Saturday, August 1, 2009

Things to do with an iPod

I have had my iPod 8gb Nano ( Video ) for about 4 months now and I have been having heaps of fun with it. I know it's not cool like an iPod Touch or iPhone but it is still plenty powerful.

I have tried using it with Linux and although it is supported in Amarok ( I am still on Amarok 1.4 due to lack of Fedora packages for the new version which actually has replay-gain for Xine included ) I have found that the support for pod casts is a little limited. For example: I like to download all the pod casts in a feed at once so that I can catch up to the current feed. So I stick with iTunes. This means sticking with a windows pc or if you are lucky to own one, a mac.

Initially I spent heaps of time building the perfect play list on my iTunes and moving that over to the iPod. This was fun but only for a short while. The main problem being that no matter how many weeks of music you have on your iPod, you still end up with the feeling that you have heard it all before.

I was struck by the "Only options is to rebuild windows" bug recently. You might know that as the, "My Computer is getting slower and slower and doesn't shut down properly anymore" bug. Stupidly, I had no backup of my iTunes library so I lost the whole thing. About 200 CDs worth. Nice...

What was initially looking like a bad thing for me has really turned into a blessing in disguise. A friend suggested I try an audio book and pointed me to www.podiobooks.com. Its a great resource for free audio books, usually read by the Author. If you sign up you can subscribe to audio books which are exposed via an XML feed which is completely compatible with iTunes. Just select how you want the feed to be released to you: once a day, once every 3 days etc. and then select the Subscribe Via iTunes button. If the book is complete, ie: All episodes are available, then you can click the release all episodes now button and then subscribe to the feed provided. All episodes will be loaded into your iTunes library ready for you to click the "Get All" button.

All in all I seriously recommend Podiobooks. I suggest you start off with, "Infected" by Scott Sigler. Its a dark / fantasy kind of book with horror content but a riveting story. I was hooked within 5 minutes and found myself looking forward to my next bus trip to work so I could find out more about Perry Dawcey's plight...

Happy listening.
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