The Apple Core: The iPod's missing feature: gapless playback

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 23:00
Category: The Apple Core

gap-teeth.jpgGapless playback is simply the ability to playback several tracks with no pause between them. It’s very useful when listening to certain types of music especially classical, classic rock, jam bands and electronic music. Any album where each track naturally blends into the next is simply ruined by the gap inserted by iTunes and the iPod.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Wal Mart and the $400 Laptop

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 20:36
Category: PC Notebook

Looks like Wal Mart’s one-upping itself from it’s sub-$600 laptops last year; looks like in 2005 you’re going to be able to get a $400 laptop from the ‘Mart, and a not too terrible one, at that (AMD 2800+ Sempron, 256MB RAM, 40GB drive, 15-inch screen, CD-RW/DVD). We’re sure they’re making like $3 on this thing…

Engadget – www.engadget.com

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The Apple Core: iPod your car, the right way

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 00:25
Category: The Apple Core

alpine-cda-9855.jpgThere are several ways to connect your iPod to your car’s stereo ranging from simple and poor sounding to complex and high fidelity. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice because your car stereo limits your options, but there’s an option for every configuration and budget.
The easiest method to blast your iPod through your car stereo is with an FM transmitter. FM transmitters (or modulators) connect to your iPod and turn it into a tiny radio station, broadcasting the audio over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station and you’re in business. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but finding an open FM frequency in a large city can be difficult and sound quality is poor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
To the people who are hating on Alpine’s Glide interface, chill out. You need to spend some time with it before you can truly comment on it. Remember the first time that you tried a trackpad? I’ve been using Glide for over a week now and it works well. You don’t have to scroll through playlists/tracks ten at a time, you can fast scroll and skip through playlists in larger groups: the faster you scroll your finger the faster you jump through the list, just like the iPod.

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Hi-Rez and Not-so-Hi-Rez 17-Inch PowerBooks

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 00:46
Category: PowerBook 17-Inch

powerbookny3.jpgThe site 99Mac.se has posted some side-by-side pictures of the new Hi-Rez 17-inch PowerBook compared to the old 17-inch PowerBook.
I know it’s difficult to tell from the pictures, but the new 17-inch Hi-Rez Book (that’s the name I’ve given it, maybe it’ll stick) appears to be brighter and obviously have more desktop real estate.
Even though the 1440 x 900 display is standard for 17-inch laptops it’s nice to see the WSXGA+ display (1680 x 1050) make its way to the Apple line. I always wondered why Apple didn’t put the higher resolution screens on their laptops.
Now if Apple were to update the 12-inch PowerBook with a 1280 x 800 wide-screen and backlit keyboard… I’m not holding my breath.

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