dear ipod/itunes dev team

For a Christmas firmware update for the iPod, I would love to see the following:

  • stand alone Party Shuffle on the iPod itself. All relevant info is stored on the iPod datastores, so it shouldn’t be that big a deal… right?
  • fix the clicker settings so they’re saved on the 4th gen iPods. Resetting them everytime the iPod goes into deep sleep is annoying
  • keep the headphone jack enabled when connected to iTunes. I actually like using the iTunes UI to control the iPod, but still listen through the iPod itself
  • fix itunes so that it ejects the ipod on an XP system hibernate or shutdown. I’m tired of being told to run chkdsk and losing info because iTunes insists on keeping files open when they’re not actually being used, and munging them on a shutdown.

Thanks for your consideration and remember, November is the deadline.

2 thoughts on “dear ipod/itunes dev team

  1. I just got my 2000t and all of my songs are skipping in iTunes, and I cant figure out why. If someone could help me out and tell me how to fix this I would really appreciate it because its driving me crazy. Thanks for the replys.

  2. Most likely you’re using iTunes 7 for Windows, which sucks donkey-balls if there’s any kind of IO or proc load with certain chipsets.

    First things first, make sure Firefox isn’t consuming resources. Occasionally it’ll fugue and will take up 70-80% of CPU, although it sure won’t appear that way on the desktop. Kill it dead if it is.

    Secondly, go to your Control Panel and open up the Quicktime preferences applet. Go to the “Audio” tab and enable “Safe Mode”. This should fix most skipping problems, although you’ll find occasionally that under load iTunes stutters.

    If it continues to be a problem, downgrade to iTunes 6 and/or ensure that you’re running the latest and greatest audio drivers for your chipset and the latest DirectX runtime.

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