How to run your ipod in diagnostic mode

December 29, 2006

If you got yourself a new iPod this holiday season but instead of sweet tunes you’re hearing clicks and whirs, this Metacafe video shows you how to boot your iPod into diagnostics mode so you can do a little troubleshooting before you take the little guy into the genius bar.

Once you’ve got your iPod booted into diagnostics mode, check out this post for more detailed explanations of how to use each test. Of course, your iPod doesn’t have to be broken before you boot up diagnostics mode – my iPod is running pretty well, but I still like to boot into diagnostics every now and again just to see that everything’s running well.

source [lifehacker]


Transferring YouTube videos to your iPod

November 16, 2006

youtube on ipodsWhat do you do if you have a long flight or commute using public transportation? You can read, listen to music, or now, watch videos from YouTube! DLS reader Guillermo points us to a new Windows application called iTube that enables users to transfer any YouTube video straight to their iPods. It’s extremely simple to use as well. Just enter the URL for the YouTube video you want, and the file will start downloading and be converted to an iPod-friendly format automatically. When you iPod is plugged in it will instantly sync up. Another bonus with iTube is being able to watch the videos not only on your iPod, but also in iTunes.

So what if you have a Mac? PodTube to your rescue. Install the application, and browse with Safari, and clickaty click, download the video of your choice, and sync it up in iTunes for transfer to your iPod. Or if you aren’t down with that app, Mac users can also check out TubeSock for Mac OSX. Happy viewing and listening!

source [downloadsquad]

IME launches universal iMe dock for your car

November 6, 2006

If you’re genuinely frustrated with fuzzy (and “dangerous“) FM transmitter results, and aren’t exactly keen on wiring up a separate connection for each DAP you own, Integrated Mobile Electronics has your solution. In a presumed attempt to alleviate the frustration of priopritary DAP-to-automobile liaisons (and grab the entire market’s attention), the startup has unveiled the iMe in-car docking station. The device, like most other hardwired options, will require a good bit of DIY handiwork (and Excedrin Migraine pills), but will apparently channel audio to your sound system and even video to your LCD-equipped whip. The package will reportedly support the Apple iPod / nano, Microsoft Zune (including the unannounced “80GB” version), Creative Zen Vision:M, SanDisk Sansa, and iRiver Clix right out-of-the-box, and even touts the ability to charge your device while docked. While it’s being marketed as an end-all solution to your in-car docking station needs, these all-in-one contraptions should certainly be approached with caution — and while there’s no info on pricing or availability, you can see its potential for yourself at the SEMA expo this month.

source [engadget]

Multi-functional stereo speaker dock from Brando

November 2, 2006

Stereo speaker dock from Brando

Picking a stereo speaker dock system can be tricky when you have a ton of gadgets and gizmos at your disposal, as you would most probably want one that can cater to most, if not all of your devices. Brando has seen that this need is fulfilled with the Multi-functional Dock Speakers that is compatible with a Sony Ericsson and Nokia cellphones, iPods of all kinds from the third generation upwards save the Shuffle, and even the beleaguered Sony PSP. This versatile speaker dock also doubles up as a charger for your various iPods and Sony Ericsson cellphone when plugged in. It looks pretty simple to operate, with an On/Off button and two volume controls. Are there any better alternatives out there for $58?

source [ubergizmo]

Apple revamps iPod family

September 13, 2006

“We’re going to give you an overview of the iPod and then move onto some other products. we’ve shipped over 65 million ipods as of june, and there are lots of acccessories. There’s a new place you can use your iPod [shot of ipod toilet paper dispenser]. 70 percent of the new cars sold in the US offer iPod connectivity as an option.”

“We’ve sold over 450,000 Nike +iPod Sport Kits and it’s been less than 90 days.”

30GB, 7,500 songs, 40 hrs video, $249. 80GB, 20,000 songs, 100 hrs video, $349. Now, let’s take a look at the iPod nano. It is the most popular MP3 player in the world. So today, we’re going to introduce an all new nano. It’s made out of aluminum, and it’s even thinner than the previous ipod nano.

Maybe the most obvious feature is we’re bringing back colors: Blue, Pink, Green, Silver, and Black. Battery life: 24 hours.

Second generation nano: thinner alumninum case, 5 colors, 40 % brighter display, 24 hour battery.

2GB (aluminum only) $149
4GB colors $199
8GB (black only) $249


The #1 thing that came back from customers using the first ipod shuffle was wearability. The 2nd generation shuffle comes in a beautiful aluminum case. but we started with wearability – it’s got a built-in clip. I’ve got one here. On the bottom it’s got the switches that say turn off and on or shuffle or linearly. it comes with a [TINY] dock and plugs into your Mac or PC.

it comes in one model. “So: the world’s smallest MP3 player”:

Aluminum case with clip
Comes with dock and earbuds
New packaging.

“So, that’s the story with iPods.”


source [engadget]

ShieldZone – Invisible shield for portable devices

August 8, 2006

Some people are persnickety about maintaining the pristine appearance of their portable devices (now say that fast 10 times), mourning every little scratch and dent as a little loss of innocence, and dressing them up in protective armor as if they’re being sent off to war. So what if the case covers up the very thing that attracted them to their favorite gadget — it’s lovely, sleek, come-hither design.

But for those who like a more minimalist approach, ShieldZone makes shields that are invisible, using material originally “designed to protect the leading edges of military helicopter blades from wear and tear while traveling at hundreds of miles per hour.” Though it won’t cushion the fall if you drop your gadget onto concrete, it promises high quality, scratch-free protection that doesn’t change the original appearance of your device. Each shield is specifically fitted for your particular PDA, cell phone, iPod, GPS, gaming system, watch, laptop, etc. (see full list of product categories on the site), and sells for 圓330 ($10) to 圓1,300 ($40).

Take a look at the customer-made demo video in which an iPod is viciously attacked by a metal key 12 hours after application of the shield.

source [Popgadget] 2006.08.01

iPod Design – Grant K’s iPod DS

February 28, 2006