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iPod Error | Have you ever suffered from a broken iPod or the Sad iPod Face | iPod Repair Guide

Man that’s the worst. I’ve been rocking the iPod Classic for a long time and one day I got the broken iPod error. The Sad iPod Face. I tried everything I could think of. Restarting, charging after letting the iPod battery die. Nothing was helping with my old iPod.

So I decided I just had to get a new iPod. I thought about getting an iPod Nano, because of the cool size and colors, but the gadget nerd in me just had to get the iPod Touch. I wanted an iPhone, but I’m locked into my current phone contract for a while so I’m stuck with my SideKick.

Anyway, all was good, and I was rockin out wherever I went. Life was a happy place again. That lame dude dancing in line at In N Out… That’s me.

Once again, Sadness and failure fell upon me.

Major iPod Fail

. I got the errors again, and was back to searching the web. Then a friend of mine let me know about an iPod repair guide that would let me know everything I needed without having to dig through all the crap on the web, so I checked it out and it was great. I just wanted to pass the info along to everyone.

This is a must have for any iPod owner. Eventually the errors come and you should be armed to fight them. Go check it out and let me know what you think:

iPod Repair Guide

P.S. If you’re still having trouble, the original iPod repair guide guys even have online support to help you out a little bit more.

I’d appreciate comments to let me know if it’s helped you out as much as me.

Apptastrophy | iPod Touch and iPhone Apps Good or Evil

As any iPod Touch user knows, the application store is one of the coolest features that Apple has come up with. But it seems that some of the freedom that comes with it might be causing some problems. The Gaming Control Board has posted on its site a warning that was sent to Las Vegas casinos on February 5th, regarding an App for Blackjack card counting. The application allows you to count cards in a few different ways, and it works better than any single mind could manage. Here is the description of the app that was posted on the Gaming Control Board website:

“This Blackjack Card Counting program can be utilized on either the Apple I-Phone or the Apple IPod touch (portable music player). Once this program is installed on the phone through the I-tunes website it can make counting cards easy. The program calculates the “True Count” and does it significantly more accurately. The card counting program uses a choice of four (4) card counting strategies. For each strategy the user presses the button that contains the face cards as they are drawn from the deck. Depending on the strategy and on the value of the card the button will either add or subtract 1 or 2 from the “Running Count.” The program can utilize the following card counting methods including Hi-Low, Hi-Op I, Hi-Op II, and Omega II. This program can be used in the “Stealth Mode.” When the program is used in the “Stealth Mode” the screen of the phone will remain shut off, and as long as the user knows where the keys are located the program can be run effortlessly without detection.”

Another reason this is such a big deal is because of the laws in Nevada about gambling. The end of the letter states:

“Just as a reminder, use of this type of program or possession of a device with this type of program on it (with the intent to use it), in a licensed gaming establishment, is a violation of NRS 465.075.”

That’s a felony over there, which means using the card counter will only win you one thing: An all expenses paid trip to the State Prison.

This ordeal brings up a few interesting thoughts. How well are the Apps managed by Apple? Since the card counter app is accessory to crime, should it have even been passed as an App? I suppose there’s both good and bad to being able to find anything from iPity (a Mr. T app) to Card Counting in the app store.

The most recent Apple product I purchased

The most recent Apple product I purchased was an iPod Touch, version 2.0. I must say, this is one of the most responsive, easy-to-use pieces of technology I have ever had my hands on. With the iPod Touch 2.0, you get all the amazing features of the original iPod Touch, plus any improvements that you can possibly imagine.

The first improvement that really struck a chord with me was the addition of speakers. I can think of a countless amount of times where I would have loved to play the music on my iPod for everyone. From now on, I can do that because of the fancy integrated speakers. As far as small speakers go, they definitely aren’t bad at all, though you can’t expect much out of tiny speakers. But the feature has already come in handy, so I have no complaints.

The app store is filled with new games and random, fun things that you iPod touch can do. Because of the various built in technologies that make the iPod so easy to use, games can be played in a number of fashions. The accelerometer, which makes the iPod understand if it’s horizontal or vertical, is used in some games to guide your character by simply moving the iPod. And the touch screen is extremely useful for app designers, because it allows you to take real control over what’s going on in the screen. One of my personal favorite apps is the Weather Channel Application (which is free, by the way). You can set what city you are in based on wireless connection, and it gives you the forecast in detail. You can also get your own personal weather report by hitting the video icon. Best of all, it was completely free, as are many of the apps in the built-in store.

Now for some of the smaller, but just as cool features on the iPod touch. The volume buttons on the side of the iPod make it even easier to adjust the sound without even having to touch the screen. The video quality is ridiculously clear, and the wide screen is the perfect size for on the go viewing. And even with all this on your iPod, the battery can play up to 36 hours of audio, and 6 hours of video. You’d think that with a battery that powerful, it would have to be huge. Not at all, as a matter of fact. The Touch is only 4.3 by 2.4 inches. And it only takes 2 hours to do a quick charge, which charges about 80% of the battery. It comes with headphones, which sound amazing, and can handle audio turned all the way up. It also comes with a cleaning cloth that works as well as everything else Apple offers.

It is very strange these days being so satisfied with a product, but each time I purchase from Apple, I realize that they really know how to keep the customer happy. I have no complaints about the iPod Touch, because everything I could possibly want is built into it. Now all they need to do is mix it into a phone, and that would be perfect. Oh wait

iPod Review | Space and Time Conclusion | Part 3

The price was a pretty good deal in my opinion. Just do a quick search of the sites store links and you’ll find a great deal. I got 16 gigs of space, which allows up to 4,000 songs. And it’s nice to have pictures and movies on the go. The battery power is actually pretty good in the iPod nano. You can have up to 24 hours of music play time, and up to 4 hours of movies.

In the end, I’d say that the iPod nano is perfect for someone who travels a lot, but doesn’t want to spend too much money.  And during the holiday season, it’s a gift that anyone could enjoy, so keep this in the back of your mind.

iPod Review | Accelerometer feature | Part 2

The color selection was awesome, which you don’t see much anymore. The colors choices were great, and it definitely appeals to younger people because of this. I personally went with a red one, but every color could have worked for me.  I guess people could match their iPod to their personal style as well.

The accelerometer is a cool feature as well. It allows you to flip the iPod and view album covers. Also, with a new feature, you can shake the iPod and it shuffles songs. My only concern is that if you move too fast, it might shuffle your songs. It only happened twice, so I’m not sure if it was a fluke, or maybe it’s just too sensitive.

iPod Review | Genius feature | Part 1

I just bought an iPod the other day, and man was I impressed. I had been using CD players for as long as I can remember, and it was such a hassle switching out discs every time I wanted to hear a new band.  Thanks to the iPod nano, though, I can change songs and artists on the fly, and it really frees up my back pack when I don’t have CD’s in there.

My favorite part of the iPod was the Genius feature. It matched songs together into playlists based on similarities I’ve never even noticed. When I tried it out on “Nice to Know You” by Incubus, it gave me a playlist with artists from Sublime to Slipknot. I listened through, and it just worked. Levels of intensity and different sounds mixed together for an awesome playlist.

In a world where technology moves so fast the iPod is a preview of the future.

In a world where technology moves so fast, that it makes the Jetsons look as primitive as the Flintstones,   music has become one of the most accessible products known to mankind. From records, to cassettes, to CD’s, every evolution of musical storage devices has been seen as the next step towards portable music perfection. With the iPod, though, Apple has removed all the flaws of the previously “new-age” storage device, and has made all the perks even perkier.

      No longer do you need be in a certain place to hear your music. No longer do you need to carry around bulky CD and Cassette players. And the problem of scratched discs can be seen as a thing of the past. The iPod is small and compact, weighing in at around 4.9 ounces, and measuring at 4.1 inches high and 2.4 inches wide, meaning you can take it anywhere at any time. Because it is a modern storage device, some models can carry up to 120 gigabytes of music (or even movies and photos). Even the smallest iPod, with 1 gigabyte of space, you can hold up to 240 songs, which out performs the mere 74 minute capacity of a CD by far. And because fashion is such a large industry in this day and age, Apple followed suit by releasing many different color choices for the iPod consumer. Now your music player can match your favorite bowler or summer dress.

      When I first got my hands on the sleek monolith of musical evolution, I was apprehensive. It definitely looked like a modern product, but would it hold up to the expectations of millions? Needless to say, it was love at first byte. I simply installed the software on my computer, and plugged the iPod into it. Instantly, it transferred my music library, and organized it into groups for easy access. I was listening to music on the go within thirty minutes. And the battery life exceeded expectation as well. I got the 36 hours promised by Apple, which was more than enough for a long drive across California. The system is as user-friendly as possible, allowing anyone to use this product. And if you want to get even fancier, the iPod touch is the epitome of awesomeness. The touch screen allows easy access to everything you have on your iPod. What makes this even more useful is the addition of a web browser and various other games and applications.

      If you want a piece of this Apple pie, but money isn’t your friend right now, they have cheaper alternatives. The iPod nano is much smaller at 3.6 inches high, and 1.5 inches wide, but the music doesn’t suffer because of it. This little guy can hold up to 2000 songs in the 8 gig, and up to 4000 in the 16 gig. Now you can have every Yanni song in your collection on your iPod, and still have room for Barry Manilow and more. And even the Nanos can play movies and hold pictures, so there’s no need for an inferiority complex.

      Apple has gone above and beyond the standard for musical devices. With the iPod, a new age of technology has begun. And Apple definitely isn’t stopping there. We can only wonder as to what Apple will come up with next. As for me, I see Apple sitting shiny and new on the desk known as the future.