[bct] Re: The Ipod is Spared!

  • From: "Dana Niswonger" <dniswonger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 09:11:45 -0600

MessageHi Neal:

I do not have Itunes installed any longer on my computer.  I am using Anapod 
successfully.  I have restored Windows Media Player 10 and I'm converting my 
WMA. files to MP3's right now.  I too got the ipod shuffle as a free-B from 
Audible.  I am still amazed at what such a small gadget can reproduce in good 
quality sound!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Neal Ewers 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 8:57 AM
  Subject: [bct] Re: The Ipod is Spared!

  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 

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