[bct] Re: The Ipod is Spared!

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 08:57:09 -0600

Dana and list.  I had much the same trouble a few months ago when I got
a free ipod.  My problem, however, wasn't that I needed Windows Media
player, my situation was that the ipod simply took over my computer and
wouldn't let me use anything but itunes to do anything related to audio,
even burning cds.  Are you saying that you do not have itunes installed
but that you use Anapod Shuffle instead?  I use Roxio Easy CD Creator to
burn CDS and I am not interested in having Apple tell me I can't use it.
Perhaps itunes was the problem.  Please let me know if you have this
installed or if you use Anapod Shuffle instead.  Also, do you have
WinAmp installed?  If so, can you use it?
Thanks very much.

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dana Niswonger
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 12:23 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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