Re: iPod for Birding

To: "Paul Taylor" <>,
Subject: Re: iPod for Birding
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 22:10:46 +1000
On the subject of portable speakers - Tandy had a pair reduced from $50
to $30 last weekend - no idea how good - but they were compact, used AA
batteries (or maybe AAA, not positive). The Katmandu store had the ones
mentioned at $50 (reduced from $100 if memory serves correctly) but the
sale (in Brisbane anyway) ended last Sunday, 16.7, so they may not be
reduced anymore.


On Wed, 26 Jul 2006 07:53:12 +1000, "Paul Taylor"
<> said:
> 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.)
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