I live in a location overlooking one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Seattle... AKA "The Emerald City" or "The Jet City" I Love God, My friends, family and my two cats Tomita and Hobbs. Some of my passions, are music baseball and technology

Posted by gregro7 on February 13, 2005 at 10:41 AM (PDT) Comment 26

Please disregard my last post. I copy and pasted the wrong info in. What is posted is actually my bio info for the regristration on this site. I appologize for the confusion.

Posted by gregro7 on February 13, 2005 at 11:30 AM (PDT) Comment 27

I already own the U2 i-Pod and I love it. I use it for walking around when I am lounging or lounging around in my favorite Starbucks. I also use it as my source of music through my regular stereo. My CD player is now in mothballs and My CD's are nothing more than back up disks.

I like to work out and although I had the arm band for the larger i-Pod, I still felt that it was a little bulky. I purchased the 512 MB i- Pod shuffle just for working out or running. It is light and the perfet workout accessory. I created a seperate i-shuffle play list that I have on i-tunes. When I plug it into my USB port it syncs up that specific playlist with my i-Pod shuffle. I have all the songs that I like to work out to.

Infact, I can have both my i-Pod and i-Pod shuffle pluged in at the same time.

It is sleek lite, user friendly and the sound quality is equal to my regular i-Pod. It is great to have a small unit that I can just grab and throw around my neck when I go work out.

It is a nice companion to my i-Pod family.

Posted by gregro7 on February 13, 2005 at 11:31 AM (PDT) Comment 28

Is this photo a must have if you have a mini and shuffle? I oln y have about 500 photo's so....

Posted by robertll on February 13, 2005 at 2:34 PM (PDT) Comment 29

only* sorry

Posted by robertll on February 13, 2005 at 2:34 PM (PDT) Comment 30

How do get into the disgnostic mode?

Posted by Vinod on February 16, 2005 at 9:02 PM (PDT) Comment 31

I have owned my 60g ipod photo since November.

I found the review well done and covered all the bases. Nonetheless, the longer I use my ipod photo the more I disagree with the review statement: “a nice (album art), if not strictly useful new feature.?

I have a large music collection and a bad memory. I find the album art to be one of the best features. I cannot tell you the number of times that a long forgotten song is heard and the album art reminds me of the rest of the album. The album art provides a much better reference than just the album name.

There seems to be a 200 line limit in Calendar. Anything more than 200 lines does not download from iCal to the ipod. Is there a workaround (I now put larger iCal files in Notes).

Posted by pds on February 17, 2005 at 7:46 AM (PDT) Comment 32

I am going to purchase the iPod photo in the next few days, because I seem to have a use for it. As a visual art student, I have several art history classes every year. Each of these classes require students to memorize and recognize approximately 300 paintings. Having such an amazing device as the iPod photo will allow me to import the artworks I am supposed to study, and run them in slideshow so I can name the artist, title, date, period, medium, etc. So I can basically use it as a study tool wherever I am. To me, the iPod photo seems like a wonderfully useful tool. My question is, what are the other practical uses for the iPod photo? Or is everyone just buying it because of the color screen and the extended battery life?


Posted by A7 on February 17, 2005 at 11:20 AM (PDT) Comment 33

I own and installed the Ipod Shuffle iTunes cd.
Do I need to install the Ipod Photo CD again to receive the capability of transfering photos

Posted by silverwin on February 27, 2005 at 1:05 AM (PDT) Comment 34

To A7,
I have a similar story mate. I need to memorize hundreds of fossils (what they look like and their names) and was considering getting the iPod Photo to help me learn them. But then I went and played with one in the shop and discovered that there's no easy way of testing yourself as to the name of the fossil (or painting in your case) since you can't see info about the individual photo. One could, I guess, make an image file with text about the previous image file but that seems like a lot of work when you have as many images as I have. Or one could make hundreds of different playlists but that seems dumb too. So, I'm waiting a while till Apple makes my life easier (hopefully) ; )

Posted by Orbo on March 3, 2005 at 8:01 AM (PDT) Comment 35

Hello everyone. Well, I recently bought a 60GB IPOD photo, and let me tell you.....I LOVE IT!! As a music lover (I collect cd's, and have over 1,200 right now), the massive storage allows me to put in some of my favorite songs from all my albums into a small convenient device. While I am not really into taking photos, I still have a number of photos taken from my digital camera, and because there's so much space to spare, I put some photos in it as well. The 60GB IPOD may be really expensive, as I had to save for a month for $645.00 ($599.00 + $45.00 tax) If you are a harcore music collector like me however, then the price shouldn't stop you from getting this product. Music is my passion, and my life, and the fact that thousands of songs could be stored in such a small device is awesome!! Before my IPOD, I had to drive to school bringing some of my cd's, but this IPOD allows you to bring almost yourt whole music catalog...and that's why IPOD's are so wonderful. Overall, this product recieves a big A++++ from me, and I'm sure that everyone else who owns any IPOD will agree. IPOD's ROCK!!!

Posted by Andrew B. on March 7, 2005 at 4:56 PM (PDT) Comment 36

I bought one to replace my aging gen-1 5gb ipod whose second battery is dying and returned it a week later for the following reasons:

a) Interface: The UI that works for navigating through 1000 songs doesn't work for navigating through 10000 songs. Apple needs to either let a user pick a letter and wheelsort through or come up with a more efficient way of sorting through 10000 songs. I cannot begin to imagine how other mp3 players deal with large collections if the click wheel failed me on this one.

b) Display: The display is unusable/unreadable without the backlight, so you need it on most of the time. From my perspective the ipod photo is meant to be looked at and not be stored inside a pocket like the shuffle. It's the anti-shuffle. The backlight eats up the battery life, so the 15 hours are more like 6...

c) Photo options: In my opinion a photo viewer should allow you to zoom in, especially if you have opted to get the entire images onto the ipod. Also, making slideshows-on-the go wouldn't be bad either. There are lots of things that my camera can do that the ipod photo should be able to do at that pricepoint.

d) Useability: If you have set it to autosync (which is why I wanted it, so that I could have my entire music and photo libraries with me at all times) it took forever everytime I connected it to my PC. It also required two restores followed by multi-hour reloadings of everything when it kept losing my album art.

e) Bulk: The 60GB is way too bulky. I couldn't find a case that worked with it and I found that I opted to leave it at home or in the car, which made me wonder what was the point of it vs a computer.

So, I ended up with an ipod mini 6GB which is portable, the right size, doesn't scratch or smudge, is usable and has a battery life that so far has been unbelievable for half the investment! grin

Posted by ipoda4iam on March 9, 2005 at 9:34 AM (PDT) Comment 37

I guess everyone has their own perspective on thing.
Which bring me to my next question, Ipod Photo has no case? Ive been looking everywhere for one. Im guessing they will have ones out when the new photos come out. I personally have a 40GB and love it! The color beats all the other Ipods, no doubt about it.

Posted by silverwin on March 10, 2005 at 11:38 PM (PDT) Comment 38

I bought my ipod photo 30GB a few weeks ago. Have a couple of questions that hopefully someone can help me out with:

1) I've loaded only 6 photos so far and already noticed a bug. When clicking on one thumbnail, a totally different photo comes out. And sometimes in scrolling from one pic to another (this has happened more than once), it gets "stuck" and i can only scroll through 3 of the 6 photos i have in my ipod. I have to go back to the previous menu and click on a thumbnail again to be able to view all of the 6 photos. If this problem is happening with only 6 photos, I'm worried it may get worse when I transfer thousands of photos into my ipod. Has this happened to anyone else, or should I get my ipod serviced??

2) The center button on my ipod has become kinda loose (shifts slightly from left to right everytime I click on it). Is this common?

Posted by scotts on March 21, 2005 at 9:01 PM (PDT) Comment 39

An excellent review -- and great attention to detail. I just got my iPod photo last weekend and for the most part, I love it. I love sharing photos with friends, having a colour display, and 60 GB capacity is just awesome - and I have even written some shell scripts to backup my important files to the iPod after my Mac has auto-mounted it.

On the down side, Apple still have not fixed the problem of being able to share between a PC and a Mac (I'm a PC user who is slowly migrating to a Mac), and to me this equates to a semi-broken product. The box should not read "60 GB PC + MAC," as this is false advertising.

Posted by HK David on March 21, 2005 at 9:13 PM (PDT) Comment 40

The software is incredibly buggy, at least on my 36gb color ipod. How about a power-off function which does not always work? How difficult is that to implement? It was not fixed in the 1.1 update either.

Silver: The Ipod is built that way. I hope they have now fixed the photo randomizer you mention, which made the slideshow feature completely useless. I cant test it now because the 1.1 update destroyed all the photos I had in it.

Then finally, have you noticed that the USB and firewire cables are unusually hard to grab, to disconnect them from the computer? The pretty glossy shape makes them almost impossible to get hold off. It seems Apple decided that form was more important than function. Again, how difficult is that to design?

Fortunately, the scroll wheel is still a brilliant invention. Except that it is useless for browsing the entire playlist, when I put 20 gb of music inside. And then I have 16 gb of space left.

Posted by Otherland on March 27, 2005 at 6:59 AM (PDT) Comment 41
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