Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Ipod is better than your Ipod

Add ImageFor Christmas I treated myself to an Ipod Touch 3rd generation. I had been looking for a portable media device for a very long time. I had an Audiovox PDA cellphone that I used for awhile. Only problem was there wasn't ever enough space for all my movies/tv shows/music. So after awhile the PDA ended up in my drawer of gadgets that I never use anymore. I also had a PSP that I used for awhile but again the storage wasn't enough. I ended up giving the PSP to my niece.

Finally the Ipod touch caught my eye. It has between 8-64 gigs of space, I bought the 32 gig version. It has a beautiful LCD screen, intuitive GUI, a sleek small casing design that fits into your pocket. It can play mpeg4 videos and mp3 music files. It has apps that can be useful and can be downloaded from the itunes store. It can also play games that can also be downloaded from the Itunes store. The battery life isn't that bad either. It lasted 12 hours on a trip from Saipan to San Francisco.

When I bought the Ipod I never intended to pay for music or videos. I'm not much of a music fan anymore, so there are only so many songs that I listen to these days. As far as movies well you can't fit a dvd player in your pocket and I don't feel the need to pay itunes for every single movie that I watch. I'm sorry but I just can't afford all those movies. So I download my movies via torrents (earlier post about torrents). I use a program called WinFF to convert the movies to the Ipod format. This can be a time consuming process but it is definitely worth it. One movie takes about 20 minutes to convert and one tv show takes about 10 minutes. The great thing about the conversion is the file size. One movie is about 300 megs and one tv show is about 150 megs. So you can store alot of movies and tv shows on a 32 gig Ipod Touch.

Great uses for the Ipod

1). Standing in line. What a great way to kill time in a line. I listen to music, play bejeweled, watch a tv show. It's a great device to have standing in line at the bank on a payday.

2). Airplane. I went to training in San Francisco in January. Man this Ipod kept me from going insane on the 8 trip from guam to hawaii then the 4 hour trip from Hawaii to SF. There were these two toddlers sitting behind me screaming and crying. Did I mind? Nope not with my Ipod in hand. I watched Seasons 2 and 3 of the simpsons and didn't even notice the noise.

3). Long Install. I work for the CNMI government and well there are alot of slow computers in the goverment. So when I need to install something on one of these slow computers I start the install then sit back and watch a movie while it installs.

4). Doctors Appointment. So they gave you an appointment for 8:30am, but the doctor is busy and can't see you at 8:30am. The receptionist kindly asks you to wait your turn. No problem you've got your Ipod.

So that's my ipod post. I recommend that if you need a portable media device, get an Ipod.By the way I really wanted an Iphone but well they dont sell those on Saipan yet. When they do....I'll probably be first in line.

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