[bct] Re: The Ipod is Spared!

  • From: "Eric StevenS" <sseric57@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 05:54:02 -0500

Ain't it amazing what we can do when we try.





From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dana Niswonger
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 1:23 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] The Ipod is Spared!


Hi Friends:

First, I want to thank those of you who wrote in response to my pole,
Smashing The Ipod.  I received a number of good suggestions.  I am happy to
report that after four hours and lots of trial and error with a sighted
friend that my Ipod is spared certain death or donation.


Formatting the Ipod Shuffle is an easy task accomplished by simply going to
the control panel and selecting my computer.  When you plug the Ipod into
the USB. port Windows detects it and assigns it a drive letter, in my case
the letter is F.  I arrowed down to drive F. and pressed the applications
key.  This brings up a context menu which contains the format option.
Pressing enter here brings up a message telling me that all information on
drive F. will be lost by formatting.  Pressing enter again starts the format
process which takes a few seconds.  Now I am ready to begin the task of
copying files to my Ipod.


I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I ripped all my CD's with
Windows Media Player.  I now know what the letters WMA. mean and yet one
more reason why I don't like Windows applications.  Bad Windows Media
Player, selfish Windows Media Player, egotistical Windows Media Player,
wanting a file type all your own!  Tell us how you feel about the Windows
Media Player Dana!  The Ipod Shuffle, the model I have only likes MP3 files.
Unless or until I figure out a way to convert AA. and WMA. files to MP3
files I cannot send music ripped with, dare I say it again, Windows Media
Player nor books purchased from Audible to my Ipod.  I am now reripping all
my CD's using Premier CD creator thanks to Lois who posted about it, I am
also uninstalling, here it comes again, Windows Media Player and all 322 of
my previously ripped CD's.


Now for the software that worked for me to transfer MP3 files to my Ipod
Shuffle.  After a good deal of consideration and experimentation I decided
on Anapod Shuffle.  For some reason I cannot figure out, V-pod just wouldn't
recognize my Ipod Shuffle.


Upon entering Anapod Shuffle I press the shift tab key.  I am in a list view
much like the start menu.  You must first arrow down to the Ipod Memory item
and press enter.  This allows Anapod to recognize my device as a formatted
Ipod Shuffle for the first time, I do not need to do this again.  I am then
returned to the same list view and I press the letter M. until I get to the
my documents folder.  Pressing the tab key here takes me to another window
that contains the tree view of all items in the my documents folder.
Pressing the letter M. again, as most of the elements in this folder begin
with the letter M. takes me through the tree until I get to the sub folder I
am interested in copying files from.  I picked my received pod casts.
Pressing the tab key again takes me to the list of items in this sub folder.
The free trial version of Anapod Shuffle does not allow the copying of
multiple files.  Using the down arrow key, I select a file to be copied.
Pressing the applications key brings up a menu that contains both the copy
and paste options.  Pressing enter on the copy option stashes it in a
temporary buffer somewhere.  I am returned to the tree view again and press
the shift tab key.  I am now back in the folder list view and I press the
letter I. until I get to the Ipod Shuffle memory item on the list.  Pressing
the applications key again brings up the menu containing the paste option
and when I press enter on it, the file is copied to the Ipod Shuffle in two
seconds.  Repeating the steps in this paragraph, except step one, is the
only way to continue copying MP3 files to my Ipod Shuffle until later today
when I buy the Anapod Shuffle program.


I can't believe that this little thing, no bigger than a Lady Finger or
Nutter Butter cookie really works and has such great sound through these ear
buds.  It also amazes me that given the size of a single song MP3 file, I
will be able to store 200 songs on it as well.  Finally, a sound at the end
of the tunnel!



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