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You Are A Pod Person. Ipod Highlights For The Tech Challenged

Aug 18, 2007
If you are not a computer genius, picking up an electronic device like the the iPod can seem like translating Greek or another foreign language. However, the iPod is gaining popularity and you do not want to be left out in the cold. Face it, even the youngest of children are learning how to work these new devices with ease. Learning how to use your iPod does not have to be difficult. Once you learn the basics, it will become second nature.

The iPod is a portable digital music and video player made by Apple. Apple designed the iPod to work with the iTunes media library software, which lets users manage the music libraries on their computers and on their iPods. iTunes can automatically synchronize a users iPod with specific playlists or with the entire contents of a music library each time an iPod connects to a host computer. Users may also set a rating out of 5 stars on any song, and can synchronize that information to an iTunes music library. Apart from iTunes there are also several third party applications available that can be used to transfer songs to the iPod. iTunes lacks the ability to transfer songs from iPod to computer because of legality issues, although there are third party programs that tackle that issue.

The iPods other than the iPod shuffle have five buttons

1. Menu which backs up one level in the menus

2. Play and Pause which plays or pauses the track in play

3. Previous which skips back through tracks in play

4. Next which skips forward through tracks in play

5. Center the button in the center of the scroll wheel this selects a menu or a menu item

A Hold switch also exists on the top of the unit. Setting this switch to display orange will make the buttons and scroll wheel unresponsive, so that users do not activate them accidentally.

There are many varieties and types of iPods. Do not get confused when you go shopping for your new portable music device. Shop and compare and if you are computer challenged, do a little research. An iPod and a run of the mill MP3 player are not the same thing. Before buying, know what you are looking at before going to the store. Also, another good thing to remember when shopping for an iPod is that when you download music off of the Internet, it is most likely not free. Most legal music download sites will charge some fee per downloaded song. In addition, be careful and know what you are downloading before doing so. Not all of these sites are the same.

Fourth and fifth generation iPods, second generation iPod minis, iPod nanos and iPod shuffles automatically pause playback when headphones are unplugged from the headphone jack. They however, do not start playing again after insertion of the headphones by default.

The iPods with FireWire ports can be put into FireWire Disk Mode, in which it behaves like a FireWire hard drive without any of the additional iPod functionality.

An iPod unable to start due to either a firmware or a hardware problem displays the sad face.

All iPods come with headphones with white cords and earbuds, the color matching that of the initial iPod. The white cords have become symbolic of the iPod brand, and advertisements for the devices feature them prominently. Despite the fact that new generations of the iPod now appear in black as well as white, the cords remain white. In addition, you can spice up your plain iPod by purchasing all sorts of decals and skins for your device. There is no need to have a plain iPod when you can personalize it to your hearts content.

Some users add extra bass to the standard white headphones by using Griffin Earjams a clip on accessory that makes it possible to insert the headphones into the ear, using soft rubber adapters. However, using Earjams can be uncomfortable to some users with sensitive ears. Apple themselves have an alternative to the default earphones the in ear headphones, which have significantly better sound quality and bass response, and also come with different size caps for comfort.

There are three models of iPod on the market today. These are under

iPod 30 GB and 60 GB.

iPod nano 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB.

iPod shuffle (512 MB and 1 GB).
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