Is the wall charger a usb or firewire? Because it would be somewhat useless for someone who doesn't own a firewire-iPod cable.

Posted by punkrockavocado on June 21, 2006 at 4:21 PM (PDT) Comment 1

No provided cable; seems chintzy that this doesn't work as it's intended to right out the box, especially for the $70 price of admission though I suppose a 5G owner should already have the USB cable to start with. But the sheer BULK of these things. I'd also wonder about the cutout for the minijack as well; are there cans that will be affected by this?

The 55 hrs of runtime is indeed nice, but I think the REAL impact is with watching vid content (for those so inclined to be content with watching through the 5G's tiny screen). Anything's got to be better than the 2 or so hrs the 5G's standard battery is capable of.

Posted by flatline response on June 22, 2006 at 12:59 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Your article fails to mention the i604 which is designed for the 60GB iPod. I realize this is an article about the i603, but when you mention that this unit does not fit the 60GB, you should also mention the one that does.

The wall charger is USB. It is much smaller than the Apple one and thus has become my iPod travel charger. The cable that came with the iPod works fine so I don't personally see a need for this to come with one. It does add bulk to the iPod, a good bit of bulk, but i'm willing to put up with that to have the extra battery life. The look and feel of this unit is very nice, i've actually got the i604, but i'm sure both units are identical except for size. I use a clear protective cover from Boxwave that covers the entire front of the iPod, so it does not concern me that there is no screen protection. In fact, the few gel type covers i've used, i've not liked any of their included screen protectors and much prefer the Boxwave.

When i travel, I like to watch music videos and tv series that i've either bought or ripped from my DVD collection. I was amazed that on a recent 9hr flight, 5 or so hrs of iPod use barely made a dent in the iPods battery use.

Posted by rg_spb on June 27, 2006 at 11:47 PM (PDT) Comment 3

Good review. Does the port on the bottom behave like a normal dock connector? That is, not just for charging but synchronizing or for accessories?

Posted by brted on June 28, 2006 at 1:03 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Yes, the port on the bottom behaves like a normal dock connector, for both syncing and charging. As far as accessories, as long as they fit they should work. Anything that the iPod would normally slide into, that is, anything that is sized specifically to the iPods size wouldn't work. But something that plugs into the connector like an FM transmitter, etc. should work.

Posted by rg_spb on July 11, 2006 at 4:29 PM (PDT) Comment 5

No, the port on the bottom does not behave like a normal dock connector. It does not allow communication with all peripheral devices. For example it does not allow recording using the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo. Caveat emptor!

Posted by kolanga on August 1, 2006 at 3:17 PM (PDT) Comment 6

i bought a new external battery pack to resolve my iPod battery issues from and it works great. does anyone know how the one above ranks with other like the one i bought?

Posted by GreenApple123 on August 24, 2006 at 10:22 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I was hoping to use the iLuv i604 with Belkin's TuneTalk for recording concerts until I saw comment no. 6. Can anyone suggest an easily portable external power source that WILL work with the TuneTalk?

Posted by jonagold on September 12, 2006 at 4:37 PM (PDT) Comment 8

I am seriously considering the i604 for my 60 gig. The one concern i had, was will the dock connector on the bottom support other devices that rely on this connector? The I particularly have in mind is the icuiti iWear for the iPod that starts shipping in October, which are like goggles to create a virtual 42" big screen personal viewing experience. It uses the bottom dock connector and IF the battery and this can work together, I may just have THEE perfect travel entertainment system

Thanks, if anyone knows the answer to this

Posted by DianeHelen on September 17, 2006 at 10:18 AM (PDT) Comment 9
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