Moving this old geezer in to the next generation of media
Sunday, January 15, 2006 by HG_Eliminator | Discussion: Personal ComputingI recently broke my old portable media player (apparently it was not fire proof.*dont ask*)
so i was on a quest for a new player... I wanted a feature rich player that was fun as well as functional....i researched online, the many various media
After a weeks worth of investigating I settled on the Video capable, 5th
generation Ipod by Apple,Black.. A worth while investment.. Even tho I still feel it is a
lil over priced.(it makes me nervous to part with $300 and get handed a box I could barely fit 2 jeweled CD cases in) . At first glance it looked like some kind of cheezy $19.99 old style hand held video game like my kids get from walmart, but alas looks can be decieving. I knew that under that simple design was 30 gigs of fun wating to be unleashed. first I ran the installer. (I already use itunes to organize my music so thre wasent much to install). and hooked the Ipod up to its usb connector.in seconds the ipod was recognized by Itunes and ready to play with...soon i was in download heaven. tranfering playlists and music files to my newest toy...but did i stop at music? noooo... i had to try out the picture function,, as well as the movie capability...so i grabed a few pics of the family and a video i made of our Christmas day carryings on...after recodeing the video to Ipod's movie format.. i was all ready to go..unhooked it from the PC and started my testing the toy out...first was getting used to the touch wheel or Click wheel as they refer it to... while the wheel looks simple, it is more advanced than meets the eye ..while it has the standard play, stop,next and prev functions it also has a touch sensitive wheel effect. Newer lap tops have this style of pad on the key board for a mouse ( you run your finger alog the pad and the cursor moves) The one on the Ipod is wheel shaped and controlls functions like volume as well as position scanning in playback mode ... in menu mode it controls the menu highlighter up and down to select the various menu items you want..Tho it gets a little getting used to (the wheel is a lil sensitive to the touch) I barely moved myfinger and BOOM full volume. needless to say the wife gave me a odd look as my startled self jumped. after hitting pause *and regaining my composure* i decided to look at the pics and movies...pics were clear and clean the movie was equally nice to watch.Every thing worked smoothly and as it should have....
As I get more familiar with it the Ipod further impresses me with its ease of use as well as well thought out extras.for instance the Screen lock... this handy lil function alows the owner to lock the Ipod so it cant be used unless the code you previously specified has been entered...*handy to keep your files safe if you use the ipod to store your secure data*...
all in all im feeling much better about my investment..
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