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Pirate iPod [Oct. 15th, 2006|05:45 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I just got my first iPod. It's black and has a pirate on the box. I think that means they want me to pirate music. :-)

In any case, this means that I have to:

-- fix all my ID3 tags (using MusicBrainz, probably)
-- learn how to transcode videos to play on this.

Related: I wanted to hate on the iTunes store a bit: ignoring the DRM issue (which is why I'll never buy music from them), could they suck any more at TV shows? Why can't I buy a TV show the second it's done airing on the east coast, or even the west coast? Instead I have to wait a couple days, which means in practice I end up getting it off Usenet instead. I assume this is studio-imposed nonsense.

Now I need to go buy some stupid iPod games for the flight. Tetris, mini-golf....

And wtf is ipodarcade.com? Text adventures, jokes, and quizzes? When I google for "free ipod games", I'm hoping somebody has figured out how to build games for it. But I assume they're all DRM'ed and signed by Apple?

At least I can put Wikipodia on here and have access to lots of reading material on the plane. No wikipodia on 5th gen. :-/

[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2006-10-16 12:49 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 12:56 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2006-10-16 01:43 am (UTC)
You might like Handbrake as well, if for no other reason than that there is a linux port... get all your machines crankin' on your videos.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 06:36 am (UTC)
Handbrake (and especially Instant Handbrake) are wonderful, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2006-10-16 01:45 am (UTC)
woops, Handbrake is DVD -> whatever, not whatever -> whatever. Sorry. Might still be useful if you need that, though.
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[User Picture]From: taral
2006-10-16 12:51 am (UTC)
MusicBrainz FTW!
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[User Picture]From: imgreen
2006-10-16 01:00 am (UTC)
i just got tetris for my ipod yesterday.. I love it :)
However, I am a LOST junkie and it does suck to have to wait until thursday to download it every week. I wonder why they do that?
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[User Picture]From: feignedapathy
2006-10-16 01:10 am (UTC)
Apple hasn't released any info on writing games for the thing yet, and from what I gather, people have only gone as far as figuring out the game bundles are zip archives.

I'm hoping it gets better.
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[User Picture]From: wildilocks
2006-10-16 01:21 am (UTC)
emusic.com for [most of] your mp3 needs. Doesn't have everything but there is no copy protection and you do support the artists at a reasonable price - $9.95 for 40 songs is the basic subscription. Is good.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2006-10-16 01:32 am (UTC)
So you've seen this and it doesn't work on the Video iPods?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 01:40 am (UTC)
Says so in the FAQ.
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[User Picture]From: feren
2006-10-16 03:27 am (UTC)
No shit. I firmly believe this much drama over something so trivial cannot be created by the FCC alone. I went through all the hoopla to get approved for East feeds since Chicago metro isn't up on the HD transponders yet (and probably won't be until I switch onto DTV's MPEG-4 birds, which at this rate will be sometime after the world ends), wherein I had to answer ridiculous questions like "What county are you in?" Who gives a crap? I want the HD channels I was promised! After waiting a ridiculous amount of time I got a post card that said I was DENIED by all the locals. Then two weeks later, after I'd given up hope and secretly begun plotting my return to cable, I got a postcard telling me that I'd been approved.

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[User Picture]From: ckd
2006-10-16 04:49 am (UTC)
I just said "screw it" and got the HR10-250, which has OTA support that already works[1]. This means I'm not beholden to DirecTV to decide which Boston locals they want to send, and I can get all the WGBH/WGBX side channels. (I'm close enough to the Needham tower cluster that a cheap $15 set-top antenna gets everything just fine.)

The drawback is that it's not future-proofed as far as the MPEG-4 birds, but at the moment it looks like that'll only cost me NESN HD. (Now, if they start putting all of the MLB Extra Innings feeds up on HD, then it would be a hardship.)

[1] Unlike the HR20. Also, it's a TiVo instead of one of the boxes running the new NDS software.
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[User Picture]From: thaumata
2006-10-16 05:31 am (UTC)

wow, that's huge. ha. sorry.
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[User Picture]From: eli
2006-10-17 03:30 am (UTC)


I was going to ask you to tell me what program you ended up using for video once you found one. Looks like you're using handbrake though.....and I think that's only for Mac (and linux). I use a program called Videora, which has a bunch of options but is extremely buggy.

Enjoy Moscow.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2007-01-01 07:37 am (UTC)
*sigh* Your journal is the first result on google when you search for "writing games for the ipod"


At least I learned about handbrake in the process!
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