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.
TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) has begun offering a new overnight iPod battery upgrade service for 4th generation “click-wheel” iPods and all color screen iPod models. The service includes the replacement of the standard iPod battery with a TechRestore 1000mAh high capacity battery with over 50% more charging power than the original 4th generation iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery acccording to TechRestore.
“Apple’s robust earnings report for the latest quarter surprised few, given the runaway success of its ubiquitous iPod, yet there already is concern sales of the digital music devices will not suffice to keep Apple growing in the longer term. Moreover, criticism against iPods is on the rise, particularly from environmentalists,” Shihoko Goto writes for UPI.
Goto continues, “…many analysts are already worried that Apple is far too heavily dependent on a single product… Apple faces the problem, however, that even its computer sales hinge on the success of the musical device, said Chris Green of London’s Computing magazine… Meanwhile, environmentalists have complained that Apple has been less responsible than other companies in using recyclable products in its music devices. The batteries and microprocessors inside iPods contain potentially hazardous material, and the company should be ‘more proactive in using materials that are less harmful to the environment,’ Zeina al-Hajj, campaign coordinator for toxic-waste disposal at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, told United Press International.”
From MacDailyNews. Click through to read Apple’s side of the story.
POPTUNE for shuffle is a clean removing wearable wrapper for Apple’s iPod shuffle series digital music players. POPTUNE for shuffle comes in a pack of 12 stylish patterns such as sizzling “Fire”, pretty “Sakura”, tropical “Aloha” and more. With these kinds of choices we are sure that you will find a POPTUNE suitable to your individual tastes. It also adds scratch protection to your iPod shuffle. 12 patterns are now shipping for US$19.95 from TuneWear.