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iPod stuff

January 17th, 2008 2 comments

I’m having an issue with my iPod’s album art. You see, the art is loaded for every song in the album, but it disappears after playing the first song. It doesn’t matter which song from the album I start listening to either. I could pick track one or track five and the album art will display, but only when playing that song. As soon as the next track starts the album art is replaced with that damn annoying music note icon instead. WTF? The girl’s Nano does the same exact thing. Please tell me this isn’t by design because it’s seriously annoying. I like the visual aspect of the iPod classic so I should be able to see my album art all the time.

Oh and the girl’s Nano is really particular (it must be female) – it won’t load album art at all unless the music has been transferred through iTunes. Even if through Winamp I update the art directly to the songs already on her iPod, the files don’t update (even though you’re given the impression they have). I can do the same thing on my iPod without a problem. In fact, I haven’t used iTunes in at least two weeks. Frankly at this point I’m scared to because the last time I did most of the album mysteriously disappeared and I had to reload it. That was not fun!

Oh and I found out that Windows Media Player of all programs works quite well at identifying CDs, ripping them to MP3, and automatically populating the album art. So bye-bye Yahoo! Jukebox you piece of junk. I found out far too late in the game that it was ripping tracks at ridiculously crappy quality (their idea of high quality is 44kbps? seriously, what are those people smoking?) and had to re-rip lots of music. Pleased I was not.

I wonder, does anyone have the new iPod classic? I ask because I’m starting to wonder if the sound quality is up to par. I’m no audiophile by any means, or at least I never thought of myself as such, but I’m getting annoyed with the “static” I hear on some songs. Songs that were ripped at 320kbps, mind you. It’s more noticeable with guitar riffs. Also of note is that this is when I’m listening to my iPod via my car stereo, which is pretty much the only way I listen to my music (except on particularly stressful days at work when I listen via the headphones to drown everyone else out). I don’t think it’s the cassette I’m listening through because I used one for my XM radio and it was fine.

Speaking of that… I spent $21 for a cassette adapter for the iPod, made by Belkin, and the damn thing was squeaking up a storm. I would turn my music up higher and higher and I couldn’t drown it out. So then I got a Philips cassette for $10 and that made some funky noises too. At the same time I picked up a Griffin-brand cassette that Walmart was selling on clearance for $6. I didn’t end up opening that one because it finally dawned on me that I had a perfectly functioning cassette adapter from my XM radio, so I’ve been using that. It squeaks a bit too but nothing like that Belkin one.

Anyway, I am starting to wonder if my car speakers suck or if it’s the iPod. I need to buy a male to male plug so I can hook the iPod to our stereo system. That should be the ultimate test.

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Mission Unpossible

December 16th, 2007 1 comment

Today’s missions included getting cases and car hookups for our iPods and the Nintendo DS for my stepson.

I’m sad to say our first mission failed and the second one nearly did as well.

We hit Walmart after dropping the kids off and looked at their iPod accessories but were hesitant to buy anything since we planned on visiting the Apple store. That visit, however, was a bust. I have to say I was disappointed in their selection and surprised they didn’t have more to offer. None of the cases struck my fancy and all the car kits were around $80. Who would have thought Walmart would have a cheaper and better selection? I will be going back later this week to get the car kit so I can kiss my CDs goodbye. :)

After the Apple store we headed to Target with intentions to get the boy’s DS, except they were completely out of stock. When we got home I started checking other stores and everyone was out of stock as well and had no idea when more units were coming in. Panic started to hit. “We waited too long,” I bemoaned to Joe. But Joe, always my hero, thought to check Toys R Us. We rarely shop there so I had completely forgotten about it. After calling to confirm they had the black DS, we raced over, and collectively breathed a sigh of relief once we had it in our hands. Could you imagine how fucked up it would be to give the boy two DS games and no DS? (We had gotten Lego Star Wars and Pokemon Pearl at Target).

I don’t even want talk about the Nintendo Wii. I’m supposed to get one for my parents but I can’t find any. The girl at Toys R Us said they usually get them in on Sundays but warned us that people line up outside the store between 3-4 am. I love my parents but there’s no way in hell I’m doing that. They will have to get a rain-check I guess.

At least we’re completely done with the kids’ gifts. I ordered the girl a $75 Discover gift card today and included the message – “for the girl who doesn’t know what she wants (except an iPod) :)”. We thought that was funny.