Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In 2001 October, iPod of the first generation was born, with a modest storage of 5GB, resolution of 160×128, RAM of 32MB, ROM of 32MB. Worse still, it is not compatible with Windows OS. Historically, it adopts hard drive of 1.8 inch as Memory Medium and it adopts button of mechanism scroll wheel. At that time, this iPod was sold at $399, and 125，000 were sold in the first two months. With the presence of SWF to iPod Video converter software, iPod becomes more and more popular.
Apple Company published iPod for Windows to support Windows operating system and released new version of iPod with capacity of 20GB. Both iPod Mac and iPod Windows have three different capacities, 5GB, 10GB and 20GB, which are dubbed as the second generation of iPod, and iPod therefore became product closest to PC users among all the product of Apple family.
The third generation iPod was issued in 2003 April and it is an iPod member with greatest changes. Though the new iPod was still of the same price, it boasted larger capacity and smaller size, all the iPod of third generation are compatible with both Mac and Windows. All iPods of third generation adopted mechanism button and the size was reduced to 4.1×2.4×0.62 inches.
Simultaneously, iTunes store is open and provide music exclusively for Mac users. Tough the medium hold storage of 200. 000 songs, it doesn’t give access to PC users.
On January 2004, iPod family experienced kind of “revolution”, Mini iPod was born. It cannot be categorized as the fourth generation, but an optimized version or combination with other styles. In terms of colors, iPod Mini is fascinating and stirs throbs. Adopting micro hard drive of one inch as the memory medium, iPod mini can only store 1,000 songs.
The fourth generation of iPod was born on July 2004 with two versions of different capacities. The fourth generation of iPod improves remarkably on resolution and the battery life and supports USB Charging, and it provides direct current charging at the same time. USB charging, however, takes much longer time than direct current charging. With newly-adopted control panel with touch feedback and the ONE TO GO random playing together with the improved inner circuit, the fourth generation iPod surprisingly can play for 12 hours.
U2 iPod and iPod photo were released simultaneously on October 2004. Neither of them belongs to the fifth generation, and both of them were enhanced version based on the fourth generation. Adopting micro hard drive of 60GB as memory medium for the first time, iPod photo supports photos browsing. iPod photo has a size of 4.1×2.4×0.75 inches. In order to give prominence to price difference, iPod photo of 30GB capacity was published.
The year of 2004 saw a few pieces of intermezzos in the evolution of iPod. On January 2004, HP and Apple released HP iPod, which has HP logo and was sold by HP agent. The problem is that it has no distinguished features compared with other iPod, and thus does not turn out to be a success as expected. As video websites develops, YouTube becomes popular, and FLV therefore turn out to be the major video formats online, if you want to realize enjoy YouTube video on your iPod nano, or classic, or iPod Touch, you need an FLV Converter.
On January 2005, the first generation of iPod Shuffle was released, and it is the first iPod which does not have a screen. And it had been considered as disaster of the iPod family, since it does not support lyrics displaying, photos viewing and video playing. In spite of this, iPod Shuffle remains as powerful as it was ever, and it was still hot until the second half the year of 2006. In the early time of iPod Shuffle release, many senior officials including CEOs doubt whether Shuffle can survive. They believed that Shuffle can never be a success, since it has no advantage either on features or on size,
As iPod Shuffle can transmit data to and from PC with Mac or Windows with USB port. So, iPod Shuffle can also be used as a flash memory container with large capacity. There were 512MB and 1GB versions.
On January 2005, the second mini iPod was born, and includes two types. One has capacity of 4GB and the other 6GB. The second generation of iPod Mini boasts much more appealing appearance with four different colors of sliver, pink, blue and green. With relatively low-end accessories compared to the first mini iPod, this generation of iPod is sold with a much more attracting price.
On May 2005, iPod U2 Color was born. It still does not belong to the fifth generation, but derivatives of the fourth generation and it can also be considered as the special version of U2 iPod. There are totally two types; one is with capacity of 20GB, and the other 60GB. It scurvies for a long time and can still be seen in the market, but it was rarely mentioned in light of its price.
Historical changes had taken place on 2005 September, iPod nano was released, which is really a big surprise to iPod family, It inherits the appealing appearance and it has two versions of different capacity, one is 2GB, and the other 4GB. The size of iPod nano is 40906.9 mm and the weight is 42g, and leads the ultra slim size of MP3 player. In addition, it adopts the trademark touch control button and fabulous screen, most remarkably, iPods adopts flash memory chip with large capacity.
The fifth generation of iPod was born on October 2005. Literally, we can learn that iPod Video has the advantage of playing videos. Two versions of 30GB and 60GB are available respectively playing audio for 14 hours and video for 2 hours and play audio for 16 hours and play video 3 hours. . Utilizing TFT screen of 2.5 inches, with resolution of 320*240 as well as 260.000 colors, it does not support clear static pictures but also supports MPEG-4 AVC video. Adopting Click Wheel, iPod Video can integrate seamlessly with iTunes7. Newly increased feature of Search and Quick Scroll enable music fans find the music they need in no time with ease.
On June 2006, iPod U2 Special Version was out. This version had been considered as part of continued cooperation between U2 Band, and UMG. U2 iPod of new version was designed based on the fifth iPod Video with 30 GB capacity, which can store 7.500 songs, 25.000 photos and video files of 75 hours. U2 iPod of new version boasts black stainless outer casing and red click wheel as well as ideograph of U2 band.
On September 2006, iPod nano 2 was out. It is slimmer than iPod nano 1, and utilizes alu outer casing with five different colors including pink, blue, green, white and black for choices. There are three versions of iPod nano 2 with three different capacities of 2GB、4GB and 8GB. But the price is a little bit lower. According to Apple Spokesperson, Nano2 has the same price with double capacity.
Shuffle2 was released at the same time with nano2. In terms of size, iPod Shuffle 2 is smaller than iPod FM Remote, and it has a clip on the back, THUS it can be put anywhere you want.
On the same press conference, iPod Video 2 was also released, and it belongs to the 5.5 generation and was upgraded based on iPod Video. iPod video 2 has two version of 30GB and 80GB. The brightness of the screen was improved by 60% without shortening video playing hours. iPod video 2 can play video 6 hours and a half with a fully charged battery.
On February 2007, iPod Shuffle 2 color version was published. As the smallest and cheapest iPod, it also has different colors. And it adopts orange in the history of iPod, but the capacity remains to be 1GB. There are some SWF to iPod video converters helping you to convert Flash to iPod Video and make enjoying Flash on iPod possible.
On September 2007, iPod nano 3、iPod classic、iPod touch as well as iPod shuffle 2 with new colors were out at the same time.
iPod shuffle 2 of new version changed the color only. The size is 69.8 mm×52.3 mm×6.5mm and it weighs 49.2g.
iPod nano 3 different with previous two versions of iPod nano, and became short but remains to be thin and has the same colors with iPod Shuffle., The screen was upgraded to 2.0 inches QVGA screen. iPod nano supports music, video, ebook, podcast, pictures column browsing, game, and can play video for 5 hours and audio for 24 hours with fully charged battery. And it has two versions of 4GB and 8GB.
iPod classic changed the appearance based upon iPod video and has the same features of iPod nano 3. iPod classic adopts inner hard drive of 80GB and 160GB, QVGA screen of 2.5 inches. The size of iPod classic is 103.5×61.8×10.5mm and weighs 140g. With fully charged battery, it can play video for 5 hours and audio for 30 hours.
iPod touch is the latest generation of iPod, but its features remains the almost same to iPod classic. The distinguished feature is that it utilizes multi-touch screen of 3.5 inches with the resolution of 480×320. Supporting 802.11b/g and wireless connection sounds exciting. And it has two versions with respective capacity of 8GB and 16 GB.
iPod nano 3 pink was published on January 2008. Totally, iPod nano 3 has 6 different colors so far, including black, silver white, blue, green, pink and red.
Except for color, no changes were made in terms of software or hard ware.
So far, I have introduced most of iPod product, and I believe there must be something I neglected. It is not easy to collect all the iPod Product, and have a comprehensive knowledge of iPod, since it has so many surrounding products. And I appreciate your correction and complementation.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
As mentioned, DVD copy software fulfills a wide range of DVD software needs, from DVD ripping to DVD burning. Here is a brief overview of DVD copy programs’ major functions:
• DVD Copying
DVD copy software is often also referred to as DVD ripping software. Essentially a DVD ripper copies a DVD to your hard drive for viewing, storing, converting or burning. The best DVD rippers make perfect 1:1 copies without quality loss. Most DVD rippers also support advanced functions like selective copying, compression and DVD decryption.
• DVD Converting
DVDs can be converted into a number of formats that perform various functions and work with several types of technology. With the growing popularity of portable devices like video iPod, PSP and Zune, DVD converting software is in higher demand. The most common DVD conversion formats include DVD to AVI, DVD to MPEG, DVD to PSP, DVD to WMV and DVD to 3GP. The best DVD converting software can convert DVDs into numerous formats, including DVD to DVD.
• DVD Burning
DVD copy software contains DVD burning tools. The DVD burning elements of DVD copy software can take multimedia files such as home movies, slide shows, data files, video files and other video entertainment and burn them to a DVD. The best DVD software can burn to a variety of disk types including DVD+/-RW, DVD+/-R DL, DVD+/-R and even CDs.
As the increasing improvement and popularity of DVD technology, some DVD freewares are becoming the substitutes for the expensive commercial softwares. Not only in DVD play, but also in DVD copy, DVD snap, DVD author, even DVD burn, there are some easy-to-use and relatively stable freewares for you to choose. Following are the 10 freewares in processing DVD which can perform well in DVD copy, DVD rip, DVD play, DVD author and DVD burn. DVD Copy
1. DVD Shrink
DVD Shrink is a versatile freeware for fitting a DVD-Video disc on a single DVDR disc. If you want to make backup copies of your DVDs on hard disk, you can use Windows Media Center or another DVD media player to play the DVDs on your PC. The program lets you rip the DVD to your hard disk in a variety of formats, including a lossless one that keeps the image and audio quality intact. You can choose other formats if you want to save hard disk space. And you can also customize the quality on any DVD you rip. DVD Shrink will preserve all your DVD content, including menus, trailers, subtitles, and so on. If you'd like, though, you can eliminate any of that content as well. Maybe best of all, it's free.
2.E.M. Free DVD Copy
E.M. Free DVD Copy is an easy, effective, handy DVD movie backup and rip software. By using E.M. Easy DVD Copy, you can easily copy DVD to hard disk with a high speed and high quality and rip DVD to all popular video and audio formats such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MOV, 3GP, MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AC3, M4A, OGG, etc. and you can copy DVD movie to iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune etc. portable players. You can also copy or shrink your favorite titles, pgc, chapters, subtitles and audios to hard driver or blank DVD disc. The size of the compressed DVD movie can be decreased to 20% of the original file. DVD Player
Media Player Classic (MPC) is a compact media player for Microsoft Windows. The user interface of the application mimics that of the old, light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4, but it integrates most options and features found in modern media players. It has a built-in DVD player with real-time zoom and a built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec.It supports AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo(requires QuickTime and/or Real Player) . It also supports selectable SVCD/CVD subtitles and lots more. The best part of Media Player Classic is the ability to modify the filters when playing your favorite video files.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and even various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. DVD Ripper
DVD2AVI is actually the best application there for decoding DVD. So why has it not been mentioned before as the best method of making DivX? Basically because it has too few options to make a good quality movie. For example, you cannot just crop and resize the video. DVD2AVI allows you to create a D2V project file for your VOB files after you have ripped them with some DVD ripper. After you have ripped the files, open DVD2AVI and select the VOB files you want to convert,and finally,you can create a D2V project file for the selected VOB files.
HandBrake is a tool for converting DVDs (or VIDEO_TS folders on your hard drive) to MPEG-4 files available on PC, iPod, or other compatible devices. Windows users can choose between GUI and CLI versions and both of them require DVD43 to be installed if you want to rip copy-protected DVDs. When you browse the DVD, be sure to choose the VIDEO_TS folder and then select the "title" that contains the actual movie. Specially,for Windows users , HandBrake definitely makes it easy to copy DVDs to your iPod, though the overall process still takes a few hours.
DVDStyler is a cross-platform DVD Authoring Application. It is a free software distributed under GNU General Public License (GPL). Here are some Features: you can drag and drop MPEG files directly; you can import image file for background; you can create NTSC/PAL menus; you can place text and images anywhere on the menu screen; you can change font,font color and background color; you can put basic text buttons; you can copy and paste any menu object; you can set chapters for each movie. DVDStyler provides a complete package for authoring DVD , creating an ISO image and burning to blank media. DVDStyler is available for both Linux and Windows.
8．DVD Author GUI
DVD Author GUI is a GUI frontend for dvd author and related tools. By DVD Author GUI, you can intergrate titles, titleset, menus, audio streams and create ISO Image. It has a powerful and complete interface to generate DVD menus. DVD Burner
ImgBurn can write most image types to CD / DVD and it supports all the latest writers (including booktype / bitsetting on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony). You can even use ImgBurn to erase / format your rewritable media! As ImgBurn allows you to create ISO images from files on your hard drive,and burn them directly to a disc,it becomes even more superb software than other related ones.
FinalBurner is a alternative freeware to expensive CD and DVD burners. You can create data, audio, and video disks and burn them onto any type of media, such as CD R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD DL. Before starting burning ,there is no need for you to do tedious or confusing configuration,and the only thing you should do is to select a few main settings. FinalBurner's artificial intelligence will find the perfect recording balance. By using FinalBurner you can burn data CD/DVD, audio CD,or Video DVD, and rip audio from audio CD.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
At the same time, iPhone and iPod touch users were downloading more than 10 million applications from the new App Store.
More than 800 native applications are now available, with more than 200 available for free. Apps can be download direct to the device, or through iTunes and then synced.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs expressed his delight at the "stunning" weekend.
"It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world," he said, adding that the App Store is a "grand slam".
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
- Free impressive beautiful wallpapers for your iPod touch and iPhone to make you enjoy the artistic nature, animals, beauties, superstars, etc.
- We love our iPhones and we love customizing them. But we hate the standard wallpapers and cheesy nature themes available everywhere. That's why we create our own, and thought it would be nice to share them. So here they are. Enjoy!
- Free Wallpapers for your iPhone. Your number one resource for (320x480) Themes, and iPod Touch Wallpapers!
- Sciphone 2.0, your source for the best iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers on the Internet.
- Christmas Wallpapers for your iPhone and iPod Touch
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
videora iPod Converter: A free iPod video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD's so you can play them on your iPod.
Media-Convert: web based media converter
HandBrake: Rip DVD movies to your iPod. (MacOS X, Linux and Windows)
Pavtube DVD ripper:(shareware) rip DVD to your ipod with excellent quality.
General Ipod Management Tools
Sharepod: another free program that can run from directly from iPod, let’s you easily transfer files between your machine and iPod without using iTunes. Features; built-in music player, search, create winamp-style playlists, network file sharing (using this feature you can allow other network(office,college, etc) users to run your copy of SharePod from their own computers and download music directly from your iPod) and more.
YamiPod: A freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. multi-purpose tool that can run directly from your iPod. Features include; PC to ipod AutoSync, playlists import/export (PLS,M3U), built-in music player, last.fm support, search, song list export and more
Ephpod: Ipod management tool for windows machines, not as flexible as above ones but has couple of cool features;
- fast song transfer (1,000 songs under 30 minutes)
- supports standard WinAmp (.M3U) playlists
- powerful playlist creation features
- one click synchronization
- microsoft outlook contacts import
- latest news, weather, e-books, and movie listings
Task Specific Tools
CantoPod: get favorite lyrics on your iPod (with over 200.000 lyrics to choose from)
Dictionary: hook up your ipod with dictionary that includes over 40,000 definitions, Handbook of Style,Common Abbreviations and pronunciation guide
Encyclopodia: this incredible tool can get wikipedia.org into your iPod, if you’re one of those who can’t imagine web without wikipedia defintely check it out
GoogleGet: weather+news combo tool. When it comes to news, best option would be to have something like RSS reader that can convert feeds into iPod readable format, however I wasn’t able to find any free tool for that, what I got is Igadget which will cost you $15 Post it in comments in case you know about any other alternative
iDirectionz: store driving directions on your iPod (update: idirectionz will work only on windows, thanks to iching for pointing it out)
iPodGym: turn iPod into your gym advisor; iPodGym is a website where you can find over 80 exercise videos (incl. descriptions) all of which can adopted to the iPod format.
iPodwizard: windows program that let’s you change fonts, graphics and text on you iPod
Ipod-notes | Ipod-ebook-creator: these 2 nifty tools let you easily create iPod compatible ebooks from regular text files. Actually, Ipod-notes goes even further by letting you create ebook from a webpage, check it out. In case you need some free ebooks to start with, drop by Project Gutenberg Library
piPod - guide to the best pizzerias in the five boroughs of NYC
Ipodlinks: variety of icons and wallpapers
senuti(Mac OSX): this application syncs files off your iPod and sends them directly to your iTunes library. It can also play songs directly off iPod
Weather for Me: downloads weather forecasts from Myforecast.com and puts it on your iPod
Ipodwizard: ipod themes
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many major and exciting changes—including full support for the AppleTV Take 2 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware. Mac users take note: this release is only compatible with Mac OS X Leopard, 10.5.
- Choose download for Operating System:
Download HandBrake for windows
Download HandBrake for OS X 10.5
Windows Vista Users
As of version 0.9.2 you should no longer need to give HandBrake admin rights, however if you run into problems you should add admin rights for the application.To do this simply right click the shortcut, Select Properties, Click the "Compatibility" Tab, Check "Run this program as an Administrator", Press "Apply", then "OK"
Remember: This has to be done for all shortcut's of Handbrake. You could alternatively simply set admin rights on the exe itself (Under the Program Files Directory or wherever you installed it.)
- You need to do is click the “Browse” button which is in the Source box. If you're selecting a DVD source simply click "Browse", however if you wish to select an ISO or TS/MPG file then first select the "File" radio selection. As shown in Figure 1.
Depending on what option you select, you will either see a file or folder selection window appear.
Assuming you have the DVD option selected, (Thats the default option) you will get a folder dialog box up on the screen. You’ll see the name of the DVD listed followed by a drive letter above. Click the + arrow and you’ll then see a “VIDEO_TS” folder appear below it. Select this and press ok.
If you selected the file option, simply browse to the location where your source input file is located and select it.
Once you've selected your source and clicked "OK" you'll see another window appear. Read what it says then press the "OK" button. You'll see a command prompt window appear behind this window for around 10~60 seconds. Once the DVD has been scanned, you will be returned to the original Handbrake window (as per the first screenshot).
- Selecting a DVD Title
There is a drop-down menu named "DVD Title:". You are given a list of Titles on the DVD. Select the one you wish to encode. (The one with the longest duration is usually the main movie.) You can either leave the DVD chapters dropdowns set to auto or select the range of chapters you'd like to encode.
- Setting up the Output File.
Click the "Browse" button in the Destination box. Browse to where you wish to save the output video. Type in a file name. Click "Save".
- Encoding Settings (using presets)
Choose a preset from the Preset list. This will automatically setup the all the required settings. All you need to do now is press the "Encode Video" button and wait for it to finish.
Supported sourcesAny DVD-like source: VIDEO TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (encrypted for non-Windows platforms or unencrypted for all platforms, but protection methods other than CSS are not supported and must be handled externally with third-party software) PAL or NTSC, AC-3, LPCM or MPEG audio tracks.
Outputs* File format: MP4, AVI, OGM or MKV.
* Video: MPEG-4 or H.264 (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer encoding).
* Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks).
* Misc features: chapter selection; basic subtitle support (burned into the picture); integrated bitrate calculator; picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling; grayscale encoding.
Supported file types* Input: DVD, DVD image, DVD VOB files, Transport Stream
* Output container formats: MP4, AVI, OGM, and MKV
* Video Codecs: x264 (with H.264 output), Xvid and FFmpeg (with MPEG-4 ASP output)
* Audio: AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and AC3
Supported iPod, Apple TV, PSP,PS3 and so on!
- Wondershare DVD to iPod Ripper is a powerful DVD to iPod Ripper software for your iPod player. With the latest MPEG-4 video encodetechnology XviD & H.264, you can easily convert all kinds of DVD movies to iPod video MP4 and iPod audio MP3 and M4A,put DVD on your 30GB or 80GB iPod with 640 by 480 resolution.
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Wondershare DVD to iPod converter for Mac is an excellent DVD to iPod conversion tool that is designed for Mac OS users to convert DVD to iPod video.
- Xilisoft DVD to iPod Suite is all-in-one and easy-to-use DVD iPod rip software, iPod music and iPod movie converter. The DVD to iPod rip software includes two excellent products, i.e. DVD to iPod Converter and iPod Video Converter.
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- Pavtube DVD to iPod Converter is professional all-in-one and easy-to-use DVD to iPod software. It can rip DVD to MP4, DVD to H.264, MP3, WAV, M4A, and AAC; perfectly help you convert DVD to iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPod mini, iPod U2, etc.
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- Cucusoft DVD to iPod Converteris the easiest-to-use and fastest DVD to iPod converter software for Apple iPod Video devices. It can convert almost any kinds of DVD to iPod video format.
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Renaming your iPod is actually a very simple procedure. Here's a list of step-by-step instructions on how to rename your iPod:
- Any iPod
- Any computer capable of running iTunes .
HOW TO RENAME YOUR iPOD
- Turn on your computer and open the iTunes application
- Connect your iPod to your computer. Wait until you see your iPod appear in the iTunes Source list. In this example, my 60GB Video iPod is just called "iPod". That's boring. Let's change it.
- Double click on your iPod's name. The iPod's name should now be highlighted and editable.
- Type a new name. Press Enter. This name is still boring, but at least you get the idea right?
NERD NOTE: Don't feel like opening iTunes to rename your iPod? You can actually rename it directly from the Finder (Mac) or Windows (PC) unless your iPod is set to AutoSync with iTunes. If you do have an AutoSyncing iPod, please use the procedure detailed above.
The iTunes Store is the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over eight million songs, over 20,000 TV episodes and over 2,000 films including over 350 in stunning high definition video. With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iTunes Movie Rentals, integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, the ability to turn previously purchased tracks into complete albums at a reduced price, and seamless integration with iPod and iPhone, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.
Apple also indicates that iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies per day, making the iTunes Store the world's most popular online movie store.