What Changes To The iPod Would You Like To See?

LaMerVipere

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Top 3 Changes/Improvements I'd Like To See:

1. Ability to control the brightness of the backlight
2. Crossfade between tracks like in iTunes
3. Instead of just having the option of "Most Played Songs" that have played on your iTunes, include an option for "Most Played Songs" that have played on your iPod, or the ability to combine both for a more accurate "Most Played Songs" list
 

mcmav37

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LaMerVipere said:
Top 3 Changes/Improvements I'd Like To See:

3. Instead of just having the option of "Most Played Songs" that have played on your iTunes, include an option for "Most Played Songs" that have played on your iPod, or the ability to combine both for a more accurate "Most Played Songs" list
Doesn't this already happen? When I sync my iPod, the play count in iTunes is updated to reflect the stuff I listened to from the iPod. Or are you asking for something beyond that?
 

aricher

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Better line-in/mic recording features - the mono recording at low rates BS has got to stop.

I also second the gapless playback comment - very annoying to have a glitchy sounding click esp. between songs that flow into one another.
 

dejo

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mcmav37 said:
Doesn't this already happen? When I sync my iPod, the play count in iTunes is updated to reflect the stuff I listened to from the iPod. Or are you asking for something beyond that?
I think it's only sync'ed since the 3G iPods.
 

mpw

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Bluetooth 2 With some really cool Apple wireless headphones.
Automatically pause when I get a call to my Bluetooth phone.
 

hcuar

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Longer battery life... I don't want to turn my contrast down, etc. I like to get longer than 8 hours.

AM/FM tuner would be nice too.

Other than that? Nothing.
 

3Memos

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The iPod is perfect the way it is. Perhaps get rid of the mirror back and replace it with something that doesnt scratch as easily or shows fingerprints. The anodized aluminum of the mini comes to mind.
 

ChrisBrightwell

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dejo said:
Not only that but true gapless playback in both iPod and iTunes.
Gapless in iTunes is easily achievable. Turn on cross-fading (iTunes Preferences / Audio) and set the time to 0. This doesn't translate to the iPod, though, which is a consistent disappointment.
 

ChrisBrightwell

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3Memos said:
The iPod is perfect the way it is. Perhaps get rid of the mirror back and replace it with something that doesnt scratch as easily or shows fingerprints. The anodized aluminum of the mini comes to mind.
Ditto that. That's my only *real" complaint with the iPod.

I'd like a better live recording interface (similar to the Nomad Jukebox 3), but that's not why I bought an iPod. I have an MD recorder for live recording.
 

LethalWolfe

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ChrisBrightwell said:
Gapless in iTunes is easily achievable. Turn on cross-fading (iTunes Preferences / Audio) and set the time to 0. This doesn't translate to the iPod, though, which is a consistent disappointment.
To me that actually sounds worse. Instead of hearing it just stop/start you hear a very quick ramp down-gap-ramp up of the music.


Lethal
 

Mechcozmo

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Something that doesn't scratch, nick, and ding so easily.

A color screen for all! Damn, those iPod Photos look nice... even if I can't view photos, I'd like the screen.


And while I'm wishing, could it do my laundry? :rolleyes:

EDIT: WHOOHOO!!! I made a 68000! :D:D:D:D:D
 

dejo

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LethalWolfe said:
To me that actually sounds worse. Instead of hearing it just stop/start you hear a very quick ramp down-gap-ramp up of the music.


Lethal
True. 0-second crossfade is not exactly the same thing as true, gapless playback. The former makes volume changes; the latter does not. And as noted, the iPod does neither of these.
 

oingoboingo

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I'd like to see a larger built-in RAM buffer. This would help preserve battery life (fewer spin-ups of the hard drive), and also help with skip protection. I've just walked home from work (an hour-long walk) and my 4G 20GB iPod skipped 3-4 times. I'm not jogging or running...just walking. I get skipping almost every time I walk anywhere for longer than about 10 minutes. I've also had my iPod lock up hard a few times while walking, requiring a reset. Not fun.
 

dejo

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oingoboingo said:
I'd like to see a larger built-in RAM buffer. This would help preserve battery life (fewer spin-ups of the hard drive), and also help with skip protection. I've just walked home from work (an hour-long walk) and my 4G 20GB iPod skipped 3-4 times. I'm not jogging or running...just walking. I get skipping almost every time I walk anywhere for longer than about 10 minutes. I've also had my iPod lock up hard a few times while walking, requiring a reset. Not fun.
Strange. The iPods are supposed to have like 20+ minutes of skip protection. I've had a 1st-gen, 3rd-gen and now a iPod Photo and not one of them has ever skipped on me, and I even took my 3rd-gen off-roading a few times (where my brother and I were completely blown away by the skip protection). My iPod Photo does reset itself more often than I would like though.
 

oingoboingo

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dejo said:
Strange. The iPods are supposed to have like 20+ minutes of skip protection. I've had a 1st-gen, 3rd-gen and now a iPod Photo and not one of them has ever skipped on me, and I even took my 3rd-gen off-roading a few times (where my brother and I were completely blown away by the skip protection). My iPod Photo does reset itself more often than I would like though.
Yeah, I'm a little mystified also. Today the iPod skipped on me within 10 minutes of starting my walk, playing through an album start to finish (so the whole playlist should be known in advance to the iPod, and queued up in RAM). It was only a small skip (about 1.5 seconds), but a skip nonetheless Maybe it's a 4G problem. Maybe it's just a problem with mine. But it does happen with enough regularity that on a longish walk (45-60 minutes) it will always happen at least once, and usually more.
 

jmsait19

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oingoboingo said:
I'd like to see a larger built-in RAM buffer. This would help preserve battery life (fewer spin-ups of the hard drive), and also help with skip protection. I've just walked home from work (an hour-long walk) and my 4G 20GB iPod skipped 3-4 times. I'm not jogging or running...just walking. I get skipping almost every time I walk anywhere for longer than about 10 minutes. I've also had my iPod lock up hard a few times while walking, requiring a reset. Not fun.
As with the last guy I've put my 3G iPod to the test and it hasn't missed a beat either. I clip it on my shorts and go biking and no skips. I even wear it at work all the time and I am an audio tech so I'm constantly on the move running cables on stage and stuff, still no skips. If you are still under warranty it would be worth getting checked out. Theres no reason for it to be skipping.
 

maya

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Flash card slot reader and writer.

Line-IN.

Buttons light up.(like the 3G models) :)

White click-wheel instead of gray.

BT would be nice and or WiFi streaming.

AM/FM not needed.

Longer battery life. Always :)

Get rid of the mirror back cover. Oh boy the scratches. :p

That is my hardware list. :)
 

solvs

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aricher said:
Better line-in/mic recording features - the mono recording at low rates BS has got to stop.
I'd like to see that too, but it's probably there for a reason. Battery life, processor capabilities... or just the RIAA not wanting you to take your iPod to a concert and recording in Hi-Fi. :mad:

Maybe just recording capability in the updated mini, 5 or 6GB, or whatever it's going to be.