some advice.  my husband bought me a 3g 15 GB ipod for x-mas.  at the time i only had a g3 which did not have firewire, so we plugged it into his pc and it formatted for windows. 
i have just recently bought a g4 laptop and want to reformat my ipod for mac. i am curious about using the 2004-07-15.  the reviews i have read have not given me a lot of confidence in the product.
any suggestions or advice?

also- my ipod says that it has used 10GB of space.  when i have transferred all of the songs to itunes, it says that it has only used 7 GB.  would there be a difference because of platforms?

thanks!

Posted by Nancy on August 9, 2004 at 8:07 PM (PDT)

75

i reinstalled windows and my itunes says that the ipod software was installed incorrectly so i attempted to install the updater 11 -15 but it says service error what the hell do i do

Posted by my ipod updater says " service error " in la on January 9, 2005 at 10:59 PM (PDT)

76

for people getting the “service error”  on windows XP, heres a page that helped me fix it

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93716

specifically, the “Reinstall the COM interface for the iPod Service ” section worked.

rax.

Posted by rax on January 13, 2005 at 9:09 PM (PDT)

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