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News Microsoft leads Japan in iPod crusade

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 2 Jun 2006.

  1. yahooadam

    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    well said :), thats how toothbrushes and stuff charge (well if you use a braun one atleast)
     
  2. mclean007

    mclean007 Officious Bystander

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    Yup. Very handy for that sort of thing, because you can have a completely sealed (and hence waterproof) unit with no external terminals. You could also build it into a mouse and mousemat, to charge the batteries on your wireless mouse while in use.
     
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    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    strange they never thought of that, Probably beacause the magnetic field would mess up the wireless signal, and thus the mouse would need a wire anyway
     
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    mclean007 Officious Bystander

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    I doubt the magnetic field would adversely affect the radio signal. I think it is more the case that it would mean having a trailing wire to power your mousepad, and that the wireless mice that have become popular recently actually have excellent battery life. I get a LOT of use out of a pair of AAs in my MS Wireless Intellimouse Explorer.
     
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    Nezuji What's a Dremel?

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    The current version of SonicStage allows you to operate without DRM, if you so wish. No, I'm not talking about a patch or a workaround, it's actually in the application you download from Sony. It's so cute; It actually asks you if you want to add DRM to a track when you rip it into your library. And you only have to transcode if you want to put the track on the player at a different bitrate from the original file in your library. This is the same for mp3, is it not? The transfer is a bit on the slow side, granted, but then once you've done it, it is the work of mere seconds to eject the cheap, small, high-density disc and pop in another.

    Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Personally I love my Hi-MD, but that's just me; I can't deny that it's pretty much a dead format nowadays. To be honest, if I could buy an ATRAC3Plus-based 20+ GB HDD player for a sane price, I'd probably get that. But I can't.

    Plus, I'm hooked on the ejectable media. A portable music player that reads from shiny little disks in translucent coloured carriers is so retro-futuristic in an early 90's way ;)

    I thought I saw this on Bit-Tech, but couldn't find it. Here it is on HardCoreWare, instead:
    http://www.hardcoreware.net/reviews/review-249-1.htm

    Done, and done :D

    Nezuji :)
     
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    Nezuji What's a Dremel?

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    (Double post)
     
  7. pingthepiratehobo

    pingthepiratehobo What's a Dremel?

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    how hard is it to change the operating system on an ipod? i've heard of people installing linux and such so they can essentially use it as an external drive that plays mp3s directly dumped to it. Also doom.
    If i was going to design an mp3 player i wouldnt even bother with an lcd screen - have a dot matrix made from red leds with a black case.
    and a normal sized headphones jack ffs! too many of these tiny headphone jacks that force people to wear the ****** white trendwhore earphones.

    It'd be good if someone took a design like that m:robe thing and make it not suck - the black screen is a pretty cool idea
     
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    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    most headphones these days use those very small jacks, most good headphones ive seen you plug your 3.5mm jack into an adaptor to get it up to the large size
    Dont forget the ipod is for most n00by consumers aswell, and most of those will get headphones with a 3.5mm jack, also dont forget having a large jack would mean the ipod would have to be larger
     
  9. Nezuji

    Nezuji What's a Dremel?

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    Erm, I think you'll find that these days, most people would consider 3.5mm to be "normal-sized". Sony introduced the 3.5mm stereo mini-jack standard in 1979. Being as I can now buy 3.5mm mini-jack headphones at the supermarket, but I have to go to a specialist hi-fi electronics store to find something with a 1/4" jack on it, perhaps it's time to at least accept the 3.5mm mini-jack as a valid alternative to the 1/4" jack.

    Nezuji :)
     
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