Written by: Adam Christianson
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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 97. New PowerMacs systems, new PowerBooks, Apple’s new pro photo app, Aperture, price drops on cinema displays, Apple releases iTunes 6.0.1 update, Apple posts Pro Applications Update 2005-02 and is iTunes Music Store Australia coming next week? iPod Nano lawsuit filed, Correction on the Correction, fast forward and rewind do work on iPod Video, great technical review of iPod with Video on ArsTechnica, exchanging your recently purchased Apple items for the new stuff, Quicktime Pro 7.0.3 has an export for iPod feature, response to GDisk software, what is ECC RAM and do we need it? Lost iPod? The milk carton for iPods. Fixing an issue with no sound in iTunes videos, comments from Podiobooks Tee, and issue with double Lyrics when pasting in iTunes. A special discount for MacCast listeners on “Ped” products from Thoughtout.biz. Why the eMacCast is delayed behind main feed.
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Love these longer podcasts, Adam!
Loved it :)
for some reason your voice sounded a lot clearer then past times
LOL @ ITMS for AUS.. we wont get it for ages :(
Adam, do you really think that Apple would have resolved the ipod battery issue without the class action lawsuit? I highly doubt it. Granted, the lawyers made money, but it’s not like it was for nothing. Every single covered iPod owner – quite a few people – had the opportunity to get their battery replaced, or otherwise get money to make up for the faulty battery. That’s a big deal in my mind.
I also think Apple would have ignored the Nano scratch issue – which we agree is a problem – without this lawsuit. It’s easy to take a shot at lawyers, but in these two instances the lawyers are helping consumers where Apple seems to have dropped the ball.
I’m still waiting for my gift card from the iPod suit.
Fair enough Tim, I agree with you that to some extent these lawsuits keep corporations in check, but I have to believe we can do just as good with our voice as consumers. In the end most of my frustration over this is that the consumer still does not end up with much and the lawyers get a ton of cash. So future consumers will benefit, the lawyers benefit and the victims still lose.
Hey, just wanted to mention that I was pretty sure that Steve J mentioned that ALL of the graphics card option support the beautiful 30″ screens. I know he said that concerning the new powerbooks, but I’m pretty sure he said the same thing with the Powermacs.
Great Podcast, keep up the good work.
Regarding Volume Logic, I’m using it with the latest versions of iTunes and Quicktime and have had no problems with the audio playback of my videos.
Great podcast, sent in my postcard *crossing fingers*
As for a couple of notes on the podcast. I purchased my daughter a color 4G iPod back in late September from Amazon.com for her birthday. When Apple made the announcement about lowering the price of the color 4G model to $249.99, I originally paid $284.99. Amazon.com refunded me the difference of $35.00 to my credit card. So for those of you that recently purchased an iPod 4G color from a store other than the Apple store (retail or online), you may want to fire off an email and see if they will price match. Amazon.com did and they will continue to get my praise and my future business.
Sure wish there would have been a price drop on the 20″ cinema displays, as that’s the one I’m saving for to attach to my Mac mini.
Thanks again for the Mac cast and look forward to future podcasts.
One little point: RAW is not necessarily the opposite of JPEG.
TIFF is a lossless format while JPEG is a lossy format, but TIFF is not the same as RAW.
RAW is the actual data that your camera’s sensors actually recorded. On my Minolta Dimage 7 (5 megapixel), each pixel is a 12-bit value of red, green and blue arranged in a Bayer pattern. One row alternates red and green and the next alternates green and blue. The upper corner looks like this, for example,
and each RAW is about 7.5 MB. On the other hand, the onboard computer creates a TIFF using the RAW data and the exposure, sharpness, etc. settings by creating a full-color 24-bit pixel at each location. The TIFF files are about 15 MB each.
Of course, JPEG is probably a compression of a TIFF image (i.e., the onboard computer creates an array of full-color pixels and compresses that.)
Cameras with Foveon chips are completely different.
Great Podcast! I just had a few comments on some of it. Encoding h.264 works fine on mac but in windows not so much. On my windows machine quicktime crashes on large videos while encoding h264. Many users are having the same problems but MPEG4 works fine. Just for any listeners that use windows they may have the same problem and 3rd party apps that claim to make h264 will not work on the ipod yet.
On the topic of apple settlement claims, I sent mine in on my 3rd Gen ipod and have not received anything back yet, I sent in for an apple store credit to put toward a new ipod but already have a new ipod now and I purchased a replacement battery for my 3G and it works perfect now (the warranty would have been over in a few months anyway). I agree the lawyers get everything and the customers are the ones that lose.
Thanks for the podcasts and all the info from it, emails and the website.
Great podcast. Really interesting even for non techies like me. I’d be interested in receiving an invite for gmail just so as I can try out gDisk. Thanks in advance and good luck with the next 100 podcasts.
I still think the whole nano scratching is ridiculous unless its scratching during normal use like when holding it in your hand. But its an electronic. You bought it because you wanted you should just get a case and stop filing lawsuits. You cherished your other iPods and got cases for it. Things will scratch if you don’t take care of it.
Thats just my take on all of this.
Regarding exchanging your recent purchase for the new gear. I just bought a 20G ipod from a retail Apple Store. I called them and asked if they would do the trade and they said they had no idea about that deal. I then figured I would try to give customer support a call and see if I could exchange it through the online service. They informed me that it is only available for online shoppers. I would need to see if the retail store would do anything for me.
I agree that yo have to expect that your gear is going to be outdated the moment you buy it, but I think it sucks that if you didn’t buy it via the online store, you can’t upgrade it. I mean, what the hell is the incentive to buy anything in a retail store if they aren’t going to give you the same benefits of purchasing online? Hmm… maybe I’ll stop by the store and have a chat with the manager regarding that.
eBay. I have sold many gadgets on eBay and I typically get about 90% of the original price. It’s a small price to pay for keeping up to date on all the coolest toys like iPods, etc.
Look into it. Even the first-gen 5GB iPods are fetching decent prices. I’m sure your 20GB iPod would also sell well enough that you could pick up a new 30GB iPod video for little extra cash.
Woops – I meant #14. A little too much champagne this evening…