Saturday, 28 July 2007

Is Apple iPod the Best MP3 Player?

There are Apple iPod users that wouldn't trade their MP3 player for anything in the world. Instead, other persons can't stand it. As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

The Apple iPod has been released in 2001 and in short time became almost substitute for the term MP3 player, having an impressive market share (over 80% of the hard drive based MP3 player market and around 70% of the entire MP3 player market).This means that almost everyone has heard of the iPod, which is another reason for it selling so well, besides the real advantages, of course.

Let's take a look at some advantages and disadvantages that can help you decide if the Apple iPod is the best MP3 player for you. iPod is cool, trendy, fashionable, stylish, classy ... whatever word you want to use to describe this. However, it is also one of the most expensive MP3 players out there. If you want to impress and price is not a problem for you, you will probably choose an iPod.

Then it has genuine advantages: small size, very good sound quality, easy to use navigation with the click wheel and large storage capacity. What's more, the latest models can play video files and display pictures in multiple file formats. The iPod Nano also has a full color screen, a stopwatch and lap timer. Another plus is that you can find many iPod accessories.

When it comes to disadvantages, the iPod has a big one, especially if you're an audio book lover. Downloadable audio books are becoming very popular and more and more websites are now offering them.

Unfortunately Apple have refused to enable the Windows Media capabilities of the iPod, while the majority of audio book publishers do request that their titles are available only in a copy protected WMA format. In this situation, you can only use iTunes to add new content to your iPod MP3 player.

Virtually all other MP3 player manufacturers support WMA files now, so it hopefully won't be long until pressure from customers forces Apple to enable it.

Until then, there is an easy solution. You need to burn the files to a regular compact disc and then rip as MP3 to your iTunes. However, this might not be convenient for everyone.

Another drawback becomes apparent if you want to connect the iPod with your home stereo system. And that's because the iPods do not have other needed output connections besides the headphone jack. In this case, you will need to separately buy a special docking station.

The good thing is that the docking station can also act as a charger for the battery, it has a remote control and output connections for video as well. However, this is an extra expense and you need to be aware of this.

Friday, 27 July 2007

Apple iPod Nano

How cool would it be to have five days' worth of your favorite music, if you're someone who plays your favorite music 24/7, or 25,000 of you favorite snapshots suspended from a chain around your neck on a black, or pink, or green, or silver, or blue device about the size of a playing card? Good looks, great listening, and a mammoth memory are the big selling points of the latest version of the rechargeable

Features Of The Apple iPod Nano

The Apple iPod nano offers internal memory ranging from the five hundred song capacity 2GB to the two thousand-song capacity 8GB so that your 1.4 ounce MP3 companion will keep you dancin' to its music for up to five days, if your downloaded song choices average four minutes or less. And that's if your Apple iPod nano is never given any downtime.
Realistically assess how long it would take you to get through two thousand songs, and you may appreciate the amazing job Apple has done packing a ton of consumer value into a very small package! Not only that; Apple has made the process of navigating through two thousand songs a breeze with its proprietary click-wheeling interface. All this in a MP3 62% smaller than the iPod mini, and although there were a few sacrifices to its miniaturization, the improvements far outweigh them. Well, maybe not far, because the whole setup tips the scales at a mere 1.5 ounces.

Apple iPod Nano Colors

While the Apple iPod nano will not get you FM or allow voice recording, its dazzling color screen, outstanding sound , and flash drive all make up for that slight shortcoming, and eliminate the possibility of a dead hard drive to boot. With five casing colors, up from the original white, and the black and white options of the Pod mini, the Apple iPod nano is designed to appeal to the fashion conscious runner; there are blue, pink, green, silver, and black nanos so you can coordinate with your running shoes. White did not make the final cut, perhaps because the original white iPod just got too grubby too quickly.
The Apple iPod nano has a line of accessories to meet any customization and function needs, and its lithium ion battery can provide music for twenty-four hours straight, with a fast cycle recharge getting it to 80% capacity in ninety minutes. A full charge will take three hours. You can also use the Apple iPod's amazing color display to exhibit a musically-accompanied show of you favorite photos for up to five hours.