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My Name Is Jarrett, and I'm an iPod Fan
Lauren let me borrow a handful of her CDs, so I spent all night ripping them for the second time. The first time I ripped them, I had unchecked "Use error correction when reading Audio CDs" to speed up the process. Who would of guessed that the mp3s would be full of skips and blips? The second time around I was able to redo them all in AAC format, anyways, which sounds a bit better.

I had no idea the 20 GB iPod came with so much stuff! It's really a pretty good deal compared to the 15 GB, even though it's $100 more. The package includes the iPod, your standard white hey-look-at-me-I'm-cool earbud headphones, a very handsome black carrying case (with belt clip), an AC charger, the little docking station, the firewire connector, and even a wired remote control.

So I got it synced up with my music collection -- 1,700 songs taking up about 12 GB of space. I got it all charged up, and I'm putting it through its paces today to see just how long this the battery really lasts. So far I've been listening to it for about 2 hours, and the battery meter is already indicating that it's half empty. That's not a good sign, but we'll reserve judgment for when the thing finally craps out.

So far, I only have three minor complaints about my iPod. Not big issues, just nitpicks. They are:
  1. The mirror finish on the back of the iPod is impossible to keep clean. Any handling covers it in greasy fingerprints. I hear it scratches easily as well, but I haven't had that problem yet. It would have been nice if they had used brushed aluminum instead.
  2. The 20 GB iPod has a capacity of 18.6 GB. How can that be? For some reason, Apple decided that 1 gigabyte = 1,000,000,000 bytes when it comes to the big number they print on the box. But in reality, 1 gigabyte = 230 (1,073,741,824) bytes, so I've lost 1,405 MB in translation. Bummer.
  3. The iPod seems to have no way to define a custom EQ setting. There are a handful of presets, but it would be nice if the iPod downloaded the custom EQs I saved in iTunes. This seems like a no-brainer. I've decided the "Rock" setting is closest to how I'd probably set it, although it would be nice if I could tweak it to sound best on my particular headphones.
Other than those annoyances, I'm very happy with my new toy so far. I'll be back later to report on how long the battery holds up.

Current Music: My 18.6 GB iPod

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gravilim From: gravilim Date: April 22nd, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think just about any hard drive you buy is going to be that way - they seem to calculate GB as 1000MB instead of 1024MB, which, unfortunately, sucks.

jarrett From: jarrett Date: April 22nd, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's worse than that, though. If the player had 20,000 MB, it would store 19.5 GB. As it is, it only has 19,073 MB.
gravilim From: gravilim Date: April 22nd, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah well. I hate the way they calculate it all.
From: dark_wolfe Date: April 22nd, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
What usually really skews the numbers is that they always advertise the UNFORMATED size... when you add all the sector/track overhead, filesystem overhead, etc., that takes up a good amount of space (we're not just talking a few bytes...). (1.44MB floppies used to be advertised as 2MB Unformatted... until someone came out with 2MB formatted-capacity, they decided it might be too confusing)

On top of that, subtract the unusable space caused by manufacturer defects, that can cause two drives of the same make & model to have slightly different sizes, too.

Also not everything in computers these days rounds up to the nearest power of two (1024)--in networking terms it's usually 1MB = 1000KB, but disk storage it's was still 1024 (well, usually it is, anyways). They're just trying to confuse us all :)
From: just_joolie Date: April 22nd, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
2 hours and it's half dead? :/ let me know on that as well. As far as the greasy handprint stuff, yeah that kinda blows too. You need to be on a product design team or something. They need to get over 'what looks pretty' and what's more user practical.

I see one of those in my near future (1 year) so i'm curious. keep us updated.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: April 22nd, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the iPod mini has an "anodized aluminium case that resists stains and scratches." I played with one at the store, and they definitely have a nice feel to them. But, of course, they only store 3.7 GB.

I've been running my iPod non-stop for about 5 1/2 hours, and the battery icon has about two pixels of juice left.

I'll post my final results later, of course.
From: just_joolie Date: April 22nd, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok 5.5 hours is great to me, so far. thanks.
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