The all new (limited edition) iPod BT

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I wish this was real :p . Just a quick mockup in flash. It would be a bluetooth iPod.
     

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    Marble

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    Ah crap. My earbud fell into a grate in the street.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    Bluetooth would drain what already is a lackluster battery life (especially compared to the original iPod.) Apple needs to fix the battery issue first before it could create these add-on i/o options. Plus space would be needed for a BT transmitter.
     
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    mmmdreg

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    Can't those OLED things do wonders for the battery life? I think I read that they're thinner and less power-consuming because they don't need the seperate light source a LCD needs or something...
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but they are also expensive. If you take a 17" OLED full color display, it costs two million dollars. Compare that to the cost of a 17" TFT display. Of course, that 17" is one of the largest OLED displays ever created. The manufacturing process from OLED is still far from perfect and still very costly. While they can make much smaller displays in a reasonable quantity, the size that the iPod requires would force Apple to increase the price.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -legion

    Only when discoverable.

    BT in Passive consumes very very little - this is its key advantage compared with WiFi.
     
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    mactastic

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    I thought BT wasn't fast enough to provide decent audio?

    Anyway, I want a WiFi box connected to my stereo that functions as a wireless base station, as well as AV input/output from the amp to the computer. Then I can stream my music from my laptop to my good speakers, and I won't have to buy a really good set of computer speakers.
     
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    iJon

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    i dont think apple will fix it anytime soon. apple chose a smaller battery so they could make the ipods as thin as they are now. thats why old ipods and other mp3 players are thicker and bulkier with more battery life. lucky for me i listen to my ipod just enough for it to get my through the and charge it when i get home.

    iJon
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -mactastic

    BT can sustain throughputs as high as 356kbps - more than enough for a full quality 128kbps AAC file.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    It has the capability, but is the spectrum there? The 2.4GHz is a very popular spectrum since it is unlicensed. Phones, Wi-Fi, BT, etc. are all on that spectrum.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    This product doesn't quite do everything you mentioned (you still need a separate Airport base station or any other AP), but it is only about $100 and works awesome:

    Linksys Wireless Media Adapter

    Oh, it not only plays MP3s through your stereo, but it also displays your photos on your TV and can do a slide show while the music is playing. It has a remote as well.

    Basically, this thing does almost everything XBox Media Player does except playback Divx and video.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -illumin8

    Hey, great find!
     
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    ibookin'

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    To stream the AAC-encoded file in the way you're talking about there would have to be an AAC decorder in the earbuds, which is not an option due to the size and power requirements of such a chip.

    On that note, could the hardware for Bluetooth fit in the earbuds? I don't think so, since the only self-contained Bluetooth headset I've seen (Jabra FreeSpeak) is quite a bit larger than the iPod earbuds to accomodate the BT circuitry and power source.

    Wireless headphones are a different story, because they have plenty of space for the RF reciever and power source (usually rechargeable).

    Nice idea, but I don't think it's possible at the moment.
     
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    aswitcher

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    Well take a look at this
    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?p...&crid=1628&detail=2&countryid=18&languageid=1

    :)

    Jason

    oh, and this

    http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=431
     
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    ColoJohnBoy

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    I really hope they release some Bluetooth headphones (not earbuds) along with the new BT iPods. Earbuds seriously hurt my head, but if they could get some sleek, stylin' BT headphones I'd be all about it. It is possible, right? I've seen that some of the newer cell phones have bluetooth headsets that are relatively compact and quite comfortable. Here's to hoping.....
     
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    ibookin'

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