What DON'T you like about your iPod?
post-188468
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 41

lucien

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Messages
224
Reaction score
0
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Posts
224
Likes
0
I'm constantly swaying back and forth between loyalty to the MD format and my trusty MZR900, and the serious temptation of the iPod and all its 20GB goodness.

I'm not looking for an MD/MP3 format war. I think I know all I need to know on the subject.

But I am curious to know what those of you out there who own iPods have found negative about them. Are there any horrible surprises that'll bite me in the arse after I part with my hard-earned?

I'm pretty sure I'd be using XPlay with a 20GB Windows iPod.

Any comments?
 
     Share This Post       
post-188480
Post #2 of 41

Flasken

Exhibit A in the case FOR a legal drinking age.
Joined
Dec 24, 2001
Messages
2,319
Reaction score
13
Joined
Dec 24, 2001
Posts
2,319
Likes
13
wait.

The iPod is old. Many new models will be out by christmas. decide by then.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188492
Post #3 of 41

williamgoody

Banned
Joined
Jul 16, 2002
Messages
2,001
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jul 16, 2002
Posts
2,001
Likes
10
I also have and love the great mzr900 and an IPod. And I have to say the only think I don't like about the ipod is it's shuffle feature. I have a full 20 gig ipod, and I use the shuffle function for all the songs; it seems that always the same "core" 5 or 6 artists are chosen, while many times I'll hear a song, ff to another, and again with this selection coming from the same album I just heard the song from two songs ago. I have roughly 200 artists on the ipod, and I hear the same 10 to 15 all the time it seams, with the others just sprinkled in. Drives me crazy.
Having said that, This and the lack of a lneout are the only things That leave the ipod lacking for me. Everyhing else is great on it. But for me the shuffle function is huge, and I may wind up going back to the mzr900 for that.
Do you use a portable amp for the pmdp?
 
     Share This Post       
post-188547
Post #4 of 41

Robster1958

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Mar 1, 2002
Messages
236
Reaction score
10
Joined
Mar 1, 2002
Posts
236
Likes
10
the little cover piece over the firewire port does not sit flush when closed.


how's that for nitpicking????



after using Archos JB Recorder 20, Sony D-CJ500...and others,
the iPod is unbelievable better in all respects...most notably sound quality (lack of noise) and form factor. read my earlier review.

unbeatable. hate to say it, but cheap...well at least worth every penny... at $400 for the 10 gig.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188564
Post #5 of 41

grinch

Cognac....icky.Scotch....icky.Vodka....
Joined
Jan 1, 2002
Messages
3,077
Reaction score
11
Joined
Jan 1, 2002
Posts
3,077
Likes
11
it's made by apple?


the lack of a lineout seems to be the only complaint i can see with it so far. people complain about battery life, but it IS spinning a hard drive, which is very tough to deal with power-wise.

the shuffle remark is pretty interesting. this thread is cool (and i too am really wanting to buy an ipod), so let's keep it going.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188638
Post #6 of 41

joelongwood

Keeper of the 'Phones
Moderator
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
4,649
Reaction score
13
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
4,649
Likes
13
Quote:

And I have to say the only think I don't like about the ipod is it's shuffle feature. I have a full 20 gig ipod, and I use the shuffle function for all the songs; it seems that always the same "core" 5 or 6 artists are chosen, while many times I'll hear a song, ff to another, and again with this selection coming from the same album I just heard the song from two songs ago. I have roughly 200 artists on the ipod, and I hear the same 10 to 15 all the time it seams, with the others just sprinkled in. Drives me crazy.


Strange. I have no problem with shuffle on my older 5 gig iPod. I use shuffle all the time with different playlists and I rarely, if ever, hear the same song twice.
The lack of a line-out used to bother me, but not anymore. A line-out would kind of force me to use an amp, but that would defeat the ultimate portability of the little thing.
The only complaint I have is with battery life. Sometimes I get 10 hours........sometimes only 4. There doesn't seem to be much consistency. Other than that, I love it.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188705
Post #7 of 41

lucien

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Messages
224
Reaction score
0
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Posts
224
Likes
0
Quote:

Do you use a portable amp for the pmdp?


No, I just use the Ety ER4P, and I'm quite happy without an amp. I have a Headroom Supreme, which I bought thinking I would use it portably, but it's so much bigger than my player that I would never bother.

I hate carrying things around with me anyway. It's pretty unlikely that I'll ever buy another portable amp unless the output was total crap. As it is, MD + 4P is a nice combination for a portable setup.

I just love the idea of carrying so much music around with me, and being able to transfer data as well.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188707
Post #8 of 41

lucien

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Messages
224
Reaction score
0
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Posts
224
Likes
0
That shuffle comment is interesting -- I never use shuffle at the moment, but that's because I only have an album or two available at any given time.

With a lot more music, I imagine I'd use it often.

Is it a known problem that has been reported to Apple so they can fix it in the next firmware, or something that's likely to stay?

_____________
Edit
_____________

The other thing that's bothering me is the inability to attach a AA battery pack like I can to my MD recorder. Going on long plane trips as I do fairly frequntly seems like a dead loss if you have to carry an AC adapter and foreign plug adapters. Not to mention the need to find a plug and sit next to it in airports for hours at a time.

I need one of these iPod clones to come out with single AA external battery pack.



 
     Share This Post       
post-188735
Post #9 of 41

williamgoody

Banned
Joined
Jul 16, 2002
Messages
2,001
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jul 16, 2002
Posts
2,001
Likes
10
Don't know if it's a widespread problem. I haven't read of any others who use shuffle on 18.5 gigs of music., most make playlists.

Since you don't use an ampthere really should'nt be any reason not to love the ipod, unless you're going to use it for running. They tend to lock up completely after approx. 37 minutes of running.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188819
Post #10 of 41

MacDEF

Headphone Hussy (will wear anything if it sounds good)
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Messages
6,761
Reaction score
12
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Posts
6,761
Likes
12
Quote:

Originally posted by Flasken
The iPod is old.


The new models were just released at the end of July



Quote:

Originally posted by joelongwood
The only complaint I have is with battery life. Sometimes I get 10 hours........sometimes only 4. There doesn't seem to be much consistency.


The two things that will shorten battery life the most are: 1) skipping songs a lot; and 2) using higher-bitrate music files. This is true for all hard drive-based MP3 players. The times when you get only 4 hours, are you skipping around a lot or using high-bitrate files (or even WAVs)?

I have a friend who uses 128kbps MP3s (*gasp*
) and when he just presses play and lets it go, he gets something like 14 hours


Like joelongwood, I haven't heard any other reports of shuffle problems.

I haven't bought mine yet (can't wait much longer
), but my only real complaint is the lack of a line-out. Not because I want to use an amp portably, but because I want to hook it up to my home stereo/amp when I'm listening at home.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188821
Post #11 of 41

Taphil

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Apr 3, 2002
Messages
742
Reaction score
10
Joined
Apr 3, 2002
Posts
742
Likes
10
The BIGGEST downfall is the lack of queue feature. Then after that is the scratch-prone materials it's made from. Way below that is the lack of line-out.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188827
Post #12 of 41

Ruahrc

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 2, 2002
Messages
289
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jun 2, 2002
Posts
289
Likes
10
Great thread we have here-

lucien- there is actually a way to get extra batteries onto the iPod- I read it somewhere on the web, unfourtunately I forgot the site. Basically though if you're handy with the solder you can make yourself a battery pack that ends in a firewire plug and so you can charge your iPod on the go (even while it's on and playing) with it.

williamgoody- what do you mean lock up completely after 37 minutes? If the iPod locks up this could be big negative points against it....

MadDEF- I am ripping all my CD's into 192kbps mp3's using EAC/LAME. I'll still get pretty good batt life right (Significantly better than 4 hours)? Normally I just put it on shuffle and let it run, that's what I did with my Rio, and how I listen to my Winamp 80% of the time.

Ruahrc

p.s. what's the cheapest place to get it online? And does apple.com charge tax?
 
     Share This Post       
post-188837
Post #13 of 41

lucien

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Messages
224
Reaction score
0
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Posts
224
Likes
0
Quote:

Originally posted by Taphil
The BIGGEST downfall is the lack of queue feature.


By that, do you mean like the enqueue function in WinAmp? So I suppose that would mean that you either have to have a playlist, shuffle your tracks, or select one song at a time?

I guess that's a bummer, but I think I can train myself to use playlists. I usually just enqueue what I feel like listening to at the time, but I need to do some serious mp3 organisation before I get an iPod.

I've got gigs and gigs of tracks on my PC that have crap ID3 info, or none at all. My ripped CDs aren't a problem, since all the proper ID3 info gets put on at the time anyway.
 
     Share This Post       
post-188838
Post #14 of 41

lucien

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Messages
224
Reaction score
0
Joined
Aug 5, 2001
Posts
224
Likes
0
Quote:

Originally posted by Ruahrc
there is actually a way to get extra batteries onto the iPod- I read it somewhere on the web, unfourtunately I forgot the site. Basically though if you're handy with the solder you can make yourself a battery pack that ends in a firewire plug and so you can charge your iPod on the go (even while it's on and playing) with it.


Anyone know of a link to this info? Ye Grande Olde Google Searche came up with nothing.

I'm useless with a soldering iron, but perhaps one of the handymen on this board might take a commission job?
 
     Share This Post       
post-188842
Post #15 of 41

MacDEF

Headphone Hussy (will wear anything if it sounds good)
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Messages
6,761
Reaction score
12
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Posts
6,761
Likes
12
Quote:

Originally posted by Taphil
The BIGGEST downfall is the lack of queue feature.


What's a queue feature?
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top