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Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

What do they mean by “Clean Screen Protection”?  Is there some sort of film or plastic over the screen to keep it from being scratched?

Posted by Scott Anderson on June 19, 2003 at 10:35 AM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

*tilts head*

HAHAH!

Posted by VK on June 19, 2003 at 10:34 AM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

Hmm… The sleeve’s accessible area just seems too, well, phallic. :|

Posted by Greg on June 19, 2003 at 10:01 AM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

Which do you think is the best case for the New Ipod?  The Belkin looks like a winner to me (clear one).

Posted by Sean T. on June 19, 2003 at 9:19 AM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

Hi Christopher,

Just a short answer for your question regarding the dB output of the Apple earbuds.

I don’t know what the official specs for the earbuds are, but let me put it this way…

No speaker/headphone driver ever made can boast a 100% efficiency rating.

I would say that the electrical efficiency of the Apple earbuds is probably 85% or quite near.  And that does not take in to account the obvious problem with the fact that the earbud’s driver is not directly connected to your eardrums!

So for argument’s sake, if the earbuds had an efficiency of 100%, then by the time you take things like, the way your ear is shaped, how far you push the earbuds in to your ear, the length of the ear canal, and the thickness of the skin that makes your ear, then you can expect the 100% to drop to about 85% - 90% of the sound that comes out of the driver, to actually hit your eardrum.

I would guess that the sound pressure level that actually hits your eardrum from an iPod outputting it’s maximum rated output (96dB) will be somewhere in the region of 80dB - 85dB Peak pressure level.

I use a set of Sony MDR-EX51SL earbuds, and they are not as efficient as the Apple’s, but sound a hell of a lot better!  So if the Apple’s are outputting 85dB, then the Sony’s are outputting arround 82dB maximum pressure level.  Not exactly high, is it!

Posted by Tony on June 19, 2003 at 9:10 AM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

From Todd Fiedler:

“The short answer: Because you are willing ceeding your rights to the EU”

If I may, this is exactly the contrary. There is no European law, which, because it is *European*, would be any stricter than any other national law.

‘Giving up’ to the EU is most of the time about harmonising the rules across a number of different countries. For some this means strickter rules than before, for others less. Sweeds would considered any EU environmental law as not strong enough (because they already have very drastic laws regarding this), but Italians would still struggle to cope with the strenghtened demand to be environmentally friendly.

The diversity of laws in Europe (not to be confused with European laws) is the reason why I, in Belgium, could not buy my iPod in the UK (where it is 100 euro cheaper).

To go back (or nearer) to the iPod issue, apparently the problem here comes from one country which has a rule, so instead of adapting to 15 or 20 different countries, Apple went for the strict rule. It could not afford that with the US because 1. anything dealing with ‘freedom’ is better left untouched, and 2. the market is so big, efforts are not waisted (obviously).

Trive, thank you for the details. I had heard of it, but did not make the connection. How unfair of Apple.

Posted by Christopher on June 19, 2003 at 8:48 AM (CDT)

VW Audio Interface Adapter

And, as is quite often the case, cars don’t have cassette players.

Posted by KMC on June 19, 2003 at 8:39 AM (CDT)

iPod clone spotted, will Apple pursue?

Even closer coppy http://www.edigital-store.com/odyssey1000.html  man i hate these coppiers thinking that theyr better than the ipod!

Posted by Mat on June 19, 2003 at 8:12 AM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

@Todd Fiedler

I’m not criticizing the Americans for picking on Europeans, I’m blaming Apple for generalizing Europe by thinking it’s the same as France. It is not only a shame for Apple, it will hurt there income as well.

And you should’ve left the ‘shut up’ part away. It made your comments barely worth reading.

Posted by Socrates on June 19, 2003 at 7:05 AM (CDT)

VW Audio Interface Adapter

Cassette adapters albeit somewhat better than FM modulators are also of lower sound quality than direct inputs.

Besides coupling a direct input with a belkin auto dapter gives you audio input and POWER with one connector.

Cheers,

Posted by Alric on June 19, 2003 at 6:41 AM (CDT)

VW Audio Interface Adapter

hey, I may be a little slow, but isn’t it easier & cheaper just to use a cassette adapter?

Posted by ball of fire in Cleveland, OH on June 19, 2003 at 5:54 AM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

For Christopher:

New iPods (10/15/30 GB) have software version 2.0.

Version 2.0 is not avaible for download because Apple doesn’t want “old” ipod users to get (freely) the features included in version 2.0.

Apple wants old ipod users to buy new ipods for getting the enhancements.

You can restore your ipod to a version previous than 1.2.2 ONLY if you have a scroll-wheel ipod (5-10 Gb).
Remember that versions previous to 1.2.2 DON’t work with windows (unless you use third-part software just like ephpod or something….)

Posted by trive on June 19, 2003 at 3:10 AM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

There is no such EU law!!!

As Apple states on its website (see firmware update 1.2.2) the volume cap was introduced due to a _French_ law (which might even be invalid thanks to EU legislation).

So why you’re bashing the EU?!?

Posted by Tim Sattler on June 19, 2003 at 2:01 AM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

Austin,

I called Incase about the Folio last year. I thought the chrome badge was cool, too. Unfortunately, as it turns out, it’s not a badge at all but a cutout—-so that’s actually the back of the Ipod showing through, all unprotected and ready for scratches.

Needless to say, I didn’t buy. But I did buy the sleeve (which I loved), and I’ll be buying the new sleeve for my new Ipod tonight.

Posted by Brett on June 19, 2003 at 12:13 AM (CDT)

VW Audio Interface Adapter

similar devices can be had at www.logjamelectronics.com for various makes and models.

Posted by Jake on June 18, 2003 at 11:51 PM (CDT)

VW Audio Interface Adapter

This seems to be a cool idea,but it seems that they don’t have the bugs worked out of it.  read the forums for postings of people who have problems using the device or using their radio after installing the device.

Still, hat’s off to them.  I’m waiting for the next revision before I get one for our Jetta. . .

—Paul

Posted by Paul on June 18, 2003 at 11:39 PM (CDT)

Open Letter to Apple Concerning the Mistreatment of Apple Customers

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

About the iPod Software Updater application

You use the iPod Software Updater application to update or restore your iPod. You can download this application from Apple Software Downloads (http://www.apple.com/swupdates/). From time to time, Apple expects to release later versions of this application, which have later versions of iPod software. These later versions MAY INCLUDE NEW FUNCTIONS, or improvements to existing features.

They didn’t promise new features though they promise updates which could contain new functions, which means they should “expect” to give us the new updates.

Posted by zync on June 18, 2003 at 10:43 PM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

this has been out for at least a week now. I ordered it last Friday from the Apple online store. It was the same price as the Incase site, but saved a few bucks on shipping. I should get it by the end of this week.

Posted by govtcheez on June 18, 2003 at 10:31 PM (CDT)

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

Yeah i noticed this a while ago… I want the other case they offer. The trifold one is also cool, it has a little chrome badge that is real sexy :)

This is my least favorite design out of the 3

Posted by austin on June 18, 2003 at 10:17 PM (CDT)

Dell: iPod 10GB for $254

iPod is awsome. Thats all i have to say.

Posted by Raiders #1 on June 18, 2003 at 8:48 PM (CDT)

Speck Products Announces Several New iPod Cases

I have a 2nd Gen iPod and i had a blue iSkin and it sucked man. Too much dust and no screen protection. The I ordered the iSee off Apple.com and its awsome. Protection for the screen and you can see the iPod. Comes with a sturdy belt clip and headphone case. Fits 20gb perfect, 5gb and 10gb require you to put it rubber inserts. Its very easy. Best case for 1st and 2nd Gen iPods.

Posted by Raiders #1 on June 18, 2003 at 8:43 PM (CDT)

Warning: Don't buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

>>Why wouldn’t Europeans have the right to enjoy the same loudness as Americans do?

The short answer: Because you are willing ceeding your rights to the EU.

The somewhat longer answer: You choose to allow the EU to dictate every aspect of your life from basic individual rights to what kind of food you can buy, then you (not you specifically) criticise Americans (and others) that point out the inane bureacracy of the EU and the loss of freedom it will bring, and then you whine when a company ships a product that meets those very laws, complaining with the typical “why’s every American company always picking on us euros?!”.

Shut up already.

Posted by Todd Fiedler on June 18, 2003 at 8:42 PM (CDT)

Blitzsafe working with Apple on iPod adapter for car

I don’t know of any specific brands but everythingipod.com has a FM transmitter on sale for about $28.  If you would rather not wait for delivery you can probably find one at your local RadioShack.  Although, I have to agree that you lose some sound quality by using this type of my device.  But, if you’re satisfied with it, then that’s all that matters.

Posted by Marvin Hayag on June 18, 2003 at 8:37 PM (CDT)

Blitzsafe working with Apple on iPod adapter for car

I know, but I dont want to go through all that trouble, I want to get an FM Transmitter, so which is the best one besides the iTrip

Posted by Sam Stringer-Hye on June 18, 2003 at 8:25 PM (CDT)

Blitzsafe working with Apple on iPod adapter for car

The sound quality of the iTrip or any FM transmitter is orders of magnitude less than that of a direct input.

Check out:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=509131

Go to page 11 for a how to for 3G iPods.

Posted by Alric on June 18, 2003 at 8:19 PM (CDT)

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