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Secret 4G iPod Features?

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This week's Time Gadget of the Week is the 4th Generation iPod that was recently introduced by Apple.

It describes the new features including battery life improvements and the new click wheel... but offers a surprising hint at more to come:

But you should know that internally the new iPod is a ground-up reconstruction, and its really compelling applications — the ones that very well might get the goat of anyone unable or unwilling to upgrade — are still secret. All that Apple is saying is that there's more to this than what's being publicized
 

supbra

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YES!

Just purchased the new 4g Ipod. Love it, and is my first one. Apple, tell me about what it can really do?

I wonder if I'll be able to connect to Airport Express
 
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AhmedFaisal

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But still no ON/OFF switch! DOH!!!

This is the one thing that annoys the heck out of me ever since the first iPod. That the thing doesn't have an ON/OFF switch. Drains the batteries needlessly (because it takes a while before it goes into standby) and also screws you over big time if your iPod crashes on the road with no Mac/PC nearby to reset it. Never heard of iPod crashing, yes it does that every once in a while, at least for me when it has problems reading a track. Locks up and doesn't react to any input from the buttons anymore, and no ON/OFF switch to reset it!
C'mon Apple, its just a simple button/switch!
Regards,

Ahmed (owner of a 1st Gen iPod)
 
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adamfilip

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apple invented a anti-gravity feature and tracking device so that you can place your beer/coffee on the back of the ipod and it will follow you around hovering up to 6feet off the ground..


really quite amazing! :D
 
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adamfilip

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AhmedFaisal said:
This is the one thing that annoys the heck out of me ever since the first iPod. That the thing doesn't have an ON/OFF switch. Drains the batteries needlessly (because it takes a while before it goes into standby) and also screws you over big time if your iPod crashes on the road with no Mac/PC nearby to reset it. Never heard of iPod crashing, yes it does that every once in a while, at least for me when it has problems reading a track. Locks up and doesn't react to any input from the buttons anymore, and no ON/OFF switch to reset it!
C'mon Apple, its just a simple button/switch!
Regards,

Ahmed (owner of a 1st Gen iPod)

Hey bud.. um i have a 1st gen 5giger myself

you just have to hold down the Play button for a few seconds and it turns off.
 
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dizastor

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Secret Features eh?
iPod apps? iPod SDK?
I might have to buy one of these once they sort out the whole cosmetic defect issue.
 
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adamfilip

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greenmonsterman said:
Secret Features eh?
iPod apps? iPod SDK?
I might have to buy one of these once they sort out the whole cosmetic defect issue.

they have been making ipods .. for years.. there will always be small defects blemishes.. on a few units..

you will be waiting forever
 
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theranch

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reset?

AhmedFaisal said:
This is the one thing that annoys the heck out of me ever since the first iPod. That the thing doesn't have an ON/OFF switch. Drains the batteries needlessly (because it takes a while before it goes into standby) and also screws you over big time if your iPod crashes on the road with no Mac/PC nearby to reset it. Never heard of iPod crashing, yes it does that every once in a while, at least for me when it has problems reading a track. Locks up and doesn't react to any input from the buttons anymore, and no ON/OFF switch to reset it!
C'mon Apple, its just a simple button/switch!
Regards,

Ahmed (owner of a 1st Gen iPod)
You don't need a mac/pc to reset the ipod.
 
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crazzyeddie

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Maybe Apple will make a wireless bridge for it, similar to the iTrip, that would allow the iPod to access a WiFi network from the dock port and make it compatible with Airport Express.
 
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mickhyperion

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AhmedFaisal said:
This is the one thing that annoys the heck out of me ever since the first iPod. That the thing doesn't have an ON/OFF switch. Drains the batteries needlessly (because it takes a while before it goes into standby) and also screws you over big time if your iPod crashes on the road with no Mac/PC nearby to reset it. Never heard of iPod crashing, yes it does that every once in a while, at least for me when it has problems reading a track. Locks up and doesn't react to any input from the buttons anymore, and no ON/OFF switch to reset it!
C'mon Apple, its just a simple button/switch!
Regards,

Ahmed (owner of a 1st Gen iPod)

To reset the iPod, hold the menu button and the play button simultaneously for a couple of seconds.

To turn it off, hold play for a couple of seconds.
 
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Gizmotoy

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supbra said:
Just purchased the new 4g Ipod. Love it, and is my first one. Apple, tell me about what it can really do?

I wonder if I'll be able to connect to Airport Express

Connect it to the Airport Express using the USB port. You'll notice that the drive mounts (the "Do Not Disconnect" warning pops up). I don't know if these two are related, but I definately thought something was up when I saw that. If the iPod was merely charging it would display the "OK to Disconnect" message like it does when I plug it into my computer's USB port...
 
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Photorun

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adamfilip said:
apple invented a anti-gravity feature and tracking device so that you can place your beer/coffee on the back of the ipod and it will follow you around hovering up to 6feet off the ground..


really quite amazing! :D

6 feet? Why would I want to jump to get my beer or coffee? Especially the former which after a few jumping gets increasingly difficult! I hope it has a setting for 3 to 4 feet.
 
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xtekdiver

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Not exactly

adamfilip said:
Hey bud.. um i have a 1st gen 5giger myself

you just have to hold down the Play button for a few seconds and it turns off.

That is not exactly true; while it appears to be off it is not; the iPod is still using power and if you don't use it for awhile it will run out of power. Granted no one ever leaves their iPod for that long without using it...right? :rolleyes:

Update: according to Apple's web site the 4G iPod will last one month in standby. How anyone could last a month without using thier iPod is beyond my comprehension, but that is the stat.
 
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adamfilip

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Photorun said:
6 feet? Why would I want to jump to get my beer or coffee? Especially the former which after a few jumping gets increasingly difficult! I hope it has a setting for 3 to 4 feet.

no worries you can adjust it too you liking..

some people might need it 6 feet up.. or you know just too tease those who are verticley disabled
 
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adamfilip

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xtekdiver said:
That is not exactly true; while it appears to be off it is not; the iPod is still using power and if you don't use it for awhile it will run out of power. Granted no one ever leaves their iPod for that long without using it...right? :rolleyes:

well i dont see how this would be any different then having an on/off toggle switch
 
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Some_Big_Spoon

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Jun 17, 2003
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Apple, just let me know

Hey, if Apple wants to fill me in on the whiz-bang secret features, then i'll get yet another ipod.. until then, there's nothing to see here.
 
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Sabon

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Oct 17, 2003
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" ... Can't remember songs I want to delete .."

"I'm still waiting for the day when I can delete iPod's tracks and playlists using the device itself, because once I've returned to my computer, I can no longer remember which songs I don't ever want to hear again."

This is REALLY easy. When I find a song on my iPod I don't like I rate it with 1 (one) star. I never use 1 star for anything else. So the next time I sync my iPod to my Mac I can sort by rating and find all the 1 stars and delete them.
 
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