Maccast 09.28.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 92. Is Apple trying to strong arm Intel? Are iPod Nanos more delicate than other iPods? Motorola CEO says he was joking after dissing iPod Nano, Apple now offering custom engraving for iPod Shuffles and is Apple the secretly releasing new Mac Minis? How to protect your Nano and other iPods, solving issues logging into .Mac POP accounts after upgrade, how to easily add Lyrics to iTunes songs, review of FlexPed from, more wireless USB adapter options, and the MacCast 100th Show contest. Enter by sending a postcard to:

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  1. Menno | Sep 28 2005 - 11:34

    oops didn’t get it right the first time…

    Pearlyrics the program offers a feature to select a playlist (file=>Cache lyrics for playlist) and gather the lyrics and copy them to itunes. That will save you a couple of hours…

    Be carefull, sometime it gathers the wrong lyrics and that will make you look foolish on your karaoke party

  2. Menno | Sep 28 2005 - 11:56


    Pearlyrics the program offers a feature to select a playlist and gather the lyrics and copy them to itunes. That will save you a couple of hours…

    Be carefull, sometime it gathers the wrong lyrics and that will make you look foolish on your karaoke party :-)

  3. Tom | Sep 28 2005 - 03:44

    Where are the show notes..? :(

  4. maccast | Sep 28 2005 - 04:03

    o0ps :(

    Sorry I left the link out. They are here now.

  5. A. NANOmous | Sep 28 2005 - 08:10

    I think people are making WAY too big a deal about the nano issue. Lets look at the facts. Apple is PUBLICLY acknowledging the issue (unlike other problems) and they’re offering free replacements. Yet still, the stock takes a big hit, it’s the talk of the business news, and people are going ape shit over it. Lets get real people. Thus far, Apple has handled this fiasco EXTREMELY well. They didn’t even name the supplier by name, which also shows class. All will be well in Nano land – please don’t panic or spread Nano-negativity. It drives down my Apple stock :(

  6. Sebastian | Sep 29 2005 - 08:00

    Is the contest open to us International Mac Geeks, or is it just US?

  7. maccast | Sep 29 2005 - 10:48

    It is open to any country where import laws don’t prohibit me shipping the prize. :)

  8. Gary | Sep 29 2005 - 01:33

    Regarding nano scratches. I own a black iPod nano and agree that it is prone to fingerprints and scratches being visible on the surface. I try and make sure I keep it in a pocket with no other items (such as coins) but over time it will get scratched, and the finger prints will always be there on a shiny black surface. I think Apple could solve this problem with the black nanos if they were to use the same material found on the black Motorola Razr. I own this phone and I must say that the black coating does not easly scratch or show any finger prints (unless you just finished eating french fries).

  9. chris | Sep 30 2005 - 11:08

    RE: PearLyrics…it worked very nicely. Found lyrics about half the time (of course I’m old as are my songs). It did pull the wrong lyics once. Same artist, but wrong song. A very nice add-on to say the least.

  10. jon from vancouver | Sep 30 2005 - 08:18

    I just bought my wife the black 4G ipod nano. I got her the Apple ipod socks to slip her nano in her purse. It will help to avoid scratches. I also added a screen protector. Fingerprints cannot be taken care of at all unless you have a case that the nano stays in all the time. The black finish is the same as my Sony PSP.

    The one thing I noticed is the nano is very small for me. My fingers have a hard time scrolling and clicking the center button. Perfect for my wife, but not me. I’m sticking with my iPod Photo 30Gigger.

  11. Bruce | Oct 01 2005 - 09:16

    I was checking out my friends iPod nano last night and had difficulty getting results from the center button as well. Is it supposed to be a touch sensitive button or is there a click? I couldn’t tell since we were in a crowded movie theatre (before the show started). I love the small form factor and bright screen, but I’m thinking that a full sized iPod would be a better option for me.

  12. Jason | Oct 01 2005 - 06:25

    I went to the Bridgeport Apple store today to look at Nano accessories that have been advertised. There were huge posterboards showing the Nano Lanyard and the multi-colored Nano Tubes, but not a single product available for sale. Honestly, what the %$@& is going on with Apple’s new “come on down to our store and try to buy things that we don’t actually have yet” sales strategy? Is it some cruel joke? Bad planning? Is there some sort of pusher/junkie relationship that I am waking up to?

  13. Michael | Oct 02 2005 - 04:31

    I was disappointed with my black 4gb Nano. The design was great, but far more susceptible to scratches than any of the 4 other iPods I’ve owner. Apple advocates users buying protection for the Nano, but has a 5-6 week wait on Tubes. Shame on Apple for this. I traded in my Nano for a 20gb iPod Color…and I’m very impressed. It’s more durable, and is easily protected in the iSkin I have for it. Plus, with all that space, I have much more room for archiving MacCast episodes. Keep up the good work, Adam. You rock.

  14. jon from vancouver | Oct 03 2005 - 06:39

    My wife wanted the lanyard but nothing up here in Canada yet in regards to accessories. Not even a dumb rubber slipcase. So, the ipod socks are all she has for now. They actually work pretty good when storing your Nano in a bag.