Apple 20 GB iPod from HP (MP102)
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- Holds up to 5,000 songs
- Up to 12 hours continuous backup with rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Innovative Click Wheel makes navigation easier
- Synchs up with your PC efforllessly with the included USB 2.0 and Firewire cables
- 1 year limited hardware warranty with 1 year toll-free 24x7x365 phone support
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The Apple iPod +hp digital music player puts a world of music in the palm of your hand. Able to store about 5,000 songs and weighing just 5.6 ounces, the new 4th generation iPod supplies up to 12 hours of playing time on a single battery charge. It also now incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Playlists and thousands of songs can be quickly accessed without lifting a thumb from the wheel. Features an intuitive user interface, a 2" backlit grayscale LCD screen and seamless integration with the included iTunes for Windows software. iTunes allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital music collection, and makes it easy to add to your collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes a 1-yr. warranty through Hewlett-Packard. iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. iPod for Mac (software not included) requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 or later recommended). Supports AAC, MP3, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Available storage capacity may vary.
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The iTunes software requires two updates (as of December 25, 2004) to get full functionality. The software conflicts with Roxio's music software. So, if yo uwant iTunes to recognized your CD drivers - you'll need to exit all the Roxio software as well as any other digital music utilities. Make sure to run the CD drive tests. For some odd reason, my CD-ROM driver isn't recognized by the iPod, but my DVD drive is.
After that, it's simplicity itself. Just insert the CDs, and the iPod picks it up as a music source and automatically adds the tracks to your library. The system looks to an external CD Database to pull the track information, so make sure to verify that the way it identifies your tracks is correct. Older CDs and import CDs can be a challenge - and the database recognition isn't the fastest I've seen.
Personally, I don't care for the earbuds. The sound quality is excellent and they are quite stylish. I prefer noise cancelling headsets for travel, so I'll pick up another unit. My Aiwa headset has been seized by my better half for use with his portable DVD player.
Use of the iPod is gorgeously simply. The click wheel is one of the best industrial design elements I've ever seen. It's virtually impossible to not "get" the iPod in about a minute.
I don't care about the PIM functions; I have a Blackberry for that. I don't care about the games. I'd rather be able to delete the superfluous functions and gain more drive space! :-)
When I imported my library of MP3s (ripped from my own CDs, thanks for asking) I did convert them to Apple's AAC format. I was able to use third-party software that supports AAC as well without any difficulty. I haven't tried purchasing music online from third party sources, but I understand that might be a bigger challenge.
I previously used an iRiver 256 MB solid state player, so the weight of the iPod was a surprise. Unlike the iRiver, I don't think I'll wear the iPod around my neck. The form factor is very nice, just slightly larger than a typical 2.5" hard drive for a laptop computer.
The screen's visibility is excellent. Just hold down the "menu" button on the click wheel and it backlights. Hold it again, and the backlight turns off. Hold down the "pause/stop" function, and the unit powers off.
It is a delightful christmas gift and I recommend it very highly.
- iPod & iPod photo lines merged; no more iPod photo 30 GB
- iPod comes in two capacities - 20 GB ($299), 60 GB ($399) with color screen & photo support
- U2 iPod (20 GB) down to $329 from $349 - with color screen & photo support
- iPod shuffle 1 GB down to $129 from $149
- iPod 60 GB down to $399 from $449
- new version of iTunes (4.9) that support podcasts
This is not a review of iPod 20 GB as such - great reviews are available already. Here is some information that might help in deciding which iPod to go for.
You may want to look at iPod photo 30 GB instead of this product, from now onwards... With just $50 more, you get a iPod photo 30 GB with a color screen!
Today (23 Feb 2005), Apple announced a major change in its iPod lineup and here is how it affects iPod 40 GB and iPod photo models:
> iPod 40 GB is discontinued
> iPod photo 40 GB is discontinued
> iPod photo 30 GB (new product) replaces the 40 GB iPod photo and the regular iPod 40 GB
> iPod photo 60 GB now costs $150 less -- $449 instead of $599
> iPod photo 30 GB costs $349 ($150 less than iPod photo 40 GB and $50 less than regular iPod 40 GB)
> iPod dock ($39), AV cable ($19), carrying case ($29), and firewire cable ($19) do not ship with iPod photo (have to be bought separately if you need)
> So, now we get only three things with the iPod: earphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable
> iPod photo Camera Connector is introduced - this can be used for connecting your digital camera directly to the iPod
Since I have iPod 40 GB as well as iPod photo 60 GB, I strongly recommend iPod photo for those who are looking beyond the iPod 20 GB. The color screen has much better resolution and it also has a scrolling feature for long texts. Of course, the ability to store and view the photos is a great value addition too.
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