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Extend the life of your iPod October 11, 2007

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Average life span: Two to three years.

Preventive medicine: Protect an iPod with a hard rubber case. Inspired by those dancing ads on TV? Lest you jar your player senseless, keep it on an armband. The battery will last longer if you let it run down completely once a month before recharging, says Shannon Jean, founder of TechRestore, a repair service in Concord, California. This ensures 12 to 18 months of play before the battery must be replaced.

Most common ailment: You try to tune in and your personal sound track drops out.

Diagnosis and treatment: If your iPod plays dead, try reloading the playlist. (You have a backup file of the playlist, right?) Keep the hard drive running smoothly by updating the software (go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/download http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/?ipod). If your iPod isn’t responding at all, the hard drive may be broken. Replacing it could cost more than buying a new player.

When to pull the plug: A pre-2002 iPod (identifiable by the raised scroll wheel) that has no sign of life is not worth fixing, says Jean. You’ll get more for your money by upgrading to a new model. A later-addition iPod merits salvaging, but not if a repair estimate tops $100.

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Gizmodo No BS iPhone Review July 9, 2007

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Greetings irrational fanboys and Apple haters! Ten days and 12,000 words later, our stone-cold look at what it means to own an iPhone is done. Before we get to the in depth hands-on, here’s the verdict I’d give any good friend: Wait to buy the iPhone. more »

Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac May 3, 2007

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I have my iPod set to automatically sync certain playlists on a Mac at home. I sometimes download music from emusic.com or bleep.com at work, and I’d like to listen to them on my iPod on the way home. I could manage my iPod manually from both computers, but I don’t want to lose ratings and play counts. Using a seemingly undocumented feature, I found a solution:

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How to fix your frozen ipod shuffle May 1, 2007

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Having trouble with your iPod shuffle? This collection of troubleshooting steps and links to helpful articles may be just what you need to resolve your issue. If, after trying all the appropriate troubleshooting suggestions, you still haven’t resolved your issue, you can request service for your iPod shuffle online.

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EMI to Offer DRM-Free Online Music April 2, 2007

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The Cupertino-based company will make individual AAC format tracks available from EMI artists at twice the sound quality of existing downloads and without any digital right management (DRM technology). Pricing will be $1.29/€1.29/£0.99; however, iTunes will continue to offer consumers the ability to pay $0.99/€0.99/£0.79 for standard sound quality tracks with DRM still applied. Complete albums from EMI Music artists purchased on the iTunes Store will automatically be sold at the higher sound quality and DRM-free, with no change in the price. The new higher-quality, DRM-free songs will be available in May.

Recover stolen Ipod February 28, 2007

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They’re expensive, small and easy to steal. Media devices such as iPods, PSP, USB flash drives, digital cameras and others are hot items for thieves. Once stolen chances are very slim that they will be recovered.

What if your device could phone home? Well now it can. With our patent-pending GadgetTrak™ system, you simply register your device and install our agent files in the root of your device. If your device is stolen you log into our interface and flag it as lost or stolen. The next time the device is accessed it will attempt to contact us and provide data regarding the system it is plugged into including:

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iPod Game Demo February 28, 2007

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Apple is offering a Vortex Demo on iTunes. If you have an iPod that is compatible (fifth-generation with iPod Software 1.2 or greater) then you might be interested in checking it out.

Replace the Battery in your iPod Mini February 13, 2007

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In this Video Tutorial we show you how to replace the Battery in your iPod Mini 1st or 2nd Generation.

Replace the Hard Drive in your iPod Mini February 13, 2007

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This Video Tutorial we show you how to replace the Hard Drive in your iPod Mini 1st or 2nd Generation.

Replace the IPOD Headphone Jack and Hold Switch February 13, 2007

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In this Video Tutorial we show you how to replace the Headphone Jack and Hold Switch on your iPod Video in case one or the other stops working.