iPod Gadgets

Volume 7, Issue 118; 08 Jul 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Adventures in hardware and sound quality.

Modern music is as dangerous as cocaine.

Pietro Mascagni

We’re having a party this weekend, a big outdoor barbeque sort of affair that needs music. Rather than endlessly swapping CDs (or dragging all of the components of the stereo system outside), the appealing answer was to build a playlist for the iPod and let ’er rip.

Of course, to do that, I needed some way of playing the iPod through the outdoor system. Patch cables might have worked, but the little iTrip seemed like a lot more fun. Plug it in and you can broadcast your own private radio station over a short distance.

While I was buying gadgets, I couldn’t resist a couple of others, the navipod and a small set of travel speakers, Sony SRS-T57s.

I’m no audiophile, but I was utterly disappointed with the navipod. If the iPod is on A/C power, the interference is intolerable. And when it isn’t, the sound transferred through the IR adapter is muffled and tinny. My goal was to move the speakers off my desk and control the whole thing with a remote, but I guess that’s not to be.

I was similarly disappointed with the portable speakers, but I didn’t expect a lot from them. I only wanted something to carry with me when I’m on the road so I can listen to music without headphones while I’m working in my hotel room. They’re just a little too flat and tinny though.

The headphones, by the way, are the first generation of Bose noise cancelling headphones. I’m quite happy with them, though audiophiles tell me other things are better. Whatever you choose, don’t get on an airplane without some sort of ear protection.


Hi, JBLs Creature speakers are my choice to crank out my iPod playlists for parties. But I attach to my iTunes on my Powerbook, which is better than the sound out of the iPod.

Looking for a gadget which allows me to backup my iTunes library to an external hard drive, Any ideas - I am IT challenged.

—Posted by Ronnie From Tokyo on 05 Mar 2005 @ 01:46 UTC #

ok, so if you want to back up your iTunes music all you have to do is plug in your external hard drive (i find that firewire is the best route if you have lots of music) then (for Windows)
1. go into your computers music folder
2. go into the iTunes folder
3. copy the folder labled iTunes Music to your external hard drive

—Posted by Ben on 10 Dec 2005 @ 08:05 UTC #