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Some time back I mentioned that the battery life on the iPod had suddenly gone from the advertised 10 hours to less than 2 hours. A friend in the US, who's ex-something senior in Apple's kernel dev team, told me that this was likely to be due to a known (but not widely advertised) bug in the iPod power management, rather than a battery failure. There is a fix, but it involves dissasembling the iPod, and detaching the battery completely for some time to reset the power management system.

Luckily I seem, inadvertantly, to have found another fix. To wit, go on holiday with iPod, flatten battery on flight out, have such a good time for two weeks that you forget to even charge the iPod, and then finally partially charge it, flatten it again by looping Future Sound Of London tracks to relax on the plane home, and then fully charge. Then be surprised when it suddenly seems to be performing as it should again...

So now I am four albums into it, when last time I used it it would hardly play one. Go me, I say. Go me.


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Sep. 10th, 2002 03:30 am (UTC)

still waiting for our iPods. Phoned Apple this morning, and "they should be delivered today". Well, MRDA ... we'll see.
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Sep. 10th, 2002 04:11 am (UTC)
you can buy a Windows version of the iPod now - comes with a PC type firewire cable and a registered copy of MusicMatch. We have an iMac running Jagwyre, so we ordered the Apple ones.
Sep. 10th, 2002 10:00 am (UTC)
I ordered the Windows one, and then realised that the functionality I wanted - Audible.com compatibility - was only available with iTunes 3. So I plugged it into the Mac and it seemed to work anyway.
Sep. 10th, 2002 08:44 am (UTC)
yay! they've arrived! (almost worth a "go me!")
Sep. 10th, 2002 08:58 am (UTC)
Go Apple, surely...
Sep. 10th, 2002 05:48 am (UTC)
They're very nice, and now they do the firewire WIN version I'm sorely tempted. I think I'll wait until I'm in the US next around Christmas and see if I can get one then.
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