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"The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval"

I live in the south of the UK and I only know 1 person who has an iPod and he sin my school, I think I noticed one perosn walking past me one with the ear phones but I didn’t see if they were because of not wanting to look like a weirdo :/

Posted by Fusen in UK on July 1, 2003 at 8:22 PM (CDT)

Vaja announces new Classic cases for dock iPods

A little disappointing that the case doesn’t cover the bottom corners of the iPod, though.

Posted by Adrian on July 1, 2003 at 8:05 PM (CDT)

Vaja announces new Classic cases for dock iPods

I cant stand these type of cases, but the ivolution from Vaja with the white and grey combo is making me really want one.  Please convince me that I am only 16 and cant spend 90 on a case!!!please!!

Posted by rob on July 1, 2003 at 8:02 PM (CDT)

"The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval"

I live in NYC and see at least 3 or 4 different people a day with ipods. Whether it be on the bus, subway or in my office nuilding (AOLTimeWarner) i always notice, first the white headphones then the ipod tucked away. Being an apple fan and ipod user myself, seeing another fan always brings joy to my day.

Posted by Michael on July 1, 2003 at 7:50 PM (CDT)

"iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3"

For 50 year old ears, I personally could not hear a difference between MP3 and ACC when I experimented with encoding the same tune at all the possible encoding rates using iTunes.

So for me, I’ll stick with MP3 since they are more widely compatible with what my friends use.

I would suggest that instead of reading articles written by “experts,” you try various encodings yourself and see what you think.

I assume 12 year olds can hear a difference that those of us who are older have lost the ability to hear.

Posted by Charles on July 1, 2003 at 7:39 PM (CDT)

Vaja announces new Classic cases for dock iPods

sounds and looks awsome! cant wait! and the price is lighter than regular vaja cases. rest assured, its gonna be great!

Posted by ptc on July 1, 2003 at 7:32 PM (CDT)

Dell: $40 off $400 TODAY Only

Well I just called Dell and lo and behold you CAN buy an Ipod from them, but they are not listed on the website since they are backordered 3-4 weeks.

Posted by Jason on July 1, 2003 at 6:39 PM (CDT)

Dell: $40 off $400 TODAY Only

This is pretty damn funny considering that Dell has stopped selling the Ipod.

Posted by Jason on July 1, 2003 at 6:14 PM (CDT)

"iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3"

OK,. I can live with 256kbps MP3 sound quality.

Article states that AAc is about 1.3, 1.4 times smaller at equal quality.

That is 256 / 1.35 = 186 about 196kbps AAC. That is what I will wait for from Apple (or anyone else). Give me 256kbps Mp3 or 196kbps AAC. NOW!

Posted by pbox on July 1, 2003 at 3:46 PM (CDT)

"iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3"

Good points andrew.
I could clearly hear a difference over my stereo setup, output from computer.

128 AAC had weaker bass, and “twangier” treble than 192 br mp3 encoded using lame 3.90.2.

Afterall, it could be my setup.

Posted by Stasyna on July 1, 2003 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

iPod clone spotted, will Apple pursue?

Here is a company that makes it:
http://www.gogodot.com.tw/
Seems like a great player.

Posted by vt on July 1, 2003 at 12:44 PM (CDT)

Mac: iPodEject 0.2 Released

Same thing happened to me.

Posted by lesliet on July 1, 2003 at 10:06 AM (CDT)

"iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3"

It’s not a bad article, but the technical bits are confused.  For example:

You don’t actually “play” the MP3 file itself. To listen to it, you need an MP3 player with a decoder to translate the MP3 file back into a native audio format, in this case AIFF…

is blatantly wrong. (Even from a technical point of view, although MP3 has to be decoded to be played back, players don’t write it out as a file of any format, AIFF or otherwise.)  Also:

they take the digitally sampled audio from a CD that is recorded at 44.1KHz (the so-called sampling rate) with a bit depth of 16 bits and throw out quanta (sound samples)...

If ‘quanta’ meant anything wrt sampled sound, they would be the differences between consecutive sample values, not samples themselves.  And in any case, audio compression doesn’t throw away samples unless you’re using a very low bitrate, and even then downsampling is usually a much more complex process than simply discarding samples…

However, the gist is generally good: AAC is a technically better format than MP3, and we are likely to see more of it.  Exactly how much better is of course open to debate…

For example, I can’t tell the difference between 192kbps MP3 and 128kbps AAC, so I’m happy to re-rip/re-encode, to save space. Others may have different experiences: we all have different ears, and different audio kit, and maybe different encoders and decoders, and different music—all of which will affect the results. So with such subjective matters, it seems just as silly to claim that all 96kbps AACs are better than all 128kbps MP3s as it does to claim that none are.

To judge from the many different claims I’ve seen, I suspect that on average 128kbps AAC is just a little worse than 192kbps MP3 (using a good encoder like lame), though much better than 128kbps MP3. But listen for yourself, and use whatever meets your own criteria.

Posted by Gidds in UK on July 1, 2003 at 9:59 AM (CDT)

"iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3"

“MPEG-2 AAC is able to provide slightly better audio quality at 96Kbps than MP3 at 128Kbps.”


I encode at 192 now or—alt-preset standard

these findings still do not make a believer than AAC is any better than mp3. WMA makes the exact same claim stating that it has better sound quality and lower compression rates. Still it was a good read, but i dont dig AAC.

Posted by Stasyna on July 1, 2003 at 9:25 AM (CDT)

Mac: iPodEject 0.2 Released

suck after download it was fine next day i turned on my imac and it was gone not sure waht happened

Posted by Phill in Texas on July 1, 2003 at 9:09 AM (CDT)

Dell: $40 off $400 TODAY Only

uh, there are no more ipods listed on Dell’s website.

Posted by AC on July 1, 2003 at 8:38 AM (CDT)

Dell no longer selling 10GB iPods

Ordered two on 6/28/03 with 27.5% off stacked cpns…Gee they “lost” my order too! (not suprising considering I got two 10gb models for 216 each)

Jerks…

Posted by dorky on July 1, 2003 at 6:35 AM (CDT)

DIY iPod Case

Download the photos of the completed DIY case, here

http://homepage.mac.com/sunnykhoo/ipodcasephoto.jpg

Posted by SunnyKhoo on July 1, 2003 at 2:44 AM (CDT)

"The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval"

indeed. and i believe we are the first nation with a digital passport!

Posted by saleshark on July 1, 2003 at 1:37 AM (CDT)

DIY iPod Case

are you using the original or the new ipod with Dock?

Posted by SunnyKhoo on July 1, 2003 at 12:34 AM (CDT)

DIY iPod Case

Wow! How cool and smart! I can’t wait to try it out.

Posted by jennyjetts on June 30, 2003 at 10:46 PM (CDT)

Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $280

nice nice

Posted by justin on June 30, 2003 at 10:28 PM (CDT)

Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $280

I just ordered a 3rd generation 15gig for $315 including shipping from Dell.

Posted by scot on June 30, 2003 at 10:02 PM (CDT)

"The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval"

nice article, glad to be apart of the ‘iPod Nation’ ;)

Posted by Fusen in UK on June 30, 2003 at 7:14 PM (CDT)

Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $280

i got a new 10gb for 179 at bestbuy. what a steal

Posted by justin on June 30, 2003 at 2:28 PM (CDT)

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