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MightyPods announces birdPod Maker

MightyPods has announced the release of birdPod Maker for Mac OS X, new software that helps turn your iPod into a portable field guide to bird songs.

“Unlike a typical bird song CD set, birdPod’s bird songs are organized to enable quick identification of bird songs in the field. We think birdPod is the best tool yet for learning bird songs… At it’s core, birdPod is an extremely well organized series of bird song playlists. Generated from a large collection of excellent recordings (the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, Eastern Region), these playlists group birds by habitat or family group — which makes the playlists very useful for both learning bird songs and the identification of birds.”

birdPod is priced at $98.95. MightyPods also offers iPods pre-loaded with the software for about a $50 premium over retail. The company says a Windows version of birdPod Maker will be released next month.

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OK…they charge $30 for a birdsong CD you can get for $20 or less at Amazon…

then they charge you $70 for some simple playlists of those songs…no notes, hyperlinks, etc….just playlists of the songs grouped by simple categories

IMO, this has got to be a serious contender for the 2005 most abusively-priced iPod product.

Posted by Tom Affinito on May 10, 2005 at 3:28 PM (CDT)


There’s a lot more involved than just making playlists. iTunes is pretty cool in that it allows you to add all kinds of additional information that doesn’t come with just the Stokes CD set (or the CDDB). For example, scientific names of birds, scientific family groupings, descriptions of the bird songs and yes, playlists which, in this case have been tested thoroughly for use in the field. One thing for sure: In my two years working on this, my birdPod has enabled me to very quickly learn lots of bird songs. In the end, yes, it’s all about playlists—but believe me, there’s much more.


Jay Davis

Posted by jfdavis on May 11, 2005 at 3:21 PM (CDT)

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