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

Having just read this article, I decided to test out the line out function. Let me just jog your memory from your article :

“But not only the headphone jack is capped, also the line out: That means, that if you connect your iPod to a stereo at home or in the car, you have to turn the volume of that stereo way up what in many cases is causing sound-distortions.”

I know for a fact you’re misinformed. Simply plugging the car jack into the headphone socket, does not make it a line out, its still a headphone jack, jack (sorry, couldn’t resist that).

The line-out is actually on the dock. Having taken a set of speakers, and connected the up to first the HEADPHONE jack, then the line out, the difference in volume is astonishing.

For in-car audio, I would suggest the purchase of a second dock (or use your existing one), and connect the car to that. You don’t need to supply power to the dock, simply having the iPod in the dock and plugging the car audio jack into the line out socket is enough.

I’m sure it won’t be long before some bright spark creates a cable that plugs into the dock, and has a headphone jack on it, thus circumventing the euro volume cap. And hey, if anyone reads this and does it I want a cut! ;)

I’m perfectly happy with my 30gig iPod, AND I traded in a 20gig older model to get it.

Posted by Daniel Woolstencroft on June 16, 2003 at 12:55 PM (CDT)

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

i bought mine in holland and it works just normal..
it’s as loud as my old iPod with the old software..

and it’s as loud as my old discman..

don’t have any problems in the subway or in the train.

Posted by HS-L on June 16, 2003 at 12:54 PM (CDT)

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

As Alex says, if you can’t hear the iPod at max volume, then either you’ll be ruining your hearing, or your earphones are lousy!

I have a pair of low-impedance phones, and I can’t turn the volume up beyond about a third…  In fact, with those in, I wish there was more control in the very bottom end of the scale!

Posted by Gidds in UK on June 16, 2003 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Dell delays iPod shipping

Steve wrote:
“They sell it at the best price around, received many more orders than they could possibly fill, but don’t make this out to be thier fault.”

YES IT IS THEIR FAULT!  They have forecasting methods that will tell them if they price @ X, they will sell X.  They priced it at the discount FULLY KNOWING they could not fill the orders and would dissapoint a lot of customers with a long wait…

For those that got one on time, it was a good deal…but for Dell, it was not worth the negative impression of being out of stock…

Someone at Dell probably got an A$$ chewing for pricing it this way…

Posted by Rover on June 16, 2003 at 11:43 AM (CDT)

iSkin for iPod 5GB and 10GB for $10

I tried for fifteen minutes and on four different browsers to place an order at the Lajo site. It is one of the most confusingly designed store sites I have ever encountered. I’m buying covers from someone else.

Posted by Doug Adams on June 16, 2003 at 11:37 AM (CDT)

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

The iPod is plenty loud enough with ear bud headphones. If you can’t hear it on a bus, or train, your either on some increadibly loud bus/train, or you have totally screwed up hearing. I have plugged it into my stereo, and yes it was a bit quiet, but turning the voume up a bit did the trick just fine. If your getting distortion from turning the volume up, you probably have a shity stereo/amp or somesuch.

Your argument to say to apple to get them to take your iPod back is utter crap. They do not say anything of the output volume on their webpage. They are not advertising anything about its output volume. The EU iPod is useable like any other MP3 player in that you can plug it into an Hi-Fi if you so desire, yes you have to turn the volume up, but so what? If it distorts, get a better stereo.

I imagine they hard limited it because firmware is rather hard to lock to a specific country without country specific hardware.

Studied law and economics did you, dont suppose you passed by any chance?

iPod owners are so bloody whiny these days.

Posted by Alex Stapleton on June 16, 2003 at 11:33 AM (CDT)

iSkin for iPod 5GB and 10GB for $10

Someone should tell
about the price change.  I could not order from and still has the original
price.  :(

Posted by elinks on June 16, 2003 at 11:22 AM (CDT)

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

I can tell you that from a cost/benefit standpoint, it probably is not possible to justify an iPod specifically for the French market.

Maintaining separate skus and the added support etc… all add to the cost of the product or cut into Apple’s margin.  Guess who is going to lose?  I don’t think the rest of the world wants to bear those costs to satisfy the regulations of the French government.

Studying Economics and understanding business are two separate things.  When you finish a graduate degree you’ll learn that.  Save the resume for job interviews.

Posted by Brett on June 16, 2003 at 11:21 AM (CDT)

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

I’m sorry, but the line out is NOT capped. It is genuine line-put, the same as all other device’s line out. It is one volt peak to peak, which is the definition of line level.

I have a 3rd Generation iPod in the UK, I use it fine on the london tube system every weekend. I would like it to be a little louder, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the end of the world.

Posted by Drewpy on June 16, 2003 at 10:59 AM (CDT)

Play random MP3s on iPod and avoid iTrip files

i have an idea…not being able to try this with the griffin files, but, what i did is made a smart playlist for all songs with either no rating or at least 2 stars, and limited it to certain genres or something to keep it similar…as the songs play, if i rate one 1 star, it drops out of the playlist!

Posted by ian meyer on June 16, 2003 at 10:32 AM (CDT)

Speck Products Announces Several New iPod Cases

does anyone know when theyre going to ship?  I keep emailing the guys over there but they never respond. Its been like 5 emails already….

Posted by Edwin on June 16, 2003 at 10:04 AM (CDT)

iPod 10GB 2G at BestBuy $199

I actually found one remaining at the Smyrna location this Saturday and promptly picked it up.


Posted by michael on June 16, 2003 at 8:35 AM (CDT)

iPod 10GB 2G at BestBuy $199

In Atlanta the Mall Of Georgia Best Buy had 2 10gb 2nd Gen iPods for $199 your best bet is to call…

“Jeff ... called around to a few of the BBs here in Atlanta, and none of them seem to have the 2G 10gb ipods for $199.  One store had one 2G left, but it was priced at $299.  Can you tell me the store where you found this deal?

Posted by Jeff J Jawk in Atlanta on June 16, 2003 at 8:32 AM (CDT)

Three FM Transmitters Reviewed

can anyone tell me hpw the itrip works i can’t figure it out?  thank you

Posted by Levon on June 16, 2003 at 5:51 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced,, are all our sites, this info will be posted here 1st.  Our site is for resellers mainly and they look to it to see what they can order and the features of each product. When we start shipping we will post now shipping on it

Posted by Lajo Cymbalski on June 16, 2003 at 4:32 AM (CDT)

Mac: iLyric 0.7 Released

Now don’t get me wrong, because I love the way this app is shaping up… However it doesn’t find songs very well. Like, really really common songs and it doesn’t find them. Like I have a fair few beatles tracks, only one of them worked. It couldnt find, Yesterday, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yellow Submarine.

It does find some songs though, it just seems that it can’t be putting the info into the search engine very well, otherwise it would find more.

Posted by Drewpy on June 16, 2003 at 3:50 AM (CDT)

Open Letter to Apple Concerning the Mistreatment of Apple Customers

As an outside observer, who only owns two apple products (both from the mid 90s) and nothing current.  Regardless of the topic of discussion.  zync, you are in fact a whiney child.  I really doubt YOU paid $500 for an iPod.  Your mommy and daddy on the other hand, obviously they have enough money to waste it on a spoiled brat like yourself.  I bet this hurts your feelings (go ahead, post and tell everyone it doesn’t, you’re only lying to yourself, you KNOW the truth), I’m sorry I have to do that, I don’t like doing that, but I’m not sure what else will make you realize what you’ve said.  Go back and re-read everything you said, and TRY, and I really do mean TRY, to look at it from an outside point of view.  It’s embarassing isn’t it?

And just because I’m a dick, Mitsurugi was the CHEAPEST character, he was the Ryu and Ken of the Soul games, hardly any skill required to play as him, just basic fighting game knowledge.  I bet Haomaru was your favorite Showdown character too huh?

Posted by Billy on June 16, 2003 at 3:47 AM (CDT)

AppleScripts: Convert text to audio files and more

The title of this news should be “Text Files to Audio”, not “Audio to Text.”

Posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2003 at 2:16 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

i really dont get which ‘site’ you are talking about,, has no info,,

Posted by kawabunga on June 16, 2003 at 2:09 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

Most of the stores in Hong Kong will be carrying Zip so you can go to New Vision at Star Ferry Computer Mall to buy it. Watch our site and we will anounce when it is ready to be shipped to our resellers.  Hong Kong is a beautiful city.

Products for iPod: I will be designing and manufacturing a number of new products for iPod and other electronic toys, like digital cameras, PDAs etc.

Posted by Lajo Cymbalski on June 16, 2003 at 1:56 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

I’m in Hong Kong too,  also like to order the Zip. What should I do? Can you help me or should I order it from I think ship from Shenzhen China will be easier than from China to US, then from US to Hong Kong. Any suggestion? Thank you very much.

Posted by Edispod in Hong Kong on June 16, 2003 at 1:12 AM (CDT)

DJ Rents Customized iPods to Businesses

I think the guy’s coming more from a “programming” stand point than an emphasis on dj-mixing.  He just want’s to expose his taste in music to mainstream businesses who would otherwise be using radio, Muzak, or something like that.

Posted by NiTRO on June 16, 2003 at 12:47 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

hmm,, when u are done producing the new iskin, r u going to stay with zip or put on an iskin on your ipod?

Posted by kawabunga on June 16, 2003 at 12:39 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

so what do you suggest me to do?  cancel the order from

Posted by ywwong on June 16, 2003 at 12:30 AM (CDT)

Zip your iPod, new case announced

We are both the same company ( and [url=][/url] and manufacturer of both products in Shenzhen China. iSkin will be in production this week, but there are many accessories with it so some of these may not be finished this week and we are offering a free zip case to hold the iskined iPod with the first batch of iSkins G3. There are lots of bits and pieces that have to come together, this may happen this week?? Zip on the other hand is a case that fills a void that iSkin can not fill and that is that you can use it with another leather case or the case supplied by Apple and when you want to handle the real iPod without a case, it is great for all of that. I have it on mine and I love it.

Posted by Lajo Cymbalski on June 16, 2003 at 12:23 AM (CDT)

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