What does ipod do, exactly?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by lazyboy922, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    I know it can store alot of music, but can it store other things as well? like illustrator or photoshop files as well?
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2003
    North Carolina
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2003
    Yes, it will store and play music.

    It will also store files and act as a firewire hard drive if you configure it properly.

    I don't know much about this but: I think new functions that are going to be added to Panther will have the ability for you to have "home on ipod" which has something to do with being able to take your user settings from mac to mac I think.

    (I haven't switched to Panther from Jag yet, but that might make me interested -- esp with Safari and Expose...)
  4. macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    uh... can you have your macrumors memborship revoked for that question?



  5. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    It just seems that they market it so much toward how much music it can hold, i just never thought of it being anything more. Even on the apple website they just speak mostly of how many hours of music it can store.
  6. macrumors 68040


    It can have contacts, calenders, and notes on it too! Calenders are reallly handy to have on the run especially when you listen to music, you could also play the games!
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Re: What does ipod do, exactly?

    See, this is why apple should make commercials that actually show what their products can do.
  8. mms
    macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    That's because it was meant to be a music player.

    However, it is good as an external FireWire hard drive. There has also been rumors of an Apple utility that would let you keep a copy of your home directory on your iPod so you could work "at home" on any OS X machine. I forget what it was called, but I believe it was found on the support pages for Panther.

    Rumor was that it was originally an intended feature of Panther that got cut before release.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    Don't forget...

    Apple and Belkin teamed up to give you Voice Recording and Picture Storage as well. Need to purchase the add-on accessories though.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2004
    Re: Re: What does ipod do, exactly?

    This is so true, I know people who are under the impression that if they get an iPod they have to use itunes and the only way they can get songs onto their ipod is by buying them off of itunes for a dollar a piece. So many people are under false impressions because they are ignorant and then they make false generalizations against apple/mac.
  11. macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Just to echo what previous posters have said, an iPod is essentially a 15/20/40 GB portable Hard Drive. Yes, it can play music, but you can store anything on there that you want. You can sync your address book and contacts on it, play games, use it as a "travel alarm", and with one of those flash readers (or another Mac), you can transfer pictures from your digital camera onto it for storage, to free up your memory card.

    It's a great little toy! :cool:
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I have a complete Panther installation on my iPod. If something goes wrong with one of my Macs I can boot from the iPod. I also use it for backups and still have 1500 songs on it--plus a few free GB. It's a great little tool.

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