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Free Day Off

Well, President's Day (which was Washington's Birthday when I was growing up. We always got the actual day off from school (Feb. 22), as well as Lincoln's Birthday (Feb. 12).) Poor rootbeer1 had to go to work, but I met him at the San Francisco Shopping Center for lunch (fish tacos) and a trip to the Apple Store to browse the iPod accessories. Then to CompUSA for the same purpose. Steve had to get back to work, and I got a dock to use at work, and the JBL On Stage speaker dock for use at home:



I'm working my way through the Valentine's Day/Wedding Anniversary playlist Steve cut for my iPod.

The speaker dock rocks--it's in my study. I want one in every room of the house. I love my new iPod. I've loaded about 3000 songs into it, which is approxinmately 200 CDs. Probably all the music I would own by myself, but Steve's collection when we moved in together was far, far larger. When the 4TB version comes out, we'll be ready.

We have a busy week ahead. Dave arrives tomorrow for a few days--always wonderful having him around. He loves gardening, so we can't wait to show him our new aromatics in the atrium. Tuesday evening is course completion for our Mainstream square dance class. We continue next week right into the Plus intro classes, then the regular Plus class through June. Meeting friends later in the week for dinner, and a birthday party Friday.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot--IBR was fun, what we attended of it. Met lots of friends, new and old. Saw the film Cachorro (Bear Cub) which is great. Danced at Squares for Bears. Ate out a lot, which is always fun.

That is all.

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keanubear
Feb. 21st, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
New toys! YAY!
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
My first Apple®!!
keanubear
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Now to get you on a MAC!
squalidbear
Feb. 21st, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
What's the sound quality like on the speaker dock?
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Not bad at all--bass response is rather weak, but then again the speakers are itty-bitty, and no subwoofer. My desktop computer is still running Windows 98 (and Linux), so I had to install iTunes on my laptop (Windows XP) and rip my CDs there. Otherwise, I could listen through my desktop speakers, which are bigger and better.

The dock charges the iPod while it's connected, and has a port in the back for the Firewire/USB2 cable, so you can sync up while docked. And it's shaped like a donut--yum!
dhpbear
Feb. 21st, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Interesting, considering it's shape would accommodate a downward-firing subwoofer.
squalidbear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm donuts... is there nothing they can't do?
tjnorris
Feb. 21st, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
hi guys!!!! i am in my new hi-rise - come back to ppdx!
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
We will!!!! We wanna see your dee-luxe apartment in the sky!!
trulygrateful
Feb. 22nd, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
One beautiful iPod, $300-$600.
Accessories for the beautiful iPod, another $300-$600.
The individual fascination with this kind of technology: Priceless!

Enjoy it, baby! Enjoy it!

One thing I would personally recommend (especially if you want to play tunes throughout the house) - you may want to invest in the iTrip (FM Transmitter). You can play your tunes thru the stereo system whilst the tuner is, well, TUNED to a particular non-existent radio station (say 89.7 FM). Unless you want to have those cute (and wonderful) JBL speakers for every room in the house, this is a good way to have your music without having to have the CD's on the main home stereo (or even your little bedside clock radio too - yup, tried mine out).

I'd be curious to know what accessories you end up purchasing - please post. This techie would love to know.

And that information, too, is priceless!
zoxobear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
Not to hijack the thread, but before you invest in an ITRIP I'd read the reviews.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/70108/wo/nA6TT1y93sEk3IISJcm1joWAlmX/2.0.0.11.1.0.6.9.19.0.1.1.1.1.0.1.0.13

so far I've gotten emails from 3 friends who invested in this "seems cool as hell" technology, and the response has been 100% of the same.

"woorthless peice of junk that does not work"

lol either the quality is horrible, doesn't work at all, or works until you start moving the vehicle. The only decent review I read from apple was a guy who velcro'd the device to his dashboard lol.

Just FYI =)
trulygrateful
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
>>Not to hijack the thread...>>

But you did, Blanche... you DID hijack this thread!

(BTW -- the link you provided doesn't work, at least it doesn't now.)

Buying consumer produces is all about an individual's expectations and having the product meet them. My iTrip works just fine and I have zero complaints about it (tho I don't have a car, but I have used it a friend's car once). I wanted to use the iPod to play my songs WIRELESSLY and I am able to do just that. Sometimes it's crystal clear, sometimes there's interference, but I'm happy about not having to load up CD's since my playlist can chage at any given moment.

It sounds as if the ONLY place you would be using iTrip would be in your car - and, believe me, it can be used for so much more. Have you, yourself, even tested one? If you've only heard from THREE people, sounds like you may want to hear from at least a few more. Three does not an effective consumer group set make.

Besides, buying an iTrip is not like buying a $500,000 condo... it's a mere $30 simple luxury. If it works, great - and if it doesn't, it's not as if you're stuck with something that depreciates faster than Tammy Faye's makeup under hot lights.

With all the people who have these devices out there, Jack, I would imagine you would borrow someone's for a little while (maybe a day or two) and try it out and see if it works for you. After all, I saw it at someone's apartment, in full operation, and was immediately wowed. Until I had seen it, I had never even entertained the idea of even getting one.

Personally, even if three people had said something negative about "X" product to me, I would not let that stop me from continuing my information seekage. After all, the final decision is mine, not theirs, and I'm the one paying for (and using) the product, not them.
zoxobear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
I'm not saying don't get it, just be aware. I like to be informed before making a conscious decision to invest in anything tech. It's just my nature, and at the same time It's my nature to inform others of what I find.

I've consistantly found overwhelming negative feedback on this device. Does it work? Well apparently great for you, and thats certainly good to hear because I personally would love one of these. Quite honestly if Jack gets it and it works for him that would certainly help counterweight my findings I have currently. ^_^

So far it's been "beware beware beware" you're the first person I've seen/heard praise the device. Thats cool though, because the entire idea behind the product is really cool, and if I personally could get it to work I'd be a happy happy camper. (my truck doesn't have a tape player *cry*) so it's either get this working or just deal with headphone splitters which Larry and I are currently using to listen to our Audio books in the vehicle.

It's functional, but omg the wires drive me crazy when they get tangled.
I appreciate the input though I'll research some more.
You're right though 30 bucks isn't bad however you look at it.
zoxobear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
They are VERY nice, Larry and I were playing with one at Best Buy night before last. I just wish they were more moderately priced, 130 seems kinda steep for me. Anything even slightly tied to IPOD's seem to be marked up 200% =(
trulygrateful
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
Find someone who has one in their home, go listen to it.

You'll see why it's priced the way it is and why it's not too bad. Yes, it means having to save up, but it IS worth it, if you don't want to play your iPod through an existing stereo system, or can't for whatever reason(s).
zoxobear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh no I heard it. Larry and I were literally playing with it at best buy, listening and all. IT was away from the stereo systems so we could actually HEAR it. The rest of that damn store is impossible to hear yourself think with all the rifraf screwing with the stereos seeing how loud they would go *rolls eyes*

Anyway, Yeh the sound quality is VERY nice we were impressed as hell. Theres no question the product is excellent, and I will ultimately buy one I know.

Just 130$ after spending 350$ on the damn thing lol looks like sooooooooooo much money =)

I'll get one when it goes =<100$
graphicubsf
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
Ipod
Yeah my Ipod is a week old, so far I only have a little over 100 songs on it...LOL.
zoxobear
Feb. 22nd, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Ipod
Yeh same here, I've got 18gigs on mine in like 6 days lol
but I had tons of mp3's to begin with, lots of audio books. (lots of space)

How you liking it so far?
graphicubsf
Feb. 22nd, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: Ipod
I'm liking it very much. The sound is cool and so is the itunes software. I really need to take a little more time with it..loading up a bunch of cd's takes a little time but well worth it. My first Ipod accessory was a headphone upgrade.
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