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Now available via software update:
iPod Updater 2006-03-23 delivers:

New iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod
New iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod nano
For all other iPod models, iPod Updater 2006-03-23 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2006-01-10.

Important: After downloading the iPod Updater software, connect your iPod to your computer and launch the iPod Updater application. If iPod Updater determines that your iPod needs to be updated, click the Update button to install the latest software on your iPod.

Features of iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod and iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod nano:

Volume limit
Bug fixes
For more information on volume limit, go to http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303414.

This update allows users to set a maximum volume limit on 5th generation iPods and iPod nanos. It also allows for parents to set a maximum volume limit on their children's iPods, and password-protect that change with combination code.
 

utkucan

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seems very totalitarian and should at least be an optional update instead of being channeled to every ipod through software update. Still, might be a legal requirement... At least choice is given where as we just get a volume cap in EU and have to use the hacks.
 
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MustardMan

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utkucan said:
seems very totalitarian and should at least be an optional update instead of being channeled to every ipod through software update.

You are never forced to update an ipod. Ipod updater shows up in software update, and you either choose to download it or you don't. Even then, when you actually connect your ipod, you have a choice whether you run ipod updater or not. Apple has rolled out every ipod software update in recent memory in EXACTLY the same manner.
 
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devilot

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I'm glad. I always listen to my iPod with really low volume settings (and w/ certain earphones in, would definitely love this cap). Plus, my dad is worse about listening to his iPod than any other little kid/teenager I've seen! Psh. Maybe my family won't have to hear his lousy taste in music anymore. :D
 
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clonenode

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Feb 12, 2002
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This is great. I've wanted this volume limit capability for a while. I have young kids who love music, but I've always been afraid that they might accidentally blow out their ear drums if they worked the volume control incorreclty. Now, with a limit on the max. volume, I can be sure this won't happen.
 
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Ashapalan

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Apr 17, 2005
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With much younger kids getting given ipods as gifts i think that this is actually a very important issue. I think apple get a plus for this one.

Many younger kids dont understand that loud = bad.
 
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puuukeey

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why is this totalitarian? its not like it comes with the option set to -120 dB. I think its a great idea. hearing is something that doesn't grow back and kids are stupid. even for adults, its tough to not turn the volume up to loud (I do now and then anyway.)

nonono whats totalitarian is ITUNES. how bout we look to france for competition laws and not immigration policy.:0
 
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agentmouthwash

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i hope this fixes the bug on the iPod Nano - when you try to rate songs on the ipod using the center button and it gets stuck on that screen.
 
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milo

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utkucan said:
seems very totalitarian and should at least be an optional update instead of being channeled to every ipod through software update. Still, might be a legal requirement... At least choice is given where as we just get a volume cap in EU and have to use the hacks.

You guys need to read the articles before spouting off. The update LETS you set a maximum volume. At a level of your choice. After the update, the ipod still defaults to maximum volume unless you change it yourself.

This is a nice update to have, and it sounds like Apple found a pretty slick way to implement it.
 
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macros

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I hope it alows to remove the volume cap entirely or adjust it abit higher than it is, without those hacks.
Sounds like a good freature, if this is possible. Im downloading it now
 
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drlunanerd

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I hope this has the long awaited fix for 1.1 that completely shagged the 60GB iPod - skipping audio and also video problems.

Shame it's too late for me - was so pissed I sold the thing.
 
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Macnoviz

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too bad this isn't for the mini anymore, the clickwheel isn't as good as the one from the iPod, and sometimes it can react pretty weird when I try to change the volume, and go from 10% to 100% in a blink of an eye. I set the volume +100% for all my songs (for some extra power on my creature speakers) but when using headphones it can be quite painful when this happens.:(

anywho, keep up the good work, Apple and gimme a macbook soon
 
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bigandy

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mainstreetmark said:
Does it happen to add a "Podcasts" section to the 3G iPods? That'd be great.


that was done a good long while ago.. i've got a podcasts option on my 3g 40gb...
 
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nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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The lawsuit is absurd, but at least a halfway useful feature emerged because of it (although it may have been a planned feature anyway).
 
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JDOG_

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They realllllly need to start making the iPod updater program built-in to iTunes. I am so sick of having to install these things (which don't delete the previous versions) and then have a bunch floating around on my computer.

Even worse, I have had to explain the purpose of these updaters to at least 3 of my non-tech savvy friends and they don't get why it's not in the same program you have to use exclusively with the iPod.

Seems simple enough to me... :confused:
 
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mrgreen4242

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You know, normally I am not one who would look positively on any sort of indiscriminate electronic controls for parents to use on their kids [well, their stuff]. For example the so called V-Chip to keep your kids from watching ANYTHING with a certain rating rather than actually being, you know, involved in their life feels like dodging your responsibility as a parent.

But this is actually pretty cool. Since your not censoring content, but rather limiting potentially physically harmful activity. I hope Apple doesn't take this a step further and sets up a system to keep iPods from playing content flagged as explicit, though.

In any case, this is a pretty good idea, in the face of all the press that has been seen lately talking about hearing loss from iPod-like devices, which always seem to have a picture of an iPod with them...
 
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milo

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macros said:
I hope it alows to remove the volume cap entirely or adjust it abit higher than it is, without those hacks.
Sounds like a good freature, if this is possible. Im downloading it now

Yeah, it's pretty easy to not have a volume cap. You do nothing. There is no volume cap until you set one. Period.

Is it really that hard to read the freaking article?

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303414
 
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(L)

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Nov 12, 2005
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Just to be an old ninny...

The health limit is 70 dB. As in, pumping it to 100% volume blasting right into your ears at really high SPL's is simply abuse when you think of your hearing, not the mind-numbing shockwaves. As in, even if you have open-air headphones (which are the good ones), if people two feet away from you can discern the lyrics, you're probably hurting your ears pretty darn good.

But then, what's the point of loud "music" like heavy metal this or that (not making fun of *all* heavy metal), if you can't feel it blurring your vision? Easy answer : if you can't enjoy it at normal volumes, you are only listening to it for the Sound Pressure Level. In other words, it really doesn't matter what it is, so long as it is loud to a beat and your friends or culture idols (to whom you leave your music taste decisions) rave about it. Harsh? Sure, but let me make it clear that this only reflects the view that true music is not about the sound pressure level but about the art.

So for all the classical music lovers and any other music lovers that love music for music and not THUMP THUMP JAKKA JAKKA XING XING, this move means having a greater range of comfortable volumes. Whereas before, I could only select between levels of 0~50% of the maximum volume, say, I could select more sublevels from 0~50%. (0,10,20,30,40,50 might become 0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50). On that level, this is pretty good, because it make the impossible but should be possible possible.

For most people that prefer higher volumes, perhaps a minimum volume cap would have been far more helpful.

Just my 2c.
 
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(L)

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mrgreen4242 said:
You know, normally I am not one who would look positively on any sort of indiscriminate electronic controls for parents to use on their kids [well, their stuff]. For example the so called V-Chip to keep your kids from watching ANYTHING with a certain rating rather than actually being, you know, involved in their life feels like dodging your responsibility as a parent.

But this is actually pretty cool. Since your not censoring content, but rather limiting potentially physically harmful activity. I hope Apple doesn't take this a step further and sets up a system to keep iPods from playing content flagged as explicit, though.

In any case, this is a pretty good idea, in the face of all the press that has been seen lately talking about hearing loss from iPod-like devices, which always seem to have a picture of an iPod with them...

yup. Pretty sad, but then, to be expected with any music player. In other words, this was in part a pr stunt, notsomuch an act of appeasing the public demands.
 
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mainstreetmark

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bigandy said:
that was done a good long while ago.. i've got a podcasts option on my 3g 40gb...

Same iPod I have, yet "Podcast" doesn't seem to show up anywhere, aside from being just one of the genres. I was hoping for the equivalent of Audiobooks which you can even have on the main menu.

lemme see what iPod software I have...Version 2.3, model P9245LL.
 
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(L)

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Macnoviz said:
too bad this isn't for the mini anymore, the clickwheel isn't as good as the one from the iPod, and sometimes it can react pretty weird when I try to change the volume, and go from 10% to 100% in a blink of an eye. I set the volume +100% for all my songs (for some extra power on my creature speakers) but when using headphones it can be quite painful when this happens.:(

anywho, keep up the good work, Apple and gimme a macbook soon

That would be smart...having preamp volumes tied to hardware detection.
 
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mcstewart37

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Oct 12, 2004
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Does anyone know if the update fixes the problem on the ipod nano where it shows the wrong album art for songs?

And about the podcast menu not showing up: did you try going to Setttings, then Main Menu and turning Podcast to "on"?
 
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