Sony has announced a new oval shaped MP3 player dubbed the Walkman HD. The tiny gizmo comes in two flavors: Silver and Cobalt (which is a rather nice Violet color). With storage space for up to 13,000 songs. There are two versions of the device, the first the “lite” model at 190 grams with a 20GB HD (NW-A3000) and an even lighter model weighing in at 110 grams and packing 6 GB (NW-A1000). Read more…
You’ve undoubtedly heard the reports of late about scratching and cracking iPod nano screens. While you can’t do much about the screen cracking, except of course to stop stuffing it into the pockets of your tight jeans, you can do something about the scratches until the first wave of nano cases shows up.
The first and best advice I can give is to keep the included screen sticker on the front of the nano. I’m not talking about the “don’t steal music” outer wrapping, under that there’s another thin clear piece of plastic on the front of the nano that you should keep intact to protect against scratches. If you’ve already removed it, you can try putting it back on, but it’s difficult.
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Apple has responded to the scores of complaints about two issues affecting the iPod nano screens: cracking and scratching.
Apple?s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller was quoted in a Macworld article late yesterday as saying (the screen cracking) “is a real but minor issue involving a vendor quality problem in a small number of units… In fact, this issue has affected less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total iPod nano units that we?ve shipped. It is not a design issue.”
On the nano scratching issue Schiller goes on to say “We have received very few calls from customers reporting this problem ? we do not think this is a widespread issue… If customers are concerned about scratching we suggest they use one of the many iPod nano cases to protect their iPod.”
Read more in the Macworld article.
Matthew Peterson who set up the protest site flawedmusicplayer.com (formerly ipodnanoflaw.com) has even called off the dogs, posting today “I am very delighted to see Apple take this issue seriously…”
What’s your take?
The iPod nano is now the best iPod, with just a few shortcomings. It is limited to 4GB of storage, does not connect via video to your TV to display photos and it has a smaller screen than the iPod. The advantage over the iPod and the discontinued mini is significant. There is no hard drive mechanism making it amazingly small and robust. It is difficult to overstate how important size is. The storage capacity will be irrelevant to users who don?t have enough songs to fill it.
Griffin Technology Inc. has announced that they are now shipping their US$29.99 SmartDeck Intelligent Cassette Adapter for iPod. SmartDeck allows you to control your iPod using the built in controls of your cassette player. Using their unique sensing technology, the SmartDeck determines which commands the cassette player sends to the iPod.
SmartDeck is more than just a cassette adapter for iPod; it achieves truly seamless integration between iPod and cassette deck. Users can utilize the cassette deck’s forward and rewind buttons to advance to the next or prior songs in the iPod playlist. In addition, pause and stop buttons do what pause and stop buttons are expected to do. When the user hits the cassette deck’s Eject button or switches from Cassette to Radio, Griffin’s SmartPlay technology automatically pauses the iPod. Also, the SmartDeck will have the ability to control the iPod volume settings for optimal sound quality with your deck.
- Control iPod navigation through the car stereo
- Intelligent level control for optimal cassette player input levels
- Features highest-quality cassete tape head for crystal clear quality
- Sets optimal volume on the iPod for best audio quality
- Seamless integration between iPod and car stereo
- User selectable Scan or Skip mode
Regular readers will remember the cool PopTune overlays for the iPod shuffle that we covered back in July. Well, they’re at it again, this time with a lineup of Poptunes for the iPod nano. PopTunes are a clean removing, wearable wrappers for iPod nano that come in a pack of 12 patterns. PopTunes for nano will be available worldwide tomorrow 04 October for US$19.95 via the TuneWear Web site.