iPod to have BlueTooth?


wrylachlan

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Not taking the place of firewire... but...

Bluetooth will never take the place of firewire. Its just too slow. But I can see bluetooth implemented in the iPod so that your PDA, or other digital devices could use the iPod for storage.
 

SPG

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Bluetooth obviously couldn't replace firewire as the main I/O, but as a way to link the iPod to other devices is a little more realistic. Swapping a few addresses and text info is possible, and what about streaming a song real time? Not transferring, but playing it back to bluetooth headphones as an example. There are things that can be done well with a wireless iPod, let's not dismiss all the possibilities out of hand.
 

strider42

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considering blue tooth runs at like 1/10th the speed of USB, whcih puts it at something like 1/400th the speed of firewire, I'd say decidedly no. Whats the point of an MP3 player that takes a all day to synch with iTunes.
 

jelloshotsrule

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Originally posted by strider42
considering blue tooth runs at like 1/10th the speed of USB, whcih puts it at something like 1/400th the speed of firewire, I'd say decidedly no. Whats the point of an MP3 player that takes a all day to synch with iTunes.
once again, it would definitely not replace the firewire used for transferring the files.

the realistic possibility would be something along the lines of what other folks have mentioned: syncing to other bluetooth devices to transfer to the pod hard drive, contacts and other text which is small enough to transfer, etc.

no one said it would be fast enough to use as the main connection device. so read the posts and think before putting something up.
 

ftaok

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Bluetooth is not designed for transfers

Originally posted by strider42
considering blue tooth runs at like 1/10th the speed of USB, whcih puts it at something like 1/400th the speed of firewire, I'd say decidedly no. Whats the point of an MP3 player that takes a all day to synch with iTunes.
The iPod won't incorporate Bluetooth in the fashion that most of you guys are calling for. It's not designed for that. But what it can do is "wirelessly" connect to your Bluetooth headphones (that doubles as your Bluetooth cell phone headset). There's a million uses for Bluetooth, but it won't take off until an innovative company (or person) comes up with compelling uses for it.

Here's my use for Bluetooth. You'll need a cell phone, PDA (color screen preferably), GPS unit, and iPod (or a Bluetooth HD). If you're a golfer, you've probably played at a club where they have a GPS device in the cart. It's overlayed with a map of the course. So all you do is drive up to the ball and the screen tells you where the hole is and how far it is away. Stuff like that.

If you have a BT cell phone, you could download the map to your PDA. The iPod could be used as map storage for those addicted golfers. Next, you bring your PDA with you and stick the GPS unit in your bag. Ta-da! Instant golf maps that tell you where you are and how far you're away. Better than a snot-nosed caddy.

OK, no more 'net. Gotta get back to work before they fire me.
 

jelloshotsrule

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Re: Bluetooth is not designed for transfers

Originally posted by ftaok
If you have a BT cell phone, you could download the map to your PDA. The iPod could be used as map storage for those addicted golfers. Next, you bring your PDA with you and stick the GPS unit in your bag. Ta-da! Instant golf maps that tell you where you are and how far you're away. Better than a snot-nosed caddy.
haha. i must say i've considered bringing my ipod with me on the course to listen to music while i play, but never to have the entire course mapped out and all the greens' contours on there etc etc... my score would drop considerably! haha. right..
 

strider42

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Originally posted by TyleRomeo
does the 10GB ipod have have built in support for Firewire 2?
firewire 2 doesn't exist yet, so I'd say probably not. I suppose its always possible apple put it on the iPod as a preemptive measure, but sicne they didn't put it on any of the new machiens just released, its decidedly unlikely.
 

blackpeter

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Originally posted by SPG
Bluetooth obviously couldn't replace firewire as the main I/O, but as a way to link the iPod to other devices is a little more realistic. Swapping a few addresses and text info is possible, and what about streaming a song real time? Not transferring, but playing it back to bluetooth headphones as an example. There are things that can be done well with a wireless iPod, let's not dismiss all the possibilities out of hand.
Yep. I remember that my dad brought be back a Sony casette walkman from Japan (about 9 or 10 years ago). It had wireless headphones. Both they and the player itself were run or rechargable batteries. I loved this thing. My walkman stayed in my backpack and I could control everything from the phones. Who wouldn't love to have something like this for the iPod?? (a pod for the Pod...)

I think a Bluetooth is a logical next step for the iPod. This headphone feature would appeal to me, but there are numerous practical applications for Bluetooth in an ever changing / expanding device like the iPod. I'd love to see it.
 

badtz

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since firewire 2 is clocked @ like ~800+ kbps somewhere, how is that much information going to even sink into the hard drive anyhow? hard drives can't even handle that much sequential data. maybe when serialata comes out, but either way, that's about another 1-2 years away from the initial public infiltration....

all in my guess of course :)