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Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

uhmm.. something wrong is goin on… that wasnt me who posted these weird posts…

Posted by phester in TX on May 20, 2003 at 8:49 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

Wow, the new iPod’s have a bluish/whitish tinted LED. Looking at my OLD iPod, under certian lights it looks blue also. Amazing.

It’s just a different perception of the color. It’s like how two CRT’s of the same model can look slightly different. Just the way they were manufactured. I can see how you could be angry if it had a cheezy green tint, but it doesn’t. It’s fine. Stop complaining.

Posted by Sherman on May 20, 2003 at 7:21 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

Ok, sorry for the inconvenience that is going to be taking place in the near future, but the option that everyone can comment on news and things is coming off either tonight or tommorow, whenever I get the time to do it.

Editor’s Note: This was not posted by iPodlounger, commenting is not being turned OFF, but I did edit and/or delete offensive comments as you can see.

Posted by iPodlounge on May 20, 2003 at 7:11 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

I believe that he is just trying to state that the Backilght can be different with different settings on cameras.

Posted by BlueBooby on May 20, 2003 at 7:04 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

MATT - PLEASE ANSWER ONE QUESTION.
Does your iPod suffer from the bugs others have complained about?

Posted by jaguar on May 20, 2003 at 6:56 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

Uhm… peeps, if you look carefully at the photos posted by Matthew S. you can see that the iPod in these pics is actually the old iPod… I guess these pics are irrelevant to the topic in hand! We’re talkin bout the new iPod’s here… the one with the the promised high resolution! I guess thats all that matters in the end.

Posted by phester in TX on May 20, 2003 at 6:49 PM (CDT)

Update: iPod Software 1.3 vs. 2.0

Is there any date set for a windows release of v 1.3?

Posted by H.B. in n/a on May 20, 2003 at 5:48 PM (CDT)

TechTV: AAC Developer Interview

just watched it. no biggy. about 5min worth of interview. Steve Vernon briefly described AAC, compared it to mp3 etc..

heres the article online:
http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/showtell/story/0,24330,3433608,00.html

Posted by 2000NB18T on May 20, 2003 at 5:41 PM (CDT)

Online Petition for Firmware Updates for Classic iPods

The problem here is they are ignoring previous owners in hope that it will make them buy the new version.  I was once a Mac-hater PC-user.  I have grown to realize Apple makes some quality products.  But when they bully their customers who paid a very premium price for their hardware AND software, it makes me rethink their quality as a company.

Posted by Tim on May 20, 2003 at 5:26 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

I called Apple this afternoon and of course I wasn’t probably told the truth, but am just posting what I was told. First, I was asked if I had been reading rumor sites and I said I had saw a couple of posts about it on a message board that I read. I then asked him if they were supposed to blue screens. He said that he hadn’t seen any blue screened iPods. Before I hung up, I asked him about the clicks between songs and he said that they know about it and are working on it, along with some other problems and that a firmware update would be out soon, but he wouldn’t say how soon that would be.

Posted by Darkbandit in Charleston, SC on May 20, 2003 at 4:47 PM (CDT)

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated Part 2

The really interesting thing is, there’s an application called Aachoo (think there’s an article on this site) which appears to be using the QuickTime Pro “best” setting to encode AAC (I think I followed the link from this site). Isn’t that amazing? If it’s accessible (they claim you don’t need pro, which I believe), why didn’t Apple just add an option to use it in iTunes?
I like Gunnar’s article, especially the fact that he includes both the blind and non-blind results. I believe he really does hear big differences between the 128kbps iTunes standard encoding and the QT 128kbps “best” setting. There is a bit of a disparity between his initial evalaution of 128kbsp iTunes AAC and the results of the second test where he fairly well rubbishes it.
I’m almost tempted to buy Aachoo…

Posted by pingin in europe on May 20, 2003 at 4:40 PM (CDT)

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated Part 2

So the enhanced AAC encoding has to be done through a QT application other than iTunes?  I have QT Pro, but I only get two choices in iTunes—“High Quality (128 kbps)” and “Custom”.

Honestly, I think iTunes High Quality AAC sounds better than Good (160 kbps) iTunes MP3, so I’m not exactly getting the same anecdotal results that Gunnar is.

Posted by san on May 20, 2003 at 4:22 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

phil, you are mistaken about the Crystal Meth ipod, what you say about the LEDs shining from the left is actually wrong because the dark areas are caused by the shadow of the fingers of the holder of the ipod…

Posted by suwatch in ct on May 20, 2003 at 3:48 PM (CDT)

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated Part 2

I was surprised byt that myself but there is indeed access to an enhanced AAC encoder through Quick Time Pro. It has a setting of “better” and “best”. Doesn’t seem a practical way of encoding a large collection of CDs though…

Posted by pingin in europe on May 20, 2003 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

this is funny to me, if you all think it is photoshopped, and apple is using different flash’s in the their pictures, then shouldnt they, who are the buisness and the pro’s photoshop theirs to make it looks as it does. what if you bought a 12 inch powerbook and you got a white one in stead. holy crap, you have an ibook. false advertising

Posted by Andreas on May 20, 2003 at 1:20 PM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

The old ipod screens had a banding pattern effect when viewed from the top and from the bottom, and the vertical bands changed depending on the amount of text being displayed.  The new ipods don’t have this “problem”, so if your new ipod doesn’t have these bands, then consider it the new and improved better resolution screen.

Also, if you look at the blue Crystal Meth ipod, you can see the three LEDs shining from the left, which could also be seen with the old ipods.  With the new ipods, you can’t really tell where the LED’s are located, like in the bottom Moby ipod.

The old ipods also had a very blue/purplish backlight color when viewed under medium and bright fluorescent light, such as at an Apple Store.  The new ipod’s are a lot whiter in color, so maybe the “blue” backlight is using the old LEDs.

Posted by Phil on May 20, 2003 at 1:19 PM (CDT)

Dell iPod Deal Returns! 30GB $409 15GB $319

Wow it really is gone.. hope this doesn’t affect my order at all.  They might have taken it off cause they were getting too many orders for it.

Posted by Jon on May 20, 2003 at 12:28 PM (CDT)

TechTV: AAC Developer Interview

Its the techTV channel

Posted by Blah in blah on May 20, 2003 at 11:38 AM (CDT)

TechTV: AAC Developer Interview

It is channel 354 on DirecTV.

Posted by MeanE in Halifax on May 20, 2003 at 10:31 AM (CDT)

TechTV: AAC Developer Interview

Whats the channel no for this show in baltimore?

Posted by pete saybolt in baltimore on May 20, 2003 at 9:44 AM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

Guys… You’re all missing the obvious. I have an old style iPod, and dependng on under what lighting conditions I view it, the LCD screen goes from as ble as you are reporting to stark white. Same with pictures of it using different white balances on my digital cameras.

What I’m saying is that this whole debate is over nothing but how colors are viewed under different lighting conditions by different people’s eyes. If the old iPod can look as striking blue under the right lighting conditions, then it is clear that the same phenomenon is happening with the new ones.

Posted by Devolution on May 20, 2003 at 9:27 AM (CDT)

Online Petition for Firmware Updates for Classic iPods

I don’t know how many of you people use the forums, but take a look there.  There’s been loads of posts in one firmware-related topic.

My two cents?  This is a software update, not a hardware update.  It’d be like Apple releasing the new 970-based Powermacs bundled with Panther, and then announcing that Panther wouldn’t work with the G4 chip. 

If you don’t like the petition, don’t sign it - the less signatures it gets, the less credible it’s going to be.  But it’s got loads so far, so it must be speaking for a lot of people.

Posted by Tim on May 20, 2003 at 9:21 AM (CDT)

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated Part 2

Wait a minute.  Gunnar compares iTunes and Quicktime AAC against each other.  Don’t they use the same codec?  I don’t iTunes can encode AAC *without* Quicktime.

Posted by san on May 20, 2003 at 8:59 AM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

You can see that the blue/white color balance is a photography artifact between these shots.  The color red is less blue in the ‘white’ shot as well. I have a feeling if you corrected for the red LEDs to be the same color, you would see backlights the same color.

Until a photo is posted with BOTH the apparent variations in screens in the same shot, the discussion is moot.

Posted by thumbtwidller on May 20, 2003 at 8:08 AM (CDT)

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

This is just a Wild Ass Guess, but maybe Apple had a bunch of old iPod screens in inventory that they used in the new iPods. Now that the old inventory is gone they’re putting in a different screen & backlight. Or maybe it’s just a slightly different light…

I’d love for Apple to use Indiglo in the iPod. When that came out originally I couldn’t wait for my old watch to die so I could get one with Indiglo.

Posted by MostlyHarmless on May 20, 2003 at 7:42 AM (CDT)

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