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Testing the drive of an iPod and changing battery

I bought a used iPod. It won't hold a charge. (It's a 3rd gen 40gb.) The guy has offered me my money back but can't meet me for 2 days. I got a good deal on it and I'd keep it if the battery were fine. However, is there a way for me to check this to make sure the battery is the only problem with it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 21, 2005 - 11 answers

FireWire?

An iPod question that has me stumped. I have an old firewire only iPod (2nd generation). I would like to sync it to a Windows computer that has an absolute lack to slots for a PCI card, but has four open usb 2 slots. I cannot find any sort of converter. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? They seem so similar.
posted by rtimmel on Mar 18, 2005 - 5 answers

iSucks

I recently purchased a 30GB iPod photo... as in purchased it a week ago. I love it to death except my case is horribly scratched! I'm obviously careful with it and have kept it in my pant pockets but the front and back have all these tiny scratches. It's like they made the case to scratch easily... any ideas that help reduce the tiny, albeit annoying scuffs? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 18, 2005 - 11 answers

Can I charhe my Shuffle on other computers?

iPod ShuffleFilter - can I charge my shuffle on a computer without iTunes? I'd like to leave it to charge on my work computer while out for lunch, but despite my Google Fu cannot find out if this is ok for the device.
posted by tr33hggr on Mar 15, 2005 - 6 answers

DRM Software on Kings of Leon CD

I recently bought the new Kings of Leon CD. It won't let me play it without downloading some b.s. DRM software and it won't let me burn to iPod. How do I get around this? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Mar 11, 2005 - 37 answers

Can this iPod be saved?

Can this iPod be saved? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Mar 10, 2005 - 13 answers

Getting the latest iPod photo?

I'm going to buy the 60gig iPod photo tomorrow. How can I ensure that I get the latest model with the better battery life? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence on Mar 8, 2005 - 4 answers

MS-DOS Formatting on iPod

I'd like to know if there's a downside to formatting the iPod as MS-DOS. I want to keep podcasts and the like on the Mac and my music collection on the PC... then switch back and forth between the two according to my whim. Should I format the iPod as MS-DOS ?
posted by garyduke on Mar 5, 2005 - 9 answers

Is the iPod dock worth it?

iPodFilter: I'm on the verge of buying an iPod, and am wondering if the dock is worth it. [more inside]
posted by sid on Mar 3, 2005 - 23 answers

Podcast software

Looking for software recommendations for retrieving podcasts (Mac OS X 10.3.8). [more inside]
posted by anathema on Mar 2, 2005 - 6 answers

iPod scratch removers?

Has anybody come across an iPod scratch-remover/iPod cleaner worth recommending? I've got a 4G that's starting to look a little sad and would appreciate any input. Thanks.
posted by mathis23 on Feb 28, 2005 - 11 answers

iPod Liquid Disaster!

I got my iPod wet. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui on Feb 28, 2005 - 23 answers

Can I add aux-in to my car stereo?

I have an iPod and a truck with a crappy factory stereo. I have tried 3 different FM transmitters and I'm giving up on using them to play the iPod through the car stereo. If possible, I want to avoid buying a new stereo that has aux-in. It's a big expenses and invites theft. Can I add aux-in to my existing stereo? I've heard that car stereo places will do this, wiring a headphone-jack cable to your seat/dashboard. Is that true? How do they go about it? And how would I "tune it in" after such an installation?
posted by scarabic on Feb 26, 2005 - 13 answers

How can I buy tunes for my brother?

It's my brother's birthday tomorrow (his 21st!), and I know that he is getting an iPod. I would like to buy him a gift voucher that he can redeem for some tunes, but am getting stuck... [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on Feb 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Sharing program between iTunes on Mac and PC?

He has a Mac, I have a PC. Is there a way we can all come together on my iPod via iTunes or other program? [more inside]
posted by zombiebunny on Feb 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Enhanced CDs on a PC?

I need help figuring out how to get my Windows PC with iTunes to recognize and read an 'enhanced' music CD. The CD plays fine in a CD player and I can see the 'extra' files with one particular PC, but no song files. iTunes thinks its blank. I've updated iTunes and my CD drive drivers and I even flashed my BIOS. No help. Anyone have any ideas? I really want to listen to this new CD on my iPod...
posted by kittyoneil on Feb 18, 2005 - 11 answers

Eurotrash

eurotrashfilter >> names of goofy europop/dance bands to put on the ipod and take to the gym? the kind you would never tell your friends about?
posted by subpixel on Feb 10, 2005 - 35 answers

Apple iPod warranty/replacement question

Apple iPod warranty/replacement question [+] [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Feb 2, 2005 - 3 answers

How do you share music between Macs and iPods?

2 iPod users, 2 Macs- how do we share music? [MI] [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Jan 31, 2005 - 12 answers

Can I add the currently playing song to my iPod On-The-Go-List?

iPodFilter: Why can't you easily add the currently playing song to the On-The-Go list? From the Now Playing screen it should be possible to add the currently playing song directly to the On-The-Go playlist. It seems that I can only add songs to the On-The-Go list by surfing out to the songname in the current playlist and then holding Select on the songname to add it to the list. I would like to put my iPod on song shuffle and add songs as they randomly play. Impossible? [MI] [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jan 17, 2005 - 5 answers

AAC for iPod?

My iPod is full. I used to encode MP3s at 128k, more recently VBR at 80%. Can AAC give me quality around the latter with a file size smaller than the former?
posted by krisjohn on Jan 14, 2005 - 8 answers

What are some good message boards about OS X and using fileshares and peripherals on an existing network?

MacPlungeFilter: I'm one of those "IPod users with a PC" who is thinking about taking the plunge to the other side by adding a Mac Mini to my home network. I don't want to clutter up AskMe with too much product-specific chatter, so my question is, where are some good message boards I can read to increase my knowledge, of Mac OS X in general and, in specific, what I will need to do to get the Mac to use fileshares and peripherals on my existing network. All the better if the denizens of the community are not hostile to incoming Windoze users.
posted by matildaben on Jan 12, 2005 - 17 answers

iPod speaker recommendations?

I want to buy some speakers for an Ipod. Altec Lansing and Bose have both made speaker sets that use the docking port, so that's kind of cool, but are the speakers worth it? The Bose ones in particular are $300, which seems really high. Anyone have any experience with these? Or is it just better to buy some regular powered speakers and plug them into the earphone jack?
posted by jasper411 on Jan 4, 2005 - 26 answers

iPod case

I need a case for my iPod. [+] [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jan 2, 2005 - 17 answers

not-Pod recommendations

Looking for suggestions for iPod alternatives for my 12-year-old daughter [MI]. [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Dec 30, 2004 - 38 answers

What is a good, moderately priced way to listen to an iPod in a Hyundai Elantra?

My girlfriend recently got a new car (Hyundai Elantra) and I would like to get her something so she listen to her Ipod through her speaker system. Tried the iTrip, but the range is to small for the car (antenna in the rear), and the sound quality leaves something to be desired. What are some other more moderately priced solutions to this problem? [more inside]
posted by mhaw on Dec 18, 2004 - 17 answers

UK iPod

Buying an ipod for niece in UK from the US [MI] [more inside]
posted by stuartmm on Dec 15, 2004 - 15 answers

iPod compatibility with tray-loading Mac?

Was there any generation of iPod that was compatible with a tray-loading iMac? If not, what mp3 player/software would you recommend for such a user?
posted by blueshammer on Dec 14, 2004 - 6 answers

What to do with my out-of-warranty iPod with a HD failure.

Looks like my out-of-warranty iPod had an HD failure. Any ideas what I can do with it? [details] [more inside]
posted by ori on Dec 10, 2004 - 15 answers

I'm shopping for in-ear headphones for use with a new iPod.

I'm shopping for in-ear headphones for use with a new iPod. Recommendations? Reviews? [MI] [more inside]
posted by PantsOfSCIENCE on Dec 9, 2004 - 21 answers

Linux and Ogg compatible portable music player?

Remember when AskMe was all about product recommendations? Everything old is new again. What's a good portable music player that supports ogg files and works, officially or not, with Linux? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Nov 29, 2004 - 8 answers

good wireless headphones to buy

What set of wireless headphones should I buy? Bonus points if it's feasible to carry the transmitter in my pocket for use with my iPod. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Nov 28, 2004 - 4 answers

Can I use an iPod to sync iCal calenders between two different computers?

Help! Running iCal from an iPod? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Nov 22, 2004 - 3 answers

iTunes Questions

iTunes question: I am currently using old musicmatch to hold my music collection & playlists and synch with my iPod (I have an gen2.) If I load iTunes, I have some questions:
1. Can I still burn CD's from my music collection once iTunes is loaded?
2. If I download a tune from iTunes, can I burn that to a CD or just transfer it to my iPod?
3. Does it encode my music collection so I can't remove it from iTunes if I want to quit using it? (encrypt all my already existing music so I can't burn it/copy to cd, etc.)
4. Is there a way to transfer my playlists to iTunes from Musicmatch?
5. what do you all think of iTunes? Do you use it? Do you like something else better?
Thanks!
posted by aacheson on Nov 20, 2004 - 17 answers

OSX Music Software

Music software for OSX question: A band of which I am quite fond has posted bootlegs for one of their shows on their Web site, as avi videos. I want to be able to listen to the goodness on my iPod, but I can't find any software that will convert the audio from the avi files to mp3s. VersionTracker and download.com yield various shady, non-working shareware or freeware packages.
posted by jed on Nov 14, 2004 - 7 answers

How can I find software to get my music off of my ipod?

Where to download "ipod Download"? [mi] [more inside]
posted by louigi on Nov 3, 2004 - 7 answers

Is my ipod completely dead?

iPod help: My 5-Gig, Touchwheel iPod is hung and displays the following message: "No battery power remains. Please connect iPod to power." However, the iPod had 2/3s of a charge before it hung and does not accept a charge when I plug it in. I am unable to reset the iPod and it refuses all keyboard input. It has displayed this message for almost two days now. The iPod also does not register in the Finder of either of my computers. Should I buy a new battery or is the iPod dead?

[Problem solving chain inside] [more inside]
posted by stet on Nov 2, 2004 - 6 answers

iPod with Hearing Aid

My father is thinking about buying an iPod. One problem though is that he has a hearing aid in one ear (90% hearing loss in one ear due to a childhood ear infection), and he'd like in-ear 'phones, like those that come with the ipod, with independent volume control - so he can turn one ear off, and shunt the stereo > mono when he has the hearing aid in, and turn one way up when he has the hearing aid out. Any ideas?
posted by luriete on Oct 20, 2004 - 7 answers

Podcasting Platforms

Podcasting. Yes I get the basic idea behind it (endless hours of "radio" programming available for my automatic download through RSS and replay on my computer or iPod), but I'm being stupid about the software. Do I go with iPodder, or iPodderX? What's the diff? Is there a site that reviews/recommends in this infant medium?
posted by baltimore on Oct 12, 2004 - 2 answers

Help me with this iPod freezing behavior...

So I have a 40GB iPod that's two months old, and one suspicious behavior had mutated into calamity: [simorede]
posted by blueshammer on Oct 11, 2004 - 15 answers

Choices, choices

Help-Me-Decide-Filter?
I just won a $500 gift certificate/shopping-spree from the good folks at Vanns. From their limited selection I've narrowed down my choice to either a 40gig iPod or a Sony 17" LCD Monitor (SDM-HS73/W). I don't really need either item, as I have a monitor that works just fine and I have a 10gig 2nd generation iPod (although its getting really scuffy looking). The LCD monitor is more expensive (so I would feel like I am taking better advantage of the prize), but I've only seen a few reviews out there (mostly positive) on its quality. So is there anybody out there who's used this LCD monitor? If not, do you think I'd be wiser to go with one product over the other?
posted by Boydrop on Oct 5, 2004 - 8 answers

Is everything (only) on your iPod now?

Now that you've an Ipod, what have you done with your music collection? [MI] [more inside]
posted by meech on Sep 18, 2004 - 19 answers

In iTunes, why do songs I uncheck not play during shuffled playback?

In iTunes, why do songs I uncheck not play during shuffled playback? I just want to uncheck songs I don't want on the iPod and let 'em play normally in the library. It's easier than making a playlist for the iPod each time I add new albums. Alternatively, how do you manage your library when it exceeds the size of your iPod?
posted by riffola on Sep 12, 2004 - 12 answers

iPod and Audio Books

Does anyone have one of the new iPods that let you speed up audio books? Can you really listen to them that way?
posted by josh on Sep 3, 2004 - 5 answers

How can I copy tracks from an iPod to a Mac G5?

My Dad has a first generation iPod and a G5. What (free, preferably) software can he use to transfer songs from the iPod back to the Mac?
posted by armoured-ant on Aug 31, 2004 - 6 answers

Essential iPod accessories?

So. I'm looking at getting an iPod (probably the mini ... for running and stuff), and I'm overwhelmed by the accessories: what do you think are the essential accessories for using it by itself, in the car, and in the home (eg in the kitchen)?
posted by silusGROK on Aug 27, 2004 - 30 answers

What's the best way to save money on an iPod purchase?

What's the best way to save money on an iPod purchase? Rebates, interesting freebie programs, etc. ... I'm interested in it all.

On that note: Any students want to save $100 on their Mac laptop purchase? The current deal through Apple Educational is that a combo laptop/iPod purchase nets you a $200 rebate. If someone wants an iBook/Powerbook and not an iPod, we could buddy up and split the rebate. (This applies especially to local Madisonians, since shipping concerns are nullified.)
posted by blueshammer on Aug 2, 2004 - 14 answers

Generosity towards yourself, what have you experienced?

Guy finds an iPod on the aeroplane and decided to track down the owner. What acts of human generosity towards yourself have you experienced?
posted by ralawrence on Jul 13, 2004 - 16 answers

Should I record DJ sets with Hi-MD or mp3? Is it easy to get music off the MD player and convert it?

Hi-MD vs mp3? I'm looking to buy something to record DJ sets with. I've been using my somewhat trusty Creative Jukebox for a while now, but it's time to move on. So, do I get an iPod or a Hi-MD Walkman? Does Sony "own" my music if I record to Hi-MD? That is, will I be able to get music off the MD player and convert it to other formats and whatnot?
posted by badstone on Jul 1, 2004 - 14 answers

Noise cancelling headphones for under 100 dollars?

Good noise-cancelling headphones for under $100? I'm moving into new work quarters where I'll be in a cubicle-type environment. I need headphones that will dampen the noise from my amiable-but-loud co-workers. I'm used to just hooking up the ole IPOD to my stereo speakers, but that won't do in the new space where I have no door. I don't like the buds that come with the IPOD. Any ideas?
posted by answergrape on Jul 1, 2004 - 17 answers

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