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  • I don't have a nano, but I've played with them a few times and owned other models. Your technical difficulties (low battery life, hard to read screen, cold boots, poor sound) seem quite unusual and probably indicate a defect. I'd take it back ASAP while it's still under warranty. I've heard (and had) a lot of complaints about ipods, but never those.

    To anyone who would reply with a comment: Please do not reply and disagree with a premise without addressing the conclusions.

    I don't disagree. The ip

  • If you have a Linux or FreeBSD machine you can use gtkpod [] to access your ipod and do without iTunes (which I also find annoying to the point of unusability). I bought a 40GB ipod because at the time it was the cheapest option (due to university discount) but wouldn't do so again. There's a common theme running through all Apple products which is also true for the ipods: if you want to use them exactly the way the designer envisioned you using them they're good to excellent, if you want to do anything else t

    • Hi, thanks for taking time to comment. Just by the way, I really wanted to be able to just cp -R/rsync files on to it from shell and have it play those, so I hobbled together something in Perl to build an iTunesDB from the mp3s on the thing. Someone later pointed out that the 8.3 FOOBAR~1.MP3 MS-DOS trick works so I've added that feature and am getting ready to upload the new version. That's linked from a previous blog entry here. Also by the way, the overly-bad review was more provoked by annoyance at othe
  • To anyone who would reply with a comment: Please do not reply and disagree with a premise without addressing the conclusions.

    Where's the fun in that! : )

  • Wow. 6 hours is considerably shorter battery life-span than mine gets; I've often spent 7-8 hours in a row listening to it and had 1/4 charge at the end. ...but your note about the big headphones seems likely to be the reason for this.

    I don't know whether you can get an adapter that will power unpowered headphones with AA batteries, but if you're set on using your existing good headphones, that might be worth a look. I've used headphones that take batteries that I've liked, also.

    I use a set of Sony ear-bu

    -DA []

  • I'm sure I'm not going to be satisfying the constraints-on-reply listed in the original, but it's not really the overall conclusion that I'm challenging, but rather more whether the listed experience is in any way typical.

    Long boot time? My 4GB nano boots in about 3 seconds from cold, which is truckloads faster than the earlier players. Battery life is pretty much in line with the advertised figure, modulo a lot of futzing around along the way. (That is, hitting "shuffle" and play achieves around the sugges