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O’Reilly: Five things the next iPod software version needs to have

“Here’s five things Apple could put in the next update to the iPod’s software that would make it a music power tool (in order of how much I want them):

1. Line-in recording
iPod hackers have shown that the iPod is capable of recording a few seconds of audio through it’s headphone port. Being able to record through this port as actual line in would enable you to record pure audio whenever you could get a line. No, the current voice recorder doesn’t count.”

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1

Too true.
I sent my list to apple. Everybody should do the same. www.apple.com/feeback i think.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on January 22, 2004 at 10:34 PM (CST)

2

dammit
www.apple.com/feedback

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on January 22, 2004 at 10:35 PM (CST)

3

How about pitch control for DJing.

Posted by ManFromManila in Silicon Boobs Valley on January 22, 2004 at 10:52 PM (CST)

4

I’d also like an SDK; apple could really open up the platform—everybody would want one.  Imagine the number of programs you could have—more than the average computer which only has 15 gigs of space.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 22, 2004 at 11:07 PM (CST)

5

I’m still looking for gapless playback

Posted by Rich on January 22, 2004 at 11:07 PM (CST)

6

you would think that the ipod could queue up the next 32 megs (or however much it is) of cache with music before it all ran out, but it doesn’t..making it very irritating.  I’d also like to see maybe the last one or two songs played kept in cache so you could inconsequentially go back a song or two.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 22, 2004 at 11:12 PM (CST)

7

doesn’t anybody want an accurate battery meter, and maybe even an improvement to battery life like they did for the 2G’s a while ago?

Posted by yinyang on January 22, 2004 at 11:21 PM (CST)

8

there’s only so much that they can do without changing the hardware at all

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 22, 2004 at 11:25 PM (CST)

9

i dont like the idea of having folders…..i perfer browsing genres….

Posted by sh1va on January 23, 2004 at 12:29 AM (CST)

10

I’d like to be able to browse playlists by artist. That would make my day.

Posted by Chris on January 23, 2004 at 1:29 AM (CST)

11

Apart from line-in recording - how useful is it really? when you have a computer and can use syncing to transfer music at super-fast speed bewilds me (it may have worked for MD, but it was only to transfer a couple of hours of tunes max). All other suggestions would only making the iPod’s UI somewhat complex and confusing…

For example: re-ordering play-list on-the-go, when you “picked-up” the song/artist/album by holding the central button, where would you “drop” it in? as suggested by the author. Think about it, currently the scroll-wheel only “high-light” the selections but does not go “between” selections, so it won’t work as if I drop it on top of something would it appear before or after (as wished by the author)?

Not saying the suggestions are bad, just not-well-thought-out

Posted by voodoo on January 23, 2004 at 1:39 AM (CST)

12

I do think line-in recording is very useful. Especially for people playing an instrument, or have a band. You can record you’re music and easily tranfer in to the computer.

Also record from a portable player, dvd, radio, and that kind of stuff. And if it wasn’t usefull, why do all the other mp3 player’s (iriver, creative zen, ibead etc) have this feature?

Posted by birnie on January 23, 2004 at 3:11 AM (CST)

13

“... if it wasn’t usefull, why do all the other mp3 player’s ...have this feature?”

It’s called feature puking. Those other players have all kinds of unnecessary features, but since the public isn’t buying those other players, their differentiating features clearly aren’t in demand.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 23, 2004 at 4:12 AM (CST)

14

Amen to playback without gaps.

Question: Do other MP3 players suffer from the gaps between tracks?

Posted by Stu on January 23, 2004 at 4:23 AM (CST)

15

tis true, the iPod as im sure you know isn’t about features, its about ease of use, styles, GUI amount of harddrive space, no other player manages to accomplish this at the moment, i dont a fancy eq 5 line mode bar display or a fm receiver/transmitter digitiser tranducer drive, i want something that plays my music, quickly and efficiently, if i wanted something else, i would’ve got something else. and you should all have the same veiw or you shouldn’t've bought the iPod

Posted by silver_haze20 on January 23, 2004 at 4:25 AM (CST)

16

“I do think line-in recording is very useful. Especially for people playing an instrument, or have a band. You can record you’re music and easily tranfer in to the computer. ” - Birnie

Haha, I knew someone would go there… have you ever heard of this: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ - this is Apple elegant and “better” solution to what a 21st century band should have.

And why do other branded mp3 players have this feature? because they don’t have GarageBand (Apple want you to buy their computer as GB comes with it for free)...

I myself just realised how smart Apple really is ;o)

Posted by voodoo on January 23, 2004 at 4:28 AM (CST)

17

I’d like to have a dinamic compression, particularly useful when you listen to calssical musci through headphones and cannot constantly adjust volume (i.e. while driving).
Can anyone tell me if it still possible to record voice through the headphones in the 3gen ipod? Only through a 50$ micropgone?

Posted by D. on January 23, 2004 at 4:40 AM (CST)

18

i would really like to see line-in recording so i can record music from friends without having to take home the cd. i also record streaming radio from israel so it’d be nice to be able to do it straight to my ipod instead of having to record it and then transfer it. However, i don’t think it will happen. If you could record from a line-in straight to you iPod, you could, essentially, run your iPod [after first use for formatting etc.] without connecting to a computer [just browse through recorded songs - a pain, but could be done], or at the least, with a computer, but without the internet [record from line-in, connect to computer, organise songs with iTunes, disconnect from computer.] This would mean that the iTMS would not really be necessary, as long as you could find the cd.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on January 23, 2004 at 4:58 AM (CST)

19

How about nested playlists?  The first might be “Star Wars Soundtracks” then “SW”, “Empire”, etc.  I hate not being able to ground playlists.

And what about long songs or playlists being shrunk a little so you can read them?  The iPod display is limited to about 15 characters.  It feels liks Dos’s 8.3 days.

Posted by Eriamjh on January 23, 2004 at 5:22 AM (CST)

20

To be perfectly honest with you, it’s fine as it is, in-line recording who needs it not me, MiniDisc does a far better job. Too many whistles and bells and it ends up difficult to use. Keep it simple but elegant.

Posted by glad1959 on January 23, 2004 at 5:34 AM (CST)

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