Apple iPod 40 GB Photo M9585LL/A White (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 40 GB model holds up to 10,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
- Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
- Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours
- Compatible with Mac OS X or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
- Comes with iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, a carrying case, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AV cable
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iPod photo. Love what iPod did for music? See what it can do for photos. Instantly view and share slideshows set to music anywhere - on your iPod photo or on a TV. An incredible combination of storage and portability. The size of a deck of cards, iPod photo packs a color screen, up to 14 hours of battery life, a 40 GB hard drive for holding up to 10,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or any combination in between.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer A delight for the ears. A feast for the eyes. Though it's no bigger than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just over 6 ounces, iPod photo delivers a one-two sensory punch, letting you carry an entire library of your favorite music (up to 10,000 songs) or enough photos (as many as 25,000) to fill nearly 200 slide trays or cover nearly 5,000 square feet of wall space. Got a really big den?
iPod photo displays 25 full-color thumbnails at a time, which you can scroll through the same way you scroll through song titles.
The new iPod photo features a razor-sharp LCD display that lets you see your photos in vivid color--65,536 colors, to be exact. And with its built-in backlighting, you'll be able to admire those photos indoors or out.
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iTunes 4.7: Your Photo Passport
Wait, there's more. iPod photo features even more robust autosync capabilities. Now, in addition to offering the industry's best music syncing, iTunes offers stellar photo syncing as well. Update your photo collection by adding images or creating new albums, and the next time you connect iPod photo to your Mac or PC using the included FireWire or USB 2.0 cables, iTunes 4.7 will automatically synchronize your photo collection.
And did we mention that iTunes 4.7 also autosyncs album art? It's true. The album art downloaded when you purchase music from the iTunes Music Store is transferred to iPod photo along with the music. So while iPod photo plays your tunes, you can enjoy the album art--in color, of course--on the Now Playing screen.
Enjoy Improved Battery Life
Whether you're on a transcontinental flight or an extra-long hike, if you plan to listen to music for hours and hours, iPod photo has you covered. Fully charged, it lets you enjoy up to 15 hours of continuous music or up to 5 hours of continuous slideshows with music. Use the iPod photo dock or FireWire or USB 2.0 cables to quickly charge the batteries.
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Having migrated from a 15GB 3rd Gen. iPod, I can tell you that 40GB is more than enough for the average music afficionado. I've got just under 3500 songs (a combination of MP3 & AAC files) loaded on it and I still have 20 1/2 GB left to play with. Not bad at all. Being able to see the album art for each song is a nice touch too. The core features that have made the iPod such a big hit haven't changed. Most people know what the iPod does already so I'll focus this review on what makes the iPod photo such a leap from its predecessors.
The interface has been reworked (new Apple font, blue highlight over a white backgound) and it benefits greatly from a color screen. The backlight illuminates the 2" screen nicely and it works great if you're only glancing at it to find what you're looking for (i.e. using it hooked up to your car stereo). The games are now in full color too, making Solitaire actually playable.
Now for the photos.
First, I've heard complaints that photo syncing through iTunes is rather clunky but I've experienced quite the opposite. It's no harder than changing any of iTunes' preferences. What I do is have both iPhoto & iTunes open, start with iPhoto and remember the albums I want to copy over, then Command+Tab to iTunes and check off the albums I want. Simple as that. It takes a bit to sync up (especially if you have over a few hundred photos, I have over a thousand) but luckily it's not processor-intensive so you can surf the net, answer email on your computer while iTunes is working.
As for the photos themselves, sure the quality isn't like looking at an actual photo print but for the screen size the pictures look great, and navigating through them is remarkably easy. You can either go backwards & forwards by pressing Next or Previous on the scroll wheel OR by using the scroll wheel itself to cycle through them. Looking through albums is as easy as picking a playlist and the screen accommodates 25 thumbnails at a time, making finding the photo you want a snap.
Finally, the incidentals. The battery life has been increased substantially to accommodate for the color screen; I have yet to run the battery down completely once. This also adds to the size of the device itself, making it a bit thicker and a tad heavier but it's by no means anything to get worked up over.
So Apple managed to do it. They took a device that was without argument the best in its class and made it better. If you're looking to carry around a lot of photos and your music, look no further. It's worth every penny.
1) I primarily use this in my car while driving. I bought the itrip, which transmits to an open radio station. I use to do some interesting driving tricks so I could flip through my rather large CD case, find the one I wanted and change the current CD in the player and replace the other in the case. This ipod has probably saved a lot of lives since I'm no longer running people off the road to do this.
2) This is a great way of protecting your music. My CDs would get ruined in my car or home no matter how hard I tried to keep them in immaculate condition. The ipod stores all the songs nicely so I no longer worry about that.
3) I do love the photo feature where I can store all of my pictures on them. It's about as compact as some of these bulky wallets I see but you can show off about a million more pictures.
ALTHOUGH there have been a HOST of really annoying problems:
1) I can't run with this ipod, which is a tragedy for me since it was the number one reason I wanted it. I have never gone running with this thing where it hasn't froze or broken down. I try to reset it only to have it break down 10 minutes later or refuse to reset at all.
2) It has erased all of the songs it holds at least 4 times for no apparent reason. I have a thousand songs saved on it and it becomes aggravating when I constantly have to reload them.
3) If you really want to adapt this into your daily use be prepared to spend an additional few hundred dollars on new headphones (the ones they come with are awful), a new holster (the one provided doesn't show allow access to the front of the ipod and the clip isn't functional), an itrip and holder for if you want it for your car, an italk if you want to record etc. etc. Bottom line the $600 you drop for this is only the beginning. Oh and mine started to scratch the first 24 hours I had it, so you'll need the skin also.
There is barely a day where I don't use my ipod but then again every time I use it I have so many problems that I consider getting rid of it and just going back to CD players or getting an MP3 player. Apple had an amazing idea but their merchandise isn't reliable or functional most of the time.
There are some minor problems that need to be taken care of when you purchase this:
1) BUY A CASE- The case that comes with this is not very good because the screen can get scratched easily. This is necessary.
2) BUY A WARRANTY- The internal battery will probably die within a year, so it's necessary to get a good warranty.
3) CONVERT YOUR WMA FILES- The most annoying thing about this is that it doesn't take Windows Media files. Convert all of your WMA files to the ipod-compatible format. If you have protected files, re-upload them in the iTunes format.
Enjoy your ipod!