Posts Tagged ‘iPod’

iTunes 7.0.2. Works w/ Vista

Apple is suggesting Windows iTunes users delay updating to Windows Vista until they can get an update for iTunes out. iTunes works fine for me on my Vista powered Lenovo – it was working fine on RC1 and it’s still working fine on the Gold bits today. I think this is probably just Apple trying to cast a shadow of doubt on the new operating system from Redmond. If it doesn’t work properly – it’s Apple’s bad – they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for the Vista launch. Apple is good at making their Windows-based customers feel 2nd class – Microsoft should leverage this in their efforts to market the Zune. I’m going to trade my iPod in for a Zune.

According to a company statement provided by Apple spokesman Derick Mains, “Although iTunes 7.0.2 may work with Windows Vista on many typical PCs, Apple is aware of some known compatibility issues and recommends that iTunes customers wait to upgrade to Windows Vista until after the next release of iTunes, which will be available in the next few weeks.” Apple declined further comment. – source

Youth rethinking communication habbits?

Some youth rethink online communications – Yahoo! News

"The superficial emptiness clouded the excitement I had once felt," Henderson wrote in a column in the student newspaper at Iowa State University, where he studies history. "It seems we have lost, to some degree, that special depth that true friendship entails."

Somebody gets it … will MySpace, FaceBook and the iPod still be cool next year?

I want Search on my 30g 5g iPod

» iPod enhancements withheld from previous hardware | The Apple Core | ipod-e5g-search.png

I’m pissed! I updated my 30g 5th generation iPod, via the new iTunes 7.0 interface, last night expecting the iPod update to add the new Search feature to my iPod interface and guess what – no love from Apple. The linked ZDNet article (above) talks a bit about the frustration I’m describing. By the way, I think there’s an error in the article. The author says, “The problem I have is that half of these new software features are available on previous iPods – including the just-discontinued iPod 5g – despite the fact that the hardware is almost exactly the same.” I think he meant to say, The problem I have is that half of these new software features aren’t available on previous iPods – including the just-discontinued iPod 5g – despite the fact that the hardware is almost exactly the same.”

There better be a hardware reason for not pushing the Search feature out to my iPod. If Apple is expecting me to upgrade my hardware for a “should have happened a long time ago” feature like this I’m done buying iPods.

Yahoo! iPod Directions

iPod Directions

iPod Directions – easy access to Yahoo! Maps on your iPod. I like it.

Yahoo Maps and the popular iPod portable MP3 player are used together to bring you an exciting online service called iPod-Directions. What is it? iPod-Directions is a powerful step-by-step directions saving tool that will export online driving directions from results by Yahoo Maps and import them into your iPod. It’s an easy solution for getting Yahoo Map directions saved and displayed onto any iPod Video, Nano or Photo, and without the need of additional software!

my iPod 5g – Continued

ipodI ordered my 5g iPod back in October and my 1st impressions were great. It wasn’t my 1st iPod, I was upgrading from a 4g model. I’m still happy with my black 5g 40G iPod but I’ve got some gripes.

5g iPod Grips from a Recommender:

  • It does scratch too easily. I don’t support the idea of suing Apple over scratching (or potential for hearing loss) but they should be working to remedy this. I hope it doesn’t come out someday that they engineered scratching into the iPod to support the iPod ecosystem. Cleaning up a scratched iPod
  • Watching video on the iPod isn’t something you want to do often. My wife and I have been watching the new Battlestar Galactica series on my iPod (we don’t get the SciFi channel) and it was fun for a few episodes but it’s getting old.
  • Battery life, especially if you’re watching video, is terrible – you can just barely watch a full-length movie on a full charge and that’s with a young battery.
  • It takes too long to start up – I like looking at the Apple logo but it’s getting old too.
  • $400 is too much for a high-tech walkman! Really, MP3 players should cost about $100.

I’d still recommend an iPod to a friend but there’s room for improvement in the device. Apple better integrate a phone into the iPod soon or the iPod will eventually go the way of the stand-alone PDA. Still a fan – for now.

Apple’s Market Value

Apple Logo
Last Friday Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, sent the following e-mail to his team.

"Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn’t perfect at predicting the future. Based on today’s stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today. Steve."

Last Friday Apple’s market value was $72.3 billion, Dell’s was $71.97 billion. I’m amazed. I still can’t believe Steve saved Apple from what most people thought was certain doom and with the Ipod (an MP3 player) for that matter – who would have thunk.

Maybe I’ll be using an Apple as my primary machine before the year is up – or maybe I’ll just be using their OS. Is a real OS alternative going to emerge from the Jobs hype cloud? I think it’s possible. I think Jobs might be secretly planning an all out attack on Microsoft and the OS they’ve been struggling with for so many years. I think he wants Tiger to work on the PC hardware platform. If he can eliminate the hardware problem (technically and from a business perspective) he can use the Jobs hype cloud to move the masses towards his OS. Compare the Tiger home page to the Vista home page – you can see Steve in the Tiger home page and Bill in the Vista homepage. Culturally, the two companies are very different – people are tired of Windows – if you give them a sexy alternative with low switching costs they might just jump ship. Time will tell.

Update: Chris Pirillo speculating on Apple’s future - Apple’s OS Comes Bundled with Windows on all Dell Machines - Apple Financial Results Q1 2006 Jan 18th

Update: Om Malik – 22 Days of Apple - blogging about historical trends in Apple stock

My “Wired” Series 2 Tivo

I’ve had a Tivo for over two years (1st post) now and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite gadgets. It’s one of the few gadgets my wife and I both see eye-to-eye on – the Tivo saves us (busy parents) precious minutes everyday. This week I finally managed to "Wire" my Tivo – it’s now connected to my home network and the Internet.

Until recently, I just didn’t have a reason to justify the expense or the effort required to run wire to the closet where my Tivo lives – it was connected to my analog phone line (to retrieve the TV schedule) and that was good enough. TiVoToGo, Tivo multimedia features, on-line scheduling, and other features supported by the Series 2 Tivo weren’t enough to motivate me to "wire" my Tivo.

Tivo recently announced that the Tivo Desktop (software that lets you transfer stuff to and from your Tivo over your home network) will soon support video transfer to the Apple Ipod – this feature announcement  was my motivation for wiring my Tivo.

Wiring my Tivo took about as much money and effort as I thought it would. After doing some research, and making a failed trip to Best Buy (poor inventory AKA Worst Buy), I settled on and purchased a D-Link USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter – I ordered it on-line because Best Buy doesn’t have any inventory. Did I mention that Best Buy doesn’t have any inventory. The Ethernet Adapter was required to connect my Tivo to my home network – for some reason the Tivo doesn’t sport an Ethernet port, instead it has two USB ports. Connecting the Tivo to my network and the Internet was as easy as plugging in the adapter, connecting it to an Ethernet cable (which is connected to a router, etc. etc.), and adjusting a setting within the Tivo Setup. My Tivo is now more powerful than ever and I’m anxiously awaiting the new version of Tivo Desktop which should make it easy for me to transfer video content to my sexy little Apple Ipod.

By the way, I don’t regret my decision to put this off for two years – I haven’t used any of the existing features yet – I just want to transfer video content to my Apple Ipod.

More Ipods for Christmas Says Jobs

Jobs Announcement 



Just in time for Christmas – more Ipods – and they’re little things. Jobs announces.

Ipod Photos on Flickr

Flickr Ipod

Just for fun I searched Flickr for the tag "ipod" and I was amazed by the results. There are over 15K photos on Flickr tagged "ipod." This is the 1st time I’ve used the Flickr search feature – a lot of fun to be had here. Photo posted by doji


my ipod 5g

ipod 5g
I ordered my ipod with video the minute it was available – the 1st hour to be precise. The verdict – love it! The video quality is amazing.
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Mac mini – On my mind

The Mac mini crosses my mind way too often, usually at least once before I have my morning coffee. I’m a PC guy so it’s a little unsettling. True, I’ve always respected Apple’s design skills and Job’s marketing skills but I’ve never really considered buying a Mac. My 1st computer was an Apple IIe but my parents bought that. I used MACs occasionally while I studied at the University of Oregon – mostly for working in PASCAL. For the 1st time I find myself thinking about buying a MAC.

Mac mini

Why am I hesitating? This question justifies a list.

  • $500 can buy a lot of different things.
  • I don’t really want to start a software library for another
  • platform.

  • I’m worried about seamless compatibility with my two Windows XP machines at home.
  • I’m worried about the quality of the product. Did Apple test it well? Are there going to be heat related failure issues?
  • How fast does a G4 feel? Is my Sony Intel P4 going to make it feel like my Apple IIe?
  • What will my peers think?

Why do I want one?
It looks cool.

  • I want to be part of the exclusive Apple owners club. Hmm…
  • I want to be friends with Steve Jobs.
  • I want to make slick home movies. But I just invested in Adobe�s
  • Premier Elements and Photoshop Elements.

  • I want to be able to talk positively or negatively about Apple
  • based on experience not conjecture.

  • I want to keep Microsoft on their toes. If I support both platforms, maybe Bill wil work harder to keep me as a customer.
  • Installing Linux on a Mac mini might be fun.

Hold on a second. My beautiful wife bought me an iPod for Christmas – does that get me into the club? Steve, will you be my friend now? Or, do I have to spend a little more to join?
So I find myself sitting on a white-picket fence, gazing at a beautiful Apple orchard; wondering if I dare jump off and take a bite of one of the big shinny red apples.

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