Aug 14 2009

iPod or not?

Category: UncategorizedMarcus @ 11:56 am

I’m thinking about getting a 120 GB iPod classic to replace my old Creative Zen Vision:M. The battery doesn’t last as long as it used to so it needs replacing anyway and there are all kinds of add-ons that only work with iPods. Any thoughts? What’s it like using iTunes, and how easy is it to transfer music if I’m not using my “main” machine?

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2 Responses to “iPod or not?”

  1. nja says:

    iTunes is not too bad these days (it went through a patch of being horrendously inefficient, taking ages to process files when you imported them). There are alternative programs around which allow you to copy stuff off the iPod as well as on to it – one of the drawbacks of an iPod is that it won’t just allow you to plug it in and plonk MP3 files onto it, you have to transfer them using a program. I used Yamipod for a while, there is a list on Wikipedia of others. There’s also Rockbox, an open source OS, if you want to go all Richard Stallman on your iPod.

    It might be worth looking at the nano – a flash memory device might be better for you than one with a hard disk, if you’re going to be shaking it around while training.

  2. nja says:

    iTunes is not too bad these days (it went through a patch of being horrendously inefficient, taking ages to process files when you imported them). There are alternative programs around which allow you to copy stuff off the iPod as well as on to it – one of the drawbacks of an iPod is that it won’t just allow you to plug it in and plonk MP3 files onto it, you have to transfer them using a program. I used Yamipod for a while, there is a list on Wikipedia of others. There’s also Rockbox, an open source OS, if you want to go all Richard Stallman on your iPod.

    It might be worth looking at the nano – a flash memory device might be better for you than one with a hard disk, if you’re going to be shaking it around while training.