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Chris815
03-10-2007, 05:18 PM
I just bought myself a brand new 3rd gen 4GB iPod nano. :D

All I ask is - is there anything I should know or do before going ahead putting songs and other stuff on? I just don't wanna mess it up... :)

winmacguy
03-10-2007, 05:19 PM
What do you want to know. The iPod is pretty simple, just press "Play"
If you want to show cover art while playing your songs you need to have an iTunes Store account (you will need a credit card although you don't need to buy anything)
iTunes is a FREE download from here http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

wratterus
03-10-2007, 05:21 PM
It's already messed up, you can't make it any worse, anything you do to it will only make it better.

:lol: Sorry, ignore that.

I think they are pretty hard to mess up? Just put stuff on it and see how it goes! No doubt winmacguy will be around and will offer heaps of really helpful comments, much unlike what I have posted.

Hope you enjoy it! :)

Edit: What do you know! He beat me! :p

winmacguy
03-10-2007, 05:24 PM
Edit: What do you know! He beat me! :p

Gotta B quick around here ;):D

Talking of messing things up, I see the latest Zune is due out shortly http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/first-zune-2-and-zune-flash-shots-295284.php

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2007, 05:27 PM
If you use Itunes dont forget to tick enable disk use. Once the Ipod is connected.

Or else Itunes may crash, when you sync. Well it did when I used an older version of Itunes. And this option wasnt ticked.

Or use Winamp.

wratterus
03-10-2007, 05:32 PM
Talking of messing things up, I see the latest Zune is due out shortly


:lol: I'd have to agree with you there.

Chris815
03-10-2007, 05:47 PM
Okay, that's good.

One question - all my music is in the My Music folder, so how do I have it put into the iTunes music folder and rearranged in there?

wratterus
03-10-2007, 05:49 PM
Probably the easiest way would be to tell iTunes to search your PC for media, it will add it automatically that way, and convert it all to the necessary format if need be.

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2007, 05:51 PM
File menu / add folder to library. It'll sort them by name.

Then you can add album art (if you own the CD), so its got a cover.

Thats if the Ipod supports Album Art.

You have to sync before they'll go to your Ipod.

winmacguy
03-10-2007, 05:57 PM
iTunes will ask if you want to look for and import/convert existing music on your PC. Make sure you set the importing bit rate to 192kbps or higher - or use Apple Lossless which is the better codec. If you want you can use MP3 codec and set it to 256 kbps or higher.

Metla
03-10-2007, 06:02 PM
Re-encoding can only lower the quality, Don't do it.

Drag and drop is still the best way to move files to an external device, I'd imagine Apple have moved hell and earth to ensure this most simple and effective way can not be done with their gear.

winmacguy
03-10-2007, 06:21 PM
Re-encoding can only lower the quality, Don't do it.



Re - encoding is necessary if the files in WMP are .WMA otherwise re-encoding is not necessary.

Fishy
03-10-2007, 06:46 PM
Probably the main thing you should know. Don't expect the battery to last as long as they claim. Sorry to burst your bubble. But it's true

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2007, 07:00 PM
Just buy a replacement

Billy T
03-10-2007, 07:05 PM
All I ask is - is there anything I should know or do before going ahead putting songs and other stuff on? I just don't wanna mess it up... :)

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned RTFM? :rolleyes:

Chers

Billy 8-{) :confused:

Misty
03-10-2007, 07:15 PM
Knowing what I know now - the best advice I can possibly give is to say make sure you know where you want your songlist to end up on the hard drive. After about a year I decided to move my songs to another partition -- ie from my C drive to my D Drive. Superficially it is easy but in the end cost me countless hours. So really be sure where you want to keep. :blush:

Also, the earlier suggestion made that you decide now on whether to use AAC, MP3 or lossless. You don't want to make the change later. If I had my time over it would be lossless. :cool:
Misty :rolleyes:

Fishy
03-10-2007, 07:18 PM
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned RTFM? :rolleyes:

Chers

Billy 8-{) :confused:

Read the f.cking manual?

plod
03-10-2007, 07:18 PM
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned RTFM? :rolleyes:

Chers

Billy 8-{) :confused:

You know billy sometimes asking a user is much simpler. How did you get on with your wife without a manual.

Chris815
03-10-2007, 08:30 PM
Ah, yeah...thanks for your helpful comments guys. I've just had to reimport my entire iTunes library because it wasn't in the iTunes Music folder, but the My Music folder, and I wanted to keep it organised....

What's so great about lossless?

beeswax34
03-10-2007, 09:04 PM
Uh its lossless as in the quality is not diminished when you convert it into the other codec.

Chris815
03-10-2007, 09:28 PM
oh...nice. well, all my stuff is mp3 anyway so it doesn't matter!

winmacguy
04-10-2007, 05:37 AM
Probably the main thing you should know. Don't expect the battery to last as long as they claim. Sorry to burst your bubble. But it's true

Battery life should be about 20 hours which is fine for most people.

Chris815
04-10-2007, 11:15 PM
Hell yes, I wouldn't even use it for more than 10!!

winmacguy
05-10-2007, 06:15 AM
It was only the 1st and 2nd gen iPods that had issues with battery life of around 7-8 hours.

JMoore
13-11-2007, 06:20 PM
Gotta B quick around here ;):D

Talking of messing things up, I see the latest Zune is due out shortly http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/first-zune-2-and-zune-flash-shots-295284.php

Hey hey hey, I wouldn't be too quick to go around bashing the new Zune: Better than the iPod classic? (http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/frankenreview/first-6-takes-on-zune-80-verdict-better-than-ipod-classic-321510.php)
Interesting...

Agent_24
13-11-2007, 06:46 PM
Take it back and buy an MP3 player

Misty
13-11-2007, 06:51 PM
Take it back and buy an MP3 player
iPod's can play MP3's. All mine are now MP3's except for the ones I have bought from iTunes (then when I can get some free time !!)
Misty :cool:

winmacguy
13-11-2007, 06:59 PM
Take it back and buy an MP3 player

Unlike the Zune, iPods have been able to play MP3s since the first day they were released and considering the iPod Classic is due to be EOL'd...the Zune still has a looong way to go.

Agent_24
13-11-2007, 07:34 PM
Unlike the Zune, iPods have been able to play MP3s since the first day they were released and considering the iPod Classic is due to be EOL'd...the Zune still has a looong way to go.

Doubt I'd ever buy a zune either, but what I meant was, doesn't the ipod have to convert the mp3 to m4a with itunes first?

plod
13-11-2007, 07:36 PM
Doubt I'd ever buy a zune either, but what I meant was, doesn't the ipod have to convert the mp3 to m4a with itunes first?

The ipod does no converting, why would it? itunes doesn't need to convert. Guess what, the ipod plays MP3's

winmacguy
13-11-2007, 07:42 PM
Doubt I'd ever buy a zune either, but what I meant was, doesn't the ipod have to convert the mp3 to m4a with itunes first?

Why else do you think Apple is happy to sell iPods as MP3 players? It is because they play MP3 files. iTunes will import CDs and convert them to MP3 if you want. The default codec is aac

Agent_24
13-11-2007, 07:44 PM
The ipod does no converting, why would it? itunes doesn't need to convert. Guess what, the ipod plays MP3's

Oh, well I dunno w.t.f. I was on about then, I was under the impression that the ipod had to have all the files converted to a specific format by itunes

winmacguy
13-11-2007, 07:47 PM
It's only the iTunes music store that sells a majority of tracks as DRMd AAC files along with its DRM free 256kbps AAC files. A lot iPod users probably don't change or don't know that they can change the import codec preferences to MP3 rather than AAC. AAC is the better choice of the two.

JUST INSANE
13-11-2007, 08:32 PM
Man i mean no disrespect but Apple Ipods have bad sound quality since apple does not make sound cards, plus the earphones that come with it are like worst of the lot.

winmacguy
13-11-2007, 08:45 PM
Man i mean no disrespect but Apple Ipods have bad sound quality since apple does not make sound cards, plus the earphones that come with it are like worst of the lot.

Mine sounds fine.

JUST INSANE
13-11-2007, 08:58 PM
You cannot tell the sound quality difference if you don't have good ears and a decent computer soundcard.

JUST INSANE
13-11-2007, 08:59 PM
You also need some good high bitrate, loseless audio music

JUST INSANE
13-11-2007, 09:03 PM
Oh and decent earphones like Shure E4C

winmacguy
13-11-2007, 09:24 PM
Hey Just Insane, you should try posting ALL of your comments in the ONE post.

I am well aware of the bit rate requirement for good sound in iTunes thanks.

JUST INSANE
13-11-2007, 09:26 PM
i tend to forget things

Metla
13-11-2007, 09:52 PM
I personally found the sound quality of the average ipod to be excellent, I wouldn't consider it a weak point at all.