This week Apple announced that the iPod Nano and Shuffle would no longer be made. The iPod Touch will be the only iPod made now as Apple continues to push users towards the iPhone.
Steven is having trouble with an old iPod logging into Wi-Fi. Jason says that some routers don't like Apple products much. Resetting network settings often helps, as does rebooting the router.
Rene has an old video iPod and she has a lot of music on it. How can she play it on her stereo? Leo says she'll need a minijack to RCA jack adapter. She may also get a 30 pin dock that can work with it as well. More modern devices use wireless, but since her old iPod doesn't support that, she's stuck with doing it the old fashioned way.
At 7 years old, Rene may want to be sure to back that music up, because sooner or later it will die. So she should make sure she backs it up.
Dave has an old school iPod that he loves to use every day. Leo says that what killed the iPod is music streaming. It's the HBO model and everyone likes having access to more music, even on a monthly basis. It's really a commodity now. It's not so much a work of art anymore -- it's a service. But Dave can't access the service with an old school iPod. He'd need an iPod Touch for that, or use his mobile phone.
Rob finally gave up on iTunes and started using Media Monkey. It's fine except he's having issues with using it with his old iPod. What stand alone MP3 player could Rob get that would work better? Leo says that MP3 players have mostly gone away as mobile phones have taken it over. An old Android phone that he doesn't use anymore would do the trick.
Gino has an old iPod Nano MP3 player, but he can't listen to anything with his headphones. Leo says that it's likely that the headphones are bad or the headphone jack has gone bad. Gino knows that the USB connector works for music, so that leads to the headphone jack being busted.
Mike wants to know the highest quality sound he can play on his iPod. Leo says at 320kbps AAC, but they also support AIFF and ALAC. ALAC is the highest quality he can get. But he'll want to be sure to rip the CDs uncompressed so he can start with the absolute best option.
Bren is having trouble updating music on an iPod. He tried to connect it and the Windows machine wanted to erase it because it was formatted on a Mac. Leo says he can buy a program that adds the capability to read HFS formatted hard drives. MacDrive from Media Four is what he'll need. There is a free five day trial, too. It's essentially a driver that runs in the background and translates the HFS formatted data so Windows will read it.
A class action lawsuit against Apple is ongoing over the iPod and an old sync feature. The suit is all about the fact that Apple iTunes would erase an iPod if it wasn't recognized by the computer. The lawsuit represents 8 million users for about $350 million, of which half will go to lawyers, of course. That leaves everyone else with a settlement of about $0.50 a piece.
A class action lawsuit has been taking place against Apple regarding non-iTunes music stored on iPods between 2007 and 2009. Apple had been deleting non-iTunes music from user iPods. Apple was able to present evidence that the iPod one of the plaintiffs bought was not in the time frame covered by the lawsuit. The other plaintiff may also not have purchased an iPod between the necessary dates, and is struggling to gain credibility.