Another ipod thread - Sorry..

Hi All

With Christmas just around the corner the missus has said that she may buy me an ipod as I say I'd like one whenever the advert is on (by the way, what is that tune in the back ground?)

I have searched the forum as there as a few questions I wanted answering but I could not find anything specific. Here is a little list of things that I wanted to know.

1. Just how do they work? Do I put CD's onto a hard drive and transfer them like I do with a Net mini disc player?

2. Is there somewhere where lots of tunes are stored so I could choose a selection and download them to the ipod. - If so where? Is there a download cost etc?

3. Are they any good compared to your average MD player.

4. What should I look for when buying one? Extra memory ,special battery packs?

Thanks in advance for any help and apologies my ignorance!

Stevie
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1. Just how do they work? Do I put CD's onto a hard drive and transfer them like I do with a Net mini disc player?

Yes. Using either Apple's iTunes or Musicmatch you "rip" CDs to MP3 or AAC format which is stored on your hard disk. This is then transferred onto your iPod via a Firwire or USB2 cable.

2. Is there somewhere where lots of tunes are stored so I could choose a selection and download them to the ipod. - If so where? Is there a download cost etc?

Yes, but most of them seem to be available only in the US of A at the moment.

3. Are they any good compared to your average MD player.

If you are only making the comparison with headphones (i.e. not expecting it to be a music source in your main system) then the iPod stands up well to the MD players I have owned.

4. What should I look for when buying one? Extra memory ,special battery packs?

It's hard disk based so there is no extra memory to buy. Apple do offer a battery pack that takes 4 AA batteries and I have got one, but it is rather pricey at £50 considering it's just a small white plastic box with 2" cable. I also bought a second Firewire cable so that I have the docking station connected to my PC and the recharger plugged in at work. That way I have no need for the extra battery pack because I am never more than 8 hours away from a charger.
John
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Originally posted by alexgerrard:
Stevie

I would imagine that iPods will sell out LONG before Xmas - some shops I know of in Central London are already quoting January delivery.

Advertising works, I guess.

ag


I am flying out of Heathrow on Saturday and I was hoping the D-D-Dixons may have one or the World shop sometimes has electrical bits.

If not - guess I'll have to wait a while!

Stevie
I'm thinking of getting an ipod hopefully before christmas. I'm just going to be ripping all my cd's on to it and using it for travelling instead of my old portable cd player.

Anyway me question is, does the ipod/itunes cope with the cd's with the copy protection on them? If ipod/itunes can't cope with it out of the box I don't want any dodgy hack etc since that is probably against forum rules, just a yes/no answer if you know.

cheers
TS (you don't mind if I call you TS do you ?),

I am reluctant to give you a straight answer to your question because I haven't got one (yet). What I CAN tell you is that I have Blur's "think tank" album on mine. The first time I used iTunes/AAC and it was virtually unlistenable. With EAC/LAME it's perfecto.
I'll try Tom McRae's "just like blood" tonight and let you know if you like.

P.S. If you are a genuine music lover and have a decent PC I highly recommend that you go ahead with your purchase. My iPod has changed my life. It's fannyfuggintastic.
OK, I've just put JLB through EAC/LAME. Loads of error-correcting going on which slowed the RIP speed down to 2.5X (my new 56X drive usually RIPs at 10X) but the output seems solid enough. Not bad considering that my CDS2 wouldn't play this album before it had its PIC upgraded.
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