Archive for the ‘iPod / iTunes’ Category
I’m looking to convert my iTunes Library from AIFF files to Apple Lossless as I understand there is no loss in Sound Quality and that the Lossless files are roughly 50% smaller. I tried a sample on an album by using “Select All” then Right Clicking on the highlighted areas, then “Convert To Apple Lossless” and this does the job. The only problem is that it leaves the original files in tact (does not delete them) and since I have over 6,000 songs having to manually delete the AIFF files one by one would be a major pain, so is there a way to covert without retaining the AIFF files?
To be honest, iTunes default behavior is a little too cautious. The conversion process is designed to be non-destructive. You may possibly be able to craft an automator script in OSX 10, that would convert a file, then move the original to a different folder that you can toss once the process is completed. That may shave some work time off of the conversion process.
I have a 3rd generation 32GB iPod Touch and a Mac Mini G4 1.5 GHz, the last G4 model produced. It’s currently running the latest version of Leopard, and I’ve been using it with a USB hub. I also have a “3rd generation” iPod Touch 8GB, but I am aware that it’s actually got the same hardware as a 2nd gen model.
The 8GB unit works perfectly with my G4 Mini. But iTunes refuses to recognize my 32GB Touch. If I look in System Profiler, it sees that there’s an iPod connected to the USB port, but nothing else happens.
I don’t get any error messages, either.
I tried bypassing the USB hub and connecting the 32GB unit directly to one of the Mini’s two USB ports, but the exact same thing happened. I was able to successfully sync the 32GB model with a Windows machine, so I don’t believe that the iPod is defective.
Is the 32GB unit simply incompatible with the G4 Mini, or do you have any advice for me?
I can only assume that your system has iTunes 9 installed on it and meets the system requirements:
• iTunes 9 or later
• Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later; Mac OS X version 10.5 or later is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras
• QuickTime 7.6 or later
• Support for HE-AAC requires QuickTime 7.6.4 and Mac OS X version 10.5 or later
• Safari 4.0.3 or later
• 200MB of available disk space
Perhaps you can find a local Apple reseller, and see if their version of iTunes on a demo Mac will see the iPod. That will tell you that you if it is an iPod or Mac Mini issue. Let me know what you find out.
Will your Monster 6ft Cable – Mini to Optical Toslink for Airport Express/G5 iMac will work for my installation? I want to purchase a new Airport Express base station to stream music from iTunes to my stereo receiver. I have an optical input on the back of my receiver, and just want to make sure this is the correct cable. I plan on purchasing both from you.
Yes. If you want to connect iTunes to your stereo receiver the Mini to Optical Toslink cable will connect an Airport Express or Intel Mac laptop to a Toslink port on a stereo system so you can stream music wirelessly.
Have fun with it!
I am having problem putting music on my iPod. it keeps saying that here is an unknowen error -69 any chance you could tell me what to do ??
In general the first step in troubleshooting an iPod problem is to reformat the iPod and take it back to the original factory config. Make sure you have backed up your settings in iTunes first and that you still have all the songs and applications in your iTunes library.
To format your iPod, connect it to your computer and select it in the iTunes Device list. Then under the Summary tab select the Restore button and confirm that you are going to delete all data on the iPod. It will download the latest software for your iPod and then install it, it may take some time. When it is done, you can try restoring your setup from the last backup you made.
However before you go to this extreme, you may just have some file problem crashing the transfer process. If the problem is just seen during the iPod sync process you will need to remove the problem file from your iTunes library. This problem can be caused by a corrupt MP3 file or some other issue with the song files. Here is an Apple article on how to locate the offending iPod files and remove them.
Hope this helps,
I have an iBookG4 with OSX 10.3.9. Leopard. Processor is 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 and with 1.25 GB DDR SDRAM. I went to an Apple store to buy an iPod and they only stock ones that run on OSX 10.4. All I want is an iPod that will store a reasonable amount of tracks to listen to while I am jogging.
Can you recommend a model that will suit my needs and my system?
If you want to stick with OS X 10.3.9, then you should look at some of our used Fifth generation iPods or used iPods. They are also called an iPod Video in the descriptions. My wife owns one and loves it for video and music. This model is the most advanced iPod that will still work with a Mac OS before 10.4 Tiger. For running though, you may just want to get a used original iPod Nano. They do not weigh much and have no hard drive to get damaged by bouncing around. I had one, but I loved it to death and just have an iPhone now.
If you are interested in upgrading your iBook, it will run Leopard just fine. My teenage daughter has that exact same model iBook running Leopard and she will not let me replace it.
Can I use two iPods from the iTunes program I have on my computer? My older 4GB iPod was not large enough to hold the data. I purchased through PowerMax, a new 120GB iPod. Can I still load partial data from iTunes on the older 4GB unit?
Absolutely, my wife and I share a central computer and pool our music and TV shows together in one iTunes library. She has one iPod just for music in her car and another one with her favorite music and her recorded TV shows. I just have an iPhone but they all coexist in one iTunes library. We even have a 1st generation iPod Shuffle to help the person who draws the short straw and has to vacuum.
iTunes uses the serial number of the iPod to keep track of witch iPod has what settings for synchronization. So plug them both in without any worries.
iTunes suddenly stopped accessing all the songs I have gotten from friends’ computers. Why is this? Every time I click on one of the songs, a window comes up that says the file cannot be located. This seemingly happened for no reason.
That message typically indicates that the files have been moved form the library or their original source. That source can be an external hard drive, iPod in disc mode, CD/DVD, or even a network mounted drive. To make sure your files are actually in the iTunes Library, you need to change a iTunes preference setting. Go to the “iTunes” menu and down to Preferences. In Preferences, click on the “Advanced” tab. Now mark the Checkbox for both “Keep iTunes folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library.”
Those changes will make sure that your music shown in iTunes is actually on your computer. If you received the music files via a CD/DVD, you will need to re-add them to your iTunes library by reinserting the disk and using the “Add to Library…” item from the File menu. Then just select the disc and add all the files.
I’ve got a question for you and hope it doesn’t sound stupid but this is new to me. I’ve got an iPod and the music on it, and I want to know how I can delete the old music and put on new music. I have no idea how I can go about it.
It is not a stupid question as it is not always obvious how your music is place on an iPod. The iPod can only be managed by the iTunes application on your computer. Once you have iTunes stocked with encoded music from your CDs and purchased music, you connect your iPod to the computer.
The iPod will show up as a device in the left had section of the iTunes window. You can then select the iPod and set the way you want music to be synced to the iPod. Depending on the size of your iTunes library and the capacity of your iPod, you may be able to have all your music on the iPod, or just some Play Lists if your library will not fit on the iPod.
My daughter has a 3rd generation iPod nano silver 4 GB and it got put through the washing machine by accident. Is there any hope of repair or do we need to just get a whole new one for her?
The earbuds work just fine but so far nothing is working with the iPod. I didn’t know if we had a shot of it working if it dried out completely or if the water would ruin the internal components. Please help me out! I’m feeling horrible about it.
It is unlikely your daughter’s iPod nano will come back from the dead. The wash is a thorough killer of the iPod family, particularly the batteries. The best bet is to dry it in the windowsill, on a sunny day. That should get it warm enough to cook out the moisture without further damaging the electronics. After a day of drying try connecting it to a computer through the docking cable. Then see if it will power on. Even if the battery is dead it should still work off the USB power. If you see nothing it will probably mean you need a new iPod.
If it does turn on then try to charge the battery. If it does not charge, there are battery replacement options. Some sites offer repair, but those could cost as much as just replacing the unit.
I am using iTunes and have loaded up my iPod with over 11,000 songs. Do these songs take up space on my Macbook? Can I put them into a separate storage device and what device would be large enough? My iPod holds 147GBs. Thanks
One drive to look at that can fit your music and survive a drop or two is the Lacie Rugged Hard Drive.
Follow these three steps.
I hate Apple. They sell a kid an expensive mp3 player that has a two year life on the battery which can not be changed. So throw it away? I could use it in my work truck if I could find a product that would both charge the iPod and transmit to an open radio frequency.
I travel long distances in the far North where there are no radio stations in range. Usually I pack two dozen cds, but I often tire of the limited choice. I could upload all of my cds into I tunes and use my son’s old nano and buy him a new one. If you know what product I need and where I can get it, I would be happy to hear from you.
What you need is a iPod FM transmitter that plugs into your lighter and the Apple dock connector on the bottom of the nano. I have personally used the Monster Cable iPod FM transmitter.
Most times I do not recommend these in urban areas because of station interference but you sound like the perfect candidate to use one of these. Also consider downloading free Podcast from iTunes, to break up the music on long drives. Believe me a bunch of podcasts can make a drive seem much shorter. Hope it gives that iPod new life.
I just got a MacBook Pro (&) I want to upload massive numbers of ripped lossless CDs onto a terabyte HD, then connect my MacBook to a stereo receiver and use the MacBook as a CD server. I’ve been told I’ll have to set up a wifi network to accomplish this because iTunes won’t see the external HD.
What’s the most elegant way to solve this problem?
There are probably many ways to accomplish your digital Jukebox project. You certainly can use your MacBook to play all your iTunes directly to a stereo. All you would need is a 1/8th inch to RCA cable like this one. Connect the line out from your Mac computer to the stereo.
Then you would just need to move your iTunes Library to the external drive by following these instructions from Apple regarding Moving your iTunes Music folder.
This would require you to keep your Mac connected to both the stereo and the hard drive, in-order for you to play the music. If that sounds OK to you then it is a fairly easy setup. Otherwise you may want to look at some wireless streaming options.
A truly slick option would be to use the cable above attached to an Airport Express. The Airport Express could be connected to the Wireless network in your house. Your router at home, that hosts the wireless network, would then have a LaCie network drive attached to an ethernet port. The LaCie 1 TB Drive would have your Music stored on it and then shared by the iTunes-compliant server component of the LaCie drive. All your MacBook Pro would need to do is play the music from the drive over to the Express, all wirelessly.
I have a 30Gb 5th generation iPod Video (Model MA002LL/A) that’s on its last legs (I’m afraid). I also have a Klipsch iGroove speaker dock that’s about two years old (works great), that plays and charges the iPod. I tried a 4th gen iPod Nano on the speaker dock, and it gave me a message that said that the Nano doesn’t support charging on that device (although it does play music through the speakers). I understand that Apple has changed the internal dock connector on newer iPods, and that the revised connector has a different pin configuration than was used on older models. If I need to replace my iPod, what model can I get that will both play and charge on my Klipsch speaker dock? Will the 80G 6th generation iPod classic do this, or should I look for a used or refurbished 5th generation unit?
Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
I believe that the iPod classic will not have the charging problem that you saw with the 4th Generation Nano. The Classic will most likely be the newest iPod that will charge in the iGroove dock though. Most other iPods now use the new pinning. If you want to be certain though, you can find some good deals on used fifth generation iPods on our used iPods page.
Does the Sonic ImpactV55 IPod portable audio and speaker system work for the 2nd generation IPod touch? Which iPods will it work for, which ones require a cable from Apple and how much is that? Thank you.
The Sonic Impact i-Fusion V55 is designed to work with any standard definition video source, but only specific iPods can be placed in its center dock. If you want to use it as pictured, you will want to get or own an iPod 5th generation with video – or better yet, an iPod touch. For all current generation iPods you will need to buy an AV cable and operate the iPod externally connected to the Sonic Impact i-Fusion V55. You will want to use the same Apple adapter cable that you use to connect an iPod to your TV.
Hope that helps,
I have a new IPod Classic. It was setup on a different PC. When I try to connect to my PC with iTunes it freezes up. Both PCs (mine and the PC that the iPod was setup on) have windows XP. I did a diagnosis test on my hard drives and everything came back as working properly. Do you have any thoughts as to why it’s locking up on my PC?
There are a few things you can try that should get your iPod classic working on both systems. The first thing to check is that both systems have the current service pack installed. Windows XP is on Service Pack 3 now, and the difference between XP with certain service packs makes functional differences.
After you get Windows XP in order you may also have to uninstall and then reinstall both iTunes and Quicktime.
Also, here are some additional troubleshooting ideas for XP.
Hope this helps
Hi Jacob –
Cool support webpage!
I recently bought a great IPod 3rd gen 20Gb blue and wanted to know
if this model can run video/AVI/etc files? Seen a lot of web sites
for converting DVD video files for IPod use but haven’t seen any
confirmation that this model M9244LL can handle it.
Thanks – Scott
The third Generation iPods could not handle video or pictures. Those features were added several generations of iPods later. I still own my 30GB 3rd Generation iPod but its primary duty is to play music in my car. Your iPod is certainly a good MP3 player but it was only designed with music in mind.
Hope that is not too disappointing for you.
Is there navigation included on the iPod touch? Can I add it?
The iPod touch does come with a built-in Google Map application that can show you your relative position and the driving directions to a location. Unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch does not have a GPS or a 3G/Edge data connection. That means that you have to be connected to a Wi-Fi internet connection to get updated Map info and you will have to manually plot your course. Both the iPhone and iPod Touch are different than a car navigation system. Navigation systems will have maps stored in memory and will use GPS to navigate those internal maps with turn-by-turn instructions. The iPhone can use GPS to update your location on the map while showing you the street layout, but currently there is not a turn-by-turn application on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Hope that helps,
Why does the newer iPod classic have less storage than the previous one – 120GB vs. 160GB? Should I buy the older or newer iPod classic?
Apple’s update to the iPod classic was “classic Apple” and left many people scratching their heads. It is hard to imagine that having fewer options is better for the consumer but that was the gist of this change. What really happened was that the under-performing iPod Classic 160GB was cut from the iPod lineup and the 80GB model got an upgrade to 120GB. You realize this when you consider size. With iPods there is size, “how much music can this hold” and then there is size, “how big is this thing.” The 80GB iPod Classic is the same physical dimensions as the 120GB iPod Classic, allowing it to use all the same accessories. Apple could have kept a 160GB Classic but was unable to make it hold more music via a larger hard drive. The capacity of the physically larger 160GB iPod was too close to the upgraded “smaller” in physical size iPod Classic. Considering the similarity in storage size, but the difference in accessories, Apple opted to just eliminate the confusion and drop the heftier iPod. Cleaner product offerings, but fewer options.
We also have to understand how the iPod Classic fits into Apple’s idea of the future. Apple design is moving towards touching and not scrolling: big glass screens like the iPod touch and not little plastic shields over smaller LCDs. If only the Classic iPod did not sell so well Apple could just kill it altogether but we silly consumers just love the things. So I recommend ignoring Apple and their minimalist direction and get the iPod that fits you, and that sounds like the 160GB iPod classic. Get ‘em while they last.
Hope that helps,
My blueberry iMac shorted out, but I want my iTunes library. How do I recover the info?
Sorry to hear about the loss of your Apple iMac. The best way to recover data from a Mac computer that will not power up is to remove the hard drive. You can then put the drive in an external drive enclosure or use a universal USB to drive adapter cable.
Then just connect the drive to your working Mac and collect the files you need from it. Below is a link to a G3 iMac upgrade article that should help you remove your hard drive. Just follow the instructions for upgrading the hard drive up to the point of removing the old one.
Hope this helps,
I have been playing my iPod since May of this year as it was a retirement gift. Today, when I pushed play, nothing happened. I attempted all of the tips on the enclosed info but nothing happens. I now am hooked to the computer to try and fix it. I need some advice.
In many cases restarting Apple iPods will fix this issue. Do this by toggling the Hold switch on and off. Then press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the screen flickers and the Apple logo appears. Assuming you have tried that and now need more help you will need to go to the computer. As a general fix all for an iPod you should try a complete Factory restore. This will wipe all the music off of the iPod and then take it back to its original conditions. You can then copy all your songs from iTunes back to the iPod.
Here is a link to Apple instructions on restoring your iPod.
If this fails to revive your iPod you will need to take it in for service or contact Apple for mail-in repair options.
Hope that helps,
I currently have an iPod Shuffle but would really like the option of seeing what songs are on it and scan through the list picking out songs that fit my current mood. By upgrading to the iPod Nano will I be able to view the list of individual songs and then scroll to various ones to play?
Yes the iPod nano has a wonderful screen that will give you many ways to interact visually with your music. The iPod Shuffle is an anomaly in the iPod family. It is the only iPod introduced that had less features than the original iPod. The ability to scroll, and now flip, through your music and video collections is one of the trademark advantages of an iPod over other MP3 players. The Shuffle is Apple’s low-cost alternative to the iPod, or as a second iPod for strenuous activities.
The Nano is a great choice, we have a few in my house, but an older generation used iPod will also work for you, as long as they are not Shuffles.
I have a Windows laptop, also where my iTunes library is. I have a 1st generation shuffle that at some point, after upgrading iTunes and or Windows, it stopped synching, so now I’m stuck w/ old songs. I thought it was a 1st gen problem. I just got the new shuffle 2gig, 2nd gen, but same issue. I’ve read forums and tried suggested methods and it makes no difference. (yes I have the latest iTunes version)
Problem: I plug it in, and it’s recognized as a device, all is well, so I drag & drop songs over…it starts syncing and then I get the message: (after a lag in time)
“The IPod cannot be synced! The required disk cannot be found”
I hear it’s a USB problem possibly, but not sure…can you please help… I’m dying here… need this thing for work-outs!
I would agree that it sounds like a USB problem. There are several things to try to resolve the problem. The first would be to see if there are updated USB drivers for your laptop. Most PC manufacturers will have Support section containing a list of drivers for your particular computer, and any available updates. This is separate from the Windows Update mechanism, so you should probably start there because I would bet there is at least one update you will need. After you have the drives updated, then see if the iPods are working again. If not, the next step is to uninstall iTunes completely and then reinstall. This is a common fix for Windows versions of iTunes with iPod connection issues.
If all the above fails you should look at the USB port. It could be that there is an intermittent short in the USB port. You can try a different plug or get a USB 2.0 expansion card for your laptop. Depending on what options your laptop came with, you could use PCMCIA (AKA a PC Card) or an Express Card to USB 2.0 adapter. This may provide a more stable connection to the iPod than the built-in USB port.
My daughter wants an iPod and is only 9 years old so I was wondering if 1GB is good and what that means exactly. How many songs can be downloaded at one time? Thank you for your time.
I bought my oldest daughter an iPod when she was 10 years old, and by her account I was a little bit late in doing so. I think 1GB would be OK for some children as it holds about 240 songs. If your child owns much more music than that, a larger iPod would probably be a good investment. I think 4 GBs is a great size for music use because 1000 songs offers more than enough choice of music in one day.
Be careful about buying the clip-on iPod Shuffle for kids. It is so small that it will often stay clipped to the clothing and go through the wash. Also, sending a kid to school with an iPod can make them a target for theft. Consider buying non-Apple headphones so it is not obvious as to what they have.
I have an iPod 80GB that I have used over a couple of years. I have downloaded music and videos etc from the ITunes store and are happy with its performance.
Now I recently purchased and iPod touch 32GB and want to give the 80GB to my wife.
My question is, since I have already purchased (downloaded) some music and utilities using a gift card to the iPod touch, how can I maintain the integrity of the info on it when I try to sync it without erasing everything and getting all of the music and videos from the 80GB on it as well?
I hope I have been clear in explaining my situation and would greatly appreciate any help you may offer.
This is a new problem that is unique to the iPod Touch and iPhone. Because it is really more of a mobile Apple computer than an iPod, you have the ability to buy music, video, and applications without ever having connected it to a Apple computer. Then you run into a problem because it will still want to sync with Apple computers just like a regular iPod, and that process assumes that your library on your computer is the single source of content for your iPod.
Apple knew this was a problem so the added the “Transfer Purchases” option to iTunes for iPod Touches and iPhones. To access this feature connect your iPod touch to the computer and open iTunes. Right Click or [control] Click on the iPod Touch’s icon in the Devices section. Select “Transfer Purchases” from the popup menu and then your purchases will be added to the iTunes library.
I just bought songs from iTunes. They are downloaded on my PC. How do I transfer them to my iPod? I hooked my iPod to USB and port nothing happens except it’s charging.
All transfers to the Apple iPod come via iTunes, which is where the music was purchased from. If set up properly, your iPod should be showing up inside of the left hand side of your iTunes application. You then just need to Synchronize your iPod to your iTunes library. Synchronization will happen as soon as you configure your iPod with personal settings.
If the iPod does not show up in iTunes, then follow the Apple’s instructions for initiating an iPod connection in Windows.
When I plugged the new iPod into my computer, I found that a good majority of the songs I had saved in my iTunes had disappeared. How can I get those songs back?
In most cases, all your music should be safely stored in one iTunes account and regardless of what happens to Apple iPods, all the music is on your computer. In that case you can just re-sync from iTunes to a new iPod and the music will all be on the new Apple iPod, assuming it all fits.
It is possible to setup your iPod to be manually managed and you can add music to your iPod from many sources. In that case you could have half your music in your work computer’s iTunes library and the other half in your home computer’s iTunes library. If that is the case you will need to ether merge the libraries together or reconnect your iPod to both libraries in a manually managed mode. Here’s Apple’s instructions on manual iPod & iPhone content management.
About fifty bucks. Just kidding.
There are a few key differences between the two models. The Second generation (gen) of iPod Touch is slightly less expensive, has speakers, external Volume buttons, and built-in Nike+ support (for nerds that run). It’s also slightly thinner than the previous model.
Other than that all other features can be made equal by updating the software on the iPod to the latest version.
You should bear in mind that video on the iPod touch a wonderful thing, so the more memory the better. A full movie can run up to 2gigs, and with anything less than 8gigs you run the risk of limiting yourself or juggling video and playlists more.
My son has an iPod that is locked. He can’t remember the combination. What can I do to get unlocked?
A forgotten password is a common occurrence on iPods, so Apple has a few ways to help get you past a locked iPod. The first way you can connect the iPod to the computer it was originally configured on, and open iTunes. When you disconnect iPod from the computer, it will no longer be locked. You then can go into the preferences and turn off the lock. If you don’t have access to the original computer or it just does not work, you can jump to the second method. The best fix for any iPod problem is the classic “restore your iPod to factory settings.” That this will erase all data on your iPod and take you back to day one, but you can just add your music and data back to iPod from iTunes. This is the true benefit of the iPod / iTunes relationship.
Jacob do you pay fees or bills for the iPod touch because of using the internet and more on the iPod touch?
The existence of a monthly fee is a common concern with the iPod Touch due to it similarity to the iPhone. The answer is “no,” you do not have any monthly fees to pay with the iPod Touch. Apple has been charging for the feature adding software updates to the Touch and some applications cost but it uses Wi-Fi only and cannot switch to the Cell Phone data network like the iPhone. That means that as long as you have access to a Wi-Fi network you do not have to pay to use the iPod Touch.
Is there a way that I can get a movie from my video library onto my iPod Classic without having to repurchase the movie?
Yes, there is a easy way to convert DVDs into iPod-ready formats. Handbrake is a perfect tool for what you want to do.
Make sure to only download the appropriate version for the OS you are using. There is an OS X 10.5 version and an older 10.4 version. It is simple to use and free.
I just want to know before buying an iPod, which one delivers digital video. I have TV with HDMI, can I watch video through the iPod in HDMI or digital mode.
No iPod provides digital video out. The video output of an iPod Classic, iPod Nano, or component AV cable to connect these iPods to the component connections on your HDTV. Although this is a HD connection, the iPods do not deliver true HD video. Also it is not digital and will not look great on a larger TV. The better option for you would be an Apple TV, which is all-digital, through its HDMI port. Take a look at the Apple TV for a digital iTunes connection to your television.
Are there monthly fees for an iPod touch with web internet??
I have a new Honda Accord with a Aux input – suppose this is for iPod, dealer told me. I want to know what cable should I use to connect my iPod to this Aux input?
Typically Aux in port on a car’s stereo come in two flavors. The most useful is a 1/8th inch jack on the face of the unit. With this kind of connection you just need a cable that plugs into the headphones of your iPod and the Aux jack on the face of the unit. This ethernet cable will do the trick. The cable plugs are the same on both ends.
The other common kind of connection is via RCA connects on the back of the car’s stereo. Those types require that you remove the stereo and plug in the cable to the back of the unit. The other end of the cable needs to be fished behind the dashboard to an accessible place. It will again plug into your iPod’s headphone jack. This can be a little harder to install and use. Here is the audio adapter cable you would need.
I am contemplating an upgrade card for USB 2.0. My computer only shippedwith 1.1, I think. It is an Power Mac G4 (FW 800). I have heard that PCIUSB cards can cause problems. I am trying to do this in order to buy aniPod. Any suggestions?
When Apple started selling USB-only iPods they compiled a short list of USB 2.0 card makers that they liked. It was aimed at PC owners because Apple would prefer you buy a new USB 2.0 equipped Mac, but the list is a good Mac resource too. Here is the link. On that list is IOgear, who I like because of their Mac/Linux support. The card has 3 USB 2.0 ports and 2 FireWire 400 ports. I know you already have FireWire, but I have always found having extra FireWire ports to be of great benefit.
How can I transfer tunes from my iPod (30 gb) back to my G4 computer? I have erased them from my computer by accident… but have them all still on my iPod … I am afraid if I try to sync the iPod it will remove them.
We have two staff picks that will do the job and recover your lost tunes.
First there is iPod Access:
and then we have iPodRip:
Both should help you out but give them each a try and see which one you want to keep around… for the next time you need it.
I have dozens of books on tape cassettes and would like to get them on my iPod, this is easy to do with my books on CD’s any way that it can be done with cassettes. I have a 6 month old iMac. Would really appreciate any help on this
There certainly is a way to import the audio from your tapes onto the Mac. If you have a stereo tape deck you can use a cable like this one to connect its output to your iMac’s line-in plug.
It is then just a matter of recording the audio coming into your Mac. You can do this with Garageband, but that’s sometimes a little more application than you need. There is a free, open-source, program called Audacity that should do the trick.
Just set your audio input source as the Line-In from the Sound section in System Preferences. Then open Audacity, start the tape playing, and hit the record button in Audacity. You will have to manually start and stop the recordings and tape, but that should get the tapes digitized. Then just export them from Audacity into ..aiff files. Drag those files into iTunes and you are done.I hope that works for you.
This may be a little out of your area of expertise. I’m wondering if the iPod is the ONLY MP3 player which will work with Macs. Is that right? Other types of MP3 players state Windows is needed, but I’m wondering if that’s true. If it connects by USB, wouldn’t it be possible to move MP3s from the Mac to the player? I’d like to have a player just to play podcasts. I’m not a fan of iTunes.
Although Apple acts as if the iPod was the only MP3 player you could ever want, it is still possible to use other MP3 players with your Mac. Like everything Apple makes, the iPod is integrated into the Apple software, and adding songs to it is a one step process that doesn’t work with any other player. If you are willing to use a multi-step process, then you can use most of the MP3 players on the market. The main thing to do is get your songs in MP3 format. You can encode songs as MP3 in iTunes or any other Jukebox program. In iTunes’ preferences, select the advanced section and then click on the “Importing” tab. Change the Import Using pop-out menu to “MP3 Encoder” and then click OK. This will set iTunes to encode newly imported songs as MP3 format.If you already have songs encoded in another format, then you will have to do one more step to convert your song files in iTunes. After you have done the above step to fix your importing method, you then have to go to the Advanced menu in iTunes and select “Convert Selection to MP3.” You will have to do this with every song file that is not in MP3 format in order to play them on the widest variety of MP3 players. Songs bought from the iTunes store will need to be burned to an Audio CD format first, then imported as a MP3. This is because most iTunes audio is copy protected, but when you burn in the standard Audio CD format the copy protection is removed.Now that your songs are converted, it is just a matter of getting them onto the MP3 player. In nearly every instance, you can connect a MP3 player to your Mac and it will show up as a removable drive. You then just need to copy MP3 files to that drive and the player will find them and play them. To copy the files from iTunes you just have to drag the song file from your library over the MP3 player’s drive icon on the desktop. When you get a green “+” symbol next to the mouse pointer, you can release it and a copy will be made on the player.Thats it: not too hard! hope it works for you.
I have an old iPod nano that is only 1GB. It can’t hold all the songs I want to put on it. Instead of buying a new one, I was wondering if there was any way to expand the storage room to make it be able to hold more songs. Is this possible?
It is actually possible to add storage memory to an iPod Nano. However, it requires buying an old iPod and removing the NVRAM and then soldering the chips to your iPod. It is a tough job and beyond anything I would attempt. Perhaps the better route is for you to trade in the old iPod with us and buy a new one that will fit your size needs.
Another thing to look at is the source of your music. Sometimes people bring in music recorded off tapes, LPs or the like, and the files can be quite large. To check to see if this is the case with any of your songs, look at your entire library and sort either by size or Bit Rate (these are viewable options under "View Options"). If you have songs that have a bit rate of, say, 1536 kpbs, they will be 30-50 MB or more in size. You can reduce the size by selecting the song and choosing "Convert Selection to AAC" under the Advanced menu. Some purists may shudder at the idea of reducing file sizes with its very slight reduction in sound quality, but AAC is an effective means of reducing the size of the file, and most listeners will never know the difference. Keep in mind if you do that it will create another file; the smaller one can go into your iPod selection and/or you can then delete the larger one.
My iPod is frozen. It’s an 80 GB video iPod and it won’t do anything. I plugged it into my computer to put more songs on it but it didn’t show up on my computer. It did, however, display the Do not disconnect screen. Now it’s stuck on that screen. Because it wasn’t showing up on my computer at all I disconnected it from the cord. Then I reconnected it and it still didn’t do anything. I quit iTunes and started it back up again, I let my computer sleep, I’ve tried to turn my iPod off by holding down the play button, but it doesn’t do anything. I pressed menu, I pressed the center button, I toggled with the hold switch, nothing I do is working. Am I missing something?
Every so often my wife’s iPod gets stuck like yours has. In those situations I switch the Hold switch to the hold position and then back off hold. Then I press the “Menu” button and the Center button at the same time. Hold both buttons down until you see the screen flash, often it takes less then 10 seconds. The iPod should reboot and display an Apple logo.Next time if you forget the above, you can disconnect the iPod and let it sit until the battery runs out. Then hooking back to the computer will get it started again (although you’ll have to let it charge of course).To avoid your iPod locking up like this again, make sure you have the Hold switch in the off position before you attach it to the computer. I have found that this helps, but it could be coincidental.
My husband bought me an iPod nano just before the video capable iPod came out. I would like to listen to books on my nano, but 4G is not enough. Is there anything I can do to enable it to play a book… any peripheral made that expands its capabilities?
There is no way to add storage space to a nano that I know about. Files on an iPod must be in a fixed location to be searched and played, so adding extra storage space outside of the iPod would be difficult.When you say that 4 GB of space is not enough, are you speaking about your need to listen to multiple books between visits to your computer? I own a 2 GB nano, and it holds days of spoken audio. If you are getting Books-On-CD and encoding them in iTunes you may have the wrong bit rate selected for those books. In the preferences select the “Advanced” icon and then the “Importing” tab. Set the “Import Using:” pulldown menu to use the AAC Encoder. Then change the “Setting:” pull down menu to “Custom.” In the new window, change the Stereo Bit Rate to “64 kbps” and the Channels to “Mono.” Also check the checkbox for “Optimize for voice.” Click the OK button on both open windows and then start importing your books from the CD. That should create a file about a quarter the size they were before.Hope that makes that gift work for you.
I am interested in getting an iPod, preferably refurbished, but I don’t know one model from another. I want an older, larger one — not one of these tiny thin new things. It does need to have a screen so I can select various playlists exported from my Mac’s iTunes. (I believe shuffle doesn’t have a screen).Can you briefly explain all the various models, what features and sizes they represent, which are the most economical, etc. ???Thanks.
There are more then a few iPod models.. When Apple upgrades the iPod I can hear loud groans from the sales floor because they have to memorize a whole new group specifications. Luckily it is easy enough to classify the iPod in groups.. The basic iPod has a B&W screen and ranged in hard drive size from 5GB to 40GB. We currently have some 20GB refurbished units of this style (Refurbished 20GB iPod). Later they started making the same style iPod but with a color screen in 20GB, 40GB, and 60GB sizes. We also have refurbished units of that iPod (Color 20 GB iPod). Then the iPod was made larger so it can display video on a larger color screen (The Latest Color iPod).In addition to the standard line of iPods there is the mini & nano iPod lines that function much like the original iPods without video, but in a smaller package. These are the tiny ones you are thinking about but the mini was a larger unit and may be the right fit for you (http://www.powermax.com/category/The_iPod_mini/PM_MP_IM..html).Finally you have the shuffle, which has no screen and is designed to be a repository for your favorite music. You can only skip back and forth through songs. They are all flash memory and have small capacities of 512MB or 1GB.Hope that helps a little but I could go into all kinds of detail and never be done writing. Look at the 20GB B&W or Color screen models.
I’m looking to purchase a photo viewer (similar to the Epson P4000) to store digital photos from my DSLR. Are any of the newer iPods capable of downloading photos direct from a DSLR without the use of iTunes loaded on a laptop or workstation?
Apple makes this great little adapter for hard drive-based color and video iPods. It’s called the Apple iPod Camera Connector (http://www.powermax.com/product/Apple_iPod_Camera_Connector/f98029.html). It plugs into your iPod and allows you to connect the USB cable from your camera and pull over your pictures. Here is a link to supported cameras: (http://www.apple.com/ipod/compatibility/cameraconnector.html). If it works with your camera it would be a perfect excuse to get a bigger iPod.If you buy it let me know what you think of it.
My 12 year old son’s iPod Nano went thru the Washer and dryer.It was dead, but when I plugged into his iHome, it powered up and worked while on the iHome. Later when I pulled it off, it appears to be dead again – it turned off immediately upon pulling it off the iHome.Also the screen has distortion (from the water probably) – - but he will have to live with that.Is there any hope? I am NOT buying him another one, but I would like to see if I can help him fix it.
I have a 12 year old daughter and as you can imagine she has all the gadgets. Like you though, I will only spoil to a point. The first one I will buy, but the second one is all her responsibility.The trip through the washer has probably killed the battery and it will need to be replaced. There are some replacement batteries out there, but you will have to crack it open and install the battery. Instead, you may want to get a battery extender to power the nano. ILuv (http://www.i-luv.com/) makes a host of battery extenders that are meant to add play life to iPods, but in this case it will become your son’s only battery. It is an easy fix and can be bought with his allowance.Good luck from one dad to another.
I’m interested in buying the new iPod nano that was announced yesterday. I see that it requires USB 2.0 and my iBook G3 has USB 1.1. I think USB 1.1 will work, only slower than 2.0, also will I have to get any type of adapter to make it work?
With the introduction of the Fifth Generation iPods, Apple officially dropped FireWire support for iPods and made the iPod a USB 2.0 device. Fortunately the iPods do support data transfers at the slower speed of USB 1.1 and you can use it with your iBook. The problem you will encounter is that USB 1.1 will not charge your iPod nano. USB 2.0 provides more power than 1.1, and there are no upgrades you can do to your laptop to change that. The best solution is to buy a USB wall charger. (http://www.powermax.com/product/iPod_USB_Power_Adapter/a-m9837ll/a.html) Charge your iPod before you connect it to the computer so it does not lose power when updating. Other than adding the charger to your order, you will be ready to get that new iPod.Enjoy your nano. I love mine.
There is a very steady and annoying low-frequency hum that comes across my FM received in my car when I use my iPod with your wireless adapter. This happens regardless of the (free) channel I find. I do not hear any such hum when I use normal FM stations (the test is: turn up the volume and wait for dead air or a quiet passage in the music â€“ hum with the Bodelin no hum on std FM stations).
I have also noticed that lots of static comes through as I drive through the city (Seattle), which also does not happen unless I am tuned to a VERY faint FM station.
I will say that other than the hum and the static your product works great! Any suggestions?
This is a common complaint among FM transmitter owners. Particularly those who live in the city or near broadcast towers. The hum that you hear is caused by the iPods FM transmitter competing with static noise and signal bleed from other stations. Modern stereos use a static damper to reduce the static you hear when tuning your radio. The static is still there but just muted so you don’t blow out your speakers when scanning for stations. You still hear some static but not all of it like when we tuned radios with an analog knob. This dampening feature is great for tuning an FCC regulated station, but hard when trying to find an interference-free station. Car radios further complicate this problem by moving into and out off radio tower range. As a test, find a place you can park for a time. Try to find a place halfway between your most common destinations. Start playing the iPod and slowly change the transmitter frequency. Tune your radio to that station then pause the music and see if it hums. Keep working your way through the available frequencies, making note of the ones with the least hum. When you are done, you just need to choose the best of the best. In my experience, lower frequencies work best.
I hope that works to find an open channel in our over-packed airwaves.
Good Morning–Any advice about wiring my Toyota Prius for a Video iPod. I find the wireless FM option ok at best.
I have also been somewhat disappointed with the performance of the FM transmitters. I live in the city and that impacts the performance of the FM transmitters some, but even at their best it’s not necessarily a quality sound solution. The fact of the matter is for many people FM transmitters are the most viable or easiest/cheapest solution, and as such, they are workable but sometimes problematic. As a Prius owner you have many other options. You can use the Sat1 or Stat2 channels with an AUX input adapter cable. That cable will get you a basic 1/8-inch audio jack that the iPod can plug into. You also have the ability to use the DICE icelink iPod car integration kit. The icelink is a CD changer replacement and that may not work for your needs if you already have a CD changer. A slightly more expensive but a better integration device is the SLI from Vais Tech. This will work with the Prius without disabling any other features already installed. All these options require getting under the dashboard so you may want to seek the help of a professional.
I just bought an older 30gb iPod from a friend of mine. The battery won’t charge thru the computer very well. Do you think I need a new battery installed or is there a separate charger besides using the computer to charge up the iPod? Will having a newer battery be a better deal? Should I trade in this older iPod for a newer or refurbished one? I’m at a loss and wanna use my new iPod.
Some iPods need more power than others to charge. The third generation iPods (3G iPods have four buttons at the bottom of the screen) can only charge via FireWire. All iPods have trouble charging on USB 1.1 ports. If your computer doesn’t have a USB 2.0 or a FireWire 400 port you will need to buy a wall charger. The wall charger will have a FireWire or USB port on it and it will allow you to plug in your iPod’s data cable to charge.
If you have this iPod connected to a properly powered port on your computer and it still won’t charge, you will most likely need a new battery. The good news is that replacement batteries are better than the Apple original batteries. The charge lasts longer and will have a longer lifespan. If your battery is truly dead, I would recommend that you buy a battery replacement kit. Many kits will have instructions and tools to help you do it yourself… just take your time.
Now that Apple has dropped firewire support for the video iPod, what are my options? All my Macs are USB 1.1. I am afraid that USB 1.1 data transfer rates are too slow and buying a new machine would be nice, but not necessary.
I too was surprised by Apple’s decision to drop FireWire connectivity from the latest iPods. My nano suffers from the same USB only limitation that the Video iPod does. For me, USB 1.1 is slow for transferring music files and probably painfully slow for video. I have not had the time to test video transfers on USB 1.1. If your Mac has an open PCI card slot, you can get a USB 2.0 PCI card. Sonnet Technologies has a 5 Port Allegro card for under $30.00 with good Mac support. If you have a PowerBook with a PCMCIA card slot I would recommend the LaCie USB 2.0 & FireWire PC Card, which is less than $70.00.
Unfortunately if you have an iBook, iMac, or eMac without native USB 2.0 you will not be able to add it. I hope this helps, and remember the watched pot never boils. If you have to use USB 1.1 to update an iPod Video find something else to do while you wait.