Re: iPod for Birding

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Subject: Re: iPod for Birding
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 07:53:12 +1000
Dave Torr wrote:
> One other issue (which I think is against iPods) is the battery used. My
> (pre iPod) Archos uses standard AA batteries, which are readily available
> everywhere. I guess that an iPod may prove a little difficult on long
> camping trips where there is a lack of electricity to charge the thing -
> and I recall that spare batteries for it are rather expensive. I also
> have a small Samsung player which again uses a AAA battery (and my camera
> also uses

The iPod batteries are only designed to be replaced when they fail,
and many players don't have a battery replacement option at all.

For players that are designed to be recharged via the USB port, in
most cases you don't need a computer to recharge them.  I bought a
cheap four port *powered* USB hub (i.e. it has a plugpack) from Big W;
as long as I have access to a power point, I can recharge the player.
You can also buy cigarette lighter USB power adapters for in-car
charging.  (One gotcha is the player may not support charging and
playing at the same time, so plan ahead.)

On the subject of FM transmitters, be aware that the sound quality is
(further) reduced compared to a cable connection.

Kathmandu had/has a set of portable speakers powered by 4 AA batteries
which also provides a USB power outlet for charging.  I'm not sure what
the sound quality is like, but it looked similar to other "iPod" speaker
solutions (without the proprietory connector.)


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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