is there a difference in the new ipod?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by vega07, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. vega07 macrumors 65816

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    I'm speaking specifically about the 30GB model. Besides brighter screen and cheaper, what else is new?
     
  2. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    new software?

    lower pricepoint..
     
  3. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    well, the software can be used for old ipods also.

    and the old ipods have dropped in price also accordingly.

    so from what I can see, the only change is the brighter screen.
     
  4. reubs macrumors 68000

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    It appears that there is also a longer battery life.
     
  5. Selax77 macrumors member

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    this sucks i am so dissapointed that they did not come out with the real video ipod especially since their competitors like with the zen have one.
     
  6. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    there is only longer battery life for the 80GB model.

    the 30GB model is still 14 hours.
     
  7. MacBoySeattle macrumors member

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    Um, it plays 640 X 480 Mpeg4 on a brighter new screen. It IS a video ipod, and a damn good one too.
     
  8. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    so the old one can't play 640 x 480 mpeg4?
     
  9. sanford macrumors 65816

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    Well, sort of. The total battery life is still 14 hours -- for music. The video life is 3.5, up from 2. And I think the photo slideshow is up maybe an hour from the original 5G 30GB. It's probably a more power efficient although still brighter backlight for the display; it's likely the same battery.
     
  10. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I'm 90% sure they could play 640x480 MPEG4, but only 320x240 H.264... I have a nano, though, so what do I know?
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    it was 480x480 (SVCD or DirecTV quality).

    Now it's

    Dunno why they still call out the 320x240. Will this be supported on the 5G?!?

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  12. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    so only the new ipods can support the better video format?
     
  13. sanford macrumors 65816

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    If internal hardware is the same they will probably just make the firmware for original 5G and new 5G the same, supporting all the new features. Apple is still calling them the same generation.
     
  14. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Ah, yes, that's right... was it 480*480 for h264 or MPEG4? I remember that you should do higher quality on the MPEG4 files, but don't recall the specifics.
     
  15. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    has the new firmware been released yet? I wanna try the spotlight feature.
     
  16. balamw Moderator

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    I hope the firmware update will take care of this. Otherwise it'll be a mess when the 5G iPods can no longer play iTMS TV Shows.

    Only MPEG-4 was 480x480 2.5 Mbps, H.264 was 320x240, just like the middle case now.

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  17. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    got new software

    games only on the old 5G, updated no search or gapless play back :(
     
  18. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but does it play 640x480?
     
  19. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  20. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    no idea about video playback as i don't have any video in that format. got the update through iTunes. Gapless appears to work on a few albums but not on others... weird.... and dissapointing.
     
  21. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    so no search function?

    I'm pretty sure it will be updated soon enough. the new ipods are still 5G and still called "iPod."
     
  22. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    no search.... but found brightness controls

    seems you have to let the ipod be indexed by itunes to get gapless playback to work... only noticed this on the second ipod
     
  23. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    is there a chance that the search function is exclusive to the new ipods?
     

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