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Mac|Windows: iPod Updater 2004-10-20 released

iPod Updater 2004-10-20 includes iPod Photo Software 1.0 for use with iPod Photo. iPod Updater 2004-10-20 also contains the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-08-06 for all other iPod models. Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-10-20 then connect your iPod, iPod Photo or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

What’s new in this version:

New updates for iPod Photo:

High-resolution, backlit color LCD display
Browse and view photos in a 5 x 5 thumbnail view or full screen view
Browse photo collections or view photo slideshows with music
Improved battery life for up to 15 hours of music playback
Up to 5 hours of photo slideshow viewing with music
Scrolling titles during music navigation for songs, albums, and artists

Updates for Click Wheel iPods:

Improved connectivity with some FireWire cards using the VIA chipset
Improved connectivity with FireWire hubs, and with 4-pin FireWire ports
Improved power management
Improved performance with the optional external battery pack
Removing headphones while the hold switch is on no longer wakes iPod

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

Updates for iPod without a Dock connector:
Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 or later and the iTunes Music Store
Improved playback performance

License: Feeware
System Requirements:

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I don’t mind not having any firmware updates for my 4g. If it works, don’t fix it. However, if apple were to give AAC+ support to only photo ipods, then I would be pissed.

Posted by Katunka89 on October 29, 2004 at 3:33 PM (PDT)


Why Apple should release firmware upgrades for 3/4G ipods?

It’s good for buisness, that’s why. If the customers are pleased, they will be more inclined to buy future products. For example, If you get bad custumer service, then you’re probably going to think twice before you buy another product from that company.

There are several things that could be fixed/added with a firmware upgrade that would make the iPod that much better.

Display genre and maybe rating on the now playing screen. Why genre you ask? So you could add a bunch of tracks and give them a generic genre, say electronic, in iTunes, sync and then change to more specific ones on the go (see below).

The ability to add/remove a track to/from any (non-smart) playlist and also to be able to change the genre of a track.

A info screen that shows if you hold the select button wich would show info about the current song like all id3 tags, filename, stats (number of times played, last played etc, wich playlists it is in). Stats are always fun and i use the URL id3v2 tag extensivley and it would be great if i could see it on the iPod.

The ability to set the number of beeps for the alarm. And being able to change the volume for the alarm if you choose a playlist. I would like to use both the sleep timer and the alarm, but since i set the volume to very low when using the sleep timer, the alarm is useless.

Flag a song for deletion upon sync.

Part shuffle option for the iPod.


Fix the “do not disconnect” screen when the iPod is in the dock, now that was a great upgrade! (or not).

I don’t know how hard it is to update the firmware, but surley they can do better than they have, i know it would make, me at least, less inclined to look around for other options when my ipod dies. The competition is starting to catch up, so apple better step it up. The only thing, granted a very important one, that apple is better at then all the other is the UI. And maybe the iTMS, if you care about that.

Posted by Deamer on October 30, 2004 at 6:25 PM (PDT)

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