Posts Tagged ‘MP3’

IPOD, IPhone Hack & The Sony Walkman – A Case Of Isolation?

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Slow down with that IPhone Hack your wanting to try out for just a second and let’s look at some history!

With the invention of the Stereobelt in 1972 being the first portable music player it wasn’t until 1979 when Sony brought to the world market the well known “Walkman” line of portable audio products. The price for portable audio is well below the original Sony Walkman price of $1000 putting personal audio in the hands of just about everyone. You can find mp3 players from $10 up to a few hundred dollars. A 8GB Ipod Nano will run you around $180.00 and is a large capacity player including full motion video for most music listeners. This low pricing combined with the excellent mass marketing campaigns of the Ipod from Apple has resulted in a second portable audio revolution. Only now just about everyone has access to a portable audio player.

In the 1980’s I remember maybe 3 or 4 kids in our entire school with Walkmans. The Sony Walkman was considered a rich kids toys and due to the few people that had access to such luxury they were often looked on as inferior and out of place compared to the transistor radios and boom boxes that were popular among group listening. It wasn’t out of the ordinary to be walking down the street and seeing a couple people grooving to a band you loved for you to stop and listen and strike up a conversation around the music you were listening to. Many friendships were sparked up in just this way.

With so many Ipods, Zune’s and other mp3 players in the hands of so many it seems we have dug ourselves into an ear-bud hole so to speak. Every morning I’ll get aboard a bus for work and there will be many people with ear-buds jamming away. Only thing is, I don’t know what they are listening to, and with that lack of knowledge I am unable to enjoy the music with them or, even comment on what they are listening to. Of course some may see such a gesture as butting into someone Else’s business. I see it as self-imposed isolation by the mass public. Yes it’s a great and amazing thing to be able to carry your entire music library with you in your pocket however at what cost?

The rapid evolution of technology in the past 20 years has changed the core fundamentals of how we interact with each other in our daily lives. Once we gathered around street corners on a given Saturday night. Today we order pizza online for home delivery so we can be well nourished while taking our maximum allotted 15 minute break from Word Of Warcraft. Our dependence on high technology for our communication needs is increasing more rapidly than ever. There is an ever growing demand for products which allow us to do more in a given time period. Gone are the days where you just checked your mailbox and answering machines.

There however is a great light at the end of the tunnel! Rapidly evolving social networking technologies are changing the entire landscape of the global Internet. This is best represented by mainstream innovations such as Myspace and Facebook. Socialization is the hottest online trend going. By socializing online actions you can naturally let those that you know what you’ve been up to with no interaction on your part whatsoever. Post a article to your blog, update it to twitter, then facebook, then myspace, then on and on and on. Socialization is viral and we can expect great innovations that will focus on elevating our social isolation out of the darkness and into the world again.

You are free to resume your Iphone Hack in progress!

Is an iPod the Best Mp3 Player Choice?

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Apple is incredibly dominant in the mp3 player market – it has over 80% of the US market for example. Why is this?

Firstly because iPod’s still lead the way for music playing capabilities – most independent reviews say they just sound great. Secondly, the iTunes is the best music management software. On top of that, the iTunes music store is the easiest to use and has the greatest choice.

And last but certainly not least iPod’s are just such amazingly sexy devices!

The iPod model range changes regularly.

iPod touch

The latest iPod is the iPod Touch. The iPod touch has the incredible touch screen user interface, plus it feels sexy in your hand, thanks to its amazingly thin, contoured enclosure made of polished stainless steel. The iPod touch provides up to 36 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback (which is enough to watch three or four movies between charges).

It also has a built-in speaker so you can listen to the music, dialogue, and action without headphones, perfect for casual listening.

iPod Classic

The iPod classic comes with 120GB of internal disk storage, which equates to 30,000 songs, 150 hours of video, or 25,000 photos. It is available in silver or striking new black and now has an upgraded all-metal enclosure composed of anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel.

You can also use the new Apple Remote with an optional iPod Universal Dock to control your music, videos and slideshows. There is of course a huge range of third party accessories with similar capabilities to the Apple ones – sometimes even better than Apple’s and often at lower prices.

iPod nano

Apple’s tagline for the nano is “impossibly small” and it certainly is incredibly small and light. It is currently available in 8GB and 16GB sizes, which hold about 2,000 and 4,000 songs respectively.

The nano has a colour display, so you can view album art as you play your music. The sexy feature taken from the iPod touch – give your iPod nano a shake and it shuffles to another song in your library – thanks to the built-in accelerometer.

Because it is so small and light, Apple emphasises the nano’s wearability. You can easily wear it around your neck or keep it on an armband.

iPod shuffle

The shuffle is the entry level iPod model and is even smaller than the iPod nano – about the size of a pack of gum and weighs less than a car key.

The shuffle doesn’t have a display so its playlist control is fairly basic – play, pause, skip, repeat, hold and shuffle (random).

Like other iPod models the shuffle has been upgraded to use anodized aluminum and is available in blue, green, pink, red, and original silver

It is easy to hook up to a computer – just plug it directly into a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port, or use an optional Dock. You can sync a specific iTunes Playlist, or drag and drop individual songs or albums from iTunes into the iPod shuffle. The shuffle also automatically charges during syncing.

Summary

Apple still holds a clear lead over other mp3 music player vendors. The iPods sets the pace in most aspects – storage, packaging, sex appeal and now even price. There is a huge 3rd party add on market that gives the iPod owner a wide choice of accessories.

Really, from the position it now has, Apple has to make big mistakes or just get complacent to lose its #1 market position.

The author is a home theater enthusiast who likes to take his music with him wherever he goes. Get the facts about the LCD TVs for your home from http://www.lcdtvcenter.com

Transferring Music From IPod to PC

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Did your computer crash and all your music is only on your iPod? Do you want to transfer all of your MP3’s from your iPod to a new PC, or use your iPod to transfer some songs to your work computer? You don’t need to purchase special software as some people will lead you to believe. If you have Microsoft Windows, iTunes, and an iPod (set to show up as a removable drive); That’s all you need! I’m going to walk you through the steps needed to do this.

Set Windows to show hidden files

Right click on your [START] button and select “explore”. Click on [Tools] at the top, then “Folder Options…”. This will bring you to a windows with customizable folder options. At the top, click the “View” Tab then scroll down halfway. Click on “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Find songs hidden on your iPod

Plug your iPod into your PC via the USB cable. The iPod should show up as a removable drive (for example purposes, we’ll call it the E: drive). Go to “My Computer” and then press your F3 key to pull up a search sub-window. Choose “All files and folders” if a little dog asks you any questions. Then, fill out the form as shown in Figure3 and click “Search”… This will show you all the MP3’s that are on your iPod. Yes, they have weird names, but the song tags (Title, Artist, Genre, etc) are all still there. iTunes will rename them with their tag information when you import them.

When it is done searching, select them all by pressing “CTRL %2B A” and copy them (right click -> copy) all into a new folder on your desktop (right click on your desktop and select New -> Folder). Copying may take a while depending on how many songs you are moving around. Once they are done copying, go to the next step.

Import the songs using iTunes

Install the latest iTunes if you don’t already have it (refer to the apple documentation), then open iTunes. Immediately, click on [Edit] at the top, then click on Preferences. Once the window pops up, click on the Advanced tab and make sure “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” are selected (VERY IMPORTANT). Then click Ok.

Now you will import all the music you copied. Click on [File] at the top and select “Add Folder to Library”. It will ask you which folder to add. Navigate to your desktop and select the New Folder you created that contains all your music, then click OK.

Relax and let iTunes work

Thats it! As it imports, iTunes will use the tags to rename the songs to the correct information. Don’t forget to delete the New Folder on your desktop when you are done. You no longer need these because iTunes copied them all to its own internal folder in your My Documents -> My Music folder.

Sincerely,
Chris Tolson
CTOLSON1978@tGMAIL.COM


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