The Apple iPod For Windows Begins A New Legacy

iPod From The Outside, Continued

There is not a lot to see on the bottom of the iPod. The polished metal on the bottom of the unit is suitable for engraving, and if you purchase your iPod direct from the Apple store, for an additional charge you can have your iPod laser-engraved with up to two lines of text, with 27 characters per line. An engraved iPod is the perfect personalized gift for the computer person in your life. The only things on the back of the iPod are the serial number and various regulatory logos. During prolonged disk access, while downloading 2 GB of MP3 files to the iPod for example, the bottom of the unit will get a little warm to the touch, which is not really noticeable during typical use of the iPod.

A look at the back of the iPod.

On the top of the Apple iPod is the 1394 Firewire port, headphone jack and the hold button. The 1394 Firewire port is of the standard six pin type, and the iPod is able to be charged when connected to a standard six pin Firewire connector. If you are using the standard, smaller four pin Firewire connector, Apple was nice enough to include an adapter, which allows you to connect the iPod to a four pin Firewire port, but be aware that because the four pin port does not supply power, it will not recharge the unit.

Apple does also include an adapter, which allows you to plug the standard six pin firewire cable into this AC brick to charge the unit from a standard wall outlet. Apple also offers a traveler kit to connect the iPod to power receptacles in other countries. This kit, which Apple calls the "World Travel Adapter Kit," is additional and not included with the iPod, but it is available, and that is what matters most. While we are on the subject of the Firewire port, it should be noted that Apple includes a six pin Firewire cable that is 70 inches in length. We also noticed that the iPod doesn't include a dust cover for the Firewire port. While the 10 GB and 20 GB models do include this cover, the 5 GB models do not. This was puzzling and we think this feature should be included on all models.

The headphone jack is the standard type that you find on devices such as this. The headphone jack is not able to be reconfigured for digital output as you will sometimes find in other devices. (More on the headphones/ ear buds in a moment.) The hold switch is a sliding switch that allows you to hold the unit in its current mode; when slid into the hold position, the unit ignores all input from any of the unit's other buttons that are pressed.

A look at top of the Apple iPod. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that Apple chose not to include a cover over the 1394 Firewire port in the 5 GB models, while it does offer this for the 10 GB and 20 GB models. We are not sure if this was just an oversight by Apple, or something that is only included in the newer models. Still, without the port cover, you are going to want to be careful to keep this area free of dirt and debris.
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