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post #1 of 7
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Hi all Im thinking about getting a iPod after the next update as I hope they will fix most of the bugs with the battery dieing to quick in them.....

But there is one thing I would be interested in finding out and I hope you can help me...I remember some time back a company came to the MacWorld with a peace of hardware that you could attach at the top of the iPod to make it transmit the music like a transmitter so you could tune in the radio in the same room and hear the music off the iPod on the radio or HiFi in the room.

Now I havent see it around since as I remember they where asking if people would be interested in one if they released the product. I havent heard of it since and was wondering if it going to come out or if it has come out as that would be something Id like to have with my iPod (that is if they fix the bugs in them) when I get it some time next year.

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post #2 of 7
now that the iPods come with the remote, you probably wouldn't want a device that prevented you from using it...

I know the device you are referring to, and although it seems like an elegant solution, it could be much better. FOr one it uses AAA batteries instead of being powered by the FW port that it uses for stability... It covers the "hold" switch...

there are better solutions out there such as a tape adapter and FM transmitters like the iRock that can be used with anything, not just the iPod exclusively.
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post #3 of 7
The polymer battery, which I understand is made by Sony, was used practically for the first time in the iPod. Some cell phone use also started about the same time. Being a new technology there were some problems with some of the batteries but not all. It was not a bug. My battery in the original 5 Gig iPod started having problems about 11 months after I purchased the player. However, these problems were not systemic to all iPods. A very small percentage had defective batteries. The early problems have been solved. Apple replaced my iPod with a new one.
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post #4 of 7
Macs, I had a LiPolymer battery in my Nokia phone two years before the iPod was released. That's not "about the same time".
post #5 of 7
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Apples reply to what people should do when the bat will run out in 2 or 3 years time wass get a new iPod.....YEAH RIGHT! NO way would i pay around $400 and then go this will go in the trash and i will make apple happy and get another...

Even the new 20GB which are 3rd gen stil have the same prob with the bat....so it shows how much it has been fixed, I would love to get a iPod but they just got to many people post probs with them.

Look at the apple forums then you will know.

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post #6 of 7
Don't go spreading FUD about iPods being generally complained about. If Apple sells a million of the things (I have no idea what the actual figures are), there are bound to be people who have issues or bad units. Just ask around these boards and you'll see many, many users who have had nothing but delight from their iPods. I'd like to see the same feeling from users of any other MP3 device.

Personally, I've had my iPod for about a year now, and I've never had any problem with the battery. I've used it practically every day and the battery still lasts for 8-10 hours' continuous use after a full recharge.

I'm sure eventually, Apple will have a battery replacement service for out-of-warranty iPods. Otherwise, an enterprising third party will release replacement batteries. It is, in fact quite possible to open the iPod, replace the battery, and close it again without any physical evidence that it's been opened. This procedure can be done at home by people with the patience and the nerve to do it, or by third-party technicians. All we need are the replacement parts, which will come, no matter what Apple does.

But these issues aside, a year on, the iPod is STILL the only large capacity MP3 player I can carry around my neck or in my shirt pocket. And it's elegant, easy to use and perfectly integrated with the Macintosh.

If iPods did not exist, I would never have gotten an MP3 player, and I'd still be shuffling MDs.

If you are afraid of getting an iPod because of the battery issue, I feel sorry for you, because personally, I couldn't live without mine.

Maybe you're big or you only use it in the house and the car, and you can accept a monolithic Zen (despite appearances, it's still MUCH larger and heavier than an iPod). Maybe you'll wait for a small alternative, and buy a USB 2 adapter for your Mac to go with it. But that's not for me. I've got my iPod, it works perfectly, and I'm carrying all my Christmas albums, and a hundred others, around my neck RIGHT NOW. Meanwhile you're still shuffling CDs.
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