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50 Fun Things to Do With Your iPod

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the ipod-mania-continues dept.

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Ant writes "Jason Kottke's Web site has compiled a list of 50 fun things to do with your iPod besides listening to music with those white earbuds: From the article 'In the four years since its introduction, the iPod has proven to be a versatile little device. Despite a relatively closed architecture, hackers have found their way in. Content creators and software makers put information at your fingertips when you're on the go. Would-be designers have added to the fashionable stylings of the now-ubiquitous white ear buds. Hardware makers and enthusiasts have augmented the iPod with new add-on gadgets. Here are a few dozen things you can do with your iPod besides listen to music.'"

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Wow, this is an old piece (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423193)

May 2005! The Video iPod was still just a glimmer in Steve Jobs' i.

45-50 (4, Funny)

biocute (936687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423194)

List 45-50 are slashdotted, so here they are:

45. Blend in with a device everyone has

46. Untangled from useless features in cheap chinese knockoff

47. Free of battery failure with compulsory annual replacement

48. Go deaf

49. Buy back from eBay the iPod you gave someone for XMas, with original receipt and no shipping cost

50. Invitation to the iPod nano class action lawsuit

51 (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423236)

Run a web server on it and get slashdotted!

Actually most of those suggestions weren't particularly useful, some were repeats and #9 is patented if you follow their suggestion on how to use that particular mod. Nothing particularly earth shattering in the lot.

Re:45-50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423239)

this was modded informative? ;) i'd give it +1, Sarcastic.

Re:45-50 (2, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423259)

The best sarcasm is informative.

KFG

Re:45-50 (5, Funny)

Carthag (643047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423342)

My favorite thing is putting the earbuds in my nose and opening my eustachian tubes. It's as if the music is coming from within your head (well, it is, really).

Re:45-50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423440)

The sad thing is that I bet a large number of Slashdotters just went to get their iPods and earbuds after reading this.

I know I did. :(

Re:45-50 (2, Interesting)

Carthag (643047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423539)

Did you get it to work? It's kinda hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's easier. I did read that some percentage of the populace is unable to do it voluntarily, though. One way is to try yawning or swallowing (it's the same thing when you align pressure on an airplane).

Re:45-50 (4, Interesting)

tehshen (794722) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423672)

Holy batman, it does work as well! Sadly, it's a bit faint, even at full volume and with open tubes. And it makes you look like a prat.

There's a market to be had here, surely.

You missed: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423360)

scratch to win a free iPod!

You forgot... (0, Flamebait)

alan.briolat (903558) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423373)

51. Use it as a hockey puck (preferably if it belongs to someone listening to mass-produced (c)rap)

Re:You forgot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423535)

YAY!!!
SNOBBERY!!!!! /grow up

This was lame when it was on digg. (0, Offtopic)

murph (16036) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423196)

Get mugged.

Re:This was lame when it was on digg. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423210)

The good thing about Digg is if you miss a story the first or second or third time it is featured there, it will be duped at least 10 more times for your convienience.

Re:This was lame when it was on digg. (1)

platypibri (762478) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423451)

And then after the umpteenth time on Digg, it'll make the slashdot front page the next day.

Re:This was lame when it was on digg. (1)

dogwelder99 (896835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423255)

That comes under #8... "Approach someone with the signature white ear buds, smile, and trade headphone jacks to get an earful of your new friend's music."

I know! (-1, Troll)

jZnat (793348) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423207)

My favourite thing to do with an iPod: sell it on eBay and buy myself something worth the $300+ like an iAUDIO [iaudio.com] . Most of my music is in Vorbis and FLAC; thanks, Apple, for providing minimal audio format support on, well, everything you make.

Re:I know! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423219)

its your fault youre not using a widely accepted standard. stop bitching faggot

Re:I know! (1)

genner (694963) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423549)

Wow, do you support macintosh products over the phone by any chance?

Re:I know! (1)

jigjigga (903943) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423291)

sweet! I have been looking for a replacment for the rio Karma, the last one I knew to play ogg +flac. Thanks for pointing this out, good to know there are alternatives.

Re:I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423444)

I wish you silly ogg people would stop whining. Ya ya its open, WHO CARES! How much more did it cost to have MP3 support in the ipod, what a $1?

Stop preaching!! 99% of us could care less!

I don't understand why every Slashdot Ipod discussion has people like you bitching about something as silly as this. Yes yes, we get it, it has no ogg. Can we please move on now as no one else cares other than a few uber-nerds!

Old List (1, Informative)

JoshDev (780839) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423222)

#1 fun think I do is (4, Insightful)

MasterOfUniverse (812371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423223)

Listen to music! Gosh its a music player for Gods sake, not second coming of a slice bread..

Re:#1 fun think I do is (1)

Xerxus (899945) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423242)

Jason Kottke's Web site has compiled a list of 50 fun things to do with your iPod besides listening to music
I think listening to music is designated #0

Re:#1 fun think I do is (1)

heavy snowfall (847023) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423478)

Clever website.

Re:#1 fun think I do is (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423384)

... it said beside listening to music. :P

Altoid Box (4, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423226)

Alright the #35 one should not count. That sounds like something fun to do with an altoid box, not an iPod.

A bit disappointing (2, Informative)

carou (88501) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423230)

There's actually only 44 things in the list, and about half of those are duplicates of each other (perfect for /. then...)

for the womens (5, Funny)

Mancat (831487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423249)

iBuzz: a music-activated, iPod-powered vibrator

http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?id=5294 [lovehoney.co.uk]

Re:for the womens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423324)

Re:for the womens (5, Funny)

SierraPete (834755) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423365)

My immediate thought was, "Okay, you're using it that way and it breaks... How do you explain that to Apple's warranty department?"

Re:for the womens (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423408)

You don't. You explain it to their marketing dept.

KFG

Re:for the womens (1)

SchrodingersRoot (943800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423493)

This immediately reminded me of the old iBrator [sleeplessknights.com] ...

I feel there's a joke to be made about Mac users needing things like these, but I'm afraid it'll get me severely beaten around here.
And not in the good way.

Re:for the womens (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423608)

Reminds me of this [gamegirladvance.com] , too.

Puritan Yanks (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423641)

From the mentioned website:

PLEASE NOTE: This product can not be shipped to North America or Canada.

I know the yanks are a bunch wussy puritans, but whats up with the cannucks????

Re:Puritan Yanks (2, Funny)

andreMA (643885) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423704)

PLEASE NOTE: This product can not be shipped to North America or Canada.
Last I checked, Canada was part of North America. Did I miss a memo or something?

Re:for the womens (4, Funny)

CvD (94050) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423669)

Obligatory bash.org quote:

#346240 [bash.org]
(lawngrl): im gonna insert my ipod in my vagina tonight and go to sleep i love it so much
(Fire_on_High): I'm quite sure that'll void your warranty

They forgot.. (1, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423250)

Buring an iPod effigy composed of actual iPods, preferably in front of a Starbucks.

audiobooks (4, Interesting)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423256)

I love my ipod, and listening to music on it is great, but it has definitely made me an audiobook junky - it somehow feels like I'm pulling one over on The Man at work when I'm listening to a book that is actually interesting and possibly sucking my atention away from the job at hand.
I realize that this isn't really specific to ipods, but getting one for some reason made me willing to check them out - kind of thought they seemd like a corny idea before.
installing linux on it and playing doom was definitely fun, but the audio on the nano in linux is still [retty glitchy, so it's just kind of novel to have.
what i'm really looking forward to, or hoping for at least, is the rumored video support for nano in a possible forthcoming firmware upgrade. the nano is just small enough to sneak by veging out on videos all day at work - the laptop is a bit sore-thumbish. hooray!

Re:audiobooks (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423420)

Second the audiobook recomendation. Spacewise, I have more audiobooks on my pod than music. I'm also an Audible [audible.com] member, so I can get most of the latest bestsellers for about $11 a book. Much better than paying $30-$50 for the cd versions.

Missing the most obvious reason... (4, Funny)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423261)

Buying one for your wife... meaning you have to upgrade your home machine to play iTunes... honest dear it just won't run on this single CPU one...

ipod ipod hype hype hype (0, Troll)

mumblestheclown (569987) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423282)

explain to me again why this device is so special?

i own two of these things by proxy - i bought my girlfriend one of the 4g variety and of the tiny variety in japan about a year ago (she asked, i paid). i am a busy guy generally and quite technologically adept (I run a software company, for god's sake), but spent about half an hour fumbling with the software and, while i got some of her music loaded on them, in general found the whole experience to be poor. the 4g unit's metal casing is basically designed to scratch and the UI is.. well, pretty junky. these things mostly just sit in the shelf.

we spend our time between london, new york, and tokyo... which are, at least in theory, "cool" cities. yet, despite the theoretical ubiquitousness of these things, i rarely see them out there on the field in practice. i do see a lot of people giving steve jobs credit for a device that he markets, but did not invent. i do see a lot of magazines and television shows providing free advertising for this thing. so, i am not surprised that the sales are good (phenomenal, even). I just dont see a particularly special piece of hardware or software. as somebody else has mentioned, there are a number of clones that just seem to be much better at a much better pricepoint. indeed, i felt like a complete tool going to the fancy apple/ipod displays around akihabara paying a high markup for marketing fluff while passing over a number of quite nice units for sale elsewhere.

Re:ipod ipod hype hype hype (2, Interesting)

99luftballon (838486) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423344)

I've had five media players and none of them was an iPod. Like you I dislike the marketing hype arounf the iPod, especially the Shuffle or iChav. Only Steve Jobs could tell people that not having a screen on a player is an advantage.

But like it or not the iPod is by far the easiest music player to use and that's the key to its success.

Re:ipod ipod hype hype hype (1)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423383)

How is it that it took you a half hour? I just plugged in my iPod and it automatically transferred all my music over, no problems at all.

Re:ipod ipod hype hype hype (-1, Troll)

mumblestheclown (569987) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423481)

Nice to see slashdot idiocy still in full force. I post a negative experience with an ipod, and i am branded a troll.

Re:ipod ipod hype hype hype (3, Insightful)

Twid (67847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423529)

Well, I didn' t mod you a troll, but I would have if I was modding.

Here's why:

1. You don't actually own, use, or appear to even like iPods, but you feel compelled to post on your second-hand experience of buying one for your girlfriend. Based on what sounds like about 20 minutes of using one, you think you're some sort of expert commentator.

2. You follow that up with some weird observation about not seeing iPods in use in major cities. Now, I'm in the bay area, but I do travel a lot. I'm not sure what you're looking for, but I personally see iPods everywhere, to the point where you'll see several people posting here about iPods being too popular or too trendy. I was at the gym last week and was amused to see that every single person on the row of elliptical trainers that I was on had an iPod of some sort.

3. You finish with a rambling observation that you don't see why people find the iPod (which you don't own) special or useful.

In summary: you're posting uninteresting, vague and uninformed observations about a product you don't even own or use, and that you appear to have a bias against. You also post vague statements about other products being better without offering any specific examples. I'm not even sure you like to listen to music. So, overall that would move you to troll in my estimation.

There you go. :)

Re:ipod ipod hype hype hype (5, Interesting)

Chrononium (925164) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423563)

Despite the fact that you were modded a troll, I don't think you really meant to be labeled as such -- you're just providing an honest opinion on this device. The iPod (all of them) is not a remarkable piece of hardware in any way. There are superior players out there (hardware-wise). Similarly, iTunes is not the absolute easiest thing out there to use (despite the fact that by default, iTunes will automatically load the songs onto the iPod without any problems ... I suspect that you are using the Windows version, which you only just installed), but I would say it is up there. Still, the combination of those two things (plus the large, nearly *worldwide* iTunes catalog and minimal DRM) has granted it top-dog status.

The cities that you list as being supposedly "cool" cities are also heavily populated. I know that New York advises everyone who owns an iPod to get a different (preferably black) pair of earbuds to avoid mugging, which seems to be rather consistent from my view of people in New York. Tokyo and London probably have similar advisories. Just because you can't casually see it doesn't mean that they don't have it. Or better yet, maybe you're not seeing them at the right time. I have noticed that the U.S. west coast has much more of the devices than the east coast (or at least the users don't change out the white earbuds).

The comment about the metal back to the iPod is completely correct: they are designed to scratch, making them unique. It's a design statement by one of the world's most acclaimed industrial designers.

The comment about Jobs not inventing the device is quite true, but this philosophy can be extended indefinitely. At some point, you have to draw the line as saying that this person is responsible (not unlike a person in your position) for creating the iPod. He played a heavy hand in making it easy to use, as well as providing the necessary engineering and financial support to bring it up off the ground. I don't know of a single person who actually invented the PC, the GUI, or the iPod from scratch.

The comment about visiting fancy displays seems ill-mannered: why wouldn't you want to show off your product in the best way possible? So much about products (and people, places) come from the first impression. Those stores have some of the highest revenue densities in the world, and yet, they are designed to be spacious and unintrusive. I happen to find good design (not just technical design, despite my engineering background) rare and therefore, valuable. If anything, the feeling of being a complete tool comes from the fact that you bought what you felt was an inferior product because someone else asked you to do it.

Linux? (2, Funny)

jollyroger1210 (933226) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423286)

Will it run.....It will? Awesome!!

No radio (5, Insightful)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423295)

One thing you won't be able to do, at least with Apple's factory setup of the iPod, is listen to radio (unless one day they charge for satellite radio). This could be so easily added as it is seen on competitors' devices but if users aren't listening to downloaded music, rather something from a source they do not control, then they are not buying things on iTunes. Am I correct to guess that this is a marketing thing and not because they can't fit a little radio on there? If so, that should be a big criticism of the device.

Why the need for radio? (1, Insightful)

trolleymusic (938183) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423331)

Seriously, god knows how many reviews/blogs/posts/whatever complaining about whatever mp3 player not having radio. Why would I want to listen to what someone else picks and ads and stupid people when I can listen to what I want, when and where I want to listen to it!

Re:Why the need for radio? (4, Insightful)

macklin01 (760841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423380)

Seriously, god knows how many reviews/blogs/posts/whatever complaining about whatever mp3 player not having radio. Why would I want to listen to what someone else picks and ads and stupid people when I can listen to what I want, when and where I want to listen to it!

  1. public radio
  2. live sportscasts
  3. emergency broadcasts
  4. exposure to music you don't own

Really, it's not to hard to come up with a few good reasons. -- Paul

Re:Why the need for radio? (0, Redundant)

jrockway (229604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423645)

If you wanted to listen to the radio, why don't you buy a $3 transistor radio? The iPod is a digital music player, and the radio ain't digital music.

Re:Why the need for radio? (1)

pherthyl (445706) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423709)

Why would I want to carry around two devices if the functionality of one can be added to the other with zero disadvantages?

Traffic information (n/t) (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423396)

Traffic information.

Re:Why the need for radio? (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423425)

Until the day they make an infinite capacity ipod, I'll always get bored eventually with whatever I have in my player. If there's a decent radio station around (AIUI such things don't exist in the US, but there are where I live) it's a great way to hear new stuff.

Re:No radio (5, Insightful)

Espen (96293) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423393)

One word for you: podcasts

Now I get to listen to the radio programs I want away from the tyranny of the schedulers.

Two words for you.... (1)

Animaether (411575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423565)

news broadcast

I'm sure you'll enjoy being the first to hear on a podcast how there how such-and-such died or so-and-so plane crashed... the day after it happened.

This applies to many things, really... don't forget that a 'podcast' is nothing more than a fancy word for easy 'subscription' to downloadable audio files. So you download the podcast, and listen to it on your way to work, etc. But once over - oh well, I guess you can listen to the same podcast again. And again. It's like having all your favorite music on there, except labeling it a 'podcast' from a 'podcast station'.

Sorry, but no - podcasts aren't radio.

Re:No radio (2, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423502)

Or it could be that there aren't enough users interested in radio to justify the cost of adding it. Yeah, it might increase sales a little bit, but is the slight increase of sales really worth adding seldom-used radios to the other millions of iPods that you would have sold regardless? I know conspiracy theories are popular here, but can you actually make a business justification for adding a radio? Even if a radio adds only $5 of cost per iPod, if you are selling millions iPods, then you are adding an extra outlay of millions of dollars for sales that aren't all that much higher. Not to mention increases in support costs.
As per your "control" theory, there is nothing that says you have to use iTunes Music Store music on your iPod, you can load pretty much whatever you want on it.

hungry? (3, Funny)

AkA lexC (939709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423302)

Im fairly sure you could swallow the nano with little effort.

Re:hungry? (3, Funny)

know1 (854868) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423375)

i'm pretty sure that will scratch it

Re:hungry? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423513)

Re:hungry? (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423551)

Remember "Do not eat iPod Shuffle?"

Number 28...FYI (2, Informative)

IAAP (937607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423307)

FTFA: Get religion

Take the Book of God anywhere with BiblePlayer, listen to the Quran on your walk to the office, or discover the wisdom of the Torah on the train.

And you can also get meditation instruction, Dharma talks, etc... - Here [buddhanet.net] ...FYI

I like to learn about Asian philosophy.

Sorry... (2, Funny)

IAAP (937607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423328)

I didn't mean to Karma Whore.

Get it?

Karma whore referring to a Buddhist Site!

I kill me!

A few dozen? (1)

teklob (650327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423314)

A few dozen fun things to do with your ipod? Don't you mean 4.167 dozen? Anyway, I much prefer my sony netmd because it will play for 54 hours on a single AA battery.

Re:A few dozen? (1)

carpltunl (604615) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423371)

Yeah, and 2 of the uses are dupes (Use as a mirror and use to put on make-up).

very digg - crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423395)

Wow, slashdot beat digg.com to a shitty digg.com-style 50 best list story.
Congrats!

Re:very digg - crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423504)

Only if this is a dupe on slashdot aswell [digg.com] .

Otherwise I think not.

Emergency Boot Drive (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423400)

I use my iPod for music, audiobooks, podcasting, and storing notes. But one other thing I use it for is an emergency boot drive.

I cloned my start-up disk onto my iPod minus unecessary files and use it as an emergency boot drive. If I need to repair/maintain the start-up disk, I can do it with my iPod which has all the utilities I need. I've repaired my friends' Macs this way too. It's faster and more flexible than booting from CD.

Plus, I often simply boot from my iPod when I'm using my school's Macs or friends'. (With permission, of course.) I get to run my apps with my environment which I can sync back and forth with my Mac.

Unfortunately, now that all iPods no longer support FireWire, this will be my last iPod that can be bootable.

Re:Emergency Boot Drive (1)

Wisgary (799898) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423505)

No USB drive support?

Re:Emergency Boot Drive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423588)

AFAIK, Macs cannot boot from USB drives.

iPod Holder at the gym... (4, Interesting)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423401)

I was at the gym this morning in what apparently was Sports Bra Sunday since a lot of women were wearing them without a shirt. One woman had an regular iPod sitting in the front middle of the sports bra while running on the treadmill. I'm not sure if that's the most practical place to put it or she was too cheap to get an arm-band or waist iPod holder.

Re:iPod Holder at the gym... (1)

A. Bosch (858654) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423561)

> I was at the gym this morning in what apparently was Sports Bra Sunday since a lot of women were wearing them without a shirt.

Soooooooooo.... I was just wondering. What gym do you go to?

Re:iPod Holder at the gym... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423599)

It's 24 Hours [24hourfitness.com] . The location I go to also has the San Francisco 49er's cheerleading squad renting out the aerobics room for one weekend each year.

Website? (3, Funny)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423409)

Is their website running on an iPod? If so, i'd take it off the list now :)

Might as well pimp mine... (3, Informative)

aftk2 (556992) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423413)

Since it didn't make it.

iPod bartender and iPod bartender shuffle [electricstate.com]

(I think something similar did make it, but mine is free.)

#51 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423414)

Give it to meee!

yay minimalism (1)

qw0ntum (831414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423423)

I know Apple is into the minimalist thing, but eliminating the numbers 45-50 is a whole new level.

Microwave it? (1)

untwisted (779622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423435)

I put mine in the microwave. That was pretty fun for the 3 seconds that it lasted. Amazingly enough, it survived. The first time I nuked it, I left it off and put it in the mic for 1 second (I didn't want to melt the screen). The second time I nuked it, I turned it on and put it in for 3 seconds. That cooked it pretty well, however when plugging it in to the charger it would still turn on (even though it smelled of burnt electronic). The battery won't hold a charge, and the scroll wheel doesn't respond anymore, but hey the apple logo still comes up, as does the charging logo.

Re:Microwave it? (1)

GNU(slash)Nickname (761984) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423507)

I put mine in the microwave.

For the love of Jobs, WHY?

Re:Microwave it? (0)

SMS_Design (879582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423591)

Are you fucking retarded?

Re:Microwave it? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423691)

Well, he did buy an Ipod so I would have to say that yes he is.

sold! (1)

nilsthegreat (927937) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423437)

convinced me to get one

I'm too poor for an iPod (1)

RickPartin (892479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423454)

If I may be off-topic for a moment, I'm looking for another cheap MP3 player in the $40 range. I would rather spend that every couple years than $400 every couple years. Load up a 256mb SD card with music or internet radio shows and I'm perfectly happy. Anyone have some suggestions?

Re:I'm too poor for an iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423522)

I was in a similar situation to yours a while ago - wanted an SD card player, not in iPod price range. I settled a lot higher than your proposed price though.

I hope this link works... [argos.co.uk]

That's what I ended up buying. I don't know what £80 is equivalent to in dollars, but it'll be triple figures on your side of the pond I suppose, which sounds a lot more expensive, now I think about it... anyway, this thing fulfilled my oddball criteria - flash memory not hdd, normal batteries not shitty proprietaries, and SD card slot.

The reason I mention this despite it being miles out of your price range is that I searched for quite a while for SD compatibility and this was all I could find.

Re:I'm too poor for an iPod (2, Interesting)

Lispy (136512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423525)

You might wanna check out this little gem [dealcatshop.de] even if it's a bit more expensive.
Pretty cool device and has everything you could possibly dream off. Forget the iPod. :)

Re:I'm too poor for an iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423658)

Sure buy a used iPod Shuffle, I'm sure ebay can help if you watch long enough. No hints intended.

iBirdPod (5, Interesting)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423466)

...is a very interesting offbeat iPod product.

Stokes' Field Guide to Bird Songs, which I've owned for a number of years, is a three-CD set of recordings of about 300 bird songs. iBirdPod "software" is nothing more than a very elaborate script--I think it's just AppleScript but I'm not sure--that loads these CDs into iTunes (and thence to your iPod), but makes extremely clever (ab)use of the title, artist, and album fields, the playlists, and the feature that allows the user to define starting and ending times for each track.

For example, the track named "Towhee, Eastern" is by "artist" "drink your teeeee, towhee," from "album" "Pipilo erythrophthalmus."

It's contained in playlists "birdPod-All-alpha" (which includes every bird alphabetically by common name), "birdPod-All-phylo" (which includes every bird alphabetically by scientific name), "birdPod-Forest" (which includes only forest birds), "birdPod-Shrub-Brush," "birdPod-Sparrows" and "birdPod-Urban."

Every track is "cued up" to start at the very beginning of the most common song... particularly useful since the Stokes CD's sometimes double up two or three songs in one track.

So, if you're in a forest setting you can call up the "birdPod-Forest" playlist and you hear a bird calling something like "Drink your tea," scroll through the "artists" until you get to "drink your tea," and play the song to confirm it. Or if you read about Pipilo erythrophthalmus you can scroll through birdPod-All-phylo, read off that it's the towhee, play the song, and make a mental note that the mnemonic for remembering the song is "Drink your teeeeee."

When I learned about it, my first reaction was what? they're charging money for that? I could do all that myself. Then I remembered why I didn't have my Stokes CD's on my iPod already... and I made a quick mental estimate of just how long it would take me to organize the songs... and decided it was money well spent.

51. make google adsense money (2, Interesting)

Twid (67847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423544)

51. Clean your iPod with brasso based on a slashdot comment. Take pics and post about it [dailey.info] on your weblog. Get an amazing amount of traffic. Watch the adsense dollars flow in.

I'm not saying I'm retiring soon or anything, but it was surprising to see the checks from google show up. Bonus! :)

Read RSS feeds if you're a Mac user (1)

mrob2002 (564229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423547)

Number 23 has a link to a piece of PC software for reading RSS feeds. For all us Mac users, http://www.carnglas.com/ [carnglas.com] has a free piece of software called iFeedPod which will sync RSS feeds to the iPod - very useful for those boring commutes!

Listen to Podcasts ;^) (1)

Schezar (249629) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423555)

Frankly, I'm more interested in using my ipod to, well, listen to things. Not that all of this isn't cool, but most people buy the things to use them as mp3 players. There are thousands upon thousands of podcasts out there, and the signal-to-noise ratio is better than you might think. (Meaning: there are lots of good casts).

That said, suggest some good podcasts ;^) What is slashdot listening to?

digg (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423572)

I would have expect to see this story on digg not slashdot.

Listening in the car... (1)

vistic (556838) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423596)

#5: Listen to your mp3 collection in the car

"Griffin and Kensington (among others) sell FM transmitters for the iPod. Just tune your radio to the proper frequency and out comes your music collection."

Those FM broadcasters usually sound pretty bad. I have a standard Sony CD deck in my car, and on the back it has an "AUX" input for a CD changer I guess. I bought one of those cables that has RCA plugs on one end and a mini-headphone jack on the other from Radio Shack. So now I have a cable that just kind of comes out of my glove box which is plugged into the back side of my Sony CD deck. I get perfect sound from my iPod while in the car.

I wonder why more car stereo manufacturers don't put auxiliary inputs on the front of the deck, that'd be convenient.

Re:Listening in the car... (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423692)

Some car manufacturers are starting to put connectors in their systems. Scion is one that I know of that does it. Hopefully the manufacturers will learn that trendy young kids aren't the only people who like to have their music on the go.

Nothing impressing without iPodLinux (2, Insightful)

Elsan (914644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423614)

There's nothing much impressing in that lot... Also, for someone who has used iPodLinux you can see the author did not try it AT ALL, he doesn't even denote most of the things you can do with it. Where it says you can play a movie I thought "Oh! iPodLinux!" and it didn't even talk about it... iPodLinux could have taken lots of space in this list if the author had tried it...

how do they count? (2, Interesting)

AlgorithMan (937244) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423664)

Despite the fact that there are only 44 things (with an excuse that is at least quite funny) did you notice that there are more like 20-25 things you can do with your iPod - many of them (podcasting, record stuff, use it as a mirror, read texts, disguise it in some way, broadcast radio signals) are mentioned multiple times...

but how about this one: get arrested for installing linux on it
or this one: die from age while waiting for the unbeleivalble slow software to have uploaded your music on it
and this last one: waste your time on reading the same fun things to do with your iPod over and over again

well what shall I say... thats just the effect: no matter how bad your product is - when you broadcast enough advertisements the people will buy it... MS,HP,Apple (and more I don't recall now) live from that effect ^^
cya

AlgoMan

I own one (2, Insightful)

kadathseeker (937789) | more than 8 years ago | (#14423702)

A mini (which had the best case, most reasonable size/capacity/price). I have had it for a year, and have replaced the battery myself just this Xmas. While it is nice and all, it is NOT a device worthy of the hordes of gibbering idiots that worship the damn thing. I have crashed the OS several time, had it freeze on me several times, had it corrupt data, had the battery not last half the expected lifetime, given up on iTunes (ml_ipod for Winamp for teh win - and yes, I prefer Winamp as a media player because the Media Library is great for dealing with hundereds of gigs of music and videos) and had other problems with it, but I still use it all the time, every day. In fact, I may have had my hands on it almost as much as on my dick. Oh, wait, I read /., nevermind.

Band Camp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14423744)

Fun things to do with your iPod?!

This one time, at band camp...

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