Posts Tagged ‘ipod classic’

Special Offers – Christmas Week

December 21, 2009

Good afternoon all, it might be a little too late to order for delivery and get things in time for Christmas, but the show must go on, so we’re still here and writing away to make sure that we have a post up detailing our special offers for this week.

For those ordering for pickup, your orders will still arrive in time for Christmas as long as you get in before 1300 tomorrow, so you guys will be able to take advantage of some of our offers this week, if you’re so inclined.

Packard Bell Carbon 1TB:

Packard Bell’s Carbon is one of the few drives that we see giving Western Digital’s Elements 1TB a serious run for its money when it comes to people shopping for external drives to act as a backup or just as media storage.

Click through to see our page for the Packard Bell Carbon 1TB :)

Generally, the Western Digital wins that fight on the basis that it’s a few euro cheaper than the Packard Bell, but this week we have the Carbon knocked down by 7%, which makes it that bit cheaper than the Elements. It’s one of those cases where every little counts, and it’s hard to argue with something as simple as the Carbon being cheaper and the two being practically equal in every other respect.

The Packard Bell Carbon is, as well you may have guessed, a 1TB external drive. It’s mains powered, so you should to be aware that wherever you’re using it you’ll want to have a plug nearby. Remember, a hard drive isn’t just for Christmas… it’ll be months before you need to consider deleting anything again.

As we said earlier on, there’s nothing like giving someone the gift of an external backup for Christmas, for two reasons. The first is that if, and when, their machine falls over, you’ll be the one who gets some of the credit for making the backup possible. Second… you’ll get to sit around and look a bit smug, because you’re the only reason their system is still intact ;)

Still, 1TB for €71, you can’t really say fairer than that.

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Apple Patents Sponge Dock

December 14, 2009

Apple has patented a new dock that should be welcome news to anyone who’s living in a household boasting multiple different types of iPods; one that changes shape to fit individual devices.

Pocket Lint] is reporting that Apple’s recently patented dock would allow for the company to manufacture a universal dock, suitable for just about any present and, we would imagine, future iPod devices. The whole point of the new, malleable dock is that it would change shape to match the contours of the device being charged.

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Apple Sales Peak – iPod Still Dying

October 20, 2009

Apple has released fiures to describe just how well it’s managing this year, and it’s great news for the iPhone and the Mac, less so for the iPod.

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The Mac and the iPhone lines led the way, with Apple having sold 3.05 million Macs in Q3 alone, which is certainly impressive. That shows a 17% increase on last year, which is no mean feat given their relative expense when compared to other machines. Similarly, sales of the iPhone grew, though by what TechCrunch estimates to be a far more pronounced 626%, which is particularly interesting.

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Bestselling Portable Video Players

October 13, 2009

Hey there all, our rundown of some of our most popular netbooks last week was very well received. People asked if we could put together a similar piece about the portable media players we carry, and while we don’t carry too many, I’ve got a bit of a top three here for those who were curious.

As you might expect, the list is leaned a bit in favour of the iPod, they being the practically ubiquitous media player of choice by now, but there is an Archos in there, for those of you who like something a bit bigger and a bit more durable. It also avoids pretty much all the hassle with proprietary formats and iTunes, which isn’t a bad old deal.

iPod Touch:

Apple’s iPod Touch is one of those products that’s just done shockingly well for itself; when Apple first announced that it was to release a device that basically amounted to an iPhone without the “phone” there were a lot of questions about it, but as it turns out, people are very interested in picking up a device with a large, touch-sensitive display, fairly large scale flash memory and solid video.

Click through to see our page for the iPod Touch 32GB :)

Click through to see our page for the iPod Touch 32GB :)

Since launch though, the Touch has morphed and, while the Nano has gained a camera, the iPod Touch has become the “entry-level” device for those looking to have a bash at apps on Apple’s App Store, meaning you needn’t pick up an iPhone to get in on the app-action. It might seem simple enough, but it’s one of the biggest points in the iPod Touch’s favour over other media players.

Add to that the fact that the recently released third generation of the iPod Touch comes with up to 64GB of storage, you can imagine putting video on it that bit more easily. Moreover, it comes with the same style of processor improvement as the iPhone 3G S, so you can rely on it to keep up with your apps a little more neatly than the older second-generation models.

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iTunes 9 Causes iPod Classic Issues?

September 17, 2009

It seems as though the update to iTunes 9 hasn’t been pleasant for all concerned, with iPod Classic owners reporting that the latest version of Apple’s media player has caused their hardware to behave a little awkwardly.

iPod Classic

Word comes via AppleInsider that the issues iTunes Classic owners are encountering include the inability to sync their hardware with their media libraries in the latest version of iTunes. Basically, iTunes seems to eject the hardware immediately after it’s plugged in. Those users suffering report that it doesn’t matter whether you’re in Mac OS X or Windows.

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iPod Touch Yields ‘Unexpected Discoveries’

September 14, 2009

It’s not like Apple to announce a product and not tout all of the various bits and pieces they’ve put into it, but it seems as though the newest iPod Touch models incorporate hardware Apple hasn’t really mentioned.

iPod Touch

While Apple has been happy to point out to all and sundry that the new iPod Touch is 50% faster than the last model (we imagine by using the same processor as lends the iPhone 3G S its extra performance), there’s been relatively little detail on the new iPod Touch beyond the fact that it’s available in a 64GB flavour now, which isn’t bad. News comes via iFixit that when they tore apart the new iPod they found a few interesting bits and pieces.

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iTunes Hits 9.0

September 10, 2009

Yesterday’s Apple event brought with it no real surprises. We had long suspected that the iPod Nano would see camera integration and the news that the Classic will now be available in 160GB again is a very fine thing indeed, but the star of the show really is the newest update for iTunes.

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The real news when it comes to iTunes 9 is that it’ll launch Apple’s long-rumoured iTunes LP service. For those of you who haven’t already seen anything of the “Cocktail” project, the idea is that users who buy an iTunes LP will be treated to a bunch of extra material, including things like liner notes, some videos and additional artwork.

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Sony Announces New Walkmans

August 26, 2009

Sony has announced two new additions to its Walkman line that seem to be designed specifically to go toe to toe with the iPod Touch and Microsoft’s upcoming update to its Zune line (which we’re unlikely to see very much of on this side of the pond, sadly).

Sony S Series

The new S and E Series Walkman players boast what Sony is calling “high quality built-in stereo speakers that allow users to share music out loud.” we’re not sure how comfortable we are with “share music out loud” but the intention is nice. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Creative’s Zen X-Fi already let’s people “share music out loud,” but the Sony does boast some genuinely interesting features, including a staggering 42 hour battery life, which puts it on par with the iPod Classic, more so than the iPod Touch.

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Product Spotlight – Archos 705

August 13, 2009

For anyone who hasn’t seen one of our Thursday afternoon Product Spotlight posts before, we generally put up a single product on a Thursday that one of our staff has bought, used and really enjoyed – enjoyed enough that we feel like we should pass the recommendation on to you guys.

Archos 705

This week, our product of choice is the Archos 705. In the days before the iPod was video capable, Archos was pretty much your only choice for high fidelity digital video on the move. Now though, with the iPod Classic and iPod Touch having mutated the iPod line a bit, Archos has had to step up its game a bit and the 705 is clear evidence of that.

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Is the iPod on the Way Out?

July 23, 2009

Apple has released figures this week that indicate that the plain-old iPod market is shrinking as the iPhone and iPod Touch’s popularity swells, with the all-in-one devices gradually eating the vanilla iPod’s marketshare.

iPod Series

What’s more interesting still is that Apple seems quite open about the fact that it’s eating its own tail, so to speak. It’s been widely reported that Apple’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer stated earlier this week, “We expect traditional MP3 sales to continue to decline over time as we cannibalise ourselves with sales of the iPod Touch and iPhone, but we still have a great business which be believe will last many, many years, and we will continue to manage well.”

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