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Apple Replaced My iPod Nano

iPod Nano 1st GenerationShout out to Clare on Twitter for giving me a heads up on the iPod replacement program being undertaken by Apple. I don’t know many people that still have an iPod 1st generation laying around, but I do/did.

Apple press released a public recall to anyone that has a 1st Generation iPod Nano on the basis that they had detected a defect in the battery, that would cause it to over heat and could potential explode, cause a fire, etc., and they had managed to pin point the problem to one manufacturer of the batteries and it affected iPod nanos that were sold between September 2005 and December 2006 – you could go on this site and input your serial number to see if you qualify.

After I entered my info, they confirmed that my 1GB 1st generation iPod Nano was one of the units affected, so they shipped my a package from Apple in Markham to send them back the unit. It came with a prepackaged envelope, instructions and shipping label making it very simple to send them my Nano.

By the way, the entire process was updated on their website, and I was informed via email, when they received my old nano, the repair and replacement. It felt good to be kept in the loop. No guessing game.

After a week without my iPod nano, I received a notice that they had shipped a replacement unit and to my surprise I received a 6th generation iPod Nano 8GB in silver.

Replaced iPod Documentation

The entire process took 1 week – from the moment I shipped them my 1st gen, to the moment I received my replacement. And I must say that this experience has made me love being an Apple customer that much more. It’s the little things that count and this was one of the things that make me proud to be an Addict.

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Hands-On With iMessage

iMessage IconiMessage, coming this fall as part of the iOS 5 updates, is all the rage and many specialists are claiming that this could ultimately be the dagger that finally kills SMS – I don’t agree. While iMessage is a great concept that is similar in many ways to Blackberry’s Messenger service, you’ll notice that it’s integrated in the SMS application of your iDevice’s operating system.

That means, that for the most part, you’ll active the iMessage option in SMS settings on your phone, and when composing a new message to a contact in your phone book, it will automatically recognize if the person you’re sending to has iMessage turned on and can receive messages that way. It’s similar to the way FaceTime has to be enabled in order to receive video calls from another iPhone/iPad or MacBook.

With iMessage, you’re not using your carrier’s traditional SMS signal to send texts, it uses data. So iMessages can be sent through Wi-Fi and your 3G service, not incurring ‘text/SMS’ message fees from your carrier (if you’re on a pay-per-use plan).

In addition, you’ll be able to send pictures, videos, contacts and your location through iMessage, without picking us an additional MMS charge. Similarity to the way BBM works, you’ll be able to see when your contact reads the text message, and when they’re typing. It was also appear in the notifications centre on the lock screen, when your phone is in sleep mode.

Redmond Pie has managed to upload a hands-on video of iMessage in action on an iOS 5 beta.

iMessage will only be compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iPhone will register your iMessage with your cell phone number, while you iPod and iPad will register your iMessenger with an email address.

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Is the iPod Classic Ready for Retirement?

iPod Classics

When Toshiba unveiled (PDF) a new 1.8-inch hard drive capable of holding up to 220 GB of data, rumours started flying that the iPod Classic, which currently tops out at 160GB, would be phased out or discontinued.

As file sizes continue to grow, and the demand to never leave home without your ENTIRE music collection on your iDevice, it looks like Apple may be looking at introduction a bigger and better iPod soon?

The Apple Store shows that the silver iPod Classic now ships in 1-3 days, down from 24 hours last week. In addition, Best Buy has updated their website to say that the device is backordered for 1-2 weeks (last week it was shipped in 1 day) and Target also has it backordered for 2-4 weeks. Currently the shortage only seems to be affecting the silver colored model, the dark colored version appears relatively unaffected. – Quote from AppleBitch.com

Could this mean a refreshed line up of iPods coming, or is Apple finally discontinuing the iPod classic altogether? The iPod classic hasn’t been updated in a year and half (in tech terms – way too long) and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs did mention in September’s 2010 iPod-focused event that an “all new” iPod line-up will soon be announced.

I’m predicting that Apple phases out the iPod classic in the coming years.

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A Decade of the iPod

A little bit of a treat for anyone that’s like me and is fascinated when they come across historical stuff when it comes to Apple. I’ve managed to find the first ever announcement of the Apple iPod in 2001, made by Steve Jobs.

I find it interesting to compare the 10-year-old version to today’s version to notice how much, lighter, thinner and more versatile it’s become.

Originally, I think Apple thought the firewire would replace the USB, but that didn’t end up being the case and they built the USB back into future generations of the iPod. Keep in mind that iPod in the video was the black and white screen version.

Some key features of the original iPod.

  • Ultraportable (The laptop was portable but the iPod was ULTRAportable)
  • Firewire
  • Charges over Firewire connection
  • 20 minute skip protection
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • load 1000 songs in 10 minutes
  • ultra-thin hard drive
  • the size of a deck of cards
  • lighter than a deck of cards
  • Apple design

Enjoy a trip down memory lane.

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Watch This!

I remember when Steve Jobbs unveiled the iPod Nano (6th Generation) which runs iOS, I immediately thought that it wouldn’t do well and it was a silly idea. As more time passed, I slowly had to take a second look at it and figure out how I could use one?

Keep in mind, I already own and iPhone and iPad which holds my entire music library. Buying an iPod Nano wouldn’t make sense.. or would it?

After losing my USB flash key drive of 4GB (I know, old-school) I started looking for another USB-enabled device that I could place on my keychain that holds slightly more data. At first, I was thinking “inside the box” and was looking at a bigger, more stylish-looking USB flash drive, but after doing a little more research I went back to looking at yet another Apple product. *gasp* I bought the 16GB model.

6th Gen iPod Nano

I remember my 30GB iPod video from 2003 having an option to “enable” disk usage and figured that a 6th Generation Nano would have the same option. So I opted to buy it in Titanium (They come in a rainbow of other colours to suit your style). My style is distinguished, neat and sophisticated (nah, just kidding .. I got the Titanium cause it was the coolest looking of the bunch)

But that wasn’t the only reason I bought the Nano. The Nano has a watch feature that can be enabled to appear every time you ‘wake’ the iPod. Brilliant. If I could find a wrist strap for it, I’d have a wristwatch that doubles (or triples) into an iPod and store disk thats can hold up to 16GB of data. I was sold!

I settled on the iWatchz Q Collection for the strap and bought it in black. (Available at any Apple store)

iWatch and Nano

The design of the iWatchz strap was clever. It’s made specifically to fit the 6th gen Nano, and at just $25, the perfect solution for me. Fits comfortable and when I tap the sleep/wake button, the clock face appears to let me know the time. I slide to the right and I’m into the Nano interface where I can listen to FM radio, use the pedometer or launch the iPod.

Wearing My iWatch Nano

You can rotate the clock face on the Nano and also check the background colour from black to white. Wearing the watch you have easy access to the volume control, and can plug in your earbuds and still have full versatility with your wrist. I don’t remove it when syncing it with my computer. With 16 GB of storage space on my wrist, I always carry a few files with me, some music and 3 full-feature videos in HQ for viewing at my girlfriend’s on here big screen TV.

The iWatch design is sturdy and secure so you don’t have to worry about the Nano falling out as you’re at the gym or going about your business day-to-day. The 1-2-“click” design is great!

The strap itself isn’t a fashion statement, since it’s a simple rubber and I’ve been called a “geek” a few times since being spotted with it on, but it’s worth it (for me) in the end. I’ve read a few forums discussing the possibility of different style straps being developed and release shortly, but the iWatchz solution was readily available.

Now, if they could only think of a way to make it waterproof.

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