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New Ipod Games

Saturday, August 8th, 2009
Alex Rich, Ph.D. asked:

I can’t say for sure when I know I was bitten but I have the date on my receipts (11/15/06). I guess I was late to the iPod party but I’ve not missed a step since I got involved with “Buck,” my iPod.

I’ve got 3 now, one just for movies, and another for music and one for data and I’m negotiating with a contact in China for 5 more.

iPod is the brain child of Steven Jobs, Apple guru and all around genius. More than 22 million ipods have been sold to US adults, which amounts to approximately 11% of the population (according to the non-profit Pew Internet & American Life Project). I became a fan and user and my addiction continues to grow stronger.

Now I spend my days learning about new applications and my nights surfing for clearance sales, closeouts, underground sources for discounts on accessories. For example, last week I found a site that sells what they call an iPod Converter.

This unit allows for unlimited downloads of movies and music and games and software and provides a lifetime membership in their download club. As a full blown movie nut this little handful of technology is gobbling up my free time by the hour.

Talk about addiction, I was rummaging through some magazines in the basement of the library at midnight (don’t ask) and found this underground techie magazine. There was a story about an MP3 converter that took me a few minutes to realize was the iPod converter I heard about last week.

The techie manual indicated this is better than Blockbuster and NetFlicks all rolled into one very user friendly palm-sized unit. I’ll share the link here anyone who is interested can read all about it.

As I continue to learn about all-things-iPod I’ve just discovered about iPod hacks. This reference startled me at first as it is not in my nature to destroy other’s enjoyment in any manner, especially when it comes to something like PCs and iPods.

What I learned is the term hacks when it refers to iPod is another way of saying accessories, except that the modification most likely will void your iPod’s warrantee. In any case the lists I found were nothing less than fascinating.

For instance, according to, the range of accessories includes downloadable iPod games and programs that convert DVDs to iPod-friendly video files. There are also programs that convert PDA files your PowerPoint presentations into files that work with your iPod-compatible.

The howstuffworks website also provided a reference to a list of some current applications: “iPod hackers are publishing all sorts of programs that alter the way an iPod works — some of the software is free, and some of it is for purchase. Some currently available hacks let you:

• Make an iPod work with Linux machines and run Linux applications

• Remove volume caps (iPods sold in Europe cap the volume at 100 decibels; uncapped iPods can reach more than 115 decibels.)

• Turn your iPod into a universal remote • Attach an external hard drive to your iPod to increase the storage capacity

• Change your iPod’s font and graphics • Watch movies on your iPod in full-screen mode • Plug your iPod into any computer (even without iTunes) and listen to music from the hard drive

• Transfer photos to iPod without using iTunes

• Replace iTunes all together as the iPod’s main jukebox • Use an iPod with a Windows 98 machine “

While I am fascinated with the expansion this provides I am too cautious and protective of Buck to try anything other than factory sealed products from Apple. I can be patient until they ramp up to the accessory list I peeked at in an underground publication.

The upcoming Apple list is robust and will blow away the hacker’s meager offerings. Meanwhile, I’ll stick to my movie and music downloading which keeps me rather busy and satisfied.

However if you hear any buzz about an auto-pilot for long cross-country drives that’s compatible with a 2006 STS, please pass it on. I might just let Buck give it a try.

About The Author

Alex Rich is a hypnotherapist and personal coach. His clients call on him for both personal and business advice. Doc has a growing collection of iPods and accessories.


Friday, August 7th, 2009
juicy asked:

Ipod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The ipod line can play many audio file formats including MP3, WAV, AAC, Audible audiobook and AIFF. It is highly selling music listening device and a real revolutionary device made by Apple. This product is known because of its high quality crystal clear sound quality. There are many products of ipod like ipod nano, ipod shuffle and ipod touch. Ipod is most popular device among the music lovers.

Ipod data recovery recovers many files like photos, videos, images and music which are either unintentionally deleted or formatted. The ipod data recovery software is the ultimate tool for your ipod video and ipod photo to restore your lost or deleted music files from ipod shuffle, ipod touch and ipod nano and ipod fifth generation series. This ipod data recovery software proves to be the very good option then sending your ipod for repair to any data recovery service.

Some of the key features of the ipod data recovery software are as follows-

Easy to operate with no technical software skills. Recovers data even if ipod partition volume is not recognized by the system. Retrieves corrupted files and folders from the ipod storage disk. Ensure music recovery when updated or restored using itunes software. Restores lost photos, music and deleted songs from logically damaged or formatted ipod memory. Ipod data recovery software supports all file formats including audio files (mp3, aiff, wav, m4a, Apple lossless etc), picture files (bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, png etc), video files (quick time, mpeg4 etc). Ensures data recovery from unintentionally formatted ipod memory or when data reset operation is being performed on ipod device.

The system requirements for ipod data recovery software are very less. It requires minimum64 MB of ram and 20 MB of free space hard disk space. Ipod data recovery software supports all latest operating system like windows vista/2000/2003/XP. You can download and can buy online the ipod data recovery software. So now you are more secured with your ipod data because now ipod data recovery is possible with ipod data recovery software. If you want to keep your memorable videos, music and photos in ipod for long time then you can opt for ipod data recovery software.

Apple Ipod Shuffle: the New Face of Music Players

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Alice Erin asked:

Apple launched the digital audio player with many expectations. Its entry was mainly after getting an excellent name in the electronic market. Apple Inc. took no time in having a large part of market share. The digital audio player became an instant hot selling device in the market, thanks to it’s really mind blowing features. The digital audio player iPod Shuffle was designed and marketed by Apple Inc that marked the beginning of a revolution in the field of musical entertainment. This media player is the budget model coming from the lineage of Apple, which got a big success in the mobile phone market. If looking for the specialties, this model is the first one from iPod to use flash memory. Prior to this model, all the models were storing data on a hard disk.

The Apple iPod Shuffle media player is the second generation model that weighs just 15 grams. The Shuffle model was introduced on January 11, 2005 with an eye catching design that could comfortably store songs and play them in random order. The availability of an “autofill” feature in iTunes makes it easy to select songs at random from a user’s music library. These songs could then be copied and fitted into the memory of the Shuffle. What makes the model important is its capacity to store up to 240 songs. Another attractive feature of the Shuffle is its bass response that is better than 4th generation iPods. Remember, the first generation Shuffle weighed 0.78 ounces.

The latest music player Shuffle carries various features offered by iTunes. The capability of this gadget to reduce the bit rate of songs to 128 kbit/s is just one among the many attractive features of the player. Let us now have a look at the physical appearance of the music player. We could see that the front of the iPod Shuffle comes with buttons for Play/Pause, Next Song/ Fast Forward, Previous Song/Fast Reverse and up and down volume adjustments. The model is also used as a USB flash drive. The user will find no difficulty in storing all required information and music in this music player.