HOW TO play video on iPods (with video)
There’s a lot of speculation about future iPods, and if they’ll play video – but you don’t need to wait, the latest version of podzilla (Linux for the iPod) plays video, and now video with sound. Here’s a quick HOW TO on installing podzilla and a video with sound playing on an iPod photo…
There are a few ways to do this, but here’s what I did – I installed podzilla from a Mac, so I used the “4G iPodLinux Installer 0.4” which can be downloaded from here.
The 4G iPodLinux Installer installs iPodLinux onto your 4th generation iPod, iPod photo, and iPod mini with no hassle.
Now, download the latest builds from iPodLinux.org http://ipodlinux.org/builds/
The two files I downloaded were:
Each file was decompressed, now control click / right click “4G iPodLinux Installer.app” and choose “Show package contents”.
Browse to the folder Contents/Resources/InstallationStuff/
Replace: 2005-08-23-kernel.bin and 2005-08-23-podzilla
With the most recent builds, I renamed my the same name, seems that the naming might be specific.
Close the window and double click the 4G iPodLinux Installer.app.
Your iPod photo should appear in the list, if it does not you may need to make sure the iPod photo was Mac formated. To format iPod photo for Macs, just download the iPod updater from Apple and restore. http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/
Once podzilla is installed, I added a new folder while the iPod was still on my desktop called “video” and added two of the sample files from iPodlinux.
Remove the iPod from the cradle, press and hold the menu and center button at the same time. The iPod will reboot to Podzilla and using the file manager browse to the video directory and play the video.
For more information, visit: http://ipodlinux.org/Video_Player
The iPodLinux page also has instructions for making your own videos, as well as installing from Windows. If you convert any videos, let us know.
Many websites are giving away free iPod music downloads. So how true is it? Well, there are copies of songs you can technically download but I have to warn you first that the legality of most of these sites is highly questionable. If you have been visiting forums or reading news updates, there have been numerous reports of infringement of copyright laws when downloading from these illegal iPod music download sites.
Free sounds good but it is often tagged with a hefty price when you are caught doing so. Moreover, the song quality is often poor. Folks may argue that downloading at iTune is not cheap, with songs going for $0.99 per piece. Gone were the days when people would not even frown at paying for a 10-songs CD at $15 – 20.
It is pretty much a Catch-22 situation as iPod manufacturers keep packing in more memory and boosting the capacity of newer iPod models. They can hold more songs than the older generation ones, hundreds to thousands of them. iPod users, driven by their hungry urge to quickly build up a collection of songs, often then fall prey to these illegal music download sites.
Fortunately, there are now paid membership sites for legal iPod music downloads other than iTune. So iPod fanatics can still enjoy their music without limits – access to huge libraries of songs, both latest and oldies without compromising on the quality of the music and of course, not burning their pockets. This is indeed good news for us as we can have the best of both worlds.
Here is some handy information to help you do your homework when you look for an iPod music downloads site:
1. iPod Music Download Fees
This is the main reason why people are flocking to these membership sites. Most of these sites are charging for lifetime or yearly membership subscription for the cost of one nice dinner out. For that, you can have unlimited access to as many iPod music and music video downloads. There are no per download fees at all. But please do not quickly jump onto any site you come across, and be sure to look around for the best value for money.
2. Range of iPod Music Downloads
Whether you are a Pop music fan, or simply love soothing jazz music, there is a paid membership download site out there that can meet your needs. Read up on each site and find out the range and type of music they carry.
3. Wide Selection of Music Files
By this, I meant that the selection of music files must be huge enough, and they need to provide almost every song that has ever been composed. Find out if they constantly update their media library. You will be surprised that some of them even have the latest hits, and not some outdated, past hits only.
4. Easy-to-Navigate Membership Area
Is the membership area easy to navigate around? Is it easy to find the song you want? Do they provide step by step instructions on how to download the iPod music files to your iPod?
5. Downloading Speeds of iPod Music Files
Does it take forever to download a long list of songs?
6. Free Media Downloading Software Provided
Most sites provide free media downloading software so it can be considered as an industry norm. If they charge you for the software, it is time to look elsewhere. One thing you need to find out is whether their software is compatible with your system, ie what are the software system requirements?
7. Customers’ Feedback
Good customer feedback often means that the service level is excellent and should be able to meet your expectations.
8. Excellent Technical Assistance
Needless to say, you do not wish to face a situation where you are stuck and cannot find the technical support you need. Not every site is equal in this aspect even though almost everyone boasts of top-notch support service.
The above information I have shared should be sufficient for you to find a good iPod music downloads site. You may be wondering how you are going to assess and compare some of the qualities I mentioned without accessing the member’s area. Fret not, as I have done some of the legwork and would be revealing the top sites for iPod music downloads in my next article. Alternatively, you can always read up at music forums.
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You left this question on my blog:
DO you think it is a good deal to buy an ipod nano? would a pocket pc be a better purchase?
The iPod nano is a fine player, very easy to use and it works nicely with iTunes. It has some little games built in and I think it is supposed to play videos but the screen is tiny and useless for video. It is also worth considering that mine came with 8G of flash (2000 or so tracks) and that would not be cheap to add to a pocket pc. The nano is much smaller than a pocket pc, I use it in a shirt pocket and it is hardly noticable. Battery life is great, about three days on one charge.
However, if you want to watch videos, surf the internet, use skype, whatever as well as then the pocket pc would be the way to go.
Free Gifts with Mobile Phones:
Great Gifts to Gear up your Mobile Experience by Callum Liam
The festive season is here. Christmas is the time not only to send greetings but also shower your loved ones with gifts. Mobile phone manufacturers and mobile phone service providers have combined forces to give you an exciting X’mas. Now is the time to look for the latest Mobile Phones and the best Mobile Phone Deals.
Mobile phone service providers are gearing up for Christmas and are offering some of the best mobile deals with both free line rental deals and free gifts. The mobile phone is increasingly being used by all types of people. The mobile phone has come a long way. From being a simple calling instrument, it has become a sophisticated multimedia device. It has become a must-have product for young and old, men and women, workers to top notch business professionals. From music, photos, video shoots, games, wallpapers and screensavers to business solutions, e-mails, messaging and web browsing, you can get everything you wish for in the new handsets. Literally everyday, leading brands like Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, etc. are introducing new models with futuristic features. And the network service providers like Orange, 3 Mobile, T Mobile, O2, Vodafone, Virgin, etc, are all wooing the consumer by offering fantastic deals and innumerable free gifts. Visit any mobile shop or logon to any online site, you will be tempted by a plethora of Mobile Phone Deals along with exciting free gifts. You can get your dream phone at a great price, from some of the best online mobile phone shops, along with mobile phones ring tones, logos, games and accessories. Many of these deals will offer free line rentals, free accessories, free next day delivery, free minutes, free texts, free insurance even free handsets. The icing on the cake however is the great gift deals you get with the package.
The different gifts could be a Sony PSP, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo DS Lite, Apple iPod nano, Apple iPod shuffle or an Apple iPod Video 30GB or a fantastic Samsung 17 inch LCD TV!
The online mobile market is already flooded with numerous special offers on various contract mobile phones. Nobody can resist such not-to-be-missed offers so get yourself a mobile phone deal. You can easily find what you are looking for in the wide range of deals and offers that are available on the internet and get some great gifts too this Christmas.