For iPod Beginner, FAQ 4: Q1. How can I do if I want to reset up the iTunes? I have deleted all the songs from the music folder, but how can I delete the songs from my iPod? Answer: If you update the songs to your iPod, they are definitely in your iPod. It is nothing to do with the songs in the music folder. If you delete the songs in the music folder, it will not affect the music in your iPod. Q2. How to distinguish iPod NANO and iPod NANO2? When I look at the pictures, one is metal cover, four angles are smooth; the other one is plastic and rectangular. Which one is NANO2? Answer: iPod NANO I is proud of itself thinness. It is only 7mm. Although it is not as thin as the thinnest MP3, it is still amazing. The new iPod NANO II, however, is metal cover, but its body is relatively thinner. It is officially 0.26inch that is 1.6604cm, while the iPod NANO I is 0.7cm. The biggest change of iPod NANO II is to break the limitation of the color, white and black. It adds silver, pink, blue, green and black five colors, just like the former iPod mini. Brightly-colored cover makes iPod NANO more suitable for those fashionable people's picky sense. But also this time Apple also learns from Korean to tell the capacities from the different colors. Not all capacities have all 5 colors version. 2GB is only silver, which means if you want colored version you just can get 4GB. The biggest capacity 8GB is only black. The latest iPod NANO is totally aluminum cover with only 40g. The iPod NANO I was 42g. The cover of the latest iPod NANO is specially-managed metal just like iPod mini. It is very easy to hold and without finger prints left, which would happen on iPod I. And the other advantages are, the screen is 40% brighter, 24h for battery. The second generation also has a new function that you can search music just with capital letter (it only works with English songs). And its earphones are more comfortable Q3. About the transmission problem of iPod. I just bought a new iPod, 30GB, but I am not sure what the model is. There is a problem when I transmit music to my iPod with iTunes. Why can I import some MP3 forms? And totally cannot import WMA. Answer: Because iPod should transfer other forms to AAC form which can be imported. Some MP3 files are damaged when transferring, so they cannot be imported. iPod cannot support the WMA form. You should transfer WMA to MP3. Q4. What video forms are supported by iPod? Answer: iPod can support many kinds of video forms, such as MPEG-4(MPEG- 4Part2) and H2.64(MPEG-4Part 10), but a conversion software like Active iPod Video Converter is needed to convert the original video to the format that iPod can recognize. Q5. Can I defrag my iPod? Answer: Perhaps you can do that, but it is not necessary because it itself doesn't produce too many fragments. iPod itself equals a small operating system. If you feel it is very slow or something wrong , you can make use of the system initialization, which, however, will make it the same as the one just with factory settings and the music, movies, and files saved will be gone. Q6: The flash disk function of my iPod doesn't work. I just bought an iPod shuffle, 512M. Before I set up the iTunes, it was normal. After setting up, however, I found that once I connected it with my computer, the icon of "My iPod" would flash and disappear. I couldn't do anything in the iPod. Is there anything wrong? How can I solve this problem? Thanks! Answer: iPod shuffle, the reason is that you should start the flash disk function in the "Advanced Option" of your iPod. You can do it in this way: Connect the iPod shuffle to computer, and open iTunes. There is "to display iPod option" on the left bottom of the page. Click it and a new page comes up. Then on this page tere is an option to active "iPod flash disk". Try it. It is easy!! How To Get Your iPod Connected To Your Home Entertainment System: The iPod is one of the newest ways to listen to your music. If you have a little computer savvy, you can purchase an iPod and start downloading all of your favorite songs directly to your iPod. If you want to take your music with you wherever you go, that is what the iPod is all about. That is exactly what it is designed for. Simply plug in your ear buds, clip on the iPod and go. You have discovered the unique portability of the iPod. However, iPods are not just for on the go. There are ways you can connect you iPod to your favorite home stereo equipment so your and your friends can enjoy all of your favorite tunes, too. Want to connect your iPod to your home stereo and have not a clue how to get started? Here is a look at the basics of how to solve this puzzling problem. The solution could be as easy as a few cables and a Dock connector. Would not it be convenient to plug in your iPod to your home stereo when you are home with the stomach virus or when snow is piled high outside your door? Plug it in while you are secluded indoors and watch and listen on the big screen to your favorite music and videos. Or maybe you are giving a big party and want everyone to enjoy all your favorite music downloads. With a little instruction and some equipment, you will soon be listening to your iPod music at home or on the go. You can use your headphone jack to connect your iPod to your home or car stereo using third-party stereo adapters. In order to connect your iPod to a home stereo, you will need a 3.5 mm RCA adapter cable to connect the iPod and the sound input of the amplifier. Most of the equipment you will need for this process can be found at electronic stores. To keep from blowing out the speakers on your amplifier, turn the volume down to less than half on your iPod. Use your stereos control panel to control the volume to the desired level. Your iPod may need to be set higher than half, depending on your particular stereo, so you can get a reasonable volume through the outside speakers. After you have done this, you are ready to connect your iPod to your car stereo. There are a few things you will need. First, you will need a 3.5 mm extension cable with stereo connectors on each end plugged into the aux input of your car stereo. You can also use a cassette adapter if your car stereo does not have a sound input jack. Both of these items can be found at car accessory retailers. Next, if your iPod has a dock connector, you may be able to connect to some cars with a special adapter. The Universal Dock is just that, universal. With the Universal Dock, you can do a variety of things. First, connect the dock to your computer with the cable that came with your iPod. Now place your iPod in the dock to sync and charge the battery. You will not have to reach behind the computer to plug it in anymore. Connect the dock to an electrical outlet using an iPod Power Adapter, and then place your iPod in the dock to charge the battery. Connect the Dock to a stereo or speakers using an iPod AV Cable or a stereo audio cable to play music from iPod. Control playback from a distance using the Apple Remote. Display photos on a TV or other video device using an iPod AV Cable or S-video cable if you have an iPod with a color display. Display videos on a TV or other video device using an iPod AV Cable or S-video cable if you have an iPod with video capability. The Universal Dock The Universal Dock is the ultimate iPod docking solution. Any model of iPod with a dock connector can fit perfectly into a single Universal Dock through the use of interchangeable inserts called Dock Adapters. You simply insert the Dock Adapter that fits your particular iPod model, and then plug in your iPod. When you want to connect a different-size iPod, simply pop out the Dock Adapter and insert a new one. The iPod Universal Dock package includes adapters for five iPods. New iPods will include adapters for that model, and other adapters are available separately. An Ipod Car Adapter Makes The Most Of Your Ipod: There is no question that the most popular portable music player on the market is the iPod. With its small size, large memory, and digital sound, iPods allow you to bring a massive music library with you wherever you go, and it all fits in the palm of your hand. iPods are becoming increasingly ubiquitous as more and more consumers eschew compact disks in favor of the convenience, portability, and performance of these small wonders. However, iPods are not perfect and if they have a shortcoming it is most obvious when you would like to use your iPod in the car, unless, of course, you have purchased an iPod car adapter. While some new cars are equipped with iPod docking stations, it is a rare feature that was not available until very recently. For the vast majority of drivers their car stereo is still designed to accommodate compact disks, which up until recently were the music medium of choice. Because an iPod can store hundreds of music titles its advantages over compact disks are obvious, and iPod owners naturally want to utilize this while driving in their automobiles, and they need an iPod car adapter to do that. There are several types of iPod car adapters on the market. The most basic model would be for use in cars that still have an analog cassette player. For those automobiles, a cassette adapter can be plugged into the headphone jack of the iPod, and the cassette can be inserted into the car stereo. However, the sound quality of this option is not ideal, and most late model cars have CD players instead of cassette players. If your car has a compact disc player, then a cassette iPod car adapter is obviously not an option. The Neo iON is the latest and best iPod car adapter on the market. The iON plugs directly into your iPod and is connected through a cable that plugs directly into the CD changer port that is located on the back of your car CD player. Installing the iON requires some degree of skill and time and those who are less mechanically inclined may opt to have it professionally installed. The iON provides a direct connection that delivers the highest quality digital sound, but perhaps the most enticing feature is the way your iON and iPod interface with your car stereo system. Once attached to the iON, you no longer have to fumble with the buttons on your iPod while driving. Instead you can change musical tracks by using the existing buttons on your car stereo. Installing an iON in your automobile has obvious advantages, but those advantages come at a cost. The iON is not portable, it becomes part of your car, so if you own several cars you would need to install an iON in each if you want to bring your iPod with you wherever you go. Further, if your car stereo does not have a CD changer port then an iON would not be compatible with your car. If those scenarios describe you, then an iPod car adapter with a universal FM modulator is what you need. A FM modulator will allow you to broadcast your iPod through one of several FM frequencies, and you can tune in your iPod on your car radio. Another desirable feature of an iPod car adapter, such as the iON and the FM modulator, is that they provide a power source for your iPod so you do not have to worry about charging your iPodâ€™s battery; it happens automatically. An iPod car adapter gives you the ability to listen to your entire music library for as long as you want, and as far as you drive. Marketing With The iPod: Whenever something new, exciting and revolutionary is introduced to the general public, it’s nearly a given that other corporations, companies and interests want to hitch their branding wagon to that train. And with the Apple iPod Nano, it was, and still is no different. The Apple iPod transformed the way the whole world thinks about where it takes it music. Soon after its release, you could walk around any hip metropolitan street and see those instantly recognizable white ear buds poking through the collars and jackets of many people, young and old, male and female. So, it didn’t take a marketing genius to figure out that all those iPod listeners represent a huge target audience. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your point of view, a marketing genius did realize that. Many companies that, at first glance, would have very little to do with the Apple iPod, soon lined up to be associated with the world’s most popular portable digital music player. Before you knew it, there were charities working together with Apple to create an iPod Nano with that charity’s logo and colors on it. It was a great way for a charity to appear current by working together with the Apple iPod Nano line as well as reaching a younger, more technologically savvy demographic that it otherwise would not have reached. However, even though charities recognized the power of the iPod, it was the music industry itself that has taken the greatest advantage of the reach and visibility of the iPod. Now, the music industry generally frowns upon downloading music from a computer onto an iPod without paying for it. But, some people in the music world realized that the iPod Nano is so popular, that there are people who won’t listen to music in any other format besides on their iPod. So, if you aren’t working with the iPod, you are working against certain segments of your target audience. Some bands decided to directly associate themselves with the iPod Nano; U2 being the biggest and most recognizable band to do so. A special U2 version of the iPod was released, and selected songs from an upcoming album were only available to be heard via the iPod. Of course, innovative, expensive and exceptionally cool marketing and advertising campaigns were released. Because of this foresight, two goals were achieved. One, of course, was to work together with the Apple iPod Nano to get the music and songs released and introduced to the public. The second goal was that U2 did not appear to be anti-download and embraced the iPod and everything it can do. In the early days of music downloading, there were many bands who scoffed at the idea of having their music listened to for free. As a result, they appeared to be greedy, out of touch and completely against the wishes of their fans. But, with the advent of the Apple iPod Nano, it is now imperative that if the whole world is going to be listening to this little device, then they might as well be listening to you. Going Video With Your Apple iPod: The new video capable iPod has opened a new world of possibilities for people upgrading to the newest iPod model. However, for the most part, most do not know how to encode video to portable devices that require strict format requirements. For those who own a PSP, you might know a thing or two about encoding video. The PSP and iPod can only play MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. There are limits to resolution and bit rates of the videos you can use on your iPod. It may seem that this video iPod thing is too complicated for a normal person to figure out, but here are some simple instructions on how to create video for your new video iPod: If you have QuickTime Pro 7, you can make your own videos that will allow you to play them on your iPod. With QuickTime, you can easily convert your home videos or any other video into a format that your iPod will recognize. First, make sure that you are, in fact, running the newest version of QuickTime, 7 or later. After you have the latest version of QuickTime installed, go ahead and open it. Now, go ahead and choose the Open File.. option from the File menu at the top left corner of the QuickTime window. Select the video or movie that you would like to play on your iPod and then click on the Open button. Now choose the Export.. option from the File menu. You should see an option that says, Movie to iPod (320x240), click on the Save button. Now the Export progress bar will show you how far the export process has gone before being completed. However, if your movie is longer, then it will take more time than if you had a shorter movie. Once the export has been completed, QuickTime Pro will put the new version of your movie on your desktop. This is the version that will be able to play on your video iPod. Go ahead and open up this new version of your movie and play it to make sure it looks the way it is supposed to. To get the video to your iPod, you will have to launch iTunes version 6. If you do not have iTunes 6, you should download it at this time. Now drag the new movie file into your iTunes library. Put it into a folder or a playlist of your choice. Connect your iPod to your computer and synchronize it with your iTunes. Now if you would like to play the movie, select the Videos and then the Movies option from your video iPod Main Menu. All available movies will be listed in alphabetical order. Go ahead and select the desired movie to play. But what do you do if you want to watch episodes of your favorite television show from your iPod, on your TV? Do not worry; here are some quick and easy steps for you to be watching them in no time: First, you will need some items, a video-capable iPod, and iPod- compatible video (like the one you just converted in QuickTime), an A/V cable (these can be bought off eBay if you do not have one for only five or six bucks). Now you can configure your iPod video options that will allow you to control how you export video. On the iPod Video Options screen, you can select how your video iPod will handle the video file playback. In order to open these settings, first choose Videos / Video Settings on your main iPod menu. This screen will offer three different settings: TV Out, TV Signal and Widescreen. Adjust these setting to pick the video playback style that you need. Whenever your iPod plays a video file, it will either play the video on the built-in screen or it will transmit the video signal out of the microphone jack. To control which one your iPod does, go to the TV Out option. If you choose No, the playback will remain on the iPod. If you select, Yes then a TV signal is produced. If you would like the iPod to ask you every time it plays a video file, select the Ask option. Now that you know how to convert video files on your computer into iPod compatible video, and you know how to get movies or video on your iPod to play on your television set, you should be set to go with your new video iPod. Five Ideas For Using Your iPod In The Classroom: What? You can use your iPod for educational purposes? Yes!! The iPod is a perfect tool for learning, as well as for listening to music. With the ever growing amount of iPod owners, most being younger people still in school, the iPod is a great tool to use in the classroom. Apart from getting your students to think you are cool for owning an iPod, there are other ways for it to be put to good use. From foreign language class, to music class, to even art history and more, the iPod is making a big hit in the classroom. So, you are a student sitting in music class, and all of a sudden instead of your teacher putting on a song in an old music player, they connect an iPod to their computer and out plays Beethovens 5th Symphony. Using your iPod is great for any music class. The iPod allows you to store and keep all your music in one easy place and lets you set up pre-determined playlists, and is very portable for anyone. The iPod is an easy way to get your students to listen to your music selections, and with the ease of iPod music upload anyone is able to do it. Maybe you are not a music teacher; maybe you have a foreign language class that is in need of something updated and fun. Using your iPod to play podcasts in foreign languages is simple. Or, you can always make your own podcast to play if you plan on being out one day. Knowing a foreign language is now a more and more important thing to know and having a new and exciting way to learn one is always going to be easier for the students. Perhaps one of the most useful things a teacher can use in a classroom is podcasts. A teacher can easily search for podcasts relevant to the daily classroom discussion or lecture. Did you know even the Supreme Court has podcasts? You are now able to listen to the deliberations of the Justices when you in the classroom! The popularity of the iPod has reached a new, higher level when the Supreme Court is using them. Recently, the teacher of a government class I am taking surprised us all when she started playing a podcast of the daily Supreme Court deliberations. It got all of our attention, to say the least. Most people in the United States have never heard the Supreme Court deliberate, and the iPod helps bring something new to listeners all over the world. Maybe you are an art history teacher, or maybe you just need to show a photo slideshow in class. An iPod is an easy way to store the photos you need and in a specific order that you are able to use it in a classroom setting. The iPod is a very portable device and by storing your photos for the classroom on it, it is simple to bring them in and share with your students. Now, if you are lucky enough to teach in a school with a seemingly endless budget, then you could be able to buy iPods for your students that already have all the forms and documents that they will need for your class. This allows the student to keep everything they need for the classroom in one easy place. Now, if you are like most of us and money is limited then just using your own iPod to store all of your documents and files for the class is an easy way to keep it all in one place and will cut down on the time and stress it takes looking for them. These are just some of the many ideas that you can use in the classroom. There are many, many more. The iPod is becoming a popular thing to own, for students and teachers alike. Owning an iPod opens up many possibilities that you might not otherwise have. From podcasts, to photo slideshows, to music lessons, the iPod is making an appearance in classrooms all over the world. Its as if the iPod is taking over the world, but it is good to know that you can use the iPod for educational purposes and not just for entertainment purposes. The Life And Times Of The Ipod Battery: When you purchase an iPOD, what do you think about? Are you imagining what songs youâ€™ll put on it? Do you think about all the accessories and kits that youâ€™ll get for your iPOD? Can you picture in your mind all the places youâ€™ll take your iPOD? Of course youâ€™re thinking about all those things. Are you also thinking about the lithium iPOD battery that powers your device, and how it works? Probably not. The iPOD is a remarkable device that has changed how people transfer and enjoy music and information, but little is paid attention to what makes an iPOD work. We know how it works, and what it can do, but what enables it to do all those cool things? The answer is a small but powerful lithium iPOD Nano battery. Lithium iPOD batteries are more powerful than standard nickel-cadmium batteries. Because of this, lithium batteries last longer and donâ€™t require to be charged as regular batteries. This allows you to max-out the times you need to change your iPOD battery. Now, with any form of battery â€“ lithium-ion or otherwise â€“ you will eventually need to purchase an iPOD or to simply replace the iPOD battery itself. After all, it wonâ€™t last forever, but itâ€™s sure close! A lithium-ion iPOD Nano battery works better for two reasons: 1. Lithium is lighter than nickel 2. Lithium batteries have smart â€œfast-chargeâ€• technology Letâ€™s focus on point number one. Because lithium-ion is lighter than crystal, which means that your iPOD doesnâ€™t have to work as hard to charge a light material vs. a heavy material. So, your iPOD battery uses less power to fully charge up. Thatâ€™s good for you, because having lithium iPOD batteries gets your device charged up faster. It also saves you the expense of having to frequently purchase iPOD Nanos. On the second point, iPOD batteries are smart charging. Now, you canâ€™t use your iPOD Nano battery to help study for a test! Rather, theyâ€™re smart because they can tell the charger when theyâ€™re almost full. When your iPOD is charging, it charges up to 80% capacity in no time flat. Then, the iPOD battery tells the charger to slow down, so the charging process goes from warp speed to snailâ€™s pace. This ensures that the battery doesnâ€™t overcharge, and makes certain that youâ€™re spending your time with your music, and not spending your cash on iPOD batteries. With any battery, every time you charge it, it loses a bit of its performance and power. Over time, that battery will die, and after you give it a proper funeral, youâ€™ll have to change it. The same is true with your iPOD. Eventually, you will have to replace the iPOD battery. You can either change the iPOD battery itself or purchase a new iPOD Nano . But, because your iPOD battery is a lithium-ion beast, you wonâ€™t need to worry about that for a while! How to Find the Cheapest Deals at an Ipod Sale: Thinking of buying a cheap ipod? Well before you even start thinking about getting out your credit card you should find out where an ipod sale is currently taking place. This is easily done by using your personal computer to go on to the internet and by typing the words 'Ipod Sale' (without the quotes) into Google or any other top search engine, such as Yahoo or MSN. If you already know what you want you can enter more information in the search string such as 'Ipod Classic Sale' or even 'Ipod Touch Sales'. If you are looking for a particular storage capacity you should add that too, as in 'Ipod Touch 16GB Sale' or 'Ipod Classic 80GB Sales'. Ignore any other words like 'mp3 player' or 'Apple' etc as this may return too many irrelevant results and this could waste your valuable time. As all ipods are now available in different colors you might want to add your favorite color to the search string too, just as in 'Pink Ipod Nano Sale'. Always use the shortest and most concise search string possible for better targetted results. An online ipod sale really is the best place to buy cheaper or discounted ipods. Whatever model you desire, whether it is Apple's ipod touch, nano, classic or shuffle the best time for getting the cheapest deals will be during the sales when all types of mp3 and digital media players will be found at a discount. If you have the patience to wait for a sale and then perform the necessary research and keep a check on the best deals to see if the price drops any more, then you will easily be able to save a large percentage of the cost of an ipod sold at the normal online price. If you are in a hurry you may find that you will have to pay more. The big electronics and gizmo sites will often have sales where you should be able to pick up a nice cheap ipod or other mp3 player of your choice. However you will need to make inquiries before the ipod sales take place to ensure you know when the sale starts and to compare against the standard prices, so you know when you are getting a great deal. Also never buy a new model as soon as it is released because at this time you will be paying a premium, which by waiting a month or two you will be able to avoid. Two of the best sites for ipod sales and discounts are the ipod store at Amazon and ipod auctions on Ebay. These websites always have many products for sale and in general some of the best prices online. Amazon always have some of the best priced ipods online as they sell ipods for other discount companies as well as themselves. You may have to watch the prices for a while to get the best deals on Amazon as they can fluctuate a lot. However it will be worth the wait. Great prices are available all day and every day at Ebay, but it pays to bid in the same way as the professionals to ensure you get your ipod cheap. Leave it until the very last moment and just place a single bid on your ipod of choice just a second before the end of the auction. If you fail with that bid there will soon be another ipod sale to bid on. Prolong Your IPod Battery Life: Most MP3 consumers would agree that the iPod is one of the best choices for an MP3 player, unique cutting edge styling coupled with superb sound quality and durability. There has been however, numerous moans and groans from various sources of MP3 authority that the iPod battery is something that could be improved upon. Isolated cases of iPods going dead after only as few months have been reported and by reading this article you should have a basic grasp on how to prolong the battery life of your iPod and general care. An absolute must is to download the very latest software for your portable device. In an age where software updates are as about as frequent as the weather changes, it is imperative that you keep up to date with software and firmware changes. Secondly, use the HOLD switch. Yes thats right. How many times have you slipped your iPod inside your coat, jacket or trousers only to discover the next time you plug in them earphones you iPod is as dead as a dodo. Speaking of earphones, remember if you use all them fancy accessories to make your iPod stand out from the crowd that actually this drains more resource power from your iPod so if you plan on using your iPod on a long car or train journey then maybe leaving some accessories at home is a good idea. Temperature control is another factor in looking after your iPod battery. Your machine will work best at room temperature (at about 20 degrees). If you have left your iPod outside or even in the car overnight, then let it warm up inside first before using. As well as cold temperatures the same principle applies to extreme warm aswell. Be mindful of not letting your iPod out in the sun or leaving it laying on the dashboard of your car in the summer. Regular charging of your Ipod is also very advisable. Do not let your iPod go dead flat. Try to get into the habit of leaving your iPod on charge at least once a week or even better every night before you go to bed. Do you really need the backlighting facility? This is one of the major sources of power consumption on your iPod. There is an option to switch this off and you will be amazed on how much longer your iPod will last for before the need of a re-charge. Also try to avoid changing tracks to often if you can help it. Pressing the forward and back button on your machine executes major hard disk activity on your iPod which in turn drains massive battery power. Finally, turning off the equalizer and using compressed songs is also good advice on keeping your iPod stay charged up for longer. Optimum cache size for your iPod is about 8 to 9mb so if your files and songs are longer then this then split these files in half. By following this short guide you will be sure to prolong the battery life of your iPod without the need for a recharge. Using The New Ipod To Watch Videos And Listen To Music: The new iPod is now lighter, slimmer and cooler looking, it has new features that surpass other mp3 players. The best new features of the video iPod concern the sound quality. The iPod video is small, compact and sleek, it is very easy to use, and it has tons of great features that are second to none and can only be found on iPods. Taking portable video entertainment to a different level than it ever has been, it features a color screen and video playback capabilities. The new Apple video iPod is pushing the envelope with technology by combining mp3 music and video in one device. Consumers embraced the new iPod, it allows consumers to keep all of their music and video in one place, the device is light weight and is portable so all the videos and music can go where ever you go. The iPod has a 5- inch color display that lets you take your music videos wherever you go. Unlike in the music versions, Apple did not include an option to rip movies to play on the Video iPod. If your priority is storing music over video, get the iPod Video. Many automobiles have the normal AM/FM Stereo and CD player, but many automobile manufactures are including and jack so you can plug in your mp3 player. Most of the people who benefit from the iPod are those people who want to listen to music, watch movies or TV shows or who want to keep photos You can listen to all your music. You can do more than just listen to music. Many manufactures have created accessories so you are able to listen to your iPod in your car, these gadgets work very well and are worth the investment. Until just recently, you used to have to have an expensive CD player and a multitude of CDs with you in order to listen to whatever you want, whenever you want. It is very exciting when you receive your new video iPod, you now have the ability to watch videos on a mobile video player. Once you download the movie or video you can simply transfer it to your iPod, however if you want to be able to watch the movie on your DVD player while at home then you might want to think about this. If you're like many new Video iPod owners, you are excited about the idea of carrying your movie collection along with you wherever you go. According to the informational websites, the number of video downloads have reached and might have passed the one million downloads since it was introduced. There are many companies that have created software that will convert to the iPod format, some even come with extra software so you can view the pictures or videos before the conversion process starts, this comes in handy if you want to view the information before putting it on your iPod. You can download, convert and transfer and you have the ability to watch all kinds of movies, home movies and TV shows. Five Alternative Uses For Your iPod: So you might already know how to upload music and play music on your iPod, but maybe you want to do something else other than music playing with it. The iPod has become somewhat of an American phenomenon. With the ever- growing popularity of this little gadget, more and more people are starting to use the iPod for things other than just playing music. Below are five alternative uses that you can use your iPod for: Probably the most popular alternative use of the iPod is podcasting. Podcasting is like running your own radio stations, except you are the boss and can do whatever you want. Podcasts have become very popular with iPod owners of all ages and walks of life. Creating your own podcast is fairly easy and you have the ability to reach thousands of people. Your podcast can be about anything you want; the FCC does not have any restrictions on podcasting, so you are pretty much free to say whatever you want. Maybe you want to tell the world about your religious or political views, or perhaps, you just want to share the music that you love. Once you have made your own podcast, there are numerous websites on the Internet that will allow you to display your podcast for people to download. Maybe you do not want to create your own iPod podcast. Maybe you just want to use your iPod skills for your own personal use and satisfaction. The notes feature on your iPod is an ideal, useful little tool. You can add some notes from your classes to it for easy and portable access, or just little reminder notes for your daily life. Your iPod is very portable and having your notes wherever you go will make sure that you never miss another birthday or important meeting again. Another alternative use for your iPod might be picture-oriented. You are able to store a good deal of photos on your iPod. This might be useful if you have a photo presentation and want to have your pictures with you, or if you just came back from vacation and want to show off by giving your friends a view of all the things you did. Again, the iPod is very much a portable device and will allow the user to carry around their different media files for quick and easy access. One alternative way that people are starting to use their iPod for is education. What, education? Yes, the iPod is not only for entertainment purposes but can actually be used as a learning device. There is an endless amount of ways for you to learn with the iPod. Some might be that you have a music history class and need to listen to some songs for an upcoming exam. If you have a foreign language class, your iPod can easily download a podcast in the language that you are taking. The Supreme Court is even getting on the iPod bandwagon with podcasts for your listening pleasure. If you are the working type, then your iPod will help you with that, as well. The notes feature of your iPod can easily be used to store quick notes on a previous meeting or conversation that you need to remember. Perhaps, you are into writing and need to store a project that you are working on. The notes feature can help you do this, and you are able to review your material whenever you want to (please do not read over your material while driving though). Storing some of your work on your iPod may also help for when you need to show people what you are currently working on. From podcasting to education to work, your iPod is able to help you with just about anything that you need. The portability of the iPod makes it an ideal device to use for any occasion that calls for easy access to. Not only is your iPod a superior music player, it is now becoming a superior life tool as well. It might not be too long before everyone in the United States, maybe even in the world, will have his or her own iPod. The iPod is helping people from all around the globe better communicate with each other by podcasting, or just by having something in common. An iPod Accessory Takes Your iPod To The Next Level: Just ten years ago iPod technology seemed impossibly futuristic. Ten years ago we were all listening to compact disks, and even that technology was a relatively recent development that had only recently unseated analog cassettes as the music medium of choice. Yet today, only a few short years since its introduction, the iPod has been at the forefront of a musical revolution and that revolution is showing no signs of slowing down. An iPod is a portable media player that can fit in the palm of your hand, yet it can store an entire library of music and video that can be enjoyed anywhere. They are smaller than the compact disks they replaced, yet they can store information of hundreds, or even thousands, of those very same disks when that information is downloaded from a host computer. There are several different models of iPods on the market, and while their list of features might lead one to believe that there is nothing they can not do, in reality there are desirable features that iPods lack, and that is why there is such a large iPod accessory market. There exists an iPod accessory to enhance nearly every element of your iPod. Perhaps the most popular iPod accessory is an iPod case. Due to their small size you can take your iPod everywhere, so an iPod that lacks the protection of a case can quickly acquire nicks and scratches that detract from its looks, value, and possibly function. Another popular iPod accessory is the iPod docking station. iPods require frequent charging of their batteries – usually every eight hours or so – and a docking station allows the iPod owner to plug in and charge up when they are away from their computer. Further, some iPod docking stations have their own speaker system, so one can listen to music while recharging. Listening to your iPod while driving is a natural combination because there is no other way to have thousands of songs, all in digital quality, at your fingertips. However, your car stereo and your iPod are not perfect mates without the help of another must-have iPod accessory, the FM Transmitter. An FM Transmitter not only acts as a docking station which maintains your iPod’s battery charge, it wirelessly broadcasts your music allowing you to “tune it in” on your car’s FM radio. No wires, no fumbling through compact disks, just your entire catalog of music at the touch of a button right on your car radio. The latest iPod accessory to hit the market is an iPod remote control which allows you to operate your iPod from anywhere in your home. This is especially helpful for those who like to listen to their iPod through their home audio system. An iPod remote control makes your iPod as versatile as your full sized audio components, but at a fraction of the space. iPods are certainly here to stay, and their size, performance, and features make them appealing to any music lover. But despite their myriad functions, there is an iPod accessory that can enhance your enjoyment. Docking stations that come in all shapes and sizes, adaptors that allow your iPod to play in a cassette player, and countless other offerings make the iPod accessory market nearly as hot as the iPods themselves. What To Looking For Quality Ipod Case: iPod is the new innovation and revolution of music players in modern era. There is no one, especially teens and young adult know do not know iPod. If you are the one who already have has iPod, so congratulation. What become after you have purchased iPod players is to get additional accessories for your iPod such as headphone port covers, Click Wheel protectors, pop-open Dock Connectors etc. However, the most popular accessory that people looking for is iPod case. This is because iPod player is something that very sensitive to temperature and vibrations, so it is strongly suggest that you should get a case for your iPod as soon as possible to give maximum protection for your iPod. But there are plenty of iPod cases available in the market and this may be difficult for you to make decision. However, there are several online communities, where iPod lovers gather together and discuss only about iPod topics and certainly they have some kind of review for iPod case, which you can find it very useful to help you making decision. As mentioned above that there many suppliers produce iPod cases for users, unfortunately that not all of them see importance of producing good quality iPod cases. As a result, for people who use iPod cases produced by these companies still have problem about their iPod damage from accident. Sometimes, even though you can find the good quality iPod cases but it could not provide comfortable and practical to access control of the iPod when it is in the case. The quality of iPod case some time can be determined by the price of the case itself. Usually we can get a fair quality iPod case by spend only about 20-30 USD. However, I recommend that you should buy this only when you really have limited budget or in case of you just only need adequate protection, but for some of you who may be able to afford more expensive iPod case, I strongly suggest that you should buy it for premium quality. Particularly if you have the latest model of iPod as they need maximum protection as well as functionality. You may have to look for the case that cost about 100 USD or above. Also, there might be some people who has unlimited budget and ready to invest for designer case for multi- hundreds or thousands of dollars. Because designer case for iPod often have other option that could support you when you have to carry iPod such as clips, wrist straps etc. iPod cases are also available in many type of materials, here are the brief description of the materials that commonly use to produce iPod case. Metal case: There are many advantages of using metal case, it could be the most durable material among other kind of case material and metal gives you felling of modern and it is also super thin and lightweight. Leather case: This is probably the most valuable type of iPod case. You can get adequate protection at a reasonable price by using leather case. They are also available in millions of colour and this could be the most distinct advantage, if compare to metal case However, leather may have some disadvantage is that they usually have sides that are open and unprotected, leaving your iPod vulnerable on the sides. Tips On How To Use your iPod As A Hard Drive: At some point most people have needed to transfer files from one computer to another. Floppy drives are virtually obsolete. Not all computers have a CD burner and unless you use a re-writable CD you can only use it for files one time. So how can you do it? Ever thought of using your iPod? Few people realize the iPod can be used for much more than listening to songs and watching videos. The device can also be used as a hard drive to store every kind of file you will need. Here are a few tips on how to use your iPod as a hard drive. First, connect your iPod to your computer. Once the iPod has been connected open the iTunes window. Then open the iPod preferences window. In the iPod preferences window you can select Manually manage songs and playlists or Enable disk use. If you would like to use your iPod for disk storage and you would still like for iTunes to automatically update your iPod library then choose Enable disk use. This will allow your iPod to store files and play music. Once you have set up your iPod to store files you can drag the files you want to store into the iPod window. When you have finished moving the files click the iPod eject button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window. The iPod screen will show Ok to disconnect when it is safe to unplug it. You can also use your iPod as a hard drive without using the iTunes window. First connect your iPod to the computer that has the files you would like to store. Then go to My Computer. You will see the iPod listed as an available drive. Double click the drive and copy the files you want to store into the root folder. Alternatively, you can create a separate folder for storing your files to avoid confusing your files with the files the iPod needs to operate. Do not put anything in the folder labeled iPod_Control because that folder contains music and video files and information required for the iPod to read music and video files correctly. If you are using your iPod without having iTunes running you will need to manually disconnect the iPod from the system. Open My Computer. Browse to the drive that lists your iPod. Select the drive and drag it to the recycle bin. Once the drive has been deleted, you can safely detach your iPod from the computer. Avoid detaching your iPod from the computer with going through these steps first. Doing so can result in corruption of important files. The iPod shuffle can also be used for storing files. Using a USB flash drive does this. To configure the iPod shuffle to store files, open the iPod preferences window from within iTunes. In the iPod preferences window use the slider to choose how much of the drive you would like to use for storing files and how much you would like to use for storing songs. You can add files in two ways. The first way is to drag and drop the icon for the file you would like to add onto the iPod folder in the iTunes screen. The second way is to navigate to the iPod drive through My Computer and add file. If you have the file open you can save it to the iPod by going to File, Save As. In the location window click on My Computer and select the iPod drive. The iPod shuffle must be removed in a similar way to a regular iPod. If you are working through the iTunes window click the iPod eject button in the lower-right corner of the window. When the iPod screen shows Ok to disconnect you can safely remove your iPod. You can also remove the iPod shuffle if you are not working in iTunes by deleting the drive icon from the My Computer folder. As with a regular iPod, be careful not to detach the iPod shuffle from computer without first removing it in one of the two ways described above. Hassle no more with emailing files to yourself in order to access them from another location. As long as you have your iPod and the USB cord or your iPod shuffle, you can access and store all the files you need. For iPod Beginner, FAQ 3: Q1. How to use my iPod on different computers? My iPod shuffle is 512MB. I always surf online in the net bar. Every time when I set up iTunes and connect with iPod, it will show, "this iPod doesn't keep in step with iTunes! Please click OK" Then all the music is gone and you should refresh. If you don't click OK, you cannot connect the iPod with iTunes. How can I solve this problem? Can my iPod use on different computers? Answer: I have ever met this problem before, and I also find a very good resolution. Here share with you First, Connect your iPod with a computer and input the music wanted with iTunes. Second, do go back. Here is the key step: Now in iTunes "file"? "export database", click it choose a list in the coming-up dialogue box, and then Enter to back up the database. Third, Make the iPod work as a portable disk in the iTunes. (If you have done this before, forget it.) Then click "iPod Disk" in "My Computer" and copy the database which you baked up just now in the iTunes into it, and then out. Now connect your iPod with another computer. Don't make it keep a step with iTunes but click "input database", and click the database backed up. Can you all your music files back? That is it. Now you can go on inputting music or video etc. in the database. At this moment, connect with your iPod. After it is in a step with iTunes, it will remind you that you cannot find some specific songs and it cannot be copied into the iPod. When you turn on your iPod, you will find the songs are still in your iPod. In this way you can use your iPod on different computers without limitation but just remember to back up database every time after you make the two keep in a step. In addition, you can set your iPod to be updated by hand in which way you also can make them in a step but not covered, but it is troublesome. Maybe if you are not careful enough, all files will be deleted. I have ever lost hundreds of songs. But it is still one resolution, a formal one. Q2. How to put the movies in my computer into my iPod? Recently, I bought a new iPod MP4, but I have tried many times and methods to put the movies into my iPod, but all failed. I couldn't add it into the database and keep them in a step. Answer: iPod can support MP4 and H.264 video form, but the original video should be converted to the form that iPod can support. There are lots of softwares can do this job. And the software I am using is pretty good. Its name is Agile iPod Video Converter which is very easy-to-use. Click the file you want, and select your iPod type, and then click "Convert", then after converting; you can put the video into "movie" in the iTunes. If you have iPod 6, you can add videos into your iPod and keep it in a step with iTunes. If you set iTunes to "manage music by hand", you can also put the video or video player list into the iPod in the iTunes source list. Now you have finished a half. The followings are the steps how to finish it, 1). Connect iPod with your computer, and then open iTunes; 2). Click "Preset" in the iTunes; Mac User: "Preset" in the iTunes; Windows User: "Preset" in the "Edit"; 3) click "iPod" tag "video" tag 4) choose one of the following video synchronous options, #1. If you want to make all videos in the iTunes keep in a step with iPod with iTunes, then click "Automatically update all videos" #2. if you just want to synchronize the videos in the play list into your iPod with iTunes, click "Automatically update selected playlists only", and then click the box beside the play list. #3. if you don't want to add any videos into your iPod, click "Don't update video". Note that if you have already synchronized the present videos with iPod, you will delete them from the iPod when you click this option. 5) Click OK. Once you close the "preset" in the iTunes, iTunes will start to update the iPod as the settings in the "preset". Attention: If you manage the audio files by hand, you should do it with videos by hand, too. If you set the iPod to update music automatically, then you should click one of the two automatically update options for videos, or choose neither of them. Reasons To Go Manual With Your iPod: If you are like most iPod owners, you probably have never even considered using the manual mode on your iPod. Do you even know what the manual mode is? First consider what exactly the manual mode is and then, why you should use it. So, you go to your computer to upload music to your iPod, if you just plug it in and your iTunes music library automatically starts sending music to your iPod, then this is the automatic mode, not the manual. This is the default mode; it is already configured to update the contents whenever your iPod is plugged in. When using your iPod, the manual mode, on the other hand, lets you select only the files you want and then transfer those selected files to your iPod. To switch your iPod into the manual mode, you first have to go to your iTunes Source list and select the iPod icon. When you do this, a new icon should pop appear at the bottom right corner if your iTunes window. If you click on this icon, the iPod Preferences window will pop up. Now, to get your iPod to stop updating automatically, you need to enable the Manually Manage Songs and Playlists option. Click OK and the Preferences window will close. Now you are ready to start adding only the music files that you want. In order to place new music onto your iPod, you need to drag the selected file from your iTunes library and onto the iPod icon in the Source list or into one of your playlists. If you wish to create a new playlist, just click its icon in the Source list and then click on the Plus button at the bottom. If you have too many files to move manually, or if you just want to get music from a particular genre or artist, you can use the iTunes Browser (press Command-B) and you can select whole genres, albums, or artists to be moved to your iPod. Now that you have changed your iPod to update manually, you should not have to do it again unless you want to switch back to automatically update because this setting is stored on your iPod. Now that you have changed your iPod to update manually you can easily connect it to more than one computer. This works for people who have more than one computer where they have music stored, like at college or work. If you had your iPod set on automatic and you went to connect it to another computer, a window will pop up saying that your iPod library is about to be erased and will be replaced with music stored on this computer. Manual mode will save the user a lot of time and grief. Another reason, you may want to use the manual mode of your iPod is because you are able to play songs that are stored on your iPod through speakers on the computer that the iPod is attached to. If you wish to do this, simply click on the iPod icon in the Source list and pick a song that is shown in the iTunes main window, press play. Or you can play an entire playlist by selecting it and pressing play. More and more people are starting to change their iPod to manual mode for many reasons. For instance, you may be running out of space on your iPod and wish only to upload a certain few songs. Others want to delete songs from their iTunes library but want to keep it on their iPod. However, you will not be able to copy music from your iPod back to your iTunes library. This is a protection added to try and cut down on the number of people who pirate music illegally. Now that you know exactly what the manual mode on your iPod is, how to switch your iPod to manual mode from automatic mode, and some benefits of using it, you are now able to be more in control of the music that you have on your iPod. With the growing number of iPod owners and users, knowing how to use your iPod correctly is becoming more and more important. Can You Get A Free iPod?: It is the cheapest ipod out in the market today but it already cost thousands of pesos. It is already expensive considering people without big paychecks. So if it is expensive, why would you want to have it anyway if you can't afford it? It is not even a necessity anyway. We don't exactly need it to live and you are not obliged to buy one. But having an ipod would be a big benefit because it brings you wireless entertainment. Plus considering its uncanny portability, it is really a must have gadget. It can play hundreds of songs even though it is just a small box. The ipod is simply an amazing and entertaining device. Imagine a gadget that has the capability to play songs, organize playlists, and show videos. But let us go back to reality here, the reality I was mentioning earlier. These devices are definitely not cheap and it will be hard to buy one. You will really have to save for it. You might even have to cut short on other stuff and limit your meals. These high prices deprive of people of their passion to listen to music. But what would you feel if someone would give you a free ipod? Now, you do not have to spend your own money and savings, instead it would be given to you for free. That would be wonderful, won't it? But the question there is, where in the world will you get a free ipod? Nowadays, many people use this free ipod as a gimmick. They could attract many people for the promise of a free ipod. Most of the promos include a free ipod as one of their prizes. If you would only join, you would have the chance of winning a new and free ipod. I guess that they are including a free ipod as one of their prizes to invite more people to join the promo because almost every people want an ipod inside their pockets. If you would be one the winners of the free ipod, you will definitely be excited about it. If you think about it, a device worth thousands will be yours for free, it is like a gift from heaven. A promise of a free ipod can also be use for advertising. You can advertise a certain event of maybe a product given that if they but, they might win a free ipod. Many would be buying your product or will be going to your event. Another example is, if you a restaurant and the number of customers are low, try on giving a free ipod a prize in a raffle and that they can acquire the raffle tickets only if they ate at your place. Next thing you know, there will be a sudden increasing in the number of your customers. The results may be shocking. You would be surprise see that many people would be eating at your place because they want to have a chance on winning that free ipod. A free ipod brings wonders to your life. Now, it is no longer just a device for entertainment but for business as well. But why and how does a free pod do this? As we all no, gadgets is the in thing today and the ipod is one of the front runners in that category. Although we hate to admit it, it is human nature to want what is in. Even if people cannot afford it, they really still crave for it. That is why a free ipod is so attractive and catchy for those poeple who want it but don't have the money to purchase it. But is it all about being in? In my opinion, a free ipod is attractive because it will bring you entertainment with comfort because it is portable and is easy to use. You can listen to music and watch videos with one click. This is like the extreme gadget for music lovers. And music doesn't only include those of the rich, it goes all the way down to the middle class and the poor. And for their love of music, a free ipod is all that's left for them to have this magnificent device and enjoy music. Tips To Justifying Your iPod To A Non-Technical Person: So you just bought your iPod and you proudly bring it home or to work to show it off to your family and friends, thinking they will flock around you in awe. Not the case, they ask, why did you go and buy an expensive thing like that? You, of course, are shocked to think they think so lowly of your newfound investment. If you have ever encountered an experience like this, or maybe you will in the not so distant future, here are some things that you can say that will make your peers understand the iPod just a little bit more. First, you might want to tell them that for the price of an iPod, you get more than your moneys worth. The storage on an iPod is superior to any other mp3 or music playing device. The ability to store literally thousands of songs on one little device is something to be proud of. There are a numberless possibilities to what you can do with an iPod, and you are not limited to just listening to music. Your iPod already comes with other devices for you. For instance, you have games that will keep you busy during down time at work or if you are waiting for the bus. You also have the ability to store a pretty large amount of photos for you or someone elses viewing pleasure. Your iPod already comes equipped with a notes feature for you to store important remainders or class notes. Of course, the iPod comes with a contacts and calendar function. Now you can have all the contact information for the important people in your life right at your fingertips! You will not be able to forget any of their birthdays or anniversaries because your iPod has a calendar to remain you of important events like these. Did you tell your friends that your iPod is also a communication tool as well? You can make your own podcast to share with anyone in the world. Just think your own radio station right at your fingertips. Your friends thought you blew your money on another mp3 player. Podcasting is becoming more and more popular and celebrities are starting to use them to add a level of intimacy with their fans. Did your friends know that your newly bought iPod could be used as a learning device? They did not? Well, perhaps you should inform them that your iPod could help you store notes for class that you will be able to review at any moment you want. You can also listen to educational podcasts at any time of the day. The iPod is not just for music enthusiasts anymore. You can even store a writing project on your iPod by using the notes feature. Who would object to buying an iPod when it will help you learn? I know your parents would not be able to argue with you when you tell them that! Your iPod is also an ideal device if you have more than one computer that you use. For example, a college student who has a computer at home but also a computer at school that they use. With an iPod you are able to transfer music from both computers onto the iPod. The iPod also has a great battery life. If you are going on a long plane ride or road trip, your battery will probably outlast them both, coming in at just under fifteen hours before it dies, the iPod is an ideal device for long trips. So, the next time someone asks you why you want an iPod or why you bought an iPod, just remember all the things you are able to do with an iPod. From communicating with people from all over the world, to learning, to even helping you with work, the iPod is a universal device that is not just for listening to music anymore. When your parents ask you why you want an iPod, simply tell them that it will help with your education and will also keep you busy when on long trips. Or, if you need to make a person realize just how useful an iPod truly is, you should point out everything that an iPod is capable of doing. How Is iPod Download Websites?: iPod has soared in glorification and now the world's finest selling digital multimedia musician thanks to its infancy in belated 2002. Millions of population are in possession of iPod now and this resulted to the birth of various iPod download websites all over the internet. It is important to distinguish the best iPod download websites for you to get the best contents for your iPod. These best iPod download websites benefit all iPod users giving them more options to get the best deals for their iPods in more reasonable price. This dissertate selected the four peak iPod download websites in the internet today. These are the notably obvious and widely used iPod download websites now. Unlike particular download websites these sites don't have reminder or per download charge which works on anybody even on those who have a tight budget and still want to enjoy the latest craze and downloads for their iPods. Services groove on MyiPodownloads, iPodBlender, FeedMyiPods and YouriPodMovies are the blessing download websites in the net today. You can never one's darnedest mean with these sites with stretched-out download goods for your iPod and it will only cost you a few bucks with one time payment and you can pack your iPod with everything you love from music, movies, videos, games, TV shows and even sports events. The biggest and tremendously down pat blessing iPod download website is MyiPodownloads. Most if not all iPod users fell in salacity with this iPod Download Website. One item that brought approbation to this download website is the taking easy to use software that even beginners will find themselves downloading contents in minutes. Registration is easy and it will only take you 2 minutes to register. This is the number 1 recommended best iPod download website for iPod users with access to over 95,000,000 media files with excellent download speeds and easy iPod transfer with outstanding quality. It also includes free iPod converter software. iPodblender is the top PSP download website and it converts non-iPod same hymn or movies interest iPod-compatible assembling succulent with charming DVD quality downloads. It provides an easy to follow step by step guide on downloading, searching, playing and burning your favorite movies, music and other downloadable contents. iPodBlender users will find a lot of free software to download. This is definitely one of the best iPod download websites today. FeedMyiPods is new peak download website with it's elementary to navigate prospect interface and in rag you can have gate to colossal music, movies, TV shows, sports and a lot more. They have easy to follow tutorials and great 24 hour technical support. Excellent DVD quality and fast downloads. The push on but not the head is YouriPodmovies which is one of the best iPod download websites today. You could download iPod like music, TV shows, sports, DVD cast movies and a syndicate more. You can stack up gold/platinum packs which enables you for unlimited downloads of software, games, music and a lot more or choose movie packs which gives you unlimited access to all DVD quality movies you want and you can also find brand new titles not yet released on DVD. Indeed, these first iPod download websites knock around offers four gorgeous options that you can flip over anytime and anywhere. You can acquire the boon deals for your iPod with monster savings. Why spend too much when you can have access to these sites in affordable one time payment and enjoy unlimited downloads. Tips for Troubleshooting and Repairing the Top Three iPod Repairs: There are two ways to handle just about any repair for your iPod. You can either repair iPod yourself using a Do-It-Yourself Kit, or have a professional iPod technician complete and guarantee the work for you. Read about the pros and cons associated with the top two iPod related repair issues and what to look out for in the process. Screen Repair The leading cause of an iPod in need of repair is a broken or damaged LCD screen. Even though the iPod may still work with a cracked, scratched, or broken screen, this severely reduces the usability and aesthetic appeal. If you were one of the first to get the iPod Nano, you may be entitled to a free replacement. After numerous complaints, Apple admitted that a small number of Nanos (less than one tenth of a percent) were shipped with faulty screens due to a manufacturing problem. For the rest of us, there's the choice between a do-it-yourself replacement screen or professional repair. Apple has engineered many of its new products specifically to be customer friendly when it comes to repairs. By doing a search for "iPod LCD screen repair" you'll find kits for all models of iPods that can be ordered online for between $79 and $149. Those who aren't comfortable opening their iPod and replacing the screen themselves can opt for professional repair. It's important to choose a company that specializes in iPod repair. Some companies offer a free diagnostic check for your iPod. If your iPod was damaged in a fall and you're not sure if there is additional damage beyond the screen, this may be the best option. Although a little more expensive than a do-it- yourself kit, you won't risk causing additional damage to your iPod during the repair. Battery Replacement Replacing a battery seems simple enough until you take into account that iPod isn't designed to be opened easily. Opening the iPod to change the battery can damage the devise if you're not using the proper tools. The battery used by the iPod generally lasts about 500 cycles. For an average iPod user, this equates to about one year of use. As time passes, your battery will hold its charge for shorter periods of time and need to be charged more often. You can find a battery for your iPod at Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City or online store. The service professionals can help you find the right battery for your model. You can also download your model's instruction manual on Apple's website for reference. Many iPod owners opt to leave battery replacement to a specialty iPod shop. Apple offers a battery replacement service for $59, a reduction in price from their original $99 price. Specialty iPod repair shops often offer incentives with battery replacement, including lifetime Platinum Battery Program where you get a free yearly battery replacement for as long as you own your iPod. There are a few simple tips for getting the longest lifespan from your battery. Make it a habit to let your iPod charge long enough to obtain a full charge which takes about 4 hours. Charging the battery for short periods of time repeatedly can reduce the battery's lifespan. Turning off unnecessary features such as the back lighting and the equalizer will also extend the battery life. Compressed songs that are 9 MB or smaller take the least effort for iPod to cache, also reducing the power needed from the battery. Apple has made it simple for iPod owners to make choices about how they prefer to handle their repairs. No matter your choice, it's important to verify that the place where you purchase your part or have your repair done specializes in iPod service. iPod iTunes - Sharing A World Of Music: The iPod is a compact, small piece of stereo equipment that has in today's society become very popular due to the fact that it is convenient and has the capability to store massive amounts of information and music. Purchasing an iPod has also become a sort of fad as well, as numerous people, both old and young, have a feeling that they must join the fad and go out and buy an iPod for themselves. In many situations an iPod MP3 player comes in handy. For example, in addition to music you can store what are known as podcasts from the Internet that can be listened to while you're outside on the road. Famous for their computer reliability and knowledge, Apple Computer is the manufacturer that produces and holds the patents for this popular device. Because information can be downloaded from the Internet onto iPods, iPod iTunes are also a significant part of this craze, due to the fact that there are thousands upon thousands of songs to pick from that are available to be downloaded onto your iPod. This is one of the most popular ways to get music onto your iPod that you enjoy listening to. Popularity Of the iPod iTunes And Its Spread In Modern Culture As the uses for iPod technology are many in modern society, its primary function or what its most popular for is its ability to download music as well as its storage capability of these small machines. Despite the fact that these devices are small enough to fit into your pocket, their storage capacity is very significant to be able to store thousands of songs at any one point in time. For many people, this is difficult to conceive, however it satisfies the consumers demand for listening to music while on the go at the same time making it convenient and easy. The fact that you don't have to carry around a bunch of CDs with you or having to listen to static on a radio station or the commercials that go with it is a significant benefit in the majority of most people's minds. Many MP3 players, which are usually less expensive, does not have the downloading and saving capacity of an iPod. Apple Computer's website makes available the downloads which are called iPod iTunes for people who own the iPod. This website has a selection of thousands upon thousands of different kinds of songs and music for individuals to place on to their own players. Just as there are those who download legitimately iPod iTunes from this site, there are also those known as "hackers" who have discovered numerous ways to copy the music without having to purchase the iPods. This form of activity is illegal and has a penalty associated with it, but it is extremely challenging to law enforcement officials to effectively prosecute people who do this due to the fact that the vast amount of people on the Internet today make this activity difficult to track. Ironically, there are even books published on different ways to hack the iPod's iTunes website in order to retrieve the music. In this way, it slightly lessens the demand or necessity of having an iPod as it otherwise would have been if this capability were not present on the Internet. Regardless, the popularity of the iPod is still at an all-time high due to its ease of use, high storage capacity and additional capabilities. How To Put Movies And Videos Into Your iPod Video: Apple recently surprised the market with its new iPod video, also know as the last generation of iPods. This powerful new gadget doesn't just play music; it plays videos and photos as well and serves to be an all-in-one portable entertainment platform for the market. The new video function is a great addition but many owners will require some technical help to put videos into the iPod. Firstly, you should know that the iPod can play H.264 / MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. Due to this fact, the resolution is rather limited, together with the limitation of the bit rates that you can use on the device. For the new iPod video, this limits means (for the H.264 video) up to up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second. For the MPEG-4 video, the limits are up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480 and the same 30 frames per second. Even more, the AAC audio bit rate is around 160 Kbps. After establishing these limits, the next step is to establish the source of the video, which can be either from a DVD or a video of the computer. As the company Apple claims, in a purely informative ad which is posted on the official website, that the new iPod video can store 25,000 photos, 15,000 songs and not less than 150 hours of video. The first thing you need to do to put a DVD video into the iPod is to insert the DVD in the device. After this, you should open (in case it doesn't immediately open by itself) the DVD, using file and open DVD from the menu. Check the options in the DVD menu, to set up everything as you like, meaning language, subtitles or chapters. Begin playing the movie, using the DVD menu to navigate. When the movie begins, you should press the record button and select the folder in which you want to store the recorded files. When you want to end the recording, simply click the stop button and if the recording goes well, there will be a screen confirmation that you have converted your file successfully. If you wish to convert a video from your computer to your iPod video, then the first thing that you should do is go to the menu file and click open video file. At this point, your video will begin to play and you can adjust the video however you like. Also, you can set the perfect moment to start the recording, using the bottom playback controls. When you decided this, click the button record and feel free to stop it at any time. After recording, just like in the case of importing videos from a DVD device, there will be a message on the screen saying that everything went on successfully. If done correctly, the movies and videos will be stored properly in your iPod video for your portable entertainment. However do be aware that the iPod offers limited space and resolution, which means that you should decide carefully what to keep and what to erase. The new iPod video is an innovative and feature-rich product that combines music with videos, offering for the first time, the possibility of playing video on such a small digital device. Downloading Tracks For Your Ipod: What Lies Beneath?: Music is everybody`s passion and there is rarely anyone in this world who doesn`t listen to music. Some people listen to music for relaxing; others do it just for their love for it. Some people are too addicted to it and prefer carrying an ipod while they are on the move to ensure they can listen to their favorite numbers anywhere anytime. However, there is something every music player user needs to know about ipod: downloading of songs from different sites on the internet. Hence, more than music, you should listen to the expert advices offered at different sites before downloading any tracks. When you want to store music in a hassle-free way, downloading music from the internet becomes the best choice. There are several website locations offering wide range of choices to download music. Transferring songs on to your ipod is performed with a software called Itunes. In some cases this software is in-build with your ipod. Otherwise, this can be downloaded from the web. This is the only software that allows you to download songs to the music platform of your ipod. This useful software is also necessary to purchase from the Itunes music services. The particular use of the ipod software is to transfer your favourite songs from the hard disc of your computer to your music player. Itunes library is the location that contains all the songs and music that you want to download. It is available on the left hand panel of the Itunes software. For easier and faster transfer of music you can use the drag- and-drop process through the Itunes library. The other thing you can notice that if you are downloading from P2P (peer to peer) clients, you may not get the Itunes library. You will have to add them manually following some simple procedures. You can look for the services available allowing you to get songs of your choice in your ipod. Several internet sites allow lifetime membership for downloading music. It has got some advantages as well. Advantages: There are many sites offering lifetime membership where you can pay once and download as many times and as many number of songs as you wish. Once you have paid for your membership you are legally allowed to search for songs and download them at your own convenience. An ipod is the device where you music will be downloaded and stored. With it, you can avail other download services such as movies, games videos, TV shows and others. The sites meant for downloading ipod music have been proved to be the cost effective once. Think of the cost of the CDs. They will be expensive compared to the one-time payment to such sites. If you are accepting the membership of such sites you will get some software bundles free with it. The sites have tuned out to be money savers along with downloading music to ipod. The best of downloading music to an ipod lies in following proper steps of keeping your Itunes library updated. Whenever you need to download music you just have to plug in the ipod to the USB of your computer. You will get the option of adding new songs from Itunes library which you can do by just drag-and-drop process. Now it is ready! Find yourself in the new world of music with your ipod. It is said that an ipod is as good as the quality of tracks it contains. There is no doubt that every one of us tries to improve the quality of our songs that we download and this is where the quality downloading sites come into the picture. However, in the online music market, quality always comes with a price tag. You need to know which sites offer such downloading facilities, and at what price. Daily Dealings With The iPod - How To Avoid Those Cosmetic Problems: Everyone wants to keep their iPod looking as good as new, but this can be difficult sometimes, especially since the product seems to attract scratches. Purchase a case to cover the iPod. Cases are available in a variety of colors and material. They usually have a vinyl material that covers the screen. Sometimes cases can be bulky and inconvenient. Not only that, they hide the sleek design of the iPod. The Apple store offers trendy socks that are fitted to the iPod. The socks come in a set of six different colors. To use, simply slide the iPod into the sock to keep it from being exposed to elements that will scratch its surface. One of the drawbacks to using a sock is that you will have to slide it in and out of the sock whenever you need to use the click wheel. The iPod sock is compatible with all iPod models except iPod shuffle. Also available from the iPod store are iPod nano Tubes. As the name suggests these are designed specifically for the iPod nano. The tubes come in a set of five colors. The tube is made from silicone and is resistant to dirt and stains. There is clear cover for the display screen and it allows the user to access the click wheel and hold button. iSkin designed specifically for the iPod Nano designed to protect your iPod during athletic activities such as running or exercising. iSkin offers iSkin slims and iSkin DuoBand, both as exercise companions. Both have a polycarbonate layer that allows the user to view the device screen and access the click wheel to adjust volume or change songs. Purchase a shield or film product. These kinds of products cover the scratchable surface of the iPod with a clear film that keeps the body from getting scratched. Since these products are clear, you can still keep the look of the iPod and keep it free from scratches. There are several options available. The first is invisibleSHIELD. This is a clear cover that is made from a material that is also used to protect helicopter blades. The film is cut perfectly to cover everything except the corners of the iPod. The cover uses an adhesive to stick to the iPod and claims not to leave a residue. Screen protectors and click wheel covers are available if you do not wish to cover the entire iPod. Power Support offers two film covers; one for the iPod Nano and one for the 5G iPod. Both films are made from a more rigid material. Some users claim this film is more durable than the soft flexible films. The Power Support film does not leave a sticky residue because it uses a static cling to adhere to the product. The sets include three pieces: a film for the front of the iPod (excluding the click wheel), a film for the back cover, and a cover for the click wheel. The film set does not cover the sides so that there are no hanging edges that could eventually peel. Both the invisibleSHIELD and the Power Support Film Sets are thin enough so that a case can still be used if desired. To remove scratches that are already on your iPod you can use Brasso. The product is available in most grocery and hardware stores. Apply Brasso to a cotton ball or cotton round and scrub the parts of the iPod that have scratches. Be careful not to confuse the dirt and grime with thinking your iPod is melting. This is just the product doing its job. If you are cleaning an iPod nano, you might want to use a cloth that is less abrasive than cotton balls to avoid adding new scratches. You can use water to rinse the Brasso from the iPod after you have finished scrubbing the scratches. Since there are various methods to protect your iPod, you can decide the one that is best for you by first deciding if you want to accessorize with color or preserve the sleek look of your iPod. If you want to add some color to your protection, an iPod case is the best selection for you. On the other hand, if you want to sport the sleek look of the iPod without adding extra color, the shield and film products are best for you. Of course, you can always double the protection and do both. iPod Battery Replacement: After the iPod hit the market, it seemed as if Apple could do no wrong. Now everyone, regardless of their software camp, could enjoy one of Apple's classically cool and beautiful toys. It wasn't until about 12 months after the iPod's launch, when it came time to replace the first set of iPod batteries, that Apple hit a bump in their groove. The iPod isn't built for easy battery replacement like a cell phone. In order to replace the iPod battery, the casing must be completely removed, exposing all of the internal components and introducing risk of damage. Apple initially offered a battery replacement service for $249. They later offered a one year extended warranty for $60 that covers the battery. However, it's important to note that when Apple sends the replacement, it will be in a refurbished model iPod, not your original. Today you can find qualified iPod repair shops to replace the battery for as little as $59 or do-it-yourself kits between $19 and $39 depending on the model. The caution with the do-it-yourself (DIY) kits however, is that the iPod wasn't designed for the average user to change the battery. Plenty of people have been able to change their iPod batteries without problem while countless online forums divulge a long list of complications faced as a result of users trying to change the battery. Many specialty iPod repair shops will do the replacement for little more than the cost of the battery itself. Some offer additional incentives such as consumer-friendly lifetime battery replacement program. Under the program, the company will replace the battery once a year for life. Even better, your iPod is back in your hands within 48 hours with 30% more power than Apple's original battery. Should you choose to replace the battery yourself, there are a few tips you'll want to keep in mind: - Some models like the iPod Nano require soldering directly onto the board. Be sure to check the details of the battery replacement before sending off for a DIY kit. - Have a small thin tool on hand to pry apart the casing. Once the screws that hold the case together are removed, you still need to apply some force to open it and reveal the circuitry. Many have damaged their cases by trying to pry their iPods apart without the proper tools. Many replacement batteries come with special tools to help pry the case open. - When disconnecting the battery, don't remove the rubber pad located on the hard drive. Regardless of the battery complications, people still love the fun and freedom that the iPod offers. Do a little research before deciding how to handle your battery replacement as it's a routine that you'll need to repeat about once every year. Even if you're not thrilled about the fact that your iPod will need to go through major surgery every year, there are customer-friendly iPod specialty companies available to make the process smooth and simple. Sound The Alarm! Waking Up With Your iPod: There is another use for your iPod other than just listening to music or watching videos. You can actually set up your iPod to wake yourself up in the morning. Whether you like waking up to that BEEP, BEEP, BEEP sound from your old worn out alarm clock, or the static that come from your clock radio, the iPods alarm clock has them all beat. It will change your morning routine forever. This should work with any iPod except the iPod Shuffle. The iPod needs to have firmware 2.1 or newer software. If you only have 2.0 or older software, do not worry. Firmware can be downloaded from apple website. A pair of speakers will also be needed. The alarm clock feature on the iPod can be found with all of its other features, like the calendar and notes under the iPods Extra menu. This is also where you can find the games, too. To begin setting your alarm, go to iPods main menu and select extra. Then go to clock and choose alarm clock. Once all of these are chosen, set the alarm clock to preferred time you would like to wake up. The iPod can be set to play a song from your song list when the alarm goes off. Make sure to turn the alarm on. The icon for the alarm looks like a bell. It will come into view on the right side of the screen when the alarm feature is set. You will need to attach a pair of speakers where the headphones are usually plugged into the iPod. Make sure that you double-check the volume on your iPod. Play a song just to make sure. This way you will be to set the volume on your iPod to make sure it is loud enough to wake you up in the morning. You will also want to make sure the iPods battery has a good charge. If it does not, or the battery goes dead, it will not be able to wake you up the next morning. Just to be on the safe side, you may want to plug into the iPods AC adaptor and not have to worry about the iPod not waking you up in the morning. It is also a good idea not to only make sure that the time is set correctly on your iPod, but also that the correct date and time are also set. To do this you will need to go to Extras and choose clock. At this point you should be able to check that your date and time are correct. You may want to make sure your computer has the correct date & time too. Every time that you iPod is docked on to your computer, the iPods date and time settings will get synchronized to the computer. If you would like to wake up with your iPod playing songs from your playlist, you will need to create a playlist for the iPod to play when the alarm goes off. This playlist can hold many songs or as little as one song. If you need to make up a playlist and you are away from your computer, there is a way that you can make an On the Go playlist. Heres how to do it: Go to the song you would like to choose using scroll wheel. Press and hold center button until song flashes over and over again. It will now be add to the On the Go Playlist. To add more songs to this playlist just repeat this last step. To view your On the Go playlist go to Music and select playlists and you should be able to see all the songs in this playlist. To remove a song from the playlist repeat this last step by holding down the select button on the song you want to remove until name flashes over and over again. Now you should be able to rock n roll your way right out of bed in the morning waking up to your favorite music. This should be able to get your day started in the right direction. You will bebop your way into the shower and be skipping all the way to work with all of your favorite songs still in your head. Shuffling Along With Your iPod: No matter how great the next gadget is, there is always a better one right around the corner. Thats exactly what Apple keeps doing with the iPods. The iPod Shuffle is the smallest of the iPods. It is a little more simplistic, making it less confusing to use for some people. It is basically just for music, but can also be used for storage. With this model it is more affordable than many of the other iPods. Starting at $69 this little iPod has a lot to offer. The iPod shuffle is also more compatible with MACs or PCs than many of the other iPods available. It is so compact, weighing maybe as much as a car key. Or, it is about the size of a pack of gum. But, this little device has a capacity to hold from 120 to 240 songs and can play for 12 hours straight. It can charge in as little as four hours. Do not worry about having another charger in the house because with the iPod shuffle it uses a USB port as its charger. Do not let the iPod shuffle fool you. The shuffle can be set to play playlists in the order that they appear. Or it can be set to shuffle. Shuffle is not its only feature. You will love its simplicity and its cool and relaxed style. The autofill feature will help save time and keep your shuffle full of your favorite songs. There is also a dock for the shuffle. This can be purchased and will also autofill, or it can be used as a charger for your iPod shuffle. The iPod Shuffle is great for walking, running or any other physical activity because of its size. Also, it is very popular to take along on activities because it is skip free and can have 12 hours of continues play. One of the neat features of this device is that it has a navigational wheel. The center is the play/pause button. This same button can also be used to put iPod into Hold mode. Just hold the play/pause button about three to four seconds and Hold should be set. To adjust volumes press the top or bottom of the wheel. For previous or go to next song press left or right. To fast-forward or rewind press left or right on the wheel and hold for a few seconds. There is also a LED green light that indicates that the iPod is receiving and performing all the given commands. An orange light will be seen if there is any sort of errors. There is a battery indicator located on the shuffle. Green light means good, orange means running low and the red means that it is running very low. If it does not respond at all, that means it is dead and needs to be recharged. It seems like any other iPod when you use it with iTunes, but there are a few features that only the shuffle has. It is much more convenient to put songs on the shuffle than other iPods. An autofill box will appear at the bottom of the iTunes window. This is where you can choose your source of music. You can pick iTunes library or a playlist. Otherwise, you can just choose songs at random. This can replace all your songs on the shuffle each time you choose autofill. To get the most out of your iPod shuffle you will want to go into your preferences and you will want to choose the option - Convert Higher Bit Rate Songs to 128kbsp AAC for this iPod. With the shuffle only able to hold one gigabyte of songs and this feature can be very important to use with the shuffle. The shuffle will not allow songs that are AIFF or Apple Lossless files. These types of song files can really weigh your iPod shuffle down. But thats what is so nice about that built in feature. Once this option is set and iTunes is used it will turn that once fat file in to 128 kbps AAC as it syncs with the shuffle. But the original size of the song file will be kept the same in iTunes. Using this type of sync can be a bit slow, but it will benefit you on the many songs you will be able to keep on your iPod shuffle. Unfortunately this is a feature that is only available on the shuffle. Maybe with the iPods growing popularity it will also be an option put into other iPod models. What You Probably Didn’t Know About Ipods: An iPod is a device that can store all the music you love, which you can carry around with you everywhere you go. And did we mention the hundreds and thousands of songs you can put in it? Ever since the release of the first iPod in 2001, it’s been considered iconic. Today there is a lot we know about iPods. But there is also a lot about them that are out of this world! The first iPods had a body made of white Lucite and chrome. A couple of years later the iPod Mini was released, which was a third smaller than the original iPod. Then came the smallest of all the iPods, which was the Shuffle. In fact, the Shuffle is the size of a stick gum. Yes, we know about these iPods and their very familiar white headphones. The iPod is an incredible thing. Let’s now talk about the larger iPod and iPod Mini. These babies use a very tiny hard disk for storage. The Shuffle utilizes a kind of memory called flash. This shouldn’t be compared to the memory found in computers. What’s good about flash memory is all the contents do not get lost when you switch the power button off. Over time, storage capacity of all iPods increases as the costs and capacities of the hard disks and flash memories keep falling. iPods were iconic and it’s beginning to ring true for their wonderful accessories. In the beginning, there were scratch-resistant cases. Then there were colorful ear buds and high-fidelity speakers that transformed the music player into a digital boom box. Ipod accessories have become so popular, the value of the iPod accessory market has been estimated to be $1 billion. And that’s not all when it comes to iPod accessories. The market seems to have a knack for all things strange and simply outlandish. Imagine getting your iPod a leather thong case. Yes, that is just one of the things you can get to add on to your music player. Or how about a dock that also serves as a tissue holder for your bathroom? In the world of iPods, anything is indeed possible. While some will consider these wacky accessories to be more of a stylish addition than something useful, there are quite a few that still prove to have a slightly higher purpose. There are accessories like the iSticky Pad, which you can use to stick your iPod in your car so it doesn’t move around too much. Who wouldn’t admit this isn’t a fun accessory as well? There are many reasons to get excited about iPod accessories. You might be the type who simply wants to protect your third arm, a.k.a. your iPod. On the other hand, you might simply want to personalize your iPod experience. iPods are generally pretty good looking devices with their simple and sleek designs. So there’s much room to improvise on your own there. Next, you might know one shop that sells cheap iPods. But did you know there are cheap ways to buy an iPod? It all boils down to making a buying strategy. First, try getting the model before the latest ones. It may not have all those new and sophisticated features, but it can still store all the music you want. You may also get a used iPod from reputable sources such as eBay and Amazon. There are actually many used iPods that are still in top condition. For even better quality, go for refurbished iPods, which were rarely used but still given new parts so that they look just like new. Don’t forget to look out for coupons and discounts. As you can see, there is a lot more to iPods than music and videos. IPods do create a whole new meaning for fun technology! How to Turn an iPod into a Remote Control: Users of the Apple iPod could not get enough of the music experience. These are some of the features of the Apple iPod that makes it so attractive to music lovers and techies: 1. The Apple iPod have so much space available of up to forty gigabytes that it can store up to about five thousand songs. 2. The Apple iPod also comes with the ergonomically designed Click Wheel wherein you can do fast forward, play, reverse, pause and access the menu with ease. 4. The Apple iPod can be used up to 12 hours non-stop due to its long life battery. 5. The Apple iPod was also designed in such a way that you would have the ability to set up your own play list and it also has a shuffle function to introduce randomness during playing. iPod Hacks Through the years, however, the Apple iPod has been modified by techies by using iPod hacks, bent on providing more power to the user in terms of customization and personalization of their Apple iPod. Strictly speaking, iPod hacks are anything that gives changes to your iPod in terms of appearance, either in terms of software or hardware. Various firmwares that provides iPod hacks, are available on the Internet websites like the iPodWizard that is capable of changing the graphic and text of the Apple iPod. Some users of the Apple iPod are already content with their iPod simply for playing music, however, some people use iPod hacks because they want more. Turning an iPod into a Universal Remote Latest technology capabilities have provided a user power to modify his Apple iPod. These iPod hacks can even transform a normal Apple iPod into a universal remote. The Apple ipod can be used to control any home electronic equipment in your house. It can control your television, DVD player, Media Center, even a robot. This is the power of iPod hacks. Simply put, you can use a Pocket PC to possibly record the waves an infrared remote produces. Transfer these waves to your iPod and start changing your TV channels. You now have a new universal remote control. The following are required before starting this example project of iPod hacks: 1. An Apple iPod 2. A Mac or Personal Computer with a sound recording software installed. 3. A Pocket PC, could be a Pocket PC 2002 or 2003. 4. A total remote software and IR device The following procedure guides you through changing your iPod into a remote control using iPod hacks: 1. The most important element in this iPod hacks project is the sound or wave to infrared converter. First, install the total remote software on the MAC or PC. This software is meant to extend the range of the Pocket PC to include consumer IR capabilities. 2. Record the infrared signal by using a sound-editing program that can modify sounds and remove channels. An example of such sound-editing program is SoundForge. Input the infrared signals from your remotes to the PC by using the software. Input all infrared signals of the home electronic equipment that you want to control. You can observe if you have recorded the sound effectively if you'll hear weird beeps or pulses. This is basically what an infrared signal would sound like. Using the SoundForge, you can actually view the pulses and signals on a graphic representation of the wave. Do not forget to increase the right channel. Then mute it. The process through the IR device would not function properly if you missed this important step. 3. Convert the signals into sound files (actually saved as WAV files). 4. On the Apple iPod, make a new playlist and add the WAV files to the playlist. 5. Now, you can test the new universal remote. Use the Apple iPod to play the sounds through the converter for remote controlling any home electronic equipment. This basic example of iPod hacks is obviously very easy to understand. Softwares are already available that users can use to modify their Apple iPods. iPod hacks are still, however, very risky with regards to its effects on your iPod device. Unless handled by a professional technician, the Apple iPod could malfunction if the modification is not right. Free Up Some Space - Tips To Deleting Songs On Your iPod: No matter how much space you may have on your iPod, there is going to come that day that you will want to free up some space by deleting some songs or playlists off of your iPod. Knowing this ahead of time that you cannot delete songs or playlists off of your iPod itself without a computer will help you out in the future. You need to go through your computer and through iTunes to manage your song files. This is the only safe way to really manage your songs and playlists. In order to do this, you will want to hook up your iPod to your computer. Next, you will then want to delete the songs or playlists in iTunes and revise your iPod. iPod was not designed to delete songs or playlists off manually with out a computer. There are two different ways to delete songs or playlists and revise your iPod with iTunes. You can do this automatically or manually, whatever type of technique you may choose depends on the preferences that you set up in iTunes. Unless the settings are in iTunes, it will automatically update the iPod when you go to hook it up to your computer after you have followed the steps to delete songs and playlists automatically. If you cannot do this, you should follow the instructions for doing it the manual way. There is a setting that can be set so that the iPod syncing preference is in iTunes. To do this, you need to connect the iPod to the computer. Open iTunes and select iPod in iTunes source list. Press the option button in far right bottom corner. The option button will not appear if the iPod was not selected in the step from above. iPod preference window appears. Click to select automatic option or manual update option. If the select Automatically Update Selected Playlist Only option is chosen, make sure playlist that you want to delete from your iPod is not selected. You can have songs or playlists automatically deleted. Open up your iTunes. Pick a song or playlist that you would want to delete from your iPod. Then from the edit menu, choose clear or press the delete key. If a dialog box appears pres yes. Song or playlist should be deleted from iTunes. If the connection from the iPod to the computer chooses to update the songs on your iPod from file menu or the connection from your iPod to the connection to your iTunes will automatically revise iPod and delete songs or playlist that was deleted from above. When you are ready to delete songs or playlist manually, open iTunes. Select iPod in source list. Choose song or playlist you would want to delete from iPod. Deleting playlist or a song from playlist will now get rid of song from iPod. Next go to edit menu, choose clear or press delete. Press, yes if dialog box appears. The song or playlist should be deleted from the iPod. Manually deleting songs or playlists from iPod you do not want to delete a song or playlist from iTunes. Deleting a song from playlist will not eliminate song from iPod. Choose iPod in iTunes source list and find song that you would like to delete. Do not format iPod to erase songs or playlists. Do not use any sort of disk utility programs like Disk Utility, Drive Setup or Windows Explorer to wipe out iPod. Wiping out songs this way can hinder the iPods music playing capabilities and you may have to revise or reset your iPod to get it to work properly again. To reset iPod with Scroll Wheel and iPod with Touch Wheel: Connect iPod to power adaptor and plug into an outlet or connect iPod to Macs built in FireWire port. Press the Hold switch on & off. For about 6 to 10 seconds press and hold Play/Pause and the menu button until the Apple logo can be seen on the screen. Repeat these steps if necessary. To reset iPod with Circle Wheel: Connect iPod to power adaptor and plug into an outlet. Press the Hold switch on & off. For about 6 to 10 seconds press and hold play/pause and the menu button until the Apple log can be seen on the screen. Repeat these steps if necessary. To reset an iPod with a Click Wheel: Press the Hold switch on and off. Press and hold for about 6 to 10 seconds the menu and select buttons until the Apple logo appears on the display screen. With all the tips from above, your iPod will have plenty of free space and work like new. Extend Your Ipod For New Amusements: iPod has revolutionized the trend of listening music. The chic device is a must-have for the new era music lovers and hence, has created a special space for itself in the hearts of people. Every owner knows listening music from an iPod and downloading new music files to it. But iPods have several more functions. With the right tricks and right software or peripherals, it can deliver awesome performances. It can perform the task of a video game player, address book, calendar and much more. Games: Besides music, you can play games in your iPod. The new Classic and Nano iPods come with games like iQuiz, Vortex and Klondike. However, there are certain games that are specifically developed for some versions of the players and are not compatible with other models, not even with computers. Apple games meant for iPod are available from the iTunes stores. You can preview the games in the stores before purchasing. iPod Arcade has a full range of of trivia quiz, adventure text games and many others. Games like Grab Tetris, Pac-Man and Sudoku puzzles are among the most popular games. You simply have to download and sync the games, once you buy them, through iTunes. Some of the games require video iPod. Hence, it is wise to check your device model before purchasing any game. iPod Sync: Interestingly, you can now turn your iPod into a PDA. For the users of Windows, there is a tool, iPod Sync, to keep the Microsoft Outlook Calendar. With the help of this you can synchronize your emails, tasks, notes and contacts between your PC and iPod. You can even use your iPod Syncs to synchronise weather forecast, news and movies from the web. At the top of it, the iPodSync can transfer Outlook contacts, notes, emails, appointments and task to your device. Isn`t it interesting? You just need to specify the information you need to sync and let the iPod do the rest of the job for you. The iCal Calendar program of Apple enables you hold your address book and calendar with you. iPod Disk: Want to get music off your iPod? Well, think of iPodDisk. It is a useful tool to copy music from it. If you set your device in disk mode, the iPodDisk allows copying all the music and transferring them. You can store a lot more that just music in it. And if the device is in iPodDisk mode you can transfer large file from it. Introducing your iPod to Disk mode gives you better facilities to extract music and files from it. Added applications: You can add numerous applications from Apple to your iPod. They include Apple consumer software, Image Editing Software, Educational Software, etc. The peripherals and add-ons to your iPod can make it easy-to-use, faster and more feasible. Others: There are some other ways though which you can add more functions and features to your iPod. Use of iPDA software from ZappTek allows you sync the documents created in Word, Acrobate, Pages and some other programs with your iPod. It literally increases the productivity of it. Now, you can prolong the life of your iPod battery. However, it requires deleting all your music files and start afresh. Hence, before attempting it, make sure that you have back up of the music files. The new programs added to it enhance its fun and functionality. No doubt why there is a booming popularity of iPod. There are lots of fun and entertainment associated with it. You just need to discover the hidden features of it and see the changes that your iPod can bring with it. Ipod Accessories - Means To Protect Your Passion: Many people mistake each and every portable music players like mp3 player or mp4 player for iPod. Few people know that iPod is an invention of Apple Inc. So how does it differ from an mp3 player or mp4 player? Perhaps, the biggest difference between an iPod and a general mp3 or mp4 player lies in the battery. iPod is the prime choice of numerous music lovers around the world. Having some cool features that empower the listeners to easy, comfortable and rich listening, It has become the largest selling music players in the international market. This has also given rise to a number of accessories that not only provide security to the device but also adds elegance to it. Among all iPod accessories, some accessories such as scratch remover and leather case have been found to be used predominantly among the users. However, there is a wide range of other accessories that are also in demand among the owners. Let`s take a look at the most commonly used iPod accessories in the market: Car charger: The main objective of owing an iPod is to be able to listen to your favorite tracks anywhere and everywhere. However, the only thing that can deter you from your passion is the low charge in your music player especially when you are on the move. This is where an iPod car charger plays an effective role. With it you can stop worrying about if your device will die while you are enjoying the tunes of your most favorite track in your iPod. Just plug in and forget your worries. Cassette adapter: At times we want to groove to the best tunes in our iPod, especially when they are played with the help of stereo. A cassette adapter facilitates playing songs in your iPod with your stereo when you use a cassette adapter that is compatible with your dcevice. Leather case: You care about your iPod a lot and want to protect it from dust, scratches and other external elements. Just buy a leather case and it will act as an effective shield against such external threats. Make sure the leather case looks a bit chic and glossy and goes well with the color of device. Mains charger: An iPod mains charger helps your gadget stay charged up to ensure it runs relentlessly. This is one of must have iPod accessories you can ever think of owning. Scratch remover: Despite your best effort, your music player gets scractes and you wish you could have something to remove those ugly spots on your swanky iPod. Don`t worry about those scratches anymore since various scratch removers are readily available in the market and even at online stores. So just browse through some of those sites and buy yourself an iPod scratch remover. If you think buying some of these accessories cost money, then you should probably know that not buying them can sometimes cost you more. Imagine your recently iPod gets scractes only after a couple of days of your buying. From the moment you buy one, it is always prone to the some or other external threats. Hence, it makes perfect sense to go for some of these accessories according to your specific needs. Your iPod being your most privileged possession needs proper care to last long and run smoothly. This being said, it is really worth spending a few bucks on some essential accessories to make sure you keep your music player safe, clean and in good shape all that time. The PDA Substitute - The Apple iPod: You do not need to buy a PDA if you already own an iPod. Simply use your iPod as a PDA. Your iPod can do more than just play music. Your iPod already has the capability of storing such things as your contacts, calendar information, and your notes. Although the iPod is not in the running for PDA of the Year, it can serve as a ready backup for contact and calendar info while you are traveling or if your normal one is broken. If you have never tried using your iPod as a PDA, you should probably go check out your iPods Extra menu. This Extra menu is where you will find your iPods Clock, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and of course Games. Besides storing your latest music files, your iPod is able to store phone numbers, addresses, web site URLs, and other important information that you may need, up to 1,000 contacts! If you wish to export this information about your contacts, you can do so via vCard format from Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Palm Desktop, or any email applications that support the vCard. To start inputting your contact information into your iPod, go to the Extra menu and choose the Contacts options. If you currently do not have any contacts, your iPod will give you instructions on how to do so. If you are going to import your contacts information, your Windows XP needs to recognize your iPod as hard drive before it can start exporting to your iPod. Once you connect your iPod to your computer, double-click on My Computer and select your iPod icon. If you are using Outlook 2003 or Outlooks Express with iTunes 6, you can go ahead and automatically synchronize your contacts using iTunes and your iPod. Go to the Edit menu and select the Preferences option. Now select the iPod option and the Contacts button. Now choose Outlook or Outlook Express from the Sync Contacts From on the drop down menu. This is where you can choose if you would like to sync all of your Outlooks contacts or you can go ahead and choose only those you wish to export to your iPod. Click on OK to confirm these choices. If you would like to export calendar information from Outlook or Outlook Express, you can do so by going through the same steps you did for exporting your contact data. In addition to keeping your contact and calendar data, your iPod is also able to store text data. After you save your text as a text file, save it to a folder of your choosing that is located on your local hard drive. No you are able to drag and drop the text file onto your iPods Notes directory. However, you cannot do this with .RTF files. If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2003 or Outlook Express 6 or later, as well as iTunes version 6, it will be very easy for you to maintain your iPods data. Simply go to the iTunes File menu and select the Update iPod option. Take note though, if you are using an older version of Outlook, you will have to update your calendar data manually or you will need to use a third-party sync application. Even though your iPod may never come close to replacing the PDA you normally use, your iPod can serve as a good backup incase you leave your PDA somewhere or if your PDA is broken. Your iPod should be able to help with your day-to-day activities by storing contact information, calendar data, and notes that contain important information. For people using iPods on their Mac computers, they have the advantage of the iCal function as well as storing their contacts with more relative ease than those using Windows computers. Windows users, if syncing your contacts becomes a hassle, you can purchase iPod Sync 2.24, which retails for around $15. This software program will allow you to synchronize your iPod like it is a PDA. It will store all of your Outlook data, from your schedule to all of your email. Also, the iPod photo units will let you store complete PowerPoint presentations on your iPod for easy portability and use. iPod Technology Has Advanced Music As We Know It: The Apple Ipod has grown tremendously popular since its release in late 2001. In fact over 100 million of them have been sold to date with no sells drop in sight. There are many accessories for them such as speakers, earphones and carrying cases. It has revolutionized the way we listen to our music. There are Ipods out on the market now that have more gigabytes than many brand new computers. Other mp3 player makers have modeled their mp3 players to resemble it's competitor in appearance and functionality. There have been some slight problems associated with Ipods in the past though. Issues over the audio volume came to the Apple imprint in the form of a lawsuit. Since then Ipods can be locked so the volume can't pass a certain point. People had complained about the possibility of hearing loss if the player were turned all the way up. Even violence has been associated with the Ipod. Due to the unique headphones that the Ipod has, people have become victims of robberies. The attacker can see your earphones and know that you have an Ipod which probably cost you a few hundred dollars. It is advised no to use the Ipod earphones if you are going to listen to music while you are out. There are several different types of Ipods that vary in gigabyte space, color and functionality out on the market. Some are only available in certain countries. Gigabyte space ranges from as low as 512 MB all the way up to 160 gigabytes of space. With fifteen styles to choose from like the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch and iPod classic, you can mix and match with the gigabyte space to get the one that's right for you. Ipods were originally made for just music. However, this has recently changed. You can now get audio and video Ipods with photo settings along with it. The newer Ipod Touch allows for audio, video, photo and limited internet use. Some of the best features on the Ipod include its small size, resolution display and its playback time. Although each model is different, this seems to be the prevailing opinion as to what attracts people to buy the Ipod instead of the many other mp3 players brands. It is common practice for a health club to include complementary Ipods for use during work outs. One story out of India detailed of one woman's fascination with her Ipod. She would eventually go on to married to the 30 gigabyte Ipod in a private ceremony. People caused a huge stir when they began to auction off the pre owned Ipods full of music. We have had to think about issues that were just impossible not that long ago. Yet today, we are debating whether or not a person can sell a product that holds songs with song already stored on it. Nike and Ipod recent teamed up to make the Ipod shoe. One of the shoes has an Ipod stored in the sole of it. One of the biggest complaints with the cd players was the skipping whenever a person with move in a motion that didn't agree with their cd. The Ipod puts an end to that once and for all. This has got to be one of the biggest reasons many people switched from their cd walkman to the Ipod. The iTrip FM transmitter: The iPod has revolutionized the way people to listen to music all over the world. Although the iPod was not the first portable music player, it is by far the most popular digital music player on the planet. In fact, the iPod is perhaps the only music player that has accessories manufactured by third party companies. With so many iPod accessories available in the market, it can be difficult finding the right iPod accessories for your iPod. Here are few â€˜must haveâ€™ iPod accessories: The iTrip FM transmitter The iTrip is one of the most widely sold iPod accessories. Not all car audio systems support auxiliary input, and the iTrip allows an iPod owner to â€˜transmitâ€™ music on a predefined FM channel. The iPod owner can then â€˜tune intoâ€™ the FM channel that is being transmitted by the iTrip. The iTrip is manufactured by Griffin and Apple, and is a â€˜must haveâ€™ when it comes to iPod accessories. The iTrip also has multiple broadcast modes to ensure greater quality and distortion free music. iPod speakers A large number of companies produce iPod speakers. Unlike other digital music players, iPod speakers are available in a variety of formats. Most iPod speakers are available in a â€˜dockableâ€™ format where the iPod is docked into the speakers, with the speakers on either side of the iPod. Like most iPod accessories, iPod speakers are compact and portable. Klipsch Audio is currently offering iPod speakers that sport a 3.5â€• aluminum woofer and .75â€• titanium dome compression driver and an 8â€• subwoofer. iPod travel case Irrespective of the make of your iPod, an iPod travel case is a must. Most iPod travel cases have separate compartments to carry cables, an iTrip and other iPod accessories. Make sure the travel case you buy is made from weather resistant materials and has enough space to carry all your iPod accessories. iBoost battery pack Instead of looking for the nearest power outlet or USB port, you can carry a battery pack with you when you are on the go. A battery pack is nothing but stored energy for your iPod. Using an intuitive interface, an iPod can be docked into the battery pack while keeping the playback going. If you are planning a long trip, the iBoost battery pack is a must. iSplitter The iSplitter is perhaps the smallest of all iPod accessories. The iSplitter is a â€˜Yâ€™ shaped jack that allows an iPod owner to split the output from an iPod so that two people can listen to music at the same time. The iSplitter has a gold plated jack for better signal quality and clarity. iSkin If you are bored with the way your iPod looks, then a look at the iSkin is a must. The iSkin is available in 9 colors and allows easy access to all outlets while protecting the screen and keys. Made from high grade silicone, the iSkin has a clear screen protector and also has small pores that allow your iPod to â€˜breatheâ€™ during extended playing sessions. iDirect remote control If you have docked your iPod into your music system, the last thing you want to do is get up and mange the iPod every time you want to change tracks. The iDirect remote control allows an iPod owner to remotely control his/her iPod through an IR (infrared) remote. The iDirect receiver fixes itself on top of the iPod and an owner can control the iPod from across the room effortlessly. The five button pocket sized remote can allow basic music functions like play, pause, forward, rewind, volume and power. In addition, the iDirect receiver has an auxiliary pass through that allows users to connect the iPod to a speaker system through the â€˜auxiliary inâ€™ lead. All in all, the iDirect is a quality lifestyle product. Video Ipod`s Accessories: Different accessories are compatible with iPod video, fact that increases the importance and great success of the new video device. There are cases for all tastes, requirements and preferences. You may not worry about the age or special preferences of the persons you may bring as a gift the iPod and the case for http://www.10phone.com . Other accessories are the chargers, the earphones, headphones of different models. There is also a speaker especially created for the new iPod video. You may also find different types of skins, sticker decals, carrying cases, pouches, remote control, iPlug 3.5 splitter, backpack w/ speakers and, of course, various connection cables and adapter very useful for the new iPod video. There are also different available adapters â€“ iPod video cassette adapter for 3.5 mm devices, iPod video 3.5 mm to RCA audio cable adapter, iPod video car charger cigarette lighter adapter for Apple iPod, iPod video USB black car charger cigarette lighter adapter, iPod video USB travel/home charger adapter, iPod video car charger adapter, iPod video wall-car charger 12V-AC adapter. You may also find different transmitters for the iPod video and this is the case of the iPod video tune-free audio FM transmitter and the iPod video WALL-II audio FM transmitter. Various cables are also of great use and are needed while having the iPod video - iPod video firewire 1394 data dync dable for Apple iPod & iPod mini, iPod video retractable USB 2.0 data sync cable for Apple iPod, iPod video USB 2.0 extension cable, iPod video USB 2.0 data sync cable for Apple iPod. You may also need iPod video USB data transfer key fob, extended battery pack w/ carrying case for the iPod video, walet carrying cases, metal cases of different colors, protector shields of various colors. There are also some other useful accessories for the new iPod video and you may choose from different types of cases - Kroo G5 belt clip leather cases, Kroo Melrose belt clip carrying cases, iPod video Optimum Armband carrying cases. You may also buy an iPod video Cellet universal PDA holder and a special holder for the iPod especially designed for the car. Other accessories are also useful and have an interesting design â€“ iPod video Cellet Rhinestones 100, iPod Cellet Rhinestones assorted. Some other accessories point out the new generation style technology â€“ iPod video creative CB2530 bluetooth digital wireless headphones, iPod video Naztech boom station N20 speaker and docking station, iPod video fold-up amplified portable speakers for MP3 and music players. Other accessories are iPod video desktop dock cradle, iPod video idock desktop dock cradle for Apple iPod w/ USB and FireWire . All these accessories denote the fact that a simple portable audio device is of a great importance taking into account all different designs for the carrying cases and skins. The iPod video has many accessories, some of them are designed for suiting the lifestyle, the preferences and the tastes of the customers. Others are needed for transferring the information, for adapting or other useful activities in the technologic domain. Another important aspect to mention is the fact that all the accessories are especially designed for the thinner models of the iPod video with a larger screen and smaller dimensions. The cases, skins and sticker decals have the role of pointing out the beauty, simplicity or vivid colors. On the other hand, they have a protective role and a decorative one, pointing out the personality, the lifestyle of the user. These aspects are extremely important for the younger users of the iPod video â€“ the teenagers. The other accessories are more or less needed taking into account how much into the fever of the iPods the user is and how much he uses all the other activities related with the iPod video. Anyway, in a world in continuous movement, almost all the accessories and special devices may be of great need for a modern person with a modern lifestyle. Ipod - The Music Player For All: iPods seem to be taking over the world. One sees them everywhere one goes, being used by adults and children alike. One sees them on the television and in the movies. It seems that people are going insane over them! It is actually not surprising that this little device is attracting such fanatical devotion; it is indeed a fantastic device; it might even be the coolest thing to show up ever! The iPod is a pocket sized, ultra light hard drive based audio player, designed and marketed by Apple Computers. All the iPod models are user friendly in design, and can be used even by young children. They offer a simple user interface and a scroll wheel to browse the navigation system. Unlike the other portable cassette or CD players, the iPod stores media on in-built memory. What this means is that you do not need to insert a CD or cassette. An iPod is practical, functional, and cute as well! There are three different sizes and shapes to choose from. There is the skinny little iPod shuffle; the slightly larger but even skinner nano, and the most popular regular iPod that can play all your favorite TV shows and favorite songs. Some of the other Mp3 players available might have disadvantages if compared to the wonder of the iPod. It is not only a question of how many songs they can hold; the overall quality and the cute look of the little machines are truly matchless. They can hold thousands of songs and pictures, they are so tiny, and they come in such wonderful colors. The iPod mini came in green and pink and blue and other lovely colors. The nano and the iPod now come in white and black. All the colors are hot and look great. What it has come down to is that when you want to go in for a new music player, you may consider to get an iPod. It will hold hundreds of songs; the battery life is great. You can play it for more than twenty hours before you need to charge it again. When you buy the iPod, the iTunes software is included in it. This software uploads music and photos in the iPod and it has been likened to a jukebox. The function of this software is to play, store and organize all the music and video files on the iPod. With iTunes, you can connect to the iTunes Music Store and buy music files for playing on the iPod. Although iTunes has been developed by Apple, it will work with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. ITunes is also freely downloadable on the web. Apple Corporation released the iPod in October, 2001. Since then, the iPod has become the biggest selling portable hard disk player. It has sold around twenty million units in 2001-2005. The way the iPod was initially marketed also contributed to its enormous popularity, with excellent ads playing the coolest tunes in the background. The tiny size of the iPod is its biggest advantage, and you can take it with you wherever you go. This can have its problems, as the iPod is delicate, and the screen and case are prone to scratching, even during normal use. So now a huge market has opened up, offering cases for your iPod to protect it from damage so that you can take it literally anywhere. The cases have options for clips and straps, so your iPod need never leave your side, until you want to put it away yourself. iPods Go Hi Fi - The Reason Is Why?: Ever wish you could play the songs on your iPod aloud on your stereo, rather than having to listen to them through headphones? Or, you tried to play the songs through your laptop, but the speakers are too small to produce a quality sound. iPod Hi-Fi might be the solution for you. iPod has reinvented the home stereo system. The iPod Hi-Fi, reminiscent of a boom box, comes complete with an iPod and a speaker box, allowing you to play your tunes aloud instead of listening to them through earphones. Now you can feature your favorite songs at your next barbecue or get together with your friends. The high-fidelity speaker system works seamlessly with the iPod. The iPod connects to the speaker through a dock on the top of the speaker. Once the iPod is docked onto the speaker, a speaker menu is displayed allowing you to customize the sound for the speaker. You can increase or decrease the treble and bass to create the sound you want. The speaker can also be purchased separately and works with any iPod, even the iPod shuffle. If you have an iPod shuffle, or another model without a dock adapter, you must use an audio cable to hook up to the speaker. The iPod Hi-Fi is a one-piece three-way speaker, including two custom designed wide-range speakers. The complete package, iPod and speaker, is priced at $349. The speaker can be purchased separately for $50. So if you already have an iPod, this is a less expensive way to get quality sound. The iPod Hi-Fi was designed to be completely portable. It comes with handles to make transporting easier. The speaker is included with an Apple wireless infrared remote that allows you to control the sound from wherever you may be sitting or standing. Another feature that makes the iPod Hi-Fi ideal for portability is that it can be powered through a wall socket or by using six D-cell batteries. You can take the iPod Hi-Fi almost anywhere you want. Sit it in your car and use it instead of your car radio. Take it to the beach and listen to your music instead of someone elses. There are limitless possibilities as to where you can go with Hi-Fi. All it takes is a little imagination. There are some other third-party speakers, but none that produce the quality sound of the iPod Hi-Fi speaker at the price at which Hi-Fi is available. Perhaps Apple saw this as an opportunity to provide something to iPod users that was not being offered by anyone else. The iPod Hi-Fi is comparable to other speakers made for iPod manufactured by JBL and Bose. Although the Bose speaker produces a clear and crisp sound, it is expensive, large, and weighty. There are few sound controls and the iPod does not fit perfectly into the speaker. The product offered by JBL does not have a battery option and therefore, is not truly portable. Even though it is reasonable priced, the sound quality does not do justice to iPods reputation for sound. Since these were two of the major products on the market, it seemed necessary for Apple to product a speaker product that would do justice to the iPod. It may strike some as odd that Apple would offer such a product when there are others on the market. The iPod hi-fi is designed to be uniquely different from existing iPod speakers. The Hi-Fi speaker has two handmade 80mm cones that sit on either side of a 130 mm dual voice-coil woofer. The side speakers provide mid- and high-range frequencies while the woofer enriches low frequencies. It includes two ports that increase airflow and fortify natural bass. The result is voluminous sound that fills any room. To provide the best sound performance, the iPod Hi-Fi should be placed on a sturdy hard surface that is away from the floor and ceiling. In order for air to flow effectively, give iPod Hi-Fi room to breathe on all sides. This also means centering it between any walls. For the best sound, place iPod Hi-Fi at ear level. You can use Hi-Fi for an alarm clock or set it to a sleep timer. The Apple remote ensures you never have to leave your seat to change songs or adjust volume. Designed for work and for play, the iPod Hi-Fi was designed to deliver quality stereo sound with convenience and portability. Seven Tips To Avoid iPod Repair: When spending a lot of money on pleasure components like an iPod, life gets a huge kink in it when iPod breaks down. Everyone knows the convenience of the iPod makes listening to music easy when doing practically anything. Instead of going out and buying a new iPod, consider trying some other ideas. Here are some tips that may put the dance back in your step, letting you avoid repairing your iPod by a professional iPod repairman. First, you should obviously use a hard protective case to avoid scratching the screen of your iPod. The hard cases are better because if you drop your iPod while in a hard case in water, your iPod is usually protected in up to three feet. Plus, if you drop your iPod, a hard case help protect your device from sustaining damage to its internal devices, which are necessary for proper function, and external cosmetic damage to your iPod. Second, Dont use your pockets, backpacks, or a purse to carry your iPod tunes. LDC screens are pliable under pressure, which is easily created if you bend down, sit down, sit on your backpack or purse or if you fall down. This will put pressure on your iPod, which can bend or crack your LCD screen. You might also think of your screen when left in your car such as extreme heat or cold. Next, you should always avoid pulling, wrapping, or causing any other type of tension to the cord attached to your headphones. This can break your headphone sockets. Avoid letting your wires get tangled up when you are not using your iPod. You would not want a short in your headphone wires. It would also be totally inconvenient having to untangle your headphones each time you go to use them. Another tip is if your iPod does not boot up as it usually does, you might try charging it. Sometimes, when you are to low on juice your iPod cant boot up. Also, when you buy your iPod, you could also purchase an extra battery and battery replacement kit. This is ideal for when your battery dies. You dont have to go anywhere to replace it. The average iPod battery takes about three hours to fully charge. What if your iPod would not shut down? You have checked that the hold switch is turned off, and you know your battery is fully charged, and then you need to reset your iPod, deplete your battery all the way, and then update your iPod. Another tip is that you should also check for regular updates for your iPod, just like your home computer. You want it to continue to work properly. If the LDC screen on the front of your iPod shows a not so happy face, this means that you should check that the requirements for your iPod match your computer. If so, try to restore your iPod by putting it in disc mode and then restore. Remember restoring your iPod is not the same as updating. Make sure you back up your music files before you restore. To update plug your iPod into your computer and down load the newest version of iPod updater. You could try plugging your iPod into a different fire wire or USB port connecting to your computer. Then restart your computer, and reinstall your iPod or iTunes software. To check your iPods hard drive for errors, run the scan disk feature. If the face with an upside down smile comes up then the problem cant be fixed at home. Last, if you are constantly on the go, running, skating, dancing, and your iPod is always being jarred around, you might have a problem. Your iPods internal protection function will come on, which will freeze your iPod up. Fix your frozen iPod, hold the select and the menu button at the same time. If you have an older iPod, hold the play button down for a few moments, which should repair your iPod issue. These are only a few basic ways to avoid iPod repairs. For a more in- depth look into solutions, most companies have websites, which corresponds with the brand of iPod you own. If you iPod is still under warranty and you are still having problems, return your iPod to the manufacture that can exchange it for a new one. Keeping Time With Your iPod: Your new iPod not only offers you the ultimate in music downloads and portability, but it is also very versatile. Did you know that your iPod has a time feature that you can use to help wake you up in the morning? Talk about a great feature. Now you can set your iPod to wake you to music you have specially chosen and that you love. No more waking up to boring morning radio chatter or songs that you hate. Simply use the iPod Clock feature to switch off your iPod automatically after you fall asleep. You can even set the iPods alarm to wake you up in the morning. This is very handy in the event you have a power shortage and your alarm does not go off. You will be your boss favorite when you never show up late for that 7:30 meeting. It is also a perfect feature for traveling. No more worries about missed wake up calls. When you choose to use the time feature on your iPod, you can use the alarm function and set the clock to tell the time. If you want to see what time it is, go to the main menu and choose :Extras: and then :Clock:. Changing the time on your iPod is simple, too. If you need to change the time zone on your iPod, you will need to go to the main menu and choose :Settings: and then :Date & Time:. Now choose :Set Time Zone: and choose your time zone from the list. To set the date and time on your iPod, you will need to go to Main Menu and then choose :Settings: and :Date & Time:. Choose :Set Date & Time: The hour will be illuminated and show up and down arrows. Use the scroll wheel to adjust the hour to your desired time. Follow this same procedure for setting the minutes, AM/PM, date, month and year Instead of setting the iPod time zone, date and time manually, you can simply synchronize your iPod clock with your Mac. To synchronize your iPod clock with your Mac, make sure your Mac is running OS X 10.2 or later, and that its date and time are correct. Now, connect your iPod to your Mac. The iPod clock will automatically synchronize to the date and time of your Mac In addition, you can use the sleep timer mode very easily on your new iPod. You can set Sleep Timer preferences to switch off your iPod after 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. When you set Sleep Timer preferences, the iPod will play for that amount of time and then switch off. The Sleep Timer then automatically resets to its default of :Off:. You will need to set the Sleep Timer each time you wish to use it. To set the Sleep Timer, From the Main Menu click to select Extras - Clock - Sleep Timer and click to select the duration you want (15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 Minutes). tice that when you set the Sleep Timer, a clock icon and the number of minutes left until iPod turns off will appear in the Now Playing screen. When the iPod turns off, the Sleep Timer automatically resets to :Off:. You will need to set the Sleep Timer each time you wish to use it. Alarm Clock You can use iPod as an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning or to set reminder alerts. To set an alarm: From the Main Menu click to select Extras - Clock - Alarm Clock. Now select Alarm and to set it to On. Scroll to (and click to select) Time. Scroll through the time (hours, minutes, AM/PM) and click to select the desired time. Scroll to Sound. Scroll among the sounds and click to select the one you want. Note that if you select Beep, the alarm will be audible through the internal speaker. If you select a playlist, you will need to connect speakers or headphones to your iPod to hear the alarm Keeping time with your iPod is relatively easy, once you get the hang of it. Along with all of its other features, you will not want to be without it for long! The iPod offers the ultimate in versatility. Ipod Classic With Its New Look And Features: You might be a proud owner of an eye-candy shiny ipod classic. But the questions that trouble every owner of a new ipod are where to begin and how to get the best from the handy and trendy tool. You might be thinking of getting loads of fun with it there is a lot more to learn when you want the best use of your ipod. Ipod classic is the most innovative and newly released ipod. This portable media player is marketed by Apple and is the most sophisticated model of the ipods. There have been six generations of ipod classics and ipod classic is the latest one. With advanced technology of user interface, operating system and some other features ipod classic is the latest ipod by Apple. Though ipod classic has got many things similar with its previous generation ipod the advanced technology lies in its whopping hard drives. With the minimum of 80GB and maximum of 160GB size, it is an ideal for archive of any song. The other change that you can notice inside the ipod classic is OS that has been upgraded with the menu system. The other major change that is noteworthy is the battery life. In smaller version with 80 GB, you can get 5 hours of video and 30 hours of songs. The larger version with 160 GB memory you can get 7 hours of video and 4 hours of music. If you look at the features o the ipod classic you will find many pros and cons. The first thing that will catch your fancy is the dual screen menu system. In this system you will find the menus covering only half the screen. But, it would be beneficial only if you need to see something else in the same screen. Otherwise, it is just a waste of space on the screen. In the sixth generation ipod classic Apple has introduced a more powerful search system. You are going to store a lot of files in this device and the search by spelling system is a pretty useful upgrade. Of course there is no doubt about the better battery life. 30 hours of audio playback and 5 hours of video on 80GB version and forty hours of audio and seven hours of video on 160 GB version is the new interface. The video of the ipod classic is not much different from the ipod but you can get a marginally better quality in ipod classic. The better thing is that, you can play a full length of film on your ipod classic in one charge. The games that you can play with your ipod classic, such as vortex, iQuiz, Klondike are all new and have much improved graphics. The better aspects of the ipod classic are the greater capacity, longer battery life, superior animated menus and coverflow, scratch resistance metal surface and glass screen, and three free games. On the downside of ipod classic is that this device is not well-suited for 5G games. Even there is no other game available other than these three games. And the chances are also there that the polished metal back is prone to scratches. The chief difference between ipod classic and its previous version is its capacity of 80GB and 160GB, its new software and smaller shape. Ipod classic is thinner and lighter. Basically, it is a refinement of 5th generation ipod. And you can find it as an evolutionary step by Apple in the field of ipod than a revolutionary one. However, people preferring large iTunes library and watching movie and TV shows during their travel can find it a more useful device. User seeking a truly new experience with ipod can find ipod classic as a handy tool. For iPod Beginner, FAQ 2: Q1. If iPod shuffle is infected Virus. Win32. VB.bu When I inspect virus with Anti Virus, I find that there are two more unknown files (hidden files) with the same virus in my iPod shuffle. I also use my iPod as flash disk. Once I delete the virus, "Removable Disk" cannot be opened and a dialogue box comes up to remark that you should choose program to open the file. I have ever tried to restore it to the factory settings, but it took a long time and remarked, "It couldn't be recovered. Unknown mistakes happened (1418)" I wanted to format my iPod, but it is heard from my classmate that the system would disappear once formatting, then iPod could not work again. Computers can not read it either. What should I do then? Answer: The Virus info from Anti Virus 6.0: Virus: Virus.Win32.VB.bu File: h:\explorer.exe h:\wsctf.exe The file contains the Virus but cannot be deleted. Q2. How to use iPod if I have no my own computer? I want to get an iPod before University. After reading the instruction of iPod, however, I find that it should be used together with iTune, so I should have a PC. Is it useless or inconvenient if I don't have my own notebook? Can anybody give me this kind of information? Secondly, I want to buy an iPod in order to save money because it can be used as a movable hard disk and it is also very convenient to save files. If I want to surf online, just need to go to some public net bar or internet café. Is it safe to do so? You know viruses are everywhere. I don't want my iPod to be a "Virus Infector". Maybe someone can tell me a more adaptive Music Player than iPod (of course that the quality of music playing should be good.) Answer: 1)That's right. iPod should be used together with iTunes, so if you don't have your own computer, you should put the software and musics in your iPod first. It is definitely troublesome in this way. If you want to download music to iPod, you should setup iTunes onto the computer and then put the music you want into the music folder in your iPod. 2)If you put some file with virus into your iPod, your iPod will be definitely a media of virus. Any carrier used as hard disk could be the spreading root of virus. It is unavoidable. However, you can anti virus in your iPod directly. 3)If you feel troublesome, you can get a hard-disk MP3 with big capacity but without any professional software. You just need to put the music into mp3 and listen to it without any software. If so, SONY-P series mps is a good choice (the only one has the function of dragging), big capacity and professional software is not needed. You can listen to the music after dragging. Surf online you can find it. Q3. How to use the iPod player? Now I just use my iPod as U disk. How to upload music into my iPod? When I open iTunes, I find that it cannot keep in step with iPod. When I connect iPod with it, it has no any hint, either. Can anybody tell me how to do that in details? Answer: First set up the two ends of USB well, then turn on it press the button on top, enter the system?open F disk in "My Computer"? copy the music you want from your computer to F disk. Then go back to your iPod, choose the music? press the key on top, "right" or "left" key for picking music and the key in the middle is for playing, the up key is for back, to press the up key for a long time is to back to the Menu. Q4. There is no any response of iPod, how can I solve this problem? When I use the iPod mini, I format it under the Windows system. Now when connected with USB, it is shown that it is recharging and no response in the computer. How can I solve this problem? Thanks! P.S. in the iPod, the "OPTION" shows, "Not connection with iPod". Now my iPod cannot be used as Flash Disk. No response when connected with USB just can be recharged, so I think it is nothing to do with the data wire. Answer: My advice is below, 1)Cancel the disk function (Can you do that? It is in the Preference ? iPod option) then close iTunes. 2)Down the latest update program on Apple official website. 3)After setting up this program (Perhaps you should restart your computer), run it, choose "Restore" to the factory settings. 4)Open iTunes, it will remark you whether using a new music folder or not. (It is probably this meaning. It is inspected to be connected with a new iTunes), then Enter and update. 5)After 1 or 2 second, it will be finished. 6)Try to add one or two songs to see whether this problem will happen again. A Trip Down Memory Lane - Sony Walkman To Apple iPod: There may be some of you reading this, that can remember something called a Sony Walkman. Now if you are not old enough, just ask your parents or even an older brother or sister. What you will see is this kind of smile come over their faces. Boy, does time fly and technology goes even faster. You see, if you lived back in the 1980's, the Sony Walkman was the coolest thing on the planet. Now if you did live back then, you probably owned one of these. This product was the rave. This product was everywhere, in the airports, the malls, on buses, everywhere. You would see the kids in the back seat of the family car, listening to their own thing, using the Sony Walkman. Their parents would be listening to something else (Dean Martin or Perry Como), which the kids hated. A phenomenon is a term that implies that something is here today and then gone tomorrow. The Walkman was beyond a phenomenon, it was a mainstay. It was a staple of the society in which it was introduced. If there was a time capsule created to represent the 1980's, the Walkman would have to be included. If you were to not include it, would be the same thing as discussing technology of the 21st century and leaving out the part about the internet. Now for the next generation of personal entertainment devices, from the Walkman to the iPod. I am not sure how you could avoid not knowing about the Apple iPod, unless you happen to be living in that time capsule we talked about earlier. So, you have seen them, they are everywhere (sound familiar?). If you ask 10 people to explain what an iPod is, you'll likely receive 10 different answers; and all of them will likely contain some element of fact and logic. Introduced by Apple Computers in 2001, the iPod is technically defined as a portable music player; and even this doesn't do it justice. Today it is so much more. Now the Walkman was really for the kids, that is who mainly used it. Not today and the iPod. It is not just for kids anymore. You see more than just kids walking around with these little white wires sticking out of there ears. The Apple iPod is a truly amazing product. It has crossed the demographic consumer lines. You see people of all ages wearing these things: from the teachers, the kids (big and small) to the senior citizens, the athletes who manage to keep the ear buds in place despite doing whatever there sport happens to be. Now, don't panic if you haven't entered the iPod country yourself. There are so many to chose from: the iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, the iPod mini and so much more. And lets not forget about all the iPod accessories that go along with this. Though the iPod are so incredibly popular, there are still enough people out there who haven't tried one yet. And there are still people out there who have the iPod and haven't even taken it out of first gear yet. Why is this? The reason is because technology can seem confusing and despite its small size, figuring out the in's and the outs of the iPod can seem intimidating and time consuming. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The iPod is built around the reputation of Apple which is base things on simplicity and ease of use. Just like the Mac computer. The iPod is as easy to use as a DVD player, or maybe even easier. In closing here are some facts about the Apple iPod that you may not be aware of. I am sure you know this that the iPod is the #1 selling digital music device. What does it take to be the #1 selling device in this competitive marketplace? Here are some facts. Since 2001 there have been 110 million devices sold world wide. That is: 18 million devices/year 1.527 million/month 50,228/day 2093/hr 35/min Now if that does not make you go WOW, to the Apple iPod popularity, I am not sure what would. It's no wonder, given these awesome sales total, that the question most people ask these days isn't: are you getting an iPod, but rather: where is your iPod? From Here to There with an iPod Case: Almost every electronic device has a case. From cell phones to digital cameras to portable gaming systems, cases not only protect these gadgets, they ensure that every component stays together. With cases, cables stay put and memory cards are not lost along the way; headphones are not separated or broken, and batteries, games and even instruction manuals never slip where they cannot be seen. However, many of these cases are bulky; rarely is any socialite seen walking around with his or her cell phone slipped into a belt buckle carrying case. While older women or construction workers might not see the absurdity in this design, others do. Cases are, for the most part, the opposite of delicate, and in a world where electronic manufacturers are marching ever so quickly toward the smallest, the coolest, the thinnest and the sleekest, many users will go without the protection of a case to maintain the look and presence of their devices. Yet the iPod case is a different story. In this shallow world of universal concern for everyone else's appearance, rarely is any iPod user ever seen without a case. While the case does, once again, protect a multi-hundred dollar investment, the iPod case is sleek, it is cool, and in many ways, it allows the user to express his or her beliefs, personality and desires in a way the iPod itself cannot. Listen to the Rainbow Most older iPods were available in either black and white, and while the new Nanos and Shuffles offer a larger selection of colors, the variety is still limited. However, the iPod case is available in a rainbow of colors, designs and patterns. If a user wants a purple iPod, or an iPod graced by the logo of a certain band, he or she can find a case to transform his or her iPod into a work of art. The iPod case is also offered in numerous materials, each serving a specific purpose and each tailored toward the specific need of potential buyers. Some cases are nothing more than a knit sock that slides of the iPod to protect it from minimal dirt and dust. Others are rubber sleeves that offer grip as well, beside protecting the iPod from water and other damaging agents, and protecting the screens from the elements. An iPod case can even be made from metal, clipping around the iPod to provide the ultimate shield, while also maintaining an aura of awe and splendor with its futuristic look and feel. Color and material are only the beginnings, however. An iPod case is also designed with certain uses in mind. While most allow the user to keep his or her iPod protected while still utilizing its functions, some are more or less aimed toward carrying the iPod while it is not in use. Others are arm bands that slip around the upper arm of a listener, holding the music player in place whether he or she is on a tread mill, in the weight room or at a yoga class. The iPod case is as varied in uses as it is in colors and materials, but in the end, a listener can make a rather loud statement when he or she protects his or her device with one of these products. How iPod Shuffle Sets Apart From Other iPods: Apple has proven with the iPod that, like cheese and wine, it just gets better over time. The iPod is currently available in three versions: iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. The iPod, available in 30 and 60GB storage capacities, can store up to 15,000 songs. The iPod Nano, a smaller version of the iPod, is available in 1, 2 and 4GB storage capacities and can store up to 1,000 songs. Yet it is the iPod shuffle that stands out from the others. Available in 512MB and 1GB storage capacities, the iPod shuffle is proof that bigger is not always better. One of the major things that sets iPod shuffle apart from other iPods is the element of surprise. People love a good mystery and they get exactly that with the iPod shuffle. Out of 120+ songs, you never know what you are going to hear next. Its like having your own personal radio station, only without the commercials. With a regular iPod, you set the playlist you want to hear and the songs are played in that order every time. The iPod shuffle adds fun to the listening experience because the playlist is completely random. Not only is the order of the songs random, the playlist can be random as well. Using the iTunes Autofill feature, the iPod shuffle can be randomly filled with up to 240 songs. The Autofill defaults to the entire iTunes library, but you can change the setting so that it chooses songs from a specific playlist. So if one day you are in the mood for Classical you can fill using your Classical music playlist. If on the next day you want to hear some Rock, you can fill using your Rock playlist. Autofill can also completely replace the existing playlist on your iPod shuffle or replace only songs that you select for it to replace. Another one of the things that makes the iPod shuffle unique from its sister devices is its design. The iPod measures 8.38 x 2.49 x 0.84 centimeters and weighs 22 grams. At less than an ounce, that makes the iPod shuffle lighter than some car keys. That makes the iPod shuffle ideal for physical activities. Since the new design uses flash memory rather than hard disk storage, skipping is no longer a concern. It comes with a lanyard so that it can be easily worn around the neck. Since there is no menu to navigate through, there is not a touchpad in the shuffle like there is on other iPod versions. The buttons on the front of the shuffle perform similar operations to the touchpad on the regular iPod allowing you to play/pause, skip/reverse, fast forward/rewind, and adjust volume. The backside of the shuffle includes a battery indicator light and a switch that allows you to power off, play songs in order, or play songs shuffled. The battery indicator light shows three battery stages: green indicates a good charge, yellow, for a low charge; and red for a very low charge. If the battery indicator light is not on at all, then your battery has no charge remaining. The iPod shuffle can be connected directly into the USB port on your computer. This means there are no bulky cords and plugs needed to change the playlist or charge the battery. A fully charged battery lasts up to 12 hours between charges. The USB plug is neatly hidden beneath an attached cap. A traditional wall charger can be purchased for $29. The iPod shuffle can be used for more than listening to music. You can also store documents and other data on it by using it as a USB flash drive. iTunes allows you to specify how much of the drive you want to use for files and how much you want to use for songs. File storage is possible on other versions of the iPod but it is much more difficult to configure the settings and transfer files. Sometimes less is more. Plenty people would rather pay $69 for 120 songs that they will listen to rather than pay $399 for 15,000 songs that may never get heard. If there really is an iPod for everyone, then iPod shuffle is one for the masses. Portable Pleasure: The iPod and Earbud Carrying Case: The iPod has revolutionized the music industry, from how music is sold, packaged and enjoyed. Never before has so much music been offered in such a small package, and never has one device dictated the progress of an entire artistic movement. However, the iPod truly is a small package, and an expensive package at that; like any hard drive or computer, the hundreds of dollars spent on it can easily be wasted if the device is not cared for properly. While Apple has improved the durability of the iPod, it still cannot withstand constant abuse; crushing it, dropping it or exposing it to water or extreme heat is a sure death sentence. Thankfully, the market for iPod cases is flourishing, and listeners can easily invest in the protection of their iPods as well. However, what many individuals forget is that the iPod is useless without its headphones. Many users purchase higher-quality earbuds in order to truly take advantage of the iPod's capabilities: earbuds that reproduce the entire spectrum of music, from the lowest bass to the highest treble. These headphones should be protected as well with the purchase of an iPod and earbud carrying case, because an iPod is nothing without sound. The Many Shapes and Sizes While the iPod itself can be protected with sleeves, metal cases, knit socks and various other rubber products, this usually leaves the headphones exposed to the elements. Other carrying cases, while not designed to protect the iPod while in use, do not always have enough extra room for earbuds, cables and other accessories. However, an iPod and earbud carrying case will protect both investments. Often times, the iPod and earbud carrying case will include a separate compartment for the earbuds, so the two pieces do not get jostled together. Other times, the carrying case is physically split into two separate cases: one to hold the iPod, the other to hold the earbuds. The earbud case can even attach to a keychain for easy access, and constant availability: unless the user forgets his or her keys, the earbuds will always be in reach. Earbuds are popular due to their compact size. Traditional headphones are rigid; they cannot fold up, and they take up space equal to the size of the user's head. Earbuds are a lot simpler; they are simply two speakers attached to the cables that fit snuggly into the ear. Often times they come complete with multiple inserts to fit the wide range of ear sizes. But the cables can easily tangle, and the inserts can be lost in the hustle and bustle of life. An iPod and earbud carrying case, however, will keep the earbuds safe, orderly and in one piece. The earbuds can also be wound on a kind of reel, a kind of iPod and earbud carrying case truly designed to prevent tangles in the cables and connections. An iPod and earbud carrying case is available to purchase from numerous manufactures, including Apple and many companies specializing in the production of speakers and headphones. This case is also available in many colors and materials, from nylon to leather and from black to purple. It all depends on the needs of the user, and the type of protection he or she seeks: waterproof or padded, keychain or reel. In the end, however, an iPod and earbud carrying case is almost as important an investment as the iPod itself. Icon Identification - What Those iPod Symbols Mean: If you are a new user of the ever-popular iPod, you may have noticed that it takes some time to learn what those little icons mean and want to know when you should be alarmed or bothered. Every one of them has a purpose and we all know how much of a drag it is to read the Users Manual. Would not it be easy if someone just spelled it out in plain English for all to see? Instead of digging through a manual full of technical jargon, here we will discuss the meanings of the icons popping up on your screen. You will see a Battery icon when your battery is low. You will need to plug in your iPod to your computer or the nearest electrical outlet. Let it charge for at least a few hours or longer if possible. After charging, if the battery icon still appears on your screen, you may have a bigger issue at hand. You may need to do a bit of troubleshooting or replace your battery. To trouble shoot your battery, you should make you sure you have the latest firmware upgrade. Then, you need to discharge your battery and just let your iPod play without interruption until it dies. Then, you need to recharge the battery. To replace your battery, you can contact your manufacturer or retailer. If you see the Folder icon this means you have a software problem. It is suggested that you restore your entire iPod by updating the system or erasing your iPod. To erase and restore your iPod you need to open :My Computer: on your Desktop. Then, choose :IPOD: which should be located near your C drive. Now, right click and chose :Format:. Select :FAT 32: and :Format: and then reboot your Computer. After you have erased your iPod, you will need to engage the Restore function from the iPod Updater program. To restore your iPod, do the following: Connect your iPod to your computer using the FireWire/USB cable that came with your iPod. Now, open iTunes. In the event that your computer knows the iPod is connected, it may ask you to install the proper software. If it does not, download the newest version of the iPod Updater application. Install and open the application iPod Updater. To continue, once you click on Restore, you may be asked to type in an Admin users name and password. When the alert box appears to confirm you want to restore iPod click :Yes:. When the factory settings have been restored, unplug the FireWire/USB cable from iPod. You will be prompted by the iPod to reconnect the FireWire/USB cable after it has turned on, and you see the message :Do not disconnect:. If prompted, type a name for iPod in the space provided. Deselect the :Automatically update my iPod: option if you wish and click done. The iTunes main window appears, and the download status is displayed in the iTunes display. Wait until the iTunes display says the update is complete. Quit iTunes. Next, you will need to disconnect the FireWire/USB cable from iPod. In a short time, the language display appears on the iPod screen. Pick a language. Quit the iPod Software Updater application. If the iPod does not turn on at all, disconnect it from power and let it sit unconnected for approximately 24 hours. Then do this all over again. If your iPod is still under warranty, go to the AppleCare iPod Support Page to arrange for service. If your iPod is out of warranty, you will need to contact a repair service for further options. No one wants to see the Sad Face iPod. Once again, you should try to erase and restore your system. If the sad face still appears on your screen, you will need to replace the hard drive. You may see the electrical outlet icon when you are updating or restoring your iPod. First, disconnect your iPod from your PC and connect it to a power adapter for iPods. The electrical power will help finish the process of updating. If your iPod does not have a wall charger, you will need to get one. The Do Not Disconnect Icon will be familiar if your iPod is connected to a PC. The Magnifying Glass Icon will appear at times. This is the iPods internal checking system where it checks the hard drive for problems. If you see a disk and checkmark, this is a good thing. Your iPod passed the hardware scan. If you see a disk and arrow, this means problems were found. You should erase and restore your system as soon as possible. A disk with an exclamation point signals caution and means the scan failed. In this case, you need to reset your iPod by holding the Menu and Play buttons down for ten seconds. The scan should automatically start again. A disk with an :X: means the scan was cancelled. Looking For A Cheap iPod Online?: I was definitely not one of those people that were out of the loop with the iPod craze, in fact I believe I was the ring leader! For those that live under a rock, an iPod is a product made by Apple that plays MP3s among other media depending on which iPod you have! These cool little gadgets come in different sizes as well as colors. And if you're a trendy tech junkie then you probably have one of these, and if you don't then you definitely need one! The very first one I bought was the iPod shuffle, it's really small and really simple. But I just needed something to listen to my music on. The next one I got was the iPod touch. Consider the "craze" people went through for the shuffle and multiply that time 500 and you have got yourself an image of what people acted like when the iPod touch was coming out! Here's a few stats on the different iPod's available to you right now iPod Shuffle - Five colors to choose from - silver, green, blue, pink, orange, red, purple 1 GB model & 2 GB model up to 500 songs Weighs 15 grams Second generation iPod Nano - Five colors to choose from - pink, silver, turquoise, product red, mint green, black 4 GB & 8 GB model 4 GB holds up to 1,000 songs, 3,500 photos or 4 hours of video Watch TV shows, movies, video podcasts and more Third generation features 2 inch screen iPod Classic - Two colors to choose from - Silver & Black (older versions have other colors) 160 GB model Holds up to 40,000 songs or up to 200 hours of video iPod Touch - Black 8 GB model Holds up to 1,750 songs, 10,000 photos, or 10 hours of video Cool touch screen Watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, iTunes movie rentals, Surf the web, send email and more I love my iPod touch, it's the best thing since white bread. As said above on the shuffle and nano, there are several different "generations" with some of these products. Lets just call it updating and leave it at that! There are also products in the Apple line up such as the Apple iPhone which is like having a TV, ipod, DVD player, phone, computer anything else you can think of, all wrapped up in one sweet little package and the Mac book air (among other macs)! The original prices for these products range from $49 for the shuffle on up to $2,799 for the Mac Pro. Fortunately for places like eBay you can buy a brand new shuffle for $18 or less and the Mac Pro for $700 or less. Sounds good, don't it!?! You can also check out other sites like BestBuy or Circuit City but don't expect to beat the prices on eBay. In fact, if you want anything close to the prices eBay has the only other place you could go would be Amazon. With both of these sites you can pretty much decide if you want an Apple product, new, used or refurbished. Have fun picking the best Apple product for you! You can also check out these non Apple products as listed below. All of these products are out, so there is no waiting around! Philips HDD100 Digital Jukebox (15GB) Rio Karma (20GB) iRiver HP-100 MP3 Jukebox (10GB) Toshiba Gigabeat (20GB) Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen NX (20GB) iTunes And iPods: Get The Maximum Out Of A Perfect Combination: iPods and iTunes seem to be a match made in music heaven. One is a virtual jukebox. The other is one of the most popular music players around. iTunes was started by Apple in January of 2001 as an application for playing music. It acts as a link between your computer and your iPod, connecting your computer to the iTunes Music Store where you can purchase music and movies for personal use. It is free to download and compatible with Macs and some Windows operating systems. New iPods are also carrying the program. With the iTunes program, you can run many things from your computer. You can purchase and organize your favorite music and movies into play lists, burn your own CDs for personal use, and download music to your iPod. You can also use it for playing music on your own computer or other mp3 player. The Play List is one of the best features for iPod users. Besides being able to organize your music, you can also set play lists on different settings to play your music. You can have it go in order of download or on a mix. Mixes can be set just to play songs from a certain part of your play list or from the entire thing. A Party Shuffle will play popularly rated songs at a greater rate than those that received a lower rating or none at all. For example, a four star rated song will have a higher chance of getting played during the shuffle time than a two star rated song. You can add and delete songs as you want, or even have your iPod get automatic updates of new songs as they come up. You can organize your play list in a variety of fashions: by genre, by artist, by popularity, or by personal favorites. In June of 2005, Apple added pod casting. This feature allows access to Apples official pod casts, as well as the ability to download different types of videos. This feature makes it possible for anyone to pod cast, from putting college lectures on your iPod to family movies. Pod casting has become a popular way of information sharing between iPod users. In October 2005, Apple introduced an updated iTunes that made it possible to download movies to your iPod. You can get everything from the latest theatrical releases to television shows, to new movie trailers. Download them to your iPod, and you have an instant personal entertainment center to use anytime and any where. The iTunes Music Store allows iPod users to buy and download music and movies from their computer to their iPod. Millions of songs have been downloaded this way since it opened in April 2003. You can preview music or check ratings there as well. Downloading music from your computer to your iPod is easy to do. There are a variety of ways to do this. Dragging allows you to drag tracks from your play list on your computer to your iPod. In the Portable window, click on the iPod under Attached Portable Devices and just drag music from the play list to your iPod. Or you can select an entire play list the same way and drag it over. This works best if you are just moving one song or one play list. For large groups of songs, it may work easier to sync library, as this will download all music to your iPod. Again in the Portable window, you should click on the iPod. Under the Options menu there is a Sync tab with Complete Library Sync. Or you can use the same function but select Selected Play list Sync instead and select the play lists that you would like to download. The sync features can also be set to be done whenever you plug your iPod into your computer. To set this up, under the Sync tab check the box Automatically sync on device connection. Your music will then be automatically downloaded whenever your iPod is hooked up. With iTunes, you and your iPod have access to all the music and movies that you could ever want - or that your iPod could ever store. It is just one more way to personalize your iPod exactly how you want it. IPod Music Downloads - Full Disclosure About Download Sites!: iPod music downloads sites have sprung up over the past year, offering more than one place to download music for your iPod. So you have bought a new iPod or already own one and are thinking if you should be purchasing membership to one of the many iPod music downloads sites? Although iTunes is great and has a huge library and variety of music, it certainly is not the cheapest place to download music for iPod. Each song costs you less than a dollar and by normal standards is considered affordable, but when we are talking about downloading more music, it all adds up. Read on to find out where folks are merrily downloading unlimited iPod music for a one time charge. What are some of the benefits in using membership sites that offer unlimited iPod music downloads? Well, enough reason for more than 10 million users to be downloading at these sites. 1. Cost of Membership The one-time membership charge for lifetime access to unlimited iPod music downloads has won them many loyal followers. This beats paying per download or buying a CD at the music store. New music, bands and singers will keep sashaying onto the music scene, and you never have to worry about paying an extra dollar for their songs. 2. Media Files Other than Music How does it sound to you if you not only have access to unlimited number of iPod music downloads, but millions of movies, music videos and TV shows as well? Surely this sounds like a fantastic deal. 3. Compatible File Formats These sites would provide you with free bundled software to convert songs and movies to MP3 and H.264 video format that is iPod-friendly. You need not cough out a single cent to purchase expensive video conversion software. While all seems rosy, there are some pitfalls to watch out for. Some of these iPod music downloads sites are the black sheep of the lot. 1. Legality of Music Downloads Several of these sites are plain scams that offer you nothing but copyrighted music. Be wary of what you are downloading and the source of the music. If you are not careful, you could be infringing on copyright laws. 2. Ultra-slow Download Speeds Some sites are notoriously slow where downloading is concerned. This could well be because website owners are skimping on hosting services. If they cannot be bothered with improving their network access speeds to cope with the traffic, you simply do not need to waste time with them. There are better choices. 3. Lousy Customer Support Good customer and technical support is important to you as a consumer. Several of these sites failed terribly in this aspect. Slow response to customer feedback and request for help are what one should be expecting when you download at these iPod downloads sites. I hope this article has prepared you to open your eyes wide when choosing a site to download music for your iPod. Speed up your shopping for a download site and read reviews of excellent and trusted membership sites for iPod music downloads at my blog. The content of this article is provided for the purpose of education and illustration only and is in no way associated with Apple, iTune, or any company or subsidiary of Apple. This article may be freely reprinted or distributed in its entirety in any ezine, newsletter, blog or website. The author's name, bio and website links must remain intact and be included with every reproduction. Lose Weight With Your Ipod Shuffle: Many of us ate too much at Christmas, drunk too much at Christmas and didnt do any exercise to burn off the excess calories. I am one of those people but luckily for me (or unluckily for me, depending on your viewpoint) Father Christmas delivered for me a tiny little present sent from the Gods in the name of an iPod shuffle. This tiny little box of tricks ( you must of seen the ads on television about them) is what gets me round the field that is just 50 yards backing on to my house, otherwise known as hell on earth. Those of you of a certain age will remember the Sony Walkman. Yes, thats right, that chunky tape cassette player which we all clunked around with us, trying to look very cool. I have to admit I am very new to all this MP3 technology. In fact my computer or PC is about 7 years old and with the help of my 16 year old son I managed to install the software which is required to transfer downloaded songs from the internet or music CD from the disk drive onto the iPod. I was very sceptical on how such a small piece of equipment would actually play music and if I am totally honest the quality is very good, much better than my old 12 inch vinyl records. So how does all this help in my never ending quest to loose weight and get fit? Well, I choose my music very carefully. None of this rubbish teen, hip hop, gangster in your face trash. I like to choose motivational tracks for my iPod. Anthems from bands like U2, The Darkness and Metallica are personal favourite and you just cant beat the theme from War of the Worlds to get your blood pumping and inspire you run (or walk in my case) that little extra distance. So what are the actual mechanics of using your iPod? Well, firstly after you open the natty little box, usually the MP3 player needs charging up. Simply plug in the charge lead into your PC port which must be USB, if your PC does not a USB port then you can get an adapter. I have an adapter on my computer because it is ancient like me! Next, when little light changes colour or stops flashing you know that your MP3 player is charged from your PC. You now have to access the software from Apple. It is called iTunes and basically it is the software interface that allows you to transfer songs from your computer to your iPod. Always perform checks to make sure you have the latest version by accessing the official site at Apple. The whole process is easy (it must be if I did it) and before long you will have all your favourite tracks neatly bundled onto your iPod. No more scratched records or damaged album sleeves, marvellous. I have yet to find out on how to remove tracks from my iPod but I guess I have my son to help me on that score. iPod - The Non-Stop Entertainer: iPod is an ultra-portable digital music player that enables you to bring your music collection with you, wherever you go. It provides you the flexibility that you crave for. Listen to music in the bus while traveling, when taking a jog, at the gym, and even when you are at work. No more heavy baggage of CDs. The iPod weighs just a few grams and you can load over 10,000 songs in it. It comes with varied storage capacity options. It was in the year 2001; Apple introduced the iPod with a memory of 5 GB. It was the memory which never heard of then. The latest i.e., the 5th generation iPod was introduced in October 2005 with 30 and 60 GB sizes. It can play songs, movies and photo slideshows, and with the recent one you can store up to 60 GB of any type of file you want. Apple has continuously made innovations in its product. The current generation of iPod players includes: iPod shuffle which has 1-GB capacity. The only problem is that it can play songs but display is not available. iPod nano which can play digital audio and display digital photos. Its available in 2, 4 and 8GB storage iTunes is the integrated media-player software that comes along with an iPod. It is installed on the computer/laptop with which one can use for organizing, playing, converting and downloading files from an external source to the computer and even from the computer to an iPod. The iTunes Store lets iPod users purchase music, movies, podcasts, audiobooks and music videos with a click. The Store offers 3.5 million songs, tens of thousands of podcasts, 3,000 music videos and 20,000 audiobooks, as well as TV shows, feature films and iPod video games. One can directly watch or listen to the files through iTunes on the computer and download them to the iPod. The Click Wheel is easy to navigate. Its very fun to select playlists, scroll through artists, and select the song. Even a child can do it playfully. Apples iPod is the best portable digital music experience possible with highest sound quality possible. Some of the notable features include: Digital Audio: You can have access to 20,000 songs in 80-GB iPod whereas for 30 GB model iPod, one can store up to 7,500 songs. It supports MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, Apple Lossless and Audible 2,3 and 4 audio files. Digital Video: The 80-GB version can hold up to 100 hours digital quality video. It supports H.264 and MPEG-4 files as well as MOV files which can be converted to iPod video through the iTunes software. Digital Photos: The 80-GB iPod can store up to 25,000 photos. The important feature of the iPod is that it can support files which are converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and PSD. You can download your photos to the iPod from both Mac iPhoto and Windows Adobe Photoshop Elements/Album. Other Uses of iPod: Functions as handy hard disk, carrying all types of files for computers. Calendar/contacts syncing Download and create games Car integration with iPod player into the sound system. Rather than buying the iTalk for 40 USD, you can install a program called Podzilla on your iPod and use a regular old microphone to record high quality audio. All iPods, except for the shuffle, come with calendaring functionality built in, so you can sync your desktop calendar to your iPod and keep track of where you are supposed to be and when if you are out and about. Using Griffins Total Remote Software and IR device, you can set up your iPod as a remote for any number of devices, including your TV, DVD player, Xbox, and Roomba. The best notable feature of Apples iPod is that it can work with both Mac and Windows machines. So with a 30GB or 80GB iPod in hand, one can enjoy music, movies, TV shows, iPod games, podcasts, audiobooks, photo albums, and, of course an entire library of music. In other words, iPod is a pocket-size prodigy. You can continuously listen to the iPod songs up to 20 hours. Or else, if you want to watch movies and TV shows you can have the nonstop entertainment up to six-and-a-half hours. On the whole, iPod can give you a non-stop entertainment of 20,000 songs, 25,000 photos, and 100 hours of video or any combination of each. Thus its aptly said with iPod in hand one can enjoy the whole world as a theater. Ipod As The Most Popular Mp3 Mp4 player: This is an mp3 / mp4 player that music lovers acknowledge the most in the modern time. US-based Apple, one among the largest producers of computers, notebooks and computer hardware and software, introduced iPod in 2001 with a single model for the international music market. Apple kept on introducing new iPods for each generation. The latest one is the iPod 5G. Apple also came up with two different variants: the iPod Shuffle (without digital display), the iPod Nano (the smaller version of iPod). Recently, Apple came up with the new-generation of iPod, the iPhone that integrates the conventional MP3 and video player with an internet ready mobile phone. This article compares each iPod by its special features. One of the most popular model is the iPod 5G that comes with 30 or 80 GB storage capacity. It is not just an mp3 / mp4 player, you can store, view and share complete music videos, movies, podcasts, play games, share photos, playback music and videos, connect to a video output device, and much more. It can play your favorite music for up to 20 hours as this iPod boasts of higher battery life. The iPod Nano has many of the same features as the full-size iPod, but with much lesser storage capacity. It comes in 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB models. It has up to 24 hours of battery life and is comparatively lighter and smaller. It also suffers from some limitations; the iPod Nano doesn't support voice recording and media storage via third-party peripherals. iPod Nano is a great mp3 player for people who would just like to listen to audio files. Apple's most-pocket friendly iPod is iPod Shuffle. It offers a host of advantages: it's affordable for everyone; its sound quality is as good as that of any other iPod; it has flash memory rather than a hard drive; and it's really portable. However, the disadvantage is that it doesn't include a screen for steering up to specific songs. It has a limited storage capacity, 512 MB to maximum 1 GB. So it's good for those who want to be in fashion, yet can compromise on memory space. But the size of this mp3 player is so small that you can easily clip it to your clothes. With digital music being in-vogue, many portable jukeboxes hit the market, since Apple kick-started the music revolution of our time. Other portable MP3 and MP4 players, besides iPod, are available in the entertainment world of mp3 / mp4 players. There are many Chinese, Korean and Japanese brands manufacturing low cost players in bulk. These are much cheaper, but have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The fact remains that iPods are the most popular among all, and hold the biggest share of this market. There are enough iPod users in the market and a lot of new things are getting developed around iPods. Some people just can't do without their iPods, from jogging time to bed time. It sticks to their ears. Obviously, the battery drains out of the device. The latest buzz is that Andrew Schneider, a student from New York University, is exploring a solar-powered bikini that can charge iPods. Yes, it is true! The bikini will soak up the sun rays thru photovoltaic film strips. That means, while the iPod user is getting a sun tan, his mp3 / mp4 player is also getting a charge of 6.5 volts of solar power. iPod has become a very desired mp3 / mp4 player around the world. iPod player just seems to be ahead of its competitors. Not just by delivering good quality products, but also in providing new solutions for eager electronic consumers. Let's just wait what will be next in the iPod revolution. Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation Review: If you're looking for an iPod that's double the fun but can do all the things that previous models have done, then the Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation should be your focus. And what's better? You can get it at a reduced price - less than $200. You'll get a sleek iPod that doubles up as a mini-PDA too. Let's look at it piece by piece: Design At the risk of over-emphasising just how sleek it is, let's talk a bit more about looks: next to the other iPod models, this one is by far a winner. Its much slimmer and the chrome rounded back will cup perfectly into your hand (great for gamers). What's more, where the other iPods had a black lip all around the screen, with this one, the black lip extends from the chrome back cover so that you have a beautiful shiny edge. Let's just say it's an iPod being soft, but with powerful-as-ever features. It has been created to accommodate dedicated volume keys on the side panel as well, but they will not interfere with your hold - they fit snugly into the body of the iPod. The antennae in the Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation is ellipse- shaped, not chunky and in the corner like on other iPods. The port for your headphones is also recessed, and will accept non-Apple headphones, definitely a plus should you lose or misplace the set that comes with it. The screen? You get 3.5 inches of 320 by 480 pixels widescreen - definitely an excellent screen for gaming. Features You still get the Genius Mix application that has made iPods so popular; it will pre-arrange music play lists for you based on what it notices that you like a lot. It also comes loaded with Apple 2.1 software and you can get on directly to the App Store (older owners can only access these 2 pieces of software if they buy them from iTunes). Compared with the original iPod, which had lots more black space and less icons, this one is different. You have lots of icons (App Store, Email, Weather, Notes, Maps, Stocks and more), and you can rearrange the order of the icons using a simple drag and drop. You can do the same to swap them around so that you get Quick Launch. With this one, Apple was definitely aiming for personalization which has been lacking in previous models. The Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation is also special because you can buy a few additional pieces of software and hardware and extend its usage to beyond gaming, music and email. If you spend a few dollars on a Nike and pedometer, you'll get a shoe sensor. You can also get mic-enabled earphones that will. While some argue that this doesn't seem fair because Apple is making users spend more money on bits and bobs to make their Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation better, it can also be the reason why you can get this little iPod at such a great price - they give you what they could for less than $200 and then give you the choice to pick extras if you want. Performance Although there is no touch screen, it's still a great interface, especially with Apps allowing you choose between so many applications. The audio, like all older iPods, can be said to be good 'not great, but Apple promises to fix this with coming models. Compared to other phones in its category though, it's still much better quality of sound. The Maps feature is also a useful one for those who want to track their location, but you can switch it off if you feel you don't need it. This conserves battery life as well. Conclusion There were gripes about the original iPod - it was pricey and just didn't seem to perform very well for that price, even at 16 GB. The Apple iPod Touch 8 GB 2nd Generation seems to have addressed them, and done more because of the chic new design. It may not have GPS, 3G and a camera, but for that price, it's definitely a great iPod to go for especially for those who aren't heavy users! Inspect and Mend iPod by yourself: The General Knowledge of iPod malfunctions Resolutions When you own an iPod, do you want to know some methods to resolve the malfunctions ? Or do you want to know some special settings in iPod? If yes, the followings are the answers you want: The fault resolutions and testing steps: If you cannot turn on your iPod, you can try the ways below, Check the status of the "Hold" and confirm that it is on the position far away from the earphone hole. Turn on your iPod and connect it with a charger. Wait for several minutes, and then try to turn it on again. Reset your iPod. If it has no response or something like system halted, connect it to the charger and turn on "Hold", and then turn it off. Now it is on the position far away from the earphone hole. At this time, press "Play/Pause" & "Menu" at the same time till the Apple logo appears. Before resetting, you should release all the electric power. If the steps above do not work, you Do not connect your iPod with the electricity supply for 24h, and then connect with the electricity supply and reset it. Updating the iPod software. After the above steps, if you can turn on your iPod, you should use the latest "iPod updater" to update your iPod. If the Apple logo is shown in your iPod and still be there after reset, you can try the methods below: Connect your iPod with a charger or a computer with 1394 connection; or make sure your computer is on but in the statue of sleeping. Turn on and then off the "Hold" to make sure "Hold" is on the position far away from the earphone hole. Press "Play/Pause" and "Menu" at the same time till the Apple logo appears. When the Apple Logo appears, you should press "Previous" and "Next" immediately till "Do not cut" or the icon of live wire appears, and then you can use iPod updater to restore your iPod. If "Do not cut" or the icon of live wire does not appears after several times of the above operations, your iPod needs repairing. If "Do not cut" or the icon of live wire appears, you can run the latest relative "iPod Updater". Click "Restore", it will restore to the primary status. Remark: If reset, all the songs and data in your iPod will not be gone, but some personal settings will need resetting possibly. If restore, all the songs and data will be gone, so before restoring, you should back up all the data in your iPod. If necessary, you can use the tool of formatting in the system to format first, and then run the latest relative iPod Updater to restore. Except the new iPod, the old iPod can not be format into different forms of hard disk. It is strictly forbidden for using Mac on Windows or Windows on Mac, so for any problems caused, it is out of warrantee. 2. The meanings of some icons and some methods. A. The icons of battery and exclamatory mark: The electric power is low in the battery; you should connect your iPod with a charger or a computer with 6-core 1394 connecter B. The icons of folder and exclamatory mark: The causes are possibly below, 1). It is possible that the electric power is a little. Connect your iPod with a charger or a computer with 6cores 1394 interface. 2). Incorrect iPod soft wares. Some iPods need some special or updating soft wares. Run the latest relative iPod Updater to update or restore your iPod. 3). Incorrect mode of hard disk. It is possible that your iPod is formatted into the irrelative form of hard disk, which mainly means to format with Windows form of hard disk on Mac or format with Mac form of hard disk on Windows. Run the latest relative iPod Updater to restore your iPod. 3. The method of entering iPod Diagnostic Mode: 1). Press "Menu" and "Play" till the Apple logo appears. 2). When the Apple logo appears, please immediately press [Backward] + [Forward] and Enter at the same time for several seconds. Remark: [Enter] is the key in the middle of the operating keyboard. After entering the diagnostic mode, please be careful. When some strange sounds come out and the Apple logo is inversed, it is in the diagnostic mode. The Diagnostic Mode Tests: 1. 5 IN 1 2. RESET 3. KEY 4. AUDIO 5. REMOTE 6. FIREWARE 7. SLEEP 8. A 2 D 9. OTPO CNT 10. LCM 11. RTC 12. SDRAM 13. FLASH 14. OTPO 15. HDD SCAN 16. RUN IN Remark: Under the diagnostic mode, the operating keyboard will not work. Use [Backward] and [Foward] to scroll up and down, [Enter] for OK, [Play] for out of Menu. The Evolution Of Ipods â€“ From Their Appearance To The Ipod Video: The newest and most popular innovation in iPod technology is, for sure, the iPod video. Still, getting to this innovative device is just the result of a long research through the history of the iPod making at http://www.10phone.com . The appearance of the iPod was owed to an increased marketing request: the lack of quality of the digital music players was noticeable to the interested consumers, as opposed to the growing number of digital devices, such as cameras, camcorders and organizers. Due to this fact, the Apple industries established a team of qualified engineers in order to develop the mechanism and design of the soon to be first iPod, which resulted in less than a year of technical and practical research. The launching of the new and exiting product was held on the 23rd of October 2001 and soon, the market embraced the new product. The evolution from the first iPod, which was revealed almost 5 years ago, till the iPod video reveals the intense and permanent research of the specialized engineers. The next significant step in the evolution of this device was the release of the 2 versions iPod, for both Mac and Windows users, which highly increased the sales and the number of potential customers. Actually, the iPod sold at such a high rate, that the permanent improvement of the product, in order to maintain the leading position on the market, was a necessary request (the selling rate recorded over 42 million units since the release of the product). In 2005, the new and better iPod was revealed, when celebrating the 4th generation of these devices; the new model introduced, for the first time, the color screen. In the spring of 2006, the Samsung company announced that they were about to provide the media processor for a new iPod model, an improved version of the Appleâ€™s device. Soon after, the 5th generation of iPods introduced the iPod video, meaning it has video playback capacities, video playing and better organization features. The launching was celebrated together with the innovative new models of iPods: the iPod nano, with color screen and the iPod shuffle, which were the best sellers of 2005. The 5th generation of the iPod was about to reveal many new and exiting features of the small device, all under the slogan One more thing... Basically, the iPod video or the video iPod was available on the market in both 30 GB and 60 GB capacity models, had ability to play both MPEG-4 and H.264and much higher resolution, up to 480/480. Having a 16-bit color screen and being able to display all kinds of videos on a TV set, the new product was a market hit since its appearance. Regarding the design, the new iPod comes, as the previous iPod (the nano model of the 4th generation) in 2 colors, white and black, but it has a multitude of applications and improved features: World Clock, Stopwatch, and Screen Lock applications, a smaller earphone, a thin slipcase, AC adapter and FireWire cable. Regarding the dimensions, the new iPod is 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43Â inches for the 30Â GB version and 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.55Â inches for the 60Â GB version (which, in the case of the new model, are marketed at the same price). The screen size was modified to 2.5Â inches (6.35Â cm) diagonally, 0.5Â inches (12.7Â mm), meaning that the video iPod screen is larger than the previous one. Even more, the product is thinner than the last model, iPod nano, and the battery life increased from 16 hours to 20 hours. Still, being a video device, watching movies reduces the life of the battery to around 2 to 3 hours. With an exiting and evolving history, the iPod manages to be one of the most innovative products on the digital devices` market, with millions of customers all around the world and increasing sells. Why Do We Love The IPod?: The IPod has become a symbol of a generation, something every teenager and child longs for especially when there is a new model out. However its worth looking at just why the IPod and its many variations have been become so popular. Many people dont realise that there were mp3 players before Apple released their own and that many consumers and even fans of Apple were sceptical about the player when it debuted. The first and most obvious thing we noticed was the space. Even with the first IPod classic there was over 6gb of space for all of your songs, this was due to the mini hard-disk placed inside the player. This was a revolution at the time since nearly all mp3 players used solid state drives that would average between 32 and 64mb. Consumers suddenly realised that it would be possible to store your entire music collection on a single device and take it anywhere with you. Even today it is quite amazing the storage capacity of even the standard IPod which weighs in at over 120gb. There are very few people in the world that couldnt fit their whole music collection onto an IPod, no matter what kind of music they are into! The IPod also had a design like no other. It was smooth and white all over with no clunky buttons or switches. It was often remarked that if Microsoft had designed the IPod it would have about a hundred more buttons to do the same thing. The scroll wheel in the centre of the player was also a stroke of genius, with one flick of your thumb you could now navigate hundreds of albums in seconds with pin-point accuracy. Its widely thought the IPod would never have been as big a success without the scroll wheel, can you imagine trying to navigate 100 albums with a forward and back switch? Apple is not just a software company but also a hardware one so it was a natural extension that they create an amazing piece of software to allow people to move and organise songs onto their IPod. ITunes was released with the first player and became an instant hit. Up until this point most players where just hard-drives where you browsed the folders but now you could sort hundreds of songs by name, artist, genre and even how many times you played it. A unique feature of ITunes found in no other mp3 player software was it allowed you to purchase complete songs and albums online to download straight to your IPod. Many people were still nervous about p2p applications like Napster and the legal and safety implications of downloading copy written files. However due to the unique licensing deals struck by Steve Jobs with several major record companies people could enjoy thousands of hours of cheap and instant music at the touch of a button. Portability has to be another factor of not just the IPod but mp3 players in general. In days long ago when you went to a party you may have brought a LP record with you, and not that long ago a cd. But these days you can be guaranteed that any party will have an IPod speaker system were anyone with their player with them can simply plug in and show the whole world what kind of music they are into. This is due mainly to just how small the IPod and particularly the IPod Shuffle and Nano are. They take portability to a new level to the point were going to a gym these days is like going to your local Apple store. Never has an electronic device been such a hit with joggers and runners. This is mainly due to having no moving parts and solid fibre casing. As you can see when you look at the facts it really is a wonder why anyone ever doubted this amazing device that has fast become the must have accessory for anyone from 8 to 80. Now we know why mp3 player means IPod. The Sales Of The New iPod Video: The iPods have been a market hit since their launching in 2001. With the appearance of the new iPod video on the market in 2005, the iPod became even more popular, as it achieved high umbers in sales and an increased interest from the public. The sales of the iPod video were, in general, better than the expectations. Considering the fact that the new product brought, indeed, something new to the market, which was never tested before and the customers were used to the idea that iPod stands for music and, in a smaller part, it stands for photos, the sales surprised the producers just like the product surprised the customers and the users. Basically, the iPod video present 2 variants of the device: the 30 GB model and the 60 GB one, which both play QVGA H. 264 videos. Over the last holiday season, the sales were very high, as people seamed to be more interested in purchasing such an item before taking the summer vacation. Due to this fact, the new iPod video turned out to be a great choice of spending the time during the holiday. In fact, the last holiday season brought a 30 % increase of the sales, which is a consistent amount. Even more, the new iPod video turned out to be an excellent Christmas present, as the sales indicate the fact that the sales of the iPods increased significantly before this important religious holiday. Another sales hit in the history of the iPods was the Apple iPod + hp, which was launched in the year 2004. In the first months of 2006, Apple reported sales of 565 million dollars, which was the highest number in the companyâ€™s history. In fact, Apple managed to ship 6, 16 million iPods during the first months of 2005, meaning a 66 % increase over the same period of time in 2004. The new range of iPods are supposed to be even more improved and have a new variety of features and new accessories, which will increase even more the popularity of these products. After the famous exposition called Macworld, which was held on the 10th of January 2006, the official speakers reported sales over 42 million dollars, which included a part of 14 million dollars, gained in the first quarter of the year. With even more expectations in sales for the future, the engineer team of Apple is focusing even now in producing a sixth generation of even more optimized iPods. Till the appearance on the market of the iPod video, the best selling product of the iPod series was the iPod nano, which had great results since the launching. The studies and researches show the fact that most of the part of the consumers want and easy personalization of their video content, meaning quality and inexpensive solutions that satisfy their needs. IPod video brought, at its launching, a new set of features that were about to change the perception that people had about this small, yet powerful device. With a memory that could now include a play list of 15, 000 songs, 25, 000 pictures and up to 150 of hours full with videos and movies, the new iPod was an innovative new product and the market embraced its originality and new and exiting features. Making a Sound Decision When Buying an IPod For Your Teenager: Like most parents in North America, when it comes to getting gifts for our kids we are always inclined to get the newest, or the hottest, or the flashiest. This year the model with buzz was the iPod Touch. And while several of my friends were getting their kids the iPod Touch, I had my doubts that this would be the right choice for our son. Don’t get me wrong, the iPod Touch provides great entertainment and would make a great gift, but after some reflection we decided to get the iPod Classic. There are number of factors that went into our decision, but three stand out as being the most important. WiFi As everybody knows by now one of the great features of the iPod Touch is the ability to access the Internet wirelessly. This allows the owner to surf the net. To get updates on weather and the stock market. To download their favorite YouTube videos. And to access their e-mail as well as iTunes. But the problem is, at high school student my son will be spending most of his time in an environment where either he is discouraged from surfing the net for his own entertainment-and probably for good reasons; or a wireless connection is simply not available. Consequently much of the functionality of the iPod Touch will be lost to him. Video In the days of the transistor radio and the CD Walkman, portable entertainment was all about audio; the future is all about video. So we knew we just had a get an iPod that had a decent screen. Now the granddaddy of the big screen iPods is of course the iPod Touch-coming in with a 3.5 inch (diagonal) widescreen display. But if you have a teenage boy and if you’ve ever handled an iPod Touch, then taht sound in your head is the sound of glass shattering! Because the one thing that impresses you most about the iPod Touch is the amount of surface area that is breakable. So in our opinion, the iPod Touch was just too vulnerable to destruction from the inevitable banging, and dropping, and general bumping our son would give it. But try viewing a movie on the iPod Classic and its 2.5 inch (diagonal) color LCD display, and you come away surprised by the experience. For a handheld device the video quality is pretty impressive. And a ratio of extremely easily breakable surface area to easily breakable surface area is much smaller. Memory For our money, this is the main reason for buying the iPod Classic. At 160 GB the storage capacity of the iPod Classic blows away all of the other models-the nearest competitor is the iPod Touch which tops out at 32 GB. The reason why memory was so important to us is twofold. Firstly, remember I said that video is both the present and the future? Well video takes up a lot of space. For instance, let’s say that his tastes run toward watching movies like “Superbad”-and whose tastes wouldn’t. If he were to download this movie to his iPod, it would take up 1.25 GB of storage space. If his iPod were the iPod Touch, then he would only be able to have 25 movies on his iPod. This would leave very little room for music, photos, or other files. Now with his iPod classic, he would be able to keep over 100 more movies on his iPod. Many people would say that that’s way too much space. In fact I hear echoes of what I said many years ago when I opted for a two gig hard drive over a 10 gig hard drive on my computer in the belief that I could never use more than two gigs of storage. And this brings me to my second point. When we bought this iPod it was in the hope that it would take him through most of his high school career. And because high school is such a busy time in people’s lives, it is unlikely that our son will have time to switch out files on a regular basis from his iPod to his computer. So we bought the iPod classic with all of this memory counting on an accumulation of music, video, and photographic files. When my son asked the inevitable question of why the Pod Classic versus the Touch, I was able to point to the limited functionality given his environment. I also reminded him of the necessity for having a screen that while still being able to watch a movie on, was not vulnerable to the inevitable bumps and shocks that it would receive. Finally there was all that storage for all that music, all those movies, all those photos- all those memories - that he will collect throughout high school. Modern Audiobooks Can Be Played In Your Ipod: If you are bored, you can pull out a book from the shelf and flip its pages. Through technology, audiobooks were invented. It started with cassette tapes. With the boom of the CD industry, audiobooks were also produced in that format. Similarly enough, because of the Ipod trend, audible audiobooks can be downloaded and purchased from the iTunes Music store, as well as First-Class-Audiobiiks. If you have nothing better to do as you wait for your turn in that long queue or you want to be productive while you are riding the subway, bring out your iPod and listen to your audible audiobook. These work best with the iPod 1.2 software or with the later models. Originally invented as the modern WalkMan or discman, iPod listeners have discovered a pleasure of having the gadget. They can listen to their audiobooks while they are on their way to work or during their exercise regimen. iPod is compatible with Audible formats 2 which is the small file size but of maximum compression, Audible format 3 which is the best quality compression and Audible format 4 which is aa format that is compressed into larger mp3. iPod 1.2 software and the later models are compatible with the Audible files bookmark feature. The Bookmark feature makes it easier for the consumer to remember where specifically he stopped listening to the audiobook. It is like a bookmark that you insert between the pages of the book you are reading. Bookmarks are compatible with the Audible files (those that have the .aa file extension) and Audiobooks that have been bought from the iTunes Music Store. These are the ones that come with the .mb4 file extension. If reading a book means you only have to insert the bookmark between within the page that you stopped reading, bookmarking an audible file in your iPod entails the following procedures. Press the Stop of Pause button while you are listening to your audiobook on your iPod. The iPod will serve as your bookmark because it will remember that specific spot automatically so the next time that you listen to your audiobook on your iPod, you will be able to listen to that very bookmarked spot because it will immediately play from there. Did you know that if you buy your audiobooks on CD format, you can actually transfer them into iTune format by importing it into iTunes. In doing so, you can listen to your CD audiobooks on your iPod. But it will be easier, if you get your audiobooks from Audible.com or the iTunes Mustic Store. These audiobooks are manufactured as one or two files. Their total duration averages to ten hours each. This makes it easier for the purchaser to manage and to listen to his iTunes Library. Audiobooks are pretty expensive. Can you believe that they are even pricier than the paper books you get at your book stores? At least with First-Class-Audiobooks, the iPod audiobook listener is provided with the audiobook content, you own the file. This is also the same with the iTunes Music Store. The difference between Audible.com and iTunes Music Store is that the former has a broader selection of audiobooks but it does come with a monthly subscription fee. If you want only one audiobook, then you can just check out the latter because it is much cheaper. If you are the type of iPod listener who does not really tune in to audiobooks regularly, then you can just buy the individual audiobooks from either the iTunes Music Store or Audible. You can check out the selection of audiobooks that are available by going to the main page. It is so easy to buy an audiobook. It is like buying a song but the download will be longer. Naturally! What do you expect from a 14MB file. After purchasing audiobooks from Audible.com or iTunes Music Store, these are added to your library automatically. Organize them in whichever way you prefer. Audiobooks is indeed another purpose of having an iPod. You can be entertained not just by music but also by the spoken words from literary creations. The DVD Goes iPod: Since the latest versions of iPod enable video viewing, it only makes sense that the next step would be to create a way for D.V.Ds to be viewed on the device, as well. There are freeware utilities that exist to allow you to transfer D.V.Ds to your hard drive and then import them onto your iPod for viewing. Adding the videos to your iPod library will make video storage while traveling much easier. Transferring DVD to iPod, for the most part, involves taking the content from the DVD, also called ripping, adding it to your hard drive, then copying it from your hard drive you your iPod via iTunes. There are several different utilities that allow you to do this. Here are some overviews for the most commonly used utilities. One of the most frequently used utilities is HandBrake. To use HandBrake first put the DVD into your D V D drive. Then launch the program. Once the program has launched it will scan the disk. Sometimes the disk cannot be read due to special app protection. In this case you will receive a message saying, no valid title found. After the program has read scanned the disk, it will display a list of titles. The titles will include all the viewable files that are on the disk: the movie, any documentaries, deleted scenes or other extras. Select the file you wish to rip. If you cannot locate which file is the movie, it is usually the one that has the longest duration. After you have selected the file, next choose the appropriate settings and click the Rip button. The program will begin ripping the D V D. The process can take up to a few hours to complete. Once the program has completed, you can add the file to your iPod library. Another utility is Xilisoft DVD to iPod Converter. This product can be purchased for $29.00 from the manufacturers website. This utility allows you to compress files to any size and allows you to preview the ripping progress. Xilisoft is easy to use for beginners, but also includes various setting controls so that the product is great for veterans as well. There are several other utilities available for converting D.V.Ds to a format that can be viewed on the iPod. To find more of these utilities, you can do an Internet search for Convert iPod to DVD. This will give you links to various utilities. You can select the one that has the ease of use and price range you desire. Since DVD files are so large, it is best to store them on 30 and 60GB iPods. If you use an iPod shuffle or an iPod with a lower storage limit, you may not be able to store many videos, if you are able to store any at all. You should also be aware that the more D.V.Ds you store on your iPod, the fewer songs you will be able to store. There are still legal implications involved with copying D.V.Ds to iPod. Ripping the content from videos by bypassing the copyright-system used on D.V.Ds and is illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, the law does not specifically state that it is ok to copy the content from your own personal collection for your own personal use. It may seem that you are well within your rights as owner of the D V D to copy the content to a portable viewing device. There have been some court rulings that have said D V D copying is ok as long as it is not used for infringement purposes. However, the Motion Picture Association of America holds that it does not matter the reason, any content ripping from DVD violates the DMCA. Since the law does not specifically state whether DVD copying is legal if used only for personal reasons, it is necessary for each user to access their views. Many people believe that copying D.V.Ds for personal reasons is legal until there are laws that state otherwise. Perhaps in the near future D.V.Ds may be available in a digital format that can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Internet to your iPod without using a third-party utility. For now, you will have to use a utility to rip the content and then add to your iPod. Reviews About Ipod Video: The new iPod video has stirred a lot of reactions, a lot of reviews, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of its utility, quality and features. These reviews are important especially because of the fact that the new iPod video was launched without a serious study of the market, of the customerâ€™s tastes and wishes. From this point of view this is a daring initiative and a great step in the video development. The reviews usually point out the amazement and the great success concerning the new iPod video, but also highlight some aspects that may contribute to its improvement. For example, the great advantage of connecting the iPod video to the TV set and playing the videos on it is well-received. But on the other hand, the fact that the iPod video cannot be connected to the computer is seen as a disadvantage. The transfer from iPod to computer is not possible and this fact may be a suggestion for the designers and creators of the iPod video. Some customers are in love with this device because of the possibility of watching the favorite TV shows and ABC hits like â€œLostâ€• and â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€• even in the road. The stress of loosing the relaxing TV show or film may be very unpleasant especially in the case of difficult days at work. Therefore, the possibility of watching them on an iPod video is an excellent idea. Besides, the iPod video matches the crazy contemporary lifestyle, giving the opportunity of checking the e- mail, of finding out the time in other cities very useful especially in the case of people that travel a lot. Satisfaction and pleasant remarks are the main notes for the new iPod video, as it is really a great product. The fact that it has more features, more quality, longer battery life and smaller dimensions, thinner display is enjoyed a lot. A small disadvantage, compared to the great new benefits, is the fact that the images, photos from the iPod video transferred to the TV set are too bright, although very clear and nice. Another great advantage is the fact that the customers may listen to the music over 14 hours (it depends on the model). But the reviews point out a disadvantage â€“ the fact that the video playback time is only 2 hours. Another disadvantage is the fact that the iTunes from the iTunes Music Store are too expensive, but taking into account the great quality of the sound this may not be such a great disadvantage. Besides, the equalizer may be set for a better quality sound. Some other reviews highlight the fact that the screen quality is clear and maybe clearer than of the most TV sets. This aspect may be put together with the fact that the screen is better and bigger although the display is smaller and thinner. A special attention may be paid to the fact that, as in other cases, some defect items may be in sale, but it may be exchanged within 14 days. Another disadvantage that completes the fact that the iPod video cannot be connected to the computer is that it doesnâ€™t work well with wireless FM transmitters. This problem may be also managed with a cassette adapter for the iPod at http://www.10phone.com so that it would work great. Unresponsiveness and freezing video images are other problems mentioned in the user reviews. Hardware problems and the low quality of some songs may be other possible problems according to the reviews of the customers. These aspects seem to point out the fact that this technology is not mature enough and the new iPod video is from some point of view an experiment and a way of testing the market. Anyway, the fact that the new iPod video has reduced dimensions and may fit any pocket. Besides, the high resolution and the great quality of the songs are exclusive advantages and are mentioned by the customers with joy and satisfaction. How to Get the Most out of Your iPod: Have you every bought something, like a new car or new kitchen device, and months (or even years later), someone comes by and introduces you to a feature that you never knew existed? Well, if this has ever happened to you; take heed: you aren't alone! There are so many features and gadgets and settings on today's modern devices, that it sometimes feels that you need to take a school course in gadgetology just to ensure that you're enjoying your item to its fullest capacity. So, in an effort to ensure that you're getting the most bang for your buck, let's take a look at some of the advantages of your iPod (whether you own it now, or are in the market to buy one). Some of these advantages may seem very straightforward to you, while others might be an eye opener. Remember, too: you may not use a particular feature or advantage right now, but that doesn't mean the opportunity won't arise in the future for you to enjoy something new. After we've looked at the advantages of the iPod, our next section will explore various shortcuts and hints for you to further enjoy these marvels of modern technology. Size Does Matter! While you're obviously aware that your iPod can store your music for you while you're on the go, you might not be aware of just how much space there is to some of the new 4th generation iPods on the market right now. Current versions offer 20 gigabyte and 40 gigabyte storage capacities, which is enormous for most audiophiles. Of added convenience, the new iPods also offer a new music menu, and support for multiple playlists. The Shuffle Feature iPod's shuffle feature allows you to listen to music you've selected yourself, such as listening to a radio station that plays only the music you like. That's why Apple added the "Shuffle Songs" feature - this saves you from having to activate the shuffle in the iPod's settings menu and then browse through several levels just so you can select songs. Not Just for Music... The iPod was originally marketed as a device for listening to music; and this made sense, since that wonderful teenage demographic spends more than the other groups put together! Yet as the iPod has matured, so has its target market. The educational market has now caught on to the advantages offered by the iPod; and this is a driving reason why many people who might not otherwise buy an iPod are finding one in their pocket. For example, take the case of Duke University in North Carolina. University officials provided 1,650 of the 20 GB iPods to freshmen. These sets of iPods came pre-loaded with campus information, orientation notes, and an academic calendar. And here's the most interesting part: the Duke iPods adopted the format of the iTunes store so students can purchase academic materials, course outlines, language lessons, and yes of course: music. We look specifically at iTunes in the fourth section of this book. In addition, there's also the thriving audiobook market. We've come a long, long way from a binder full of tapes! Now, entire books can be downloaded onto an iPod, and enjoyed on the go. These audiobooks include everything from young fiction to romance, from business books to self-help, and everything in between. So if you're currently using your iPod just for music - or that's what you plan to do when you buy one - remember that it can indeed be used for so much more. Improve Your IPod Using IPod Hacks: iPods have become a very famous portable media player that is being used worldwide nowadays. It was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. These are new generation devices that have made the conventional world proud. Let us take a look………………… iPods - A Quick Look: iPods are nothing but portable media players that are used worldwide today. They store media in a internal hard disk. Other iPods store information in a Micro drive Miniature hard disk. The hard disk based ones include the iPod classic, iPod Touch which involves a touch screen system. iPod nano which is capable of storing videos. Others include iPod shuffle and iPhone. The iPod Shuffle has no screen so it cannot store videos. Also iPod mini and spin-off iPod Photo were used previously. iPods - Are they Reliable? However they have been sometimes subject to criticism for their life spans and for their hard disks which are not good enough. Their failure rate too is very high as found in a recent survey. They are mostly due to the reasons of poor durability of the hard disk which is the essential part of the iPod. Also the other reason why iPods are not suggested is their screen which can get affected by rough handling. iPod Hacks: If you want more from your iPod, more than music and multimedia, then you can go for hacking. An iPod hack is nothing but changing the inner workings. In broader terms, for hacking an iPod, you need to change its hardware, software, firmware or operating system. Though it is not advisable to do so, but it is still being done to bend the iPod to cater to one’s needs. Most of the hacks are carried out by changing the operating system LINUX, which is an open source one. The LINUX user interface called podzilla helps LINUX to be ported in an iPod manually. By this way the iPod is made to play media files like Ogg files. Also one can download the schemes and modules for the podzilla from the internet. The schemes allow the user to change the appearance of the podzilla. The Modules are important and are used with iPod LINUX operating system. You will feel that with LINUX installed, your iPod will become more like a handheld computer than a good MP3 Player. This hacking process has been carried out only in the first, second and third generation iPods, but reports also assert say that these are now being carried out in fourth and fifth generation ones as well. To stop this process of hacking, nowadays iPod companies clear state that installing LINUX means “NO WARRANTY”. Well as seen earlier, installing LINUX opens a new world of operating an iPod. The possibilities are endless and to make use of these possibilities, hacking is carried out. Play games: If you love playing games, then now you can plan in your iPod too. With these LINUX modules, now you can play your favorite games. The LINUX module iDoom allows the users to play a game called as Doom. Besides there are various other modules which allows the users to play games like iGems, Invaders, Magic-8 Ball, iPod MAME, Pod Pod Revolution. Other Applications: Looking for something better other than games, you can manually change your iPod’s functions and make it look the way you want it to be. The iPodWizard now lets you change the style and icons in your iPod. With it you can also remove some of the error messages that may annoy you. Also now you can turn your iPod into a virtual Remote Control that can be used anywhere. Just attach an infra red device on to your iPod’s headphone part and software too is needed. By recording the Infra Red Pulses from the remote, you can now control your iPod the way you want. Also if you thought hacking is a crime or something bad, think again as this method can save your data from getting lost. The Module Podsmith unlocks the screen, files and applications in your Macintosh Computer. So rest assured that your data and privacy are safe by carrying out this process and many say it is a very effective one. Also now with this hacking process, you can make changes to the software options that you have in your iPod. You can now install software that is good to make your iPod rock!! For example you have software like TrailRunner, VoodooPad and Apollo. The TrailRunner software helps you keeping your personal agenda. The VoodooPad software helps in writing like it provides an interface similar to Notepad. The Apollo Software is used as a video converter and it helps in optimizing the video for playing in iPod. The Ipod Touch-The Best Accessories and Apps Around?: The iPod Touch is the most talked about iPod product next to the iPhone. It's basically a stripped down version of the iPhone which is a portable media player that has external volume controls and a built in speaker. iPod Touch is also Wi-Fi capable and includes Safaris web browser so you can surf the web and go on a favorite website such as You Tube to watch videos. Things that are also included within the iPod Touch is a Calendar, Access to Email, Clock, Calculator, Contacts, etc. There are many different kinds of accessories that you can purchase to maximize the experience with your Ipod Touch. Basic Accessories include: Hi-Fi Noise Reducing ear buds: These can bee used with your computer, laptop, any IPods, radio, and other media devices. These ear buds fit very comfortably in your ears and reduces the music so that it wont harm your ears and they also reduce the outside noise. House and Car chargers: Are more like a necessity to keep your device charged and ready to go whether you are at home or on the road. Screen Protectors: these might be a good idea to buy if you are constantly scratching up your belongings. These screen protectors basically just protects your iPod for minor damages and scratches and finger smudges. Skins and Cases: You can purchase these from many different styles and many different colors to show off your personality. There are many types of cases such as leather, leather flip cases, silicone cases, hard cover cases in colors from black to any color or design that you can imagine. Pouches: You can also purchase these to protect your phone and have your phone connected to your belt so that you will not have to carry it around all day or risk it getting scratched by putting it in a purse or bag with other items. It will be a good idea to buy a pouch with pockets and zippers so that you can carry other IPod accessories in it also. Stylus Pen: You can use this pen instead if you do not want to smudge up your phone with your finger prints. More Personal Accessories Charging Docks: These are just docks that you can buy to charge your iPod while listening to your favorite music at the same time. . This dock can also have speakers built into it or an alarm clock to make it ever better. Stereos: Are similar to the socking stations but are built specifically to enhance the sound and quality of your music. With most stereos a remote control is included for more convenience. Transmitters: What these do is transfer the music from your iTouch t the car stereo. It also tunes into the clearest FM station all while charging your device at the same time. Armbands: These are mostly made for the more athletic person that likes to run, jog, and do various sports. Well the armband makes it so that you can enjoy your music while working out with the attachable ear buds. Portable IPod speakers so that you will be able to share your media with friends for less than 10bucks. Bluetooth headsets with the portable adapter to make watching movies, videos, and talking on the phone easier There are many more accessories that you can buy for your iTouch Phone. Most of the accessories you can get for well under 50 dollars especially if you can find a good deal on eBay. iPod Video Sales: The Facts: The sales of the new iPod video are surprisingly good, taking into account the fact that no research has been made for the customer market and their needs or requirements. A possible disadvantage for the sales may be the fact that the negative advertising has been made. This negative advertising concerns the vulnerability of the screens, the easy scratching surfaces and other several features. However, the sales are up due to the great success among the teenagers, among very busy people who travel a lot. Some researches show that instead of the iPod video success and publicity the Amazon online store the most popular iPod is the nano model. However, the sales are ahead expectations and in the case of other stores are outselling the popular iPod nano. These high sales may be due to the high storage capacity, video features and reasonable prices. From this point of view, a selection of users may be made, as the nano edition iPod attracts more MP3 users. Therefore, a new trend and a new profile of user appeared taking into account the high sales for the new video iPod. Another aspect of the great sales concerns the fact the new iPod video is not a competitor for the TV industry, but more a complementary device. Although the rating of some TV shows or films may lower, the iPod video may also contribute to the fame extend of some TV shows or films. The sales may be also triggered by the trendy urban lifestyle and capacity of influencing the preferences and needs of the others. The fact that the episodes of the TV series such is the case of Lost or Desperate Housewives may have contributed to the great success and great sales of the new edition of the iPod. Other sales were going up as they developed from the new edition of the iPod and this is the case of the iTunes Music Store. In this type of store you may buy episodes of the famous TV series, music videos and pictures. The parallel development of two complementary services the handheld video device and the special store for it - is a great achievement. Besides, the iPod is the best selling music online store and it will probably be the best music video online store. The sales may also rise due to the new available TV series or TV shows of the famous TV Channels. Taking into account the fact that the iPod is the best seller in the United States, being the most successful music player, it was easy to predict high sales for the new edition, even it is a video iPod. The prices were lower as the lower-cost players were introduced on the market in the last years, but the nano edition has increased the prices. With the new iPod video the price has been pushed beyond the average selling price. That is why the sales of 100 iPods every minute may seem not surprising at all and sales of 14 millions in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2006 are considered not bad at all for such a company. The sales for the iPod video may also rise together with the spreading worldwide of the popularity of this edition of iPod. However, the iPod video doubles the Apple's sales. The sales were made skyrocket due to the great success of the new iPod video outselling in some cases other types or editions of iPods. Nevertheless, the maximized sales are due to the new video features, longer battery life, more options and more memory space enough for a lot of music, music videos, TV shows and episodes, and even lots of photos for the photo album. These features and improvements make the new iPod video so popular and fashionable. These aspects and others (games, possibility of checking the e-mail, possibility of finding out the time in other cities and other useful features) suit very well the contemporary lifestyle. Simple Ways Of Dealing With Your Ipod Related Problems: iPods are a small devices, basically designed to play music and video. Though they are very easy to use, they have their own share of problems and issues and at times you get worried with their troubles and find no solution for that. But there are some minor problems that you can combat with and keep your iPod performance remain the same. Here, you can find some common problems and their simple solution that you can handle yourself. There are chances when your iPod stops to response and just freezes. Thousands of questions come to your mind in a moment and you think of getting it fixed as soon as possible. The simple solution to this problem is to restart it. If the it does not start check the hold switch to ensure that it is off even though it appears to be so. Or you can put into a power adaptor to charge it. Restore the latest software updater that is compatible with your with your player to mount iPod to the computer. If it does not work the battery may need to be drained completely. If the it is more than 18month old, the battery may be dead and should be replaced. There are situations when the it does not mount or appear in iTunes or the iPod software utility. Make sure that the music player is not plugged into a low-powered USB port, as it will not be recognized in such situation. Always plug it into a high-power USB port or FireWire USB. iPod requires almost all the power that a FireWire delivers. If it is on the chain of devices connected to the FireWire, it will not be able to get sufficient power. Or check the device whether it is locked up. Another way of making it respond to the computer is to restart the iPod. At times you will find your iPod displaying a folder with an exclamation mark when it starts up. Your music device may be running out of power, charge it. Update the latest version of the iPod updater that is compatible. Many time the incompatible software can not cooperate with the music player and displays various difficulties. The appearance of the symbol may be due the reason that the hared drive of the device was formatted with an in incompatible utility. Sometimes a battery with an exclamation point appears on the iPod screen. It is the indication to charge the battery from a working power source; the battery may be out of juice. Check the music player if it is locked up. If it is, reset the iPod. In the first three generation of computer, if you start the built-in scanning test of the iPod you will notice the symbol of a spinning disk and magnifying glass. Plug it into the power source as it may drain the battery quickly while scanning. If you are not interested to continue the process, just reset it. If you are getting the picture of a power adaptor and wall plug on your iPod, be sure that it needs to be plugged into power outlet. This problem arises if the music device is inserted to a USB port or un-powered FireWire port. The sad iPod icon symbolizes that it is broken and all the data stored in it is lost; you need to repair your iPod immediately. Many people complain that their new iPod displays black screen after using it for ten minutes. It may be a defective unit or has got overheated. If your favourite iPod does not cooperate and gives you unnecessary troubles, it is surely a matter of concern. Simple problems can be handled anyways. If the symptoms seem somewhat complicated and perplexing, rush to the nearest iPod repairing centre. iPod Video - A General Overview: The iPod is revolutionizing the personal entertainment experience. When the iPod was first introduced, it only played music. Then, it added a color display and the ability to store and view photos. Next, came podcasts similar to newscasts, but designed for the iPod listening experience. In its latest editions, iPod gives users the ability to download and watch their favorite music videos. With video viewing capabilities, iPod has increased the width of the LCD screen to 2.5 inches to enhance the viewing experience. The new iPod video is not limited to playing music videos. You can watch slideshows of your photo memories complete with music, video podcasts, television shows, and movies. There are over 25,000 podcasts, 2,000 music videos, as ABC and Disney television shows available for download from the iTunes Music Store. You can download them to your Mac or PC and sync them to your iPod. An audio cable can be used to play the music from your stereo or an S-video cable to play on your TV. Just like you can create music playlists on previous generation of iPod, you create video playlists to group videos by genre or any other category you wish. With the ability to store over 150 hours of videos you can create a playlist of all your favorite videos to watch on a plane, on lunch break, in the park, or variety of other places. If you stop in the middle of a video, the iPod bookmarks where you left off and starts there when you replay the video. iPod video supports two video formats. The first format, H.264 video, supports up to 768 kilobytes per second and a picture size of 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high (the exact size of the iPod screen). The iPod can play H.264 files at 30 frames per second. Applications must be encoded with the Baseline Profile. Audio should be encoded as AAC up to 120 kilobytes per second, 48 kilohertz, in stereo or mono. Files can be QuickTime movie or MPEG-4 movie file with the extensions .m4v, .mp4 and .mov. The second format is MPEG-4 video. This type supports up to up to 2,500 kilobytes per second, and a picture size of 480 pixels wide by 480 pixels high. This resolution is three times as many pixels as the iPod is able to display. This means the iPod will have to shrink the file in order to display it on the screen. MPEG-4 files are typically larger resulting in less storage space for additional songs and movies. Audio encoding and file extensions are the same as H.264 video specifications. While the H.264 offers higher quality video and smaller file size, it takes a longer time to covert the file to a compatible iPod video. Because of the higher pixel size, MPEG-4 formats are ideal if you plan to watch videos on your TV. There are several ways to determine if a video can be played on your iPod. Open iTunes with your iPod connected and drop the file into your iPod library. If the file is copied, then it is compatible. To do this, you will have to make sure that you have selected to manually manage songs and playlists in the iPod tab of your iTunes preferences. Another way to test compatibility is to add the video to the iTunes library. Once it has been added, right click the video and select Convert selection to iPod. If it is already compatible, iTunes will give you a message saying so. If it is not compatible, it will be converted into a compatible format. You can add videos to your iPod from any computer that has iTunes installed. If your iPod was originally formatted for PC you can add videos from Mac or PC. If your iPod was formatted for Mac you can only add videos from another Mac computer. If you have QuickTime Pro you can easily convert movies and videos into a format that is compatible with your iPod. The iPod video includes a few other amenities in addition to its video capabilities: a screen lock to keep sensitive information private, a world clock displaying the time in major world cities, and a stopwatch. Bring New Life to Your iPod: There are many methods that are used to hack and mod iPods and in this article we will examine three popular methods: iPod Linux, Rockbox and iPod wizard. Each one requires some technical understanding to insure proper usage and installation. The reason for this is because during the installation process, serious problems may occur if it is not done with care. The iPod may be ruined, the data can be lost, and it might be difficult to recover the iPod. Mods and hacks for iPods expand the usability of the device and give added customization. The MP3 playlist is not that complete, or if one is not satisfied with the way artists or the titles of the songs are organized. Sometimes the volume is too low or you wish to install a different icon or font. These are just a few of the potential complaints a person can list toward their iPod. iPod Linux and Rockbox are operating systems which can work as another firmware for the iPod and are more powerful compared to other hacks which simply represent a modified version of the basic ones. This will mean that users will be given the ability to give their iPod a totally different look, thanks to a wider range of customization options, or by adding a new theme to the device. But this also allows for additional changes since possibilities arise for new text document creation, new games, new playlist organization, video playback, and so on. Also these additional operating systems are constantly updated allowing for the latest version to be installed. However, using a new operating system to hack the iPod like iPod Linux for example means you must first be aware of the challenge it offers not so much in terms of its usage, but mainly for its installation since it replaces your iPod's original firmware. Using Rockbox as an operating system is not that dissimilar from the Linux one. Aiming at providing even more high quality updates and experiences, Rockbox may be considered one of the best operating systems which focus on improving audio performance by expanding audio format compatibility. The increased audio format compatibility includes: FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, AC3, WMA, MP3/2/1, WavPack, Speex, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, ACC, Musepack, and more. Other unique feature includes speaking menus support which allows one to navigate the iPod blindly, plug-in support and advance audio tuning. Rockbox does not remove the original firmware on your iPod instead it is loaded via a boot loader. This makes the risk of installation much lower compared to iPod Linux. The iPod Wizard is more like a modification utility than a totally different firmware. Itss basically used to work on the quality of the images, changing text, adding icons and its installation is not that challenging. Since this support is only about images and text, others mods exist which only deal with audio, and their focus for example is shifted to increasing the maximum volume perceived in the headphones. There are many other hacks and mods which can give you added features you never thought possible on an iPod. From transforming your iPod into a remote control to playing the classic 3D first person shooter DOOM, to even just modifying the way your iPod looks on the exterior. If you're interested, explore the internet and discover the new abilities your iPod. How to Get Videos onto Your IPod Video: The iPod video is known as the last generation of iPods, which surprised the market and the sales since its appearance. Basically, this new device is able to play videos. If this seems like fun, the technical part might need some guidance. Firstly, you should know that both the PSP and iPod can play H.264 / MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. Due to this fact, the resolution is rather limited, together with the limitation of the bit rates that you can use on the device. For the new iPod video, this limits means (for the H.264 video) up to up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second. For the MPEG-4 video, the limits are up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480 and the same 30 frames per second. Even more, the AAC audio bit rate is around 160 Kbps. After establishing these limits, the next step is to establish the source of the video, which can be either from a DVD or a video of the computer. In other terms, the company Apple claims, in a purely informative ad which is posted on the official website, that the new iPod, as they call the new iPod video, can store 15, 000 songs, 25, 000 photos and not less than 150 hours of video. If wanting to get a video from a DVD, then the first thing you should do is to insert the DVD in the device. After this, you should open (in case it doesn't immediately open by itself) the DVD, using file and open DVD from the menu. Check the options in the DVD menu, to set up everything as you like, meaning language, subtitles or chapters. Begin playing the movie, using the DVD menu to navigate. When the movie begins, you should press the record button and select the folder in which you want to store the recorded files. When you want to end the recording, simply click the stop button and if the recording goes well, there will be a screen confirmation that you have converted your file successfully. If you wish to convert a video from your computer to your iPod video, then the first thing that you should do is go to the menu file and click open video file. After this, your video is supposed to begin to play, the perfect moment to adjust the video as you like. Also, you can set the perfect moment to start the recording, using the bottom playback controls. When you decided this, click the button record and feel free to stop it at any time. After recording, just like in the case of importing videos from a DVD device, there will be a message on the screen saying that everything went on successfully. If respecting these basic rules, the videos and movies will be stored carefully in your iPod and you will be free to watch them, at any time. Still, be aware of the fact that the iPod offers limited space and resolution, which means that you should be picky when deciding what to keep and what to delete. The new iPod video is a challenging and innovative product that combines music with images, offering, for the first time, the possibility of playing video on such a small digital device. What makes iPod Docking Station a truly worthwhile buy!: Know what more an iPod Dock can do for you and how it enhances the overall audio-visual experience. With iPod Dock, you can watch video on big screen, and listen to music through your through your funky Hi-Fi speakers. What more can you ask for? By using this guide you can get iPod Docks of excellent quality with high performance, but it all depends on your budget and exact needs. iPod Docks can be termed your iPod 's most flexible, friendly and functional companion. Let 's find out how! If you happen to spend considerable time watching video on your tiny iPod, we are sure that you've also yearned to watch it on a full size screen when at home. You've also probably wished to listen to your iPod music through your funky Hi-Fi speakers instead of irritating earbuds. An iPod Dock grants you both the wishes! An iPod Dock acts a practical solution to both of the above-mentioned problems you often face. You simply need to slot your iPod into it, and connect the Dock to your television and Hi-Fi. Once you do this, you are all set to enjoy your videos and music. You can do so by simply using the remote control to choose your favorite videos and music - comfortably seated in your armchair. An iPod Dock is a multi-faceted instrument. Let 's follow what more an iPod Dock can do for you: - It connects to your PC, so you can easily sync your MP3 files using iTunes. - You can use your iPod to hold your music/video collection, rather than having to use a DVD player and CD player. - It 's much more convenient to see a video with friends if it 's on a big screen, than if you're all crammed round a small sized iPod! Based on their quality and performance, iPod Docks vary in price! But it all depends on your budget and exact requirements. Keeping in mind the fact that modern technology ensures optimum output even from the cheapest electronic goods, there seems to be no apparent advantage in paying over the odds for a Dock. You'll get pretty much the same audio & video quality either way. If you want, you may also purchase iPod Docks, with built in speakers. However, you will need to spend a lot of cash to get a good audio quality (especially bass) as you would from a normal Hi-Fi system, or even normal PC 2.1 speakers (with a subwoofer). With some iPod Docks, you can connect the Dock to a speaker of your choice; Hi-Fi speakers obviously being the best bet. There are also good quality PC speakers available at a reasonable cost, which will give you adequate bass. Many iPod Docks, which come with smaller speakers, generate audio output that is similar to a pocket `tranny' (transistor radio), but you might get disappointed by it. iPod Dock also recharges your iPod 's battery even while it sits in the dock. This ensures that you never run out of power when on the move. If you keep your iPod in your Dock, rather than lying around, you are much less likely to forget where you kept it! iPod Docks generally come with a set of different sized iPod adaptors, so they'll fit most of the different iPod models that are on the market. In every sense, iPod Docks are very flexible and convenient to use! Based on their quality and performance, iPod Docks vary in price! But it all depends on your budget and exact requirements. Keeping in mind the fact that modern technology ensures optimum output even from the cheapest electronic goods, there seems to be no apparent advantage in paying over the odds for a Dock. You'll get pretty much the same audio & video quality either way. If you want, you may also purchase iPod Docks, with built in speakers. However, you will need to spend a lot of cash to get a good audio quality (especially bass) as you would from a normal Hi-Fi system, or even normal PC 2.1 speakers (with a subwoofer). With some iPod Docks, you can connect the Dock to a speaker of your choice; Hi-Fi speakers obviously being the best bet. There are also good quality PC speakers available at a reasonable cost, which will give you adequate bass. Many iPod Docks, which come with smaller speakers, generate audio output that is similar to a pocket `tranny' (transistor radio), but you might get disappointed by it Pros And Cons On The New Ipod Video: On the 12th of April 2005, the company Apple announced the upcoming iPod video. The product was about to reveal a new feature of the device, meaning the capacity of playing videos. As any new item that appears on the market, the iPod video managed to get fans and critics, at the same time. Due to the fact that it is a new and innovative item which brought something different to the concept of iPod, the new iPod video started many debates regarding its practical usage, accessories, qualities and all types of technical, visual and aesthetical features. The reviews so far explain that the quality of the image of the new iPod is very good and even the texts are highly visible. Still, the usage of the new device is more confusing. While some critics say that it revolutions the concept of iPod, which till now, it just meant hearing and not watching, as well, others sustain that the item is not that practical. Due to the fact that watching movies is a relaxant activity which requires a comfortable space and a certain amount of time, the iPod seems to promote the idea of watching movies on the run, while walking or doing some other activity. Even more, some people prefer to live the movie, with a wide screen in front of them, in the movie theatre or in their home. So, the idea of the iPod basically limits to watching music video clips or short episodes of comedy series. Even more, the battery of the new model of iPod dies after 2 hours of playing, which, in case of many movies, is not enough time to end. Still, while waiting at a line in the city or while sitting in the cab during a long ride, the iPod definitely provides the best way to spend the time. On the other hand, the new iPod is not all about playing movies or videos. Even thought the battery works perfectly for just 2 hours when playing a movie constantly, the estimated battery life is 20 hours (when listening to music), in comparison with the 16 hours that the last model of iPods offered, which is a big plus. Even more, the new iPod video has the largest color screen since the appearance of the devices in 2001, which can be used, besides playing videos, for a good visibility of the pictures and an increased sharpness of the text; plus, the new iPod video provides full-size thumbnails for photos imported from various cameras. Another plus in accessories is the protection sleeve for the main device, which comes as a result after iPod nano, meaning the previous generation of these product, which was easy to scratch. The sleeve is made of a synthetic material, in a pale nuance of grey with visible stitching and a velour-like inner surface. Besides the technical and practical qualities, the reviews also discuss about the new aspect of the device, which looks sharper and more elegant, in black and white colors. The new model of iPod shows, without any doubt, that the popular company and brand Apple are trying to evolve in order to satisfy the consumerâ€™s needs, which are becoming more and more pretentious. Based on this, it is expected the new type of iPods to be improved even more with new video settings and accessories. Tips To Pretty Up Your iPod: Is your iPod a wallflower? Maybe it is time you make it stand out in the crowd. Give it some pieces of flair. Make it unique. You don`t want your iPod to look like everyone else on the block. You`ve got to be able to differentiate your personal style from someone else`s. Give your iPod a personality. All iPods look the same until their owners pretty them up. There are many ways to jazz up your little buddy and they don`t require spending lots of cash either. You can decorate your iPod using socks. They are fun and practical and are available in a variety of colors including green, purple, blue, orange, pink, and gray. These protect your iPod from scrapes and scuffs that occur in daily life. Keep your iPod in pristine condition and don`t let it look like your watches and rings do after years of use. Change out the colors as the seasons change. Put on a red one for Valentine`s Day & Christmas and a pastel color for Easter. Get a green sock for St. Patrick`s Day and an orange one for Halloween. Or you can have one for each month. Dress up your iPod like you would dress up your poodle in dog sweaters. The options are endless. You can even decorate the sock with your own sewing addendums, like an embroidered design, your coat of arms, buttons, ribbons, or whatever way your creative juices take you. Young kids and teens with iPods have been sporting stickers and other adhesives to their iPods to make them cuter and cooler. How cool is an iPod without puffy, stinky stickers? Not very. Kids are looking for ways to make their iPod different from everyone else`s and distinguishable in a crowd. They are able to express their personalities when decorating their iPods. They can put their school mascot sticker on it or a sticker from the clubs they are in at school. Change out stickers on a seasonal basis depending on the holidays. Almost like personalizing their folders for class, they can make their iPod a part of their fashion statement as well. Colorware can paint your iPod in a range of hues for $64, making it stand out in the crowd. You can also put some tattoos on your iPod. HP`s removable stickers let you temporarily personalize your `Pod. If you bought an HP-branded iPod from certain stores you get a free, preprinted musical-artist Tattoo (with a Gwen Stefani or Maroon 5 design, for example), but the company also sells printable versions in packs of ten for $15. You can download Tattoo designs from HP or create your own, and then print them at home on your ink-jet printer. Each Tattoo should last about one month before the adhesive begins to dissolve (although you can remove them anytime without leaving residual goo). Get a Podskinz which a more sturdier plastic shell for your pod. PodSkinz are thin, hard-plastic shells that cover and protect your iPod`s front white surface and rear chrome section. Decorations range from solids to prints, flowers and state and national flags. Or get a Graphic cling, for full size iPods, to wrap around your iPod for an added feature. PopTunes are removable stickers in an assortment of prints you can wrap around your iPod mini. PopTunes for the iPod mini are priced $9 each and available in eight great designs such as leopard and heartbeats. PopTunes for the iPod nano and shuffle come in a package of 12 different designs. iPod skins are like removable stickers in popular prints like Doublemint Gum, or Shufflement, and Juicy Fruit, or Juicy Tunes. Jazz up your iPod with jewelry, stickers or other fun craft items. Put on some beads, feathers, pearls, coral, gemstones, whatever is not glued down. What iPod wouldn`t look great bedazzled? Pull out your craft box and add glitter, confetti, scrapbook stickers, punches, calligraphy, and anything you want to personalize your Ipod in your own way! Your iPod should be a reflection of your individuality and your style. Use your creativity and imagination to dress up your iPod. You will never lose your iPod in the crowd again. How Do You Add Music Videos from Your Hard Drive to Your iPod?: Getting a music video that you have saved on your computer's hard drive on to your new iPod is not as simple as you might think. Apple has done an excellent job of making it difficult to put non-iTunes products onto their devices. The goal, of course, is to force you to buy your videos from iTunes and increase their bottom line, but there are, of course, ways around this problem. You just need some specific software and a little bit of patience. The Specs The first step towards getting that music video onto your iPod is making sure it is in the right specs. The iPod supports MOV, M4V, and MP4 formats, and the video must be no more than 768 Kbps, 30 fps, and 320-by- 240 pixels. If your video has an audio track, it must be AAC-LC and must be 160 Kbps or smaller. If you downloaded the video off of the Internet, it is probably in the correct format, although some downloads are WMV format. However, if the video came from a video sharing site, you may have a video that is in MPG or AVI format. You are going to have to encode the video to use on your iPod. Encoding the Video You will need to use QuickTime 7.0.3 (or a later version) as the codec to code your video. This is available to download for free from the Apple website. It may take quite a while to encode the video, so if it is a large file, you may want to let it work overnight, or your computer will be out of commission for a while. The File Transfer Using QuickTime Pro One of the easiest ways to get the video to your iPod is to use QuickTime Pro. It combines the codec you need with a simple uploading interface that makes it easy to get the file into iTunes and onto your iPod. This program works with Windows or Mac. It is not free, however, but it is the easiest to use. You will pay $30 for it, and you will have to pay $30 again when Apple upgrades the program. With QuickTime Pro, all you need to do to upload the video is open the movie, select "file" and then "export," and choose the option for "Movie to iPod." The program will then automatically create a 320-by-240 M4V file with the correctly coded audio tract and place it on your desktop. The default settings in the program work well for most music videos, but you can fine-tune them if you want to change the way the video displays. There are other third-party programs you can use to convert the video to the correct file format, but this one works the best. If you are going to try a free program, be sure to practice with a small video first to make sure there are no bugs in the program. Getting the Video onto the iPod Once the video is converted to the correct file format, you will need to import it to iTunes. To do this, open iTunes, choose "Movies" and choose "File" and then "Import." Select the movie, click on it once, and select "Advanced, Convert Selection for iPod." This will create a new file in your iTunes library. Once the new file is there, simply sync your iPod with iTunes the video will download to the device. If you do all of these steps and find that the file has no sound, there is a problem with the original music video file. This is called having a muxed sound file. If the format on the original video is MPEG1 Muxed or MPEG2 Muxed, it will not play sound on your iPod. The only fix is to find a third party application that can convert this file to an AAC-LC file. 4 Essential Tips For The iPod Music Store ITunes: You will find that one of the most popular online music stores for the iPod is iTunes. Apple Computer has done a lot to try and get things right for the consumer including some innovative design electronics. With iTunes as your iPod music store you can construct your own digital music library and easily listen and arrange your collection of music files. You have the ability to create customized audio CDs and download your music to a portable Apple iPod digital music player. You also have the ability to mix classical, rock, country, rap, or other music that you wish to have in your collection. By buying individual tracks, you have the ability to separate the songs that you like from individual albums and compile them into one album. Each song cost $0.99 (which may or may not change at some point), which makes it very competitive in terms of the price of CDs. ITunes is a free download for Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Windows 2000 from Apple computers website. You can also purchase videos from its built-in music store. ITunes also has the ability to provide playlists that a person can publish for others to use if they wish. The iTunes store has the capability to accept payment through credit cards, PayPal accounts, iTunes store gift certificates, the iTunes card and allowance account balances, all accepted as forms of payment. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of an iPod store such as iTunes. 1. iTunes Radio There are many radio stations to pick from when your in iTunes using the 'Radio' button. If you happen upon some radio station you like, you can begin to stream it into iTunes by picking the Advanced -- Open Stream, and then and then manually putting in the URL. 2. Album Artwork It is possible the have picture of the album that is being played to be displayed. You have the ability to add your own pictures and retain the music cover that was downloaded from the music store and keep it in place. If you like to do this, go to 'Get Info' and click on 'Artwork'. You can then add the image by going to where you have stored the image on your computer. 3. Edit Songs If space on your iPod is limited then long songs can be kind of annoying. With iTunes you have the ability to edit your music by taking out the part you don't want. If you want to do that then go to 'Get Info' -- Options and then pick the start and stop point. 4. Shopping Cart By default iTunes gives you the ability to buy music using the 'Buy' button when your at the store which lets you download instantly. For the most part most people would rather use the shopping cart to do the downloading of their music. To accomplish this go to 'Preferences -- Store' and choose ' Buy' with the shopping cart. When your at the Music Store inside the source pane will be the cart. As an iPod Store It Has But One Challenge If there is but one small negative, if you can call it a negative, it's that Apple Computer decided to make all of its songs in proprietary AAC format. What this means is that you can only play these songs either on your iPod or on your computer but nowhere else. Let's say you were to decide to switch to a different MP3 player from a different company, and these songs would become useless. However, the popularity of the iPod didn't get to the status that has without a good reason; people like them. That being the case it's likely that you won't be interested in switching to anything different. Despite the fact that iTunes was from the start created as an online store to service the iPod customers music requirements, the video iPod has spawned an entire new market for content that is that can be downloaded. You can go to the iTunes store and it will provide unemployed users with access to numerous amounts of the latest movies and television programs. For a few dollars apiece you can get individual episodes. However the cost from episode to episode may very somewhat. Cool IPod Functions You Do Not Know About: It is better than having an iPod. Finding out about cool new functions, of course. The evolution of the iPod has become a major trendsetter over the past few years. Even furniture and clothing manufactures are making iPod friendly products, which makes carrying around your iPod easier without the risk of bending or cracking your screen. With each generation of iPod, the size and look become new designs showing their glossy exterior and collections of sizes, and the superior amounts of gigabits generate more downloading power. This makes extreme amounts of music downloads possible. As each generation of iPods is born, new more improved functions flood the airwaves with intensity, clarity, and volume. Here are some awesome new iPod functions you may not know about. The iPods new click wheel provides you with easy with window accessibility. By clicking the top of the wheel, there is a shuffle mode to play songs in a casual random order. You can also play, forward, rewind, and stop and pause all located on the click wheel. You can also learn how to duplicate hidden files from your iPod to complement your computer by right clicking on iPod and selecting tools the folder options. This takes you to the control panel and you can select view tab, hidden files click, show hidden files, making all your files visible. The intent of this information is not to be used to steal music, only to copy music you previously purchased onto your computer. Your iPod will play MP4 files, too. All you have to do is drag your ffmpegx on to the summary page and select MP4. Then click on the video tab and set the task to three hundred and twenty pixels click encode and drag your file into iTunes. This will allow you to view pictures as a slide show or a movie that you have taken from your digital camera. Your iPod also includes a functional stopwatch and time zone clock utility. Your iPod has a small iTunes control that sits at the bottom of your screen. This permits you to use rewind, fast forward, and ratings, pick play list, and add to favorites. The list saver function permits to back up and restore, so that you can move your library. You play lists, reinstall you operating system. In addition, use list saver to back up and restore your iPod. Use your macs built in text to speech to adapt any document web page or document into MP3, this utility also loads Word, PDF, RTF, Apple works, Text and HTML. From the iPod functions in your menu bar, you can program your iPod for syncing and eject. You can sync your address book, calendars. You can purchase an optional dock, which you can use as a remote control for your iPod, which allows you to listen to music from across the room through your television or stereo speakers. You can sync your iPod to view pictures, which are on your iPod. It can hold around twenty thousand pictures. There is an audio books feature, which allows you to look through over nine thousand book titles from the iTunes library to download and sync with your personal computer, iPod also features a book mark so you do not lose your spot while on the go. There are now parental control features, which will limit your childs use of podcasts, explicit language, and shared music limiting your childs access from other people who might have content your child may be interested in. From audio books to calendars, games, clocks, alarms, exercise workouts, music contacts and photos, there is fun for everyone no matter your age. Entertainment has never been easier than it is today, nor has it been so convenient to do what you want to do when you want to do it. There is so much potential that has evolved from the digital era. It is almost amazing what people can do at the touch of a button, or by speaking into a microphone giving a machine command that it obeys with out question. Maybe someday there will be iPods that allow us to tell them what song you want to hear and how long we want to hear it, or an iPod that gives us vocal directions, helping us get to our destinations. Small In Size But Big In Performance: If you are a music buff or simply enjoy music, chances are you are already in possession of some sort of a music system. Gone are the days when we had to laboriously wind up the gramophone or put the needle on the exact spot on the record-player and when we were traveling we had to be content with a good old portable radio. But, with new advances in technology, first came improved versions of the stereo, then the cassette player and now we are simply spoilt for choice because the market is inundated with newer and better audio and stereo products. The mind boggles at the wide array of choices and it can certainly confuse anyone looking to buy the latest equipment. With shrinking spaces but advancing technology, it is now possible to buy a mini system of stereo and audio device which is also high on quality. If you are living in a small apartment or a dorm room, you might just want a mini system like an iPod or a MP3 player. These can come with speaker docks which you can put up in your rooms or office. The basics of a mini stereo system consist of a stereo receiver and speakers. Portable CD players, iPods, MP3players have all but replaced the portable radio. Now, no matter where you go, you can always put your mini system in your pocket and be assured of enjoying your favorite music. What a relief especially on mind-numbing long-distance flights! Your morning walks can also be pepped up with music coming into your ears. Some mini systems let you enjoy CDs and are also capable of charging your iPod. They have remote control and reflux speakers for better sound. It is possible to use the mini-stereo system for other purposes also. You can use it for an alarm clock or you can play a single CD or play music directly from the iPod. The mini system of stereo and audio device players come in a wide range from portable CD players to simple AM/FM radios. They also come with a wide selection of speakers. The technology is so advanced that it does not matter whether you have the iPod nano, iPod shuffle or IPod video. You can convert any of these into a full-fledged music system with portable iPod speakers. The iPod stereo docking system provides optimum functionality. And, even if you do not have an iPod, you can still listen to music with a MP3 micro system. It is a fallacy to think that these will not work in a small stereo. In fact, an iPod or Mp3 player makes an important core component in a mini stereo/audio system and even a small DVD or CD player is able to run a big home theatre. So, you can easily combine your home and mobile stereo system. Many MP3 players offer a whole lot more than simply play the digital audio. They are capable of letting you watch videos, listen to radio and are thus more versatile than people think them to be. Different players have different memory storage and depending upon that, you can store as many hours of music as you like literally in your pocket. The advantage of these mini systems is that their audio outs perform like any other audio part. Just imagine being able to carry your music with you wherever you go without the bulk. Mini system of stereo and audio device player has come as a boon because you no longer have to allocate large areas in already shrunk spaces for your music system and a simple set of speakers will work wonders with the acoustics. An Overview Of Linux Relationship With The Ipod: Apple makes iPod for Mac and Windows, but not for the open source operating system Linux. Because of this, Linux developers began working on an iPod solution for Linux. When developers began testing Linux with iPod it was partly just to see if it could work. It did. However, initially there was no real need for it and no benefits for users who installed Linux onto their iPods. They just simply had two operating systems on their iPod were the Apple firmware and iPodLinux. Once the concept was proven, more work was done to tweak the system and its capabilities. Now, installing Linux on the iPod is a way to add capabilities and enhancements beyond the basics. Podzilla is the name for the standard iPodLinux interface. It is similar to the Apple interface but has a crisper font and switches between menus between one and two seconds faster because there is no animation for menu changes. Once of the cons is that the Linux operating system uses more battery. The iPodLinux includes an Extras menu that expands to four other items. First, is the Recording Menu that allows you to do Mic or Line in Record. Line In recording is for recording the audio output from other sources. This enables you to make instrumentals of your favorite songs without having to buy a program to do it on your Mac or PC. With Mic recording you can use the left earbud of the iPod headphones and record mono audio at up to 96 kHz. Using the Apple firmware, you are able to create recordings as well, with an add on device that must be purchased and at only 8 kHz. Once you have recorded audio on your Podzilla, the recordings are saved as WAV format. They can then be downloaded to your Mac or PC later and converted into a different format if desired. The next two menu items are the Calendar and Calculator. These are not significantly different from the Calendar and Calculator that come installed with the Apple firmware. Last is the Games Menu. The Podzilla comes with 5 games are Asteroids called Steroids, Othello, Tetris , Pong, and Minesweeper. Now, you have options if you get tired of listening to music on long trips. Another feature of Podzilla is the File Browser. This function allows you to see all of the files on the iPod, even the hidden ones. It can also display GIF, JPEG, and BMG files in black and white. This is a feature that earlier generations of iPod did not have. Surely, it does not turn it into an iPod photo, but it can be useful for looking at diagrams and other simple drawings. Since images are displayed with 2 bit grayscale, those with a lot of contrast will look better on the Podzilla than those with subtle color distinctions. Podzilla can display text files as well. Installing the iPodLinux operating system on your iPod does not delete the Apple firmware that comes installed on the iPod. Both operating systems can co exist on the iPod without any trouble. It is possible to re boot the iPod in either system if you wish. this project is an open source project, which means that the source code is published and made available to the public. Anyone can copy, modify, and redistribute the source code without paying fees or royalties. One of the things that makes open source successful is that it is a community effort. One of the cons is that enhancements may not happen as frequently and the software may be buggy. it has some great nice to have features, but is still working on perfecting the ability of Podzilla to play music as well as Apple of firmware. Songs do not play at the same quality and can sometimes skip. If you attempt to play a game while listening to a song, the song will stop. It is not a big problem as you can easily switch between the operating systems to play games and listen to music. Linux developers are constantly working to improve the iPodLinux software. Developments are underway to provide the capability to watch video on 1, 4 Generation iPods and to allow Game Boy games to be played on the iPod as well. Since Apple is not a part of the effort, the developers are figuring out how to make these enhancements through a little reverse engineering and a lot of trial and error. Ipod Shuffle As The Proud Possession Of Music Enthusiasts: It is said that creation follows recreation and vice versa. Entertainment is really an indispensable means of relaxing and refreshing yourself especially after a hectic schedule. There are numerous ways of unwinding yourself. However, music has always been and will always remain the prime source of entertainment for most of the people in the world. With the advancement in technologies around the world, new kind of gadgets are being manufactured to cater to the needs of the millions of music-lovers thereby, tapping the potentiality of this growing music industry. This process has brought a revolution in the electronic-gadget industry as we have been witnessing a phenomenal rise in the sales of different music-related gadgets across the globe. Among all types of music-related electronic gizmos, iPod Shuffles have become a roaring success ever since they were invented. iPod Shuffles are regarded as the most easy, convenient and comfortable means of listening to your favorite music on the move all the time. iPod Shuffles are actually an advanced and improved versions of MP3 players and they offer a number of additional features that enhance the quality of sound providing a whole new meaning to the concept of music-listening. It is no wonder then why iPod stands as the best selling MP3/MP4 players in the world market today. Its success can be largely attributed to its sleek design, unique user-interface, elegant look, and superlative sound quality. The concept of iPod came into being in October 23, 2001 when Apple Corporation first released its iPod Shuffle. At present, we are on the 5th generation of iPod. This high-end MP4 player boasts of 60 to 80 GB memory storage, video capability and a host of other attractive features that can potentially entice millions of music enthusiasts, gizmo geeks and techno junkies around the world. So, if you are one of those die-hard music lovers and have been pondering over buying yourself an iPod Shuffle, be aware of its pro and cons. The following are a few very useful facts that you should know about iPods before you settle for one. Take a peek: Internal Memory: Internal Memory of an iPod can vary from 512MB to 80 GB depending upon the size as well as price factor. The latest edition of iPod Shuffle from Apple comes in two different versions, one with 512MB that offers storage of about 120 songs and, the other with 1GB allowing the users to store up to 240 songs. iPods having higher storage facility will cost you more. So, choose the one according to your need. Battery Life: It is extremely important to check the battery life of the iPods while buying one. Usually, most iPods come with a built-in rechargeable battery. However, you should ensure that the iPod Shuffle you are buying has an AC/DV adaptor for quick battery charge. The current edition from Apple includes a 12-hour rechargeable battery. Size: iPods can be found in a wide-range of sizes. When it comes to the size of an iPod, more often than not, it depends on the features of a particular player. For instance, iPods featuring large screen, video capability, and hard drive facility can be big in size. As a result, they cost more. Be specific about your need; know what you want from an MP3 player, and then pick the one that suits you the best. USB: Universal Serial Bus or USB is a standard feature of all iPods. This helps you plug and connect the player to your PC enabling you to drag and drop music files from your PC into your iPod. The latest model of iPod supports USB 2.0 transfer. Audio Format: Make it a point to check whether the iPod you are buying supports some specific audio formats. Typically, all iPods, MP3 and MP4 players invariably support MP3 format. However, some players do not support all audio formats. For Instance, you may not be able to listen to a downloaded track just because your player does not support that particular music file which is in WMA format. Check the player`s specifications before buying it and make sure that your iPod supports most standard audio formats. Additional Features: Most MP3 players, MP4 players and iPod Shuffles are now available with a host of additional features like FM tuner and audio recording facility. Some players might cost you more just because they include these additional features. There is no point in paying more if these features are not of much interest to you. So, just look before you leap!!! iPod - A Music Device Of 21st Century: In 2001, Apple Inc. launched portable media players of 21st century with a brand of iPod. The new range of iPod presents iPod classic which is hard drive based, iPod touch with a touch screen, iPod nano with video display and screenless iPod shuffle. Apart from them, the classic range of iPod includes iPod mini and iPod photo. These digital music players can be used as external data storage devices but their capacities vary for each model. Music is transferred to the device with the help of iTunes software by Apple Inc. One can store music collection, and also play, tingle or split music from a CD with this software. In addition to that, photos, games, videos and calendars can also be transferred to the iPods that support such features. Apple`s iPods are easy to use. iPod has created a history by selling 110 million units worldwide since September 2007. Apple`s CEO, Steve Jobs, decided to develop portable music device which is easy to use. He collected his team of hardware and software engineers and launched the product on October 23, 2001. This digital device used to have 5GB hard drive with a capacity to store at least 1000 songs. Apple took Portal Player`s and Pixo`s support to develop this product. Later Apple continued to develop refined versions of iPod. iPods have the ability to display many audio file formats like MP3, Protected AAC, Audible audiobook, etc. whereas, file formats like JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG can be viewed with iPod photo. Similarly, upgraded versions of iPods can play the most advanced file formats. Though Apple doesn`t support Microsoft WMA format, but a converter for Window`s version of iTunes is provided for the same. When an iPod is associated with a computer, music libraries or playlists are synchronized manually or automatically with iTunes. 5G iPods come with click wheel to control the volume and 5 buttons which are used to play, stop, and go to next track, etc. In order to provide songs for iPods, Apple launched an iTunes Store which can be accessed through iTunes. Rate per song varies from country to country. Buyer can purchase as many songs as he wants and enjoy the protected content. This Store became extremely successful immediately after its launch and then Apple made videos also available for sale in 2006. The purchased songs were downloaded with added encryption of AAC format as FairPlay DRM system. Later, DRM was made free in order to cease the manufacturing of pirated CDs. In 2007, Apple reduced its rates for iTunes Plus songs and also of DRM coded tracks. Since iPod doesn`t play songs from its rival DRM technologies, it has bounded it`s user to iTunes Store only. With this Apple made limited profit, but later it enables to play music from online stores like eMusic or Amie Street. In 2007, Apple launched iTunes WiFi Music Store that enables a user to download songs from his iPhone or iPod. The downloaded media from iTunes Stores is transferred from iPods to computer with the help of software called iTunes 7 or above. The sound quality on iPod can be enhanced with the equalizer, but one should keep in mind that high volume can cause bass distortion. The use of hardware in iPods like microcontroller, batteries, Audio chips etc. exclusively depend on the version of iPods. Upgraded iPods are available with more advanced technology. These days lots of accessories are marketed for iPods not only by Apple but also by other parties too. These accessories may enable a user to have FM radio tuners, wired remote controls etc. iPods have marked their importance in the field of Education also, as it enables the user to download information, lesson plans etc. Apple is continuously working to bring upgrade versions of iPods. Looking Inside An Ipod: iPod represents a wide array of moveable media players which have been designed and are sold by Apple Inc. It was first launched in October 2001. iPod models generally cover digital audio players with a central click wheel to iPod Shuffle that uses various buttons because of its small size. iPod Nano, a fifth generation, was launched in September 2006. This led to discontinuation of iPod mini, which it stored the data on an internal hard disk. iPod Shuffle and Nano employ flash type of memory for smaller size. These devices also act as an external medium for data storage. iPod was inspired by the shortcomings of existing digital music players, which were not physically compact and the user interface were not very friendly. Apple assembled a group of engineers and within a year, it unveiled the iPod. It was launched as a product which was Macintosh compatible with a hard drive of 5 GB. Apple used PortalPlayer`s reference for its software. The company Pixo helped iPod for developing user interface. But these were refined by Apple after development. The naming of the device as `iPod` was suggested by Vinnie Chieco, who is a freelance copywriter. Coincidently, Apple had the name registered for `internet kiosks`, but it never used it for this purpose. iPod can run MP3, M4A/AAC, AIFF, Protected AAC, Audible Audio book and WAV format. It also introduced the displaying of images ability with PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, and JPEG formats. The 5th generation models can even play MPEG 4. From the 2nd generation model, the software also started working with Windows along with Macs. It doesn`t support Microsoft`s WMA audio format. WMA and MIDI files can be changed using iTunes, a service provided by Apple through which you can view and download latest songs and movies on your device player. iPods having colored displays use texts and graphics which are anti-aliased and sliding animations. The operating system is stored in a dedicated storage medium of the device. Each device player has 32 MB Ram, though later ones have 64 MB Ram. Most of it is used to cache songs through the storage medium. Apple also added PDA type functionality so that text files can be viewed and an address book can be maintained through a computer. Also, some built-in games like brick are also included. In fifth generation iPod, the brightness of the screen can be adjusted and games can be downloaded from iTunes Store. For first and second generation models, as well as Nano and Shuffle, internal lithium polymer batteries are used and for third and fifth generation models, internal lithium batteries are used. Initially, iPods came with a FireWire connection for charging the device, but with introduction of multipurpose USB ports, they became outdated. Recent iPod models can be charged using USB 2.0. Many accessories, even by third parties, have been made for iPods. Some additional accessories developed by Apple were sound recorders, FM Radio Tuners, Remote Control and Audio-Visual Cables for TV. Other accessories are external speakers, protective cases, and wireless earphones. Third parties manufacturing most of these accessories are Griffin Technology, Belkin, Bose, and SendStation. BMW was the first car company to launch an iPod automobile interface, thus allowing newer vehicles to control iPod through steering wheels. Later Apple made this technology available to many other car brands too. Even certain Airlines started provided iPod connectors in the seat. Apple markets its own iPod earphones and claims that they are better fitting for ears and provide better sound quality. Since it was launched, iPod has been market leader in digital players because of their high quality, supreme aesthetics and ease of use. With more cash flowing into research every year, there is no reason for this fact to change. Ipod Verses MP3 Who is Winning the Music War: Todays technology buzz is constantly sweeping in new trends for every consumer needs. It is impossible to keep up with the latest versions on the market. Consumers wonder which player is unique and offers the superior utility for their dollar. Which one will compliment their needs? With the latest trends at their doorsteps, consumers want to know who is winning the music war, the MP3 player, or the more popular iPod. Both devices have similarities, yet they are constantly trying to outdo each other. The competition between Sony and Apple does not look like there is any end insight. It seems that before long, they will be racing to invent the iPod or MP3 player cell phone. With only a few differences, it looks like there is a close tie among reviewers, although the public seems to prefer the iPod over the MP3 player. There are many differences that are offered in the rapidly advancing digital era, which in many ways can confuse a consumer. Here are some pros and cons between iPods and MP3 players. First, the MP3 players can play both WMA files and MP3 files, where iPod can not. WMA files have to be converted into iPod format. MP3 is an audio data file formatted, which differs from an iPod because an iPod is an electronic device made to read and play MP3 files. Second, the size of the MP3 player wins over the iPod, with a player as small as a fifty cent piece. When using an iPod you can only use iTunes, instead of having a choice to use windows media player. Another consideration is the price. Price wise, the MP3 outdoes the iPod. With a MP3 player, it has a multitude of features, which are comparative to higher priced iPods. Also, iPods are the only player that can handle ACC Format. A lot of people do not like to be trapped into only using iTunes, which is what happens when you buy an iPod because other digital media players allow you to use windows media player which then gives you a choice of where you want to buy your music from. Mp3 players come in different sizes depending on how much music you wish to lug around with you in your portable music player. An MP3 players comes in different sizes such as 128, 256, and 512 megabytes of memory and if that is not enough, you can purchase extra memory cards to hold your different styles of music so you can listen to what you feel like at any given time. MP3 players come stocked with video games. MP3 player also have a variety of add on accessories you can purchase to compliment your MP3 player. iPod offers video and picture capabilities, parental controls, calendar, clocks and alarms, games, audio books, unlimited digital music. The youngest iPod is the fifth generation, which has spiked the interest of consumers throughout the U.S. This version allows consumers video capabilities that allows you to watch movies and television on a two point five inch screen, which will hold over a hundred hours of video. iTunes have a feature which lets consumers buy television programs right off their network so that when you are on the go, you can still catch your favorite television programs and movies. This version packs a whopping thirty gigabyte version and a sixty gigabyte version, which can hold up around fifteen thousand songs. iPod also come with a variety of accessories to play around with. iPods and MP3 players have compatibility to use USB cords to connect to your personal computer this allows you to sync your portable music player with your computer, making it easy to switch music files and to select which play list you want to put on your portable music device. Whether you opt for an iPod or an MP3 player, you should always look for qualities that will make you feel happy for the decision you have made. It is not easy finding the perfect product, but with all the competition out there, it is hard to follow which brand does what and which brand does not. This makes things seem even more important in terms of making sure you stick with your own preferences. Although it seems as if iPod is winning the music war, the treaty depends on you and the style of digital media you prefer. The Latest In Ipods â€“ Ipod Video: IPods have been a great market hit since their appearance in 2001, almost 5 years ago. Since listening to music is one of the favorite activities of todayâ€™s individuals, the constant evolution of this device was an important request, so the new product presented a diverse range of new features, accessories and capacities. The iPod evolved from a simple and basic music player to a sum of music player, recorder, and photo viewer and now to a both music and video device. The most important new feature of the latest generation of iPods, meaning the 5th generation, is the video. Basically, these inventive and technologically advanced, yet small devices support both MPEG-4 and H.264 videos at significantly high resolutions, which are not far from a VSH tape. Actually, in more precise terms, the H.264 codec can play video at frame rates up to 30 frames per second, video bit rates as high as 768 kilobits per second and pictures as big as 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high. Comparing the iPod video with the TV 27 FPS or the movies 24 FPS, it is obvious that the small device it is much better. Regarding the audio qualities, comparing to a CD quality, the iPod video is superior. On the other hand, the MPEG-4 video supports a bit rate of 2,500 kilobits per second and pictures as big as 480 pixels wide by 480 pixels high, meaning three times the size of the actual screen (in comparison with the H.264 video, which supports pictures the same size as the screen pf the iPod). The reviews on this item are so far, excellent â€“ the quality of the motion images is great, with almost perfect colors, even when the device is connected to a TV set in order to watch a video. Even more, watching the videos on the actual iPod is possible due to a larger screen, which also allows the high visibility of sharp texts and photos. Still, even though the battery is claimed to last around 20 hours, which is an evolution since the last iPod model, the battery is much rapidly consumed when watching videos. The range of improvements since the last model of iPod is impressive: the new video iPod comes with a new design, but in the same black and white colors and with a new set of accessories, which range from world clock, smaller earphones and a thinner slipcase to AC adapter and FireWire cable. Concerning the new package design, the iPod video comes with a new look: the box is flat and in a square shape; the color of the new box is black with silver accents, such as the Apple logo and the text. The latest generation of iPods surprised the market in many ways: from the video capacities to the other improved features since the last model in 2005 and from the design and package changes to the wide and evolved range of accessories that are available together with the new iPod video. The evolution of the iPod shows an increased interest in constantly developing this device and always considering the needs and desires of the consumer. It is expected that the next generation of iPods to be even more optimized, with a lot of changes in the video settings and a longer capacity of the battery when watching videos. You Are A Pod Person. Ipod Highlights For The Tech Challenged: If you are not a computer genius, picking up an electronic device like the the iPod can seem like translating Greek or another foreign language. However, the iPod is gaining popularity and you do not want to be left out in the cold. Face it, even the youngest of children are learning how to work these new devices with ease. Learning how to use your iPod does not have to be difficult. Once you learn the basics, it will become second nature. The iPod is a portable digital music and video player made by Apple. Apple designed the iPod to work with the iTunes media library software, which lets users manage the music libraries on their computers and on their iPods. iTunes can automatically synchronize a users iPod with specific playlists or with the entire contents of a music library each time an iPod connects to a host computer. Users may also set a rating out of 5 stars on any song, and can synchronize that information to an iTunes music library. Apart from iTunes there are also several third party applications available that can be used to transfer songs to the iPod. iTunes lacks the ability to transfer songs from iPod to computer because of legality issues, although there are third party programs that tackle that issue. The iPods other than the iPod shuffle have five buttons 1. Menu which backs up one level in the menus 2. Play and Pause which plays or pauses the track in play 3. Previous which skips back through tracks in play 4. Next which skips forward through tracks in play 5. Center the button in the center of the scroll wheel this selects a menu or a menu item A Hold switch also exists on the top of the unit. Setting this switch to display orange will make the buttons and scroll wheel unresponsive, so that users do not activate them accidentally. There are many varieties and types of iPods. Do not get confused when you go shopping for your new portable music device. Shop and compare and if you are computer challenged, do a little research. An iPod and a run of the mill MP3 player are not the same thing. Before buying, know what you are looking at before going to the store. Also, another good thing to remember when shopping for an iPod is that when you download music off of the Internet, it is most likely not free. Most legal music download sites will charge some fee per downloaded song. In addition, be careful and know what you are downloading before doing so. Not all of these sites are the same. Fourth and fifth generation iPods, second generation iPod minis, iPod nanos and iPod shuffles automatically pause playback when headphones are unplugged from the headphone jack. They however, do not start playing again after insertion of the headphones by default. The iPods with FireWire ports can be put into FireWire Disk Mode, in which it behaves like a FireWire hard drive without any of the additional iPod functionality. An iPod unable to start due to either a firmware or a hardware problem displays the sad face. All iPods come with headphones with white cords and earbuds, the color matching that of the initial iPod. The white cords have become symbolic of the iPod brand, and advertisements for the devices feature them prominently. Despite the fact that new generations of the iPod now appear in black as well as white, the cords remain white. In addition, you can spice up your plain iPod by purchasing all sorts of decals and skins for your device. There is no need to have a plain iPod when you can personalize it to your hearts content. Some users add extra bass to the standard white headphones by using Griffin Earjams a clip on accessory that makes it possible to insert the headphones into the ear, using soft rubber adapters. However, using Earjams can be uncomfortable to some users with sensitive ears. Apple themselves have an alternative to the default earphones the in ear headphones, which have significantly better sound quality and bass response, and also come with different size caps for comfort. There are three models of iPod on the market today. These are under iPod 30 GB and 60 GB. iPod nano 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB. iPod shuffle (512 MB and 1 GB). Can the iPhone connect with iPod Accessories?: If you are a new owner of an apple iPhone, than you have probably not let your new cell phone leave your hands for several days. This is to be expected, however, many people have questions concerning their new iPhone and its compatibility with other electronic devices, especially those within the Apple product family. Perhaps the most widely asked question about the new iPhone's is whether or not they are compatible with other iPod accessories? While many people may think that they wouldn't be compatible, they are greatly mistaking. All of the iPhone's are compatible with most iPod accessories, thus making your iPhone even more convenient and user friendly. But another question that many people still have is what exact iPod accessories can you use with your new iPhone? Of course, many people love to use their iPods not only for personal music enjoyment, but also to feel a party with their favorite tunes. And if you no longer carry around your iPod, but rather your iPhone, you may be worried that you aren't going to be able to connect your iPhone to the speaker system your iPod used to connect with. Yet, with all it's amazing glory, the iPhone has the same connectivity port as the iPhone, thus it will connect seamlessly to any iPod speaker systems as well as car docks. Of course, there are some accessories that have been altered to better fit the iPhone. You are able to use standard headphones with the iPhone, however, if a call comes through, than you may experience slight difficulty taking the headphones out and answering the phone. This is why Apple has made a set of headphones that are designed to work seamlessly with the iPhone. These amazing headphones provide you with excellent sound quality, however, they also have a microphone built into the cord, thus when you receive a phone call, your song is paused and you are able to answer the phone, as well as end the call, by clicking a small button on the microphone. Another great feature about these headphones is the fact that you are able to hear your friends through more than one ear, which is a very unique, and interesting, experience. Another reason why this iPhone headphone set is such a great accessory for your product is because it provides you with safety. How many times have you been driving throughout traffic only to miss your exit or almost hit another vehicle because you were focused on holding your cell phone? While it is advised that you never drive while talking on your phone, for working professionals, and those with a booming social life, this is not a possibility. Thus, you need a product that allows you to have both hands on the steering wheel, as well as the freedom t move your head back and forth to view all traffic around you. With the iPhone headphones, you are able to keep your conversations moving forward, without having to worry about holding your cell phone. The added benefit of this is great because not only will you be able to talk with your business partners, or friends, in true stereo, but you are also able to focus completely on the road and not on holding your cell phone. The Ipod Generations: The original iPod (mp3 mp4 player) introduced on 23 October 2001 marked the first iPod generation, and the latest iPod introduced on 12 October 2005 marked the fifth iPod generation, which was subsequently revised with a revision iPod model on September 2006, often referred to as generation 5.5. Note that the generations are referred with reference to the model name and not with reference to the date of release. For a better understanding about iPod generations, check the following: On October 23, 2001, the first generation of iPod was released. The model name was iPod and had the storage capacity of 5 to 10 gb. It used FireWire connection to computers and it had a mechanical scroll wheel. On July 17, 2002, the second generation of iPod was released. It had the storage capacity of 10, 20 gb. It used FireWire connection to computers and it had a touch-sensitive wheel. The Hold switch was revised. The FireWire port had a cover. On April 28, 2003, the third generation of iPod was released. It had the storage capacity of 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 gb. It used FireWire connection to computers (USB for syncing only), and it had a central row of touch sensitive buttons. New backlit screen was introduced. Dock connector port was introduced. On January 6, 2004, the first generation of iPod mini was released. It had the storage capacity of 4 gb. It used FireWire or USB connection to computers, and it introduced the "Click Wheel", which was later adopted by the fourth generation iPod. It was available in 5 colors. On July 19, 2004, the fourth generation of iPod was released. It had the storage capacity of 20, 30, 40, 60 gb. It used FireWire or USB connection to computers, and buttons were integrated to form "Click Wheel". The monochrome model was replaced in June 2005 by the color display with photo viewer, which was introduced in October 2004. On January 11, 2005, the first generation of iPod shuffle was released. It had the storage capacity of 512 mb, 1gb. It used USB connection to computers, and it had no screen, no click wheel. It used flash memory instead of hard drive storage. On February 22, 2005, the second generation of iPod mini was released. It had the storage capacity of 4, 6 gb. It used FireWire or USB connection to computers , and it had longer battery life, and brighter color variants. Gold model discontinued. No AC adapter. The body color matched the click wheel lettering. On September 7, 2005, the first generation of iPod nano was released. It had the storage capacity of 1, 2, 4 gb. It used USB connection to computers (FireWire for charging only), and it was the successor of iPod mini. Slimmer design, flash memory, color screen and lyrics support. On October 12, 2005, the fifth generation of iPod was released. It had the storage capacity of 30, 60, 80 gb. It used USB connection to computers (FireWire for charging only), and it had large screen with video player and lyrics support. No AC adapter, Universal Dock, or A/V cables were included. It had black and white color variants. This model was revised in September 2006 (often called as generation 5.5) had a brighter display, a music search function, and a longer video battery life. On September 12, 2006, the second generation of iPod shuffle was released. It had the storage capacity of 1 gb. It used USB (via dock only), and it had the aluminum case with smaller form factor. Built-in clip. Later multi-colored models were also released. On September 12, 2006, the second generation of iPod nano was released. It had the storage capacity of 2, 4, 8 gb It used USB connection to computers (FireWire for charging only), and it had the anodized Aluminum case in 6 colors. Music search function, longer battery life, and brighter screen. When more refinements are carried out with respect to features, size, weight and etc., a new generation is announced of the respective model. The distinguishing landmarks were the replacement of the mechanical scroll wheel by touch-sensitive click wheel, the replacement of the hard disk by the flash memory, and the replacement of the monochrome display with color displays. Earlier generations are usually discontinued in favor of newer generations. Earlier generations had bundled software compatible with Macintosh only, while later iPod (mp3 mp4 player) generations have both Macintosh and Windows compatible versions. Why Is IPod So Popular: I have seen the bestseller list of Mp3 players for several big online retailers; the iPods were crushing the competition. The biggest Mp3 players sales were for Apple iPod nano 4 GB Silver (3G), Apple iPod classic 80 GB 6G (Black), Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (3rd Generation), Apple 80 GB iPod classic Silver (6G) and Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade . Apple's iPod has dominated the portable audio market completely over the past few years. Giants like Sony and Microsoft where insignificant players in the mp3 players market. But what makes iPods so special? Why are people crazy about them? First let us see the current iPod product line-up (in 2008). The line-up includes the hard drive-based iPod classic, the touchscreen iPod touch, the video-capable iPod nano and the screenless iPod shuffle. Design "The product was elegantly designed in classic Apple fashion," says David Carey, president of Portelligent. Apple did product design from the outside in and that was one of the key factors for their success. This outside-in perspective helped determine a number of the components - battery, hard drive and circuit board - to be layered, one atop the next. That idea made the player look cooler and thinner. Apple has successfully secured a design patent for its iPod digital music player. The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple Computer a patent for the ornamental design of its third-generation (3G) iPod media player. Functions The new iPod includes an alarm clock function and the alarm sounds even if the iPod isn't hooked to a stereo or headphones. On-The-Go function allows you to listen to a particular group of songs on the iPod without connecting it to a computer. Equalizer function. iPod software allow you to control the equalization or "EQ" of a song, you can assign that song one of 22 equalizer presets. Once you assign a preset to a song, iTunes will use it each time you play the song. When you copy the song from your computer to iPod, the equalizer preset you chose in iTunes is also copied, and iPod will play the song with the same preset. Smart format function. If the iPod is formatted on a Mac OS X computer it uses the HFS+ file system format, which means you can use it as a boot disk for a Mac computer. If it is formatted on Windows, the FAT32 format is used. Sound quality iPod has one of highest sound quality for a Mp3/4 player. If you want to get better sound quality it is a smart idea to purchase optional headphones, which can deliver even more accurate sound than the recognizable white earbuds that come with an iPod. Controls The controls are backlit and touch sensitive. There is no longer a spinning wheel that collects dirt. HDD The HDDs for the iPods are huge: Apple iPod classic has an 80GB HDD; the new Apple iPod nano has an 8GB HDD and Apple iPod Video has a 30GB hard drive. The king for now is the new Apple iPod classic with 160GB (holds up to 40,000 songs). Of course you will find iPods with smaller hard disks like iPod nano (4GB, 2GB) and iPod shuffle with just 1GB. Battery life The iPod uses the latest lithium ion battery technology from the leading battery manufacturers, such as Sony and Sanyo. When new and fully charged, the battery provides up to 8 or 12 hours of battery life, depending on your model. Marketing Apple marketing team was smart and used the iPod brand well. Apple Ipod had a successful advertising campaign comprising of magazine and television advertisements focusing on the target market (teenagers and young adults). Promotions. Apple iPod used a direct method to induce customers to purchase their product by offering any iPod accessory per customer for half the value price with every purchase of a new Apple iPod. This method allowed the business to directly measure the success of the campaign by observing the sales rate of the promotional tool. The correct marketing approach made people fell in love with the iPod and offered a fantastic experience. Apple didn't build just a brand, they have built a lovemark. Conclusion All iPods look great and use the latest technologies; they are very smart and trendy gadgets so almost everyone wants to have one. Apple created a great product and used the correct marketing approach making iPod a lovemark. So why are iPods so popular? The Apple Ceo, Steve Jobs has the answer: "With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go," the Apple CEO said when he introduced the product in October 2001. "With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again." Various Brands of IPod Speakers: In October 2001, Apple launched iPod, a brand of portable Media player. The iPod is perhaps one of the best known and loved gadgets of this decade. Currently, the line up consists of hard drive based flagship iPod classic, iPod touch, iPod nano and the low end screen less iPod shuffle. iPod can also serve as an external data storage device. We can say that iPod has changed the way people think about music on the move. In course of time, iPod speakers came into existence. Companies like Logitech, Zeppelin, Ferguson, Altec Lansing, Chestnut Hill, etc., manufacture various kinds of iPod speakers. Let's look at the features of the iPod speakers of the above mentioned companies. The B&W Zeppelin is oblong in shape and houses two woofers, two tweeters and a subwoofer behind its soft cloth non removable grille. The speaker has a loud sound with well defined bass. The egg shaped remote has a silver rear panel with a rubber plug that hides the non rechargeable battery. The controls are limited to track forward and backward buttons, play/pause, volume up and down, power, and a toggle button that pauses the iPod and switches to the aux input and vice versa. Ferguson Hill FH007 and FH008 sound really good and look very beautiful too. In this speaker the tweeters and the woofers for each channel are housed in separate acrylic enclosures, instead of within one wood speaker block like we find in most of the traditional speakers. They work perfectly with a personal computer or an Apple iPod. Because of its irregular shape, this speaker system will need a little more shelf space than most other speakers. The woofers, housed in clear spheres with the front side cut away, have an eight inch diameter. Since the speakers are so light in weight, a heavy bass rumble produced by the sub woofer could potentially vibrate them enough to cause movement. The distinctive 8.5 inch wide screen in Altec Lansing iMV712 is its major selling point. The screen, which sits between the speakers, is designed for viewing iPod content or videos from external devices like camcorders. The system comes with a membrane button remote that includes all the necessary functions. There is also composite video cable added with usual array of plastic dock adapters for each and every iPod model. Apple iPod Hi Fi is a three way combination speaker and can be controlled by two touch sensitive buttons for adjusting the volume. Aside from the power jack, the only port is an auxiliary audio input, which accommodates either 3.5 mm analog cables or optical digital cables. If the personal computer or external USB sound card has an optical output then this digital input is excellent for getting sound. The iPod Hi Fi comes with the standard Apple wireless infrared remote. The set up of the speaker is as simple as plugging it in or inserting batteries. Placing the speaker in the audio lab about 10 inches from the rear wall and equidistant from the sidewalls keeps the sound as smooth as possible. The George, an audio system by Chestnut Hill, is meant for fourth generation Apple iPods. It has super cable and puts up unbelievably good sound. The speakers are neither upward angled nor detachable. The left and the right speakers are roughly 6 inches apart. Are There Any Cheap iPods Out There?: If you were to say that the Apple iPod has revolutionized the music business that would be a huge understatement. If you are the type of person who loves to take your music or other media with you, then iPods are definitely the best way to go. iPods are alive with the ability to upload and store the music or videos of your choice and they also make great accessories for the person on the go. It is true that they can be costly but there are several ways to purchase them at a discount. Here are a few suggestions for locating cheap iPods right now. My first recommendation to you would be to begin your search on the Internet. Ask your friends for suggestions as well of where to look online. Auction sites, especially, are the best places to find bargains on iPods, including cheap or used iPods. The technology will continue to advance causing many people to upgrade to the latest iPod models. This one fact itself easily lends itself to the opportunity to get a good quality player that is still relatively new but still a great starter unit. Keep in mind that online auctions are not the only place to pick up cheap iPods on the internet. There are also quite a few discount stores online that also will occasionally feature cheap iPods that can cost anywhere from thirty to seventy percent off the retail cost of a new one. Again, ask your friends where they shop online and check those places too. So, if you spend a little time checking out the prices on cheap iPods all over the Internet you can probably save yourself a whole lot of money. Another great place to look for cheap iPods is the classified section of your local newspaper. There are probably a lot of ads for these wonderful little devices from various sellers in your town. People that are not interested in going to the trouble of setting up an online auction often take advantage of the fact that lots local of local newspapers offer free classified ads these days. The best day to start looking would be the Sunday classified ads, as those often feature the most items during the week. Here's another idea for you to find cheap iPods. I'll bet that you have at least one electronic store in your town that may also have a few cheap of these in stock. Most of the time these iPods will be refurbished but almost as good as new. While the selection will probably be pretty limited overall, there is still a good chance that you can find at least one or two cheap iPods to choose from that will be exactly right for you. I would also ask your family or friends if they knew of any place to look for iPods as well since they may know of another friend, co-worker or family member who has recently gotten a newer model and no longer needs their old one. If you really do your research and follow through, chances are high that you can find cheap ones with just a little extra effort. If you are in the market for an iPod, try one or more of these ideas today and you may have yourself an iPod to enjoy as early as tomorrow. Facts You Should Know About iPods: iPod is one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. It is the best selling mp3 / mp4 player in the market today. The combination of sound quality, sleek design and unique user interface, made the iPod a hit, causing an entire industry of accessories to emerge almost overnight. The Apple Corporation first released the iPod on October 23, 2001. Presently we are now on the 5th generation of iPod. The first generation - Mp3 player with mechanical scroll wheel and four buttons. The second generation - It has touch-sensitive wheel, 10 GB and 20 GB hard drives. The third generation - It has touch-sensitive bottoms and USB connectivity. The fourth generation - It has click-wheel and only two hard disk version, 20 GB and 40 GB. The fifth generation - Mp4 player with 60 GB memory storage and video capability. iPod has won several awards ranging from engineering excellence, to most innovative audio product. Very often it receives favorable reviews on looks, designs and handling. iPod was designed as an mp3 / mp4 player for people with an active lifestyle. It is compact, sturdy and lightweight enough to take with you wherever you go. It was designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand or to be carried into a pocket or purse for easy transportation. It comes in many storage capacities from 512 MG to 80 GB. The amount of memory it can hold, depends on the model or on the compression rate of your songs. As an mp3 player it was designed to provide the best quality sound. It has a powerful 60 MW amplifier so it can deliver audio as loud as you want. It also has a 20 MZ to 20 KHZ frequency response, which means you can hear distortion free music at the lowest pitches. iPod built-in rechargeable battery provides between 8 to 20 hours of music playtime depending on your model. Using the appropriate stereo adapter your iPod will sound great on your home or car stereo system. All iPod`s come as standard with a non removable lithium rechargeable battery. The battery charge will last about 14 to 28 days without use. The lcd display shows the battery level on the upper right corner of the screen. You may charge your iPod by connecting it to an Apple iPod Power Adapter or connecting it to a USB port of a computer. A full charge takes approximately four hours while 80% charge will require at least one hour. Apple has designed the iPod, as an mp3 player, to work with the iTunes media library software, which allows you to select your music on your computer and on your ipod. iTunes can automatically synchronize this mp3 player with specific playlists or with the entire content of a music library each time you connect your iPod to a host computer. The first three generations of iPod used two ARM 7TDMI derived CPUs running at 90 MHZ, while later models have variable speed chips which run at a peak of 80 MHZ to save battery life. Another great feature of owning an iPod is the fact that someone can record a discussion and then post the audio file on the internet. This means people can download the file and listen to the file on their iPod. As an mp4 player, with iTunes 4.9, you can now browse and subscribe to podcasts at the iTunes Website. Podcasts are radio shows or other audio/video programs that are downloadable over the internet. In order for you to be a more satisfied iPod customer, as to the usability and longer battery life spam of this mp3-mp4 player you should consider the following tips: - Keep it turned off when not using it. - Update to the latest software. - Keep it at room temperature whenever possible. - If you are not using the backlighting, turn it off. -Turning off the equalizer will save you battery. - Use compressed songs. With the availability of compact audio format, we have had mp3 players such as iPod, which provided an unprecedented portability to eager electronic consumers. Now iPod, as mp4 players, is already able to deliver video capability and a whole new set of features and services yet to come. Ipod Classic - The Revolutionary Music Player: Apple has introduced the iPod classic - a medial player that is portable. It is the pride of the iPod family of Apple. Till now the market has seen six generations of the iPod classic. The term `classic` has been used to the sixth generation of the device. It made its debut on 5th September 2007. Hitherto the generic term used was just `iPod`. All iPods have colour displays using anti-aliased graphics as well as text with sliding facilities for animation. All have five buttons but the later ones - from the 4th generation onwards - use a click wheel. This makes the gadget free from cluttering and the minimum of interfacing. The common five buttons are the menu, center (for selecting an item on the menu), play or pause button that is also used for switching on and off the set, skip forward and skip backwards. The special characteristic of the iPod is its storage capacity. The hard disk can spin up and copy of 30 MB of songs coming in into a RAM. This saves on power. The first generation of iPod classic made its debut on 23rd October 2001. It had a 5GB hard drive that had the potential to store 1,000 songs. The best thing about the iPod classic was its small size. It used a 1.8`` hard drive while its peers in the market used 2.5`` ones. Thus iPod is easier to navigate by controlling a scroll wheel, button for selecting center as well as 4 subsidiary buttons placed around the wheels. The battery lasted 12 hours. The second generation of iPod classic made its entry on 20th March 2002. The body was the same but the hold switch consisted of a new design. The fire-wire port came with a cover. The mechanical wheel was done away with. Instead there was a touch sensitive wheel. The corners and edges of the front plate were rounded. The price was also reduced while the capacity strength increased to 20 GB. The third generation of iPod classic that made its debut on 18th April 2003 was totally new in looks and mechanism. The fire-wire port was replaced with a dock-connector. The touch wheel was totally non- mechanical with the buttons placed in a row sandwiched between the screen and touch wheel. A wired remote connector was used. This generation of the iPod classic had a 4-pin jack next to the headphone port. The battery life however was lessened to 8 hours due to the use of lithium iron battery. Previously lithium polymer battery was being used. All the iPods were compatible with Mac and PC. iTunes and musicmatch all crowed inside the iPod classic. Later musicmatch was discontinued. On July 24th the 4th generation of iPod classic appeared on the scene. It was much slimmer. The button arrangement was different. The touch wheel was replaced with the click wheel. The price too was reduced thus making it within easy reach of a larger consumer group. The strength went up to 40GB and the battery life extended to 12 hours. The 5th generation was one step ahead and entered the market on 12th October 2005. It came to be known informally as the iPod video having a QVGA screen. The click wheel was smaller. An alternative colour scheme was introduced together with `Signature iPod White.` It has a front plate that is fully flat. On 5th September 2007 the world was introduced to the sixth generation iPod classic. The body was slimmer with a remarkably improved battery life. Up to 40 hours of music can be played and 7 hours of video. The front plat is anodized aluminum and polycarbonate plastic. This time the signature model of white was replaced by silver.