Tag Archive for iPod

Transferring iTunes videos to another computer

At least once a week I get asked about transferring iTunes music from one computer to another, but recently someone said to me:

“My sister bought a bunch of episodes of Gossip Girl and some other shows on iTunes. I’d like to watch them on my computer, too, but I don’t want to buy them again. How can I get them onto my computer and iPod?”

I told them they’ll be able to watch them on a computer, but they won’t be able to watch them on an iPod.

“Why not?”

“Because the iPod is linked to a specific user or account. And the music and video files are linked to a specific user or account. So once iTunes sees the account attached to the video file doesn’t match the account attached for the iPod, it will refuse to transfer the file.”

“How does it know?”

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

“There’s no easy way to explain that, but, trust me, it won’t work.”

“Well, how do I copy them to my computer?”

Find the files on your sister’s computer. Typically the videos will be in the “My Music” folder on the hard drive. In that folder there is an “iTunes” folder, then a “iTunes Media” folder, and lastly a “TV Shows” folder. Inside that folder you’ll find folders for all the shows your sister bought. You can just copy these folder onto a CD, DVD, or external drive, and then copy them onto another computer. You can copy them to the same location on your own computer. Or you can have iTunes import them.

When you try to play them, iTunes will tell you that you’re not authorized to play them on your computer. At which point you will need to enter your sister’s iTunes account information.

“And, no, you still won’t be able to play them on your iPod.”

HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309 conflicts with iPod

Hello, folks! Hope you had a great weekend. I’m getting better, too.

So last week I mentioned I had been helping a client with a HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309 printericon that was causing trouble with his iPods. The client had just replaced a printer in their home office, but now when they attached their iPods to synchronize their music they were alerted that the device was not recognized. They suspected they had done something wrong when installing the printer, so they reinstalled it, updated their iTunes software, but still no luck with their iPods.

After a little research and double-checking I had learned that there were other reported cases of an iPod not being recognized after a HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309 printericon had been added to the computer system. So I unplugged the printer, connected the iPod, and lo and behold the iPod was recognized once more.

No one wants to have to remember to unplug their printer to access their iPods. And no one wants to have to rememeber they disconnected their printer before they go to print something.

What to do?

Fortunately, the HP Photosmart C309 printericon comes equipped with WIFI (wireless capability). Furthermore, the client had a wireless router in their office as well. The HP C309 also works with a wired network connection, which I would preferred to use, but they didn’t have a spare network cable.

So I configured the HP C309 to access the wireless network using the instruction provided in the owners manual for the printer. The C309 supports WEP and encryption tools for a secure wireless link. Furthermore their router accepts MAC filtering (the unique identifier tag associated with any wireless capable device) to restrict which devices are allowed to access the network. Their PC is wired to the router, otherwise I could have set the PC to connect wirelessly to the printer without goin g through the router.

A few minutes later the printer was wirelessly online with the network, and the iPods could be relied upon to be recognized once more when attached via USB.

I know there are more people out there experiencing this problem. I hope this article helps you out. If anyone has discovered other solutions to this problem, let me know.

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Weekend Deals from Buy.com

Here are some deals from Buy.com. I’ve done quite a bit of shopping on Buy.com. I bought a bunch of HP photo printers for the family there last year, and I regularly check in for deals on DVDs, too. Here are a few deals that were brought to my attention recently. These offers are vaild until Monday, June 29.

6-26-2009 1-56-15 AMPhilips amBX Surround Sound Speaker system with Hawk PC game. This is a surround sound system which is ideal for computer gaming systems. Immerse yourself in the game. Regularly this system’s list price is $230, but Buy.com is offering it for only $80 this weekend. I wonder what iTunes would sound like on this system? Or perhaps one of my Netflix downloads?

6-26-2009 2-27-38 AMViewSonic 22″(21.5 Viewable) Widescreen LCD Monitor. This is a full high definition 1080p monitor with a high contrast 18,000 to 1 contrast ratio for crisp images. It also has a DVI connection. This monitor lists for $295, but Buy.com is offering it this weekend for $170.

6-26-2009 2-35-37 AM30 GB Apple iPod. This is an Apple factory reconditioned iPod. These iPods, generally, were purchased by people who changed their mind and returned the unit, or they found it was missing an accessory, so they exchanged it for another. These items have been repackaged for sale at the factory. New these iPods listed for $399. Normally Nuy.com sells these reconditioned units for $150, but this weekend they are offering a $50 instant rebate and free budget shipping. Your cost after rebate: $100.

Save up to $72 on iPod and iPhone Speaker Systems

MacMall - Your #1 Apple Superstore!

Here are a few standout offers I found at the Mac Mall.

alteclansingt612Save $72 on the Altec Lansing T612 Digital Speaker System for iPod and iPhone only $127.99 (was $199.99): The T612 digital speaker system is a also acts a speakerphone for calls on your iPhone. Similar devices required iPhone users to use flight mode which meant you wouldn’t be able to receive calls while docked. The T612 doesn’t require you to use flight mode, so you won’t miss any phone calls. When a call comes in, the music stops so you can hear your call. The T612 was rated the “Best of 2008” by iProng magazine, and received similar high marks from PC Magazine.

The T612 features four specially engineered speakers to smoothly reproduce music across the full audio spectrum with powerful, deep bass with it XdB bass-enhancement technology that creates deep rich bass without a subwoofer. It’s docking station will recharge your iPhone or dockable iPod.

It includes a wireless remote that keeps track forward and back, volume, and bass & treble controls at your fingertips. Plus it’s elegant, wall-mountable design will looks great in your living room or office with a wall-mounting kit that is sold separately.

Alternately, the T612 has an MP3 player jack that allows you to connect your MP3 player or CD player at the same time as your iPhone.

clockradioAlso at the MacMall you can save $55 on the iHome Bluetooth Clock Radio & Speakerphone for iPhone & iPod NOW only $124.99 (was $179.99). Like the T612, the iP47’s dock will play and charge your iPhone or iPod, or you can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, PDA or computer. The Bluetooth technology also allows you to control other Bluetooth enabled devices such as handsfree units and headsets using AVRCP and A2DP profiles.

ihome-clock-radioThe speakerphone feature, with its built-in mic allows you to answer and place calls using your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled cell phone.

The clock radio portion has a 4 speaker stereo  sound, a dual alarm allows separate wake times, and a clock that automatically sets itself. You can choose to wake to to your iPhone, iPod, Bluetooth enabled device, or its  AM/FM radio with 12 station presets. It also includes a full-function remote control with snooze.




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More Info for Connecting an iPod to a home stereo


Back on Sept. 16, 2008, I wrote an article regarding connecting your PC or iPod to a home stereo. A reader, LD, asked about the pros and cons of using a stereo y-connector with the iPod’s headphone jack, which I offered as a relatively low cost solution in my earlier post, versus connecting with a y-connector or kit with Apple’s Universal Dock. You can read his full comments and questions with the original post here.

Here’s my take on the headphone jack versus the universal dock approach:

Apple Universal Dock - Apple Store (U.S.)

Docking Port
I’ll assume the docking port in question is the
Apple Universal Dock from the Apple Store (U.S.)
($49). One advantage is it looks cleaner/neater sitting next to your stereo instead of a loose headphone cable, and it comes with a remote control. If you add a USB power adapter ($29) you could also charge the iPod, but the same holds true without the docking port. If you choose to use the universal dock, your standard 1/8″ stereo y-connector ($7.49) can be used.

Cable and Monster Cable

Belkin Y Adapter Cable - Apple Store (U.S.)

I find the headphone cable and jack suitable, and I consider myself to be something of an audiophile when it comes to stereo equipment, but care must be exercised with the volume control. The rule of thumb with stereo equipment is to always have the volume turned down before turning on any equipment. Taking care to do so has always worked fine for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Belkin and Monster Cable, but I’ll pass on them if I’m trying to hold onto my cash that day or week. Currently, I use an ordinary stereo y-connector from Radio Shack, and I have had no problems with it. I play my iPod on the stereo a few times a month, and just leave the cable in plain view.  No one else in the household has complained yet, and most of them are much neater and more organized than I.

To clarify, the standard stereo y-connector will connect to the universal dock, but get the Monster Cable if its in your budget. Their cable is of a higher gauge, and does make a audible difference if you have an ear for it.

Feedback and Amplification
It’s true that the iPod output level with just the headphone jack is affected by the iPod’s own volume control. You should always start with the volume on the stereo and iPod turned down. Then turn up the stereo volume to a level you usually find suitable — you won’t hear anything until you turn up the iPod’s volume — and then set the iPod to play and turn up it’s volume control. Resist the urge to make it “extra loud” by turning it up too high.

Though I don’t have a docking port now, it has been my experience that any device that utilizes the iPod’s connector, instead of the jack, disables the volume control of the iPod wheel. Using the iPod wheel will have no affect on volume.

Another note: Care should be taken when the stereo is on, but an iPod isn’t connected to the jack (without the dock). If your stereo gets set to that input, and if something charged or metallic comes in contact with the end of the jack — think kid’s fingertips or some stray metal object like a set of keys set to rest on the shelf — then harmful feedback could occur. My headphone jack is set well out of reach, so I’m likely to be the only offender.

Thanks for your questions and comments, LD. I’m glad I could be of help.



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Pico Projector No. 2: Optoma PK 101

Optoma PK101 Projector

Optoma PK101 Projector

Yesterday, I discussed the first of two pico-projectors to hit the market: The Dell M109S. Today I’ll discuss the second, the Optoma PK-101 PICO Pocket Projector which, coincidentally, became officially available yesterday. I’ve only been able to find it online at Amazon.com (pre-order) and eBay at this time. It sells for $399, $50 less than the Dell M109S, but don’t stop reading yet.

First off, these units aren’t meant to replace your large home video projectors. Home units, which are designed for lit room viewing, are much much brighter than these mini-projectors, but the home units aren’t exactly portable or easy to transport and setup. And you certaily won’t fit a home unit in your pocket or handbag. These mini pico-projectors are portable, and are very very easy to setup. The Optoma PK101 will fit in your pocket, and the Dell M109S will fit in a slightly larger pocket. (FYI, you may very well see a pico-projector in future cellphones and portable computers for projecting images on a wall or other light colored surface.)

Back to the PK 101 from Optoma

The PK 101 is much smaller and lighter than the Dell M109S. It’s just over half an inch thick, 2 inches wide, and 4 inches long. It weighs only 4 ounces — a third the weight of the M109S (13 ounces), but the PK101 is only a fifth as bright as the Dell unit.  The Optoma is rated at 11 lumens versus the M109S’s 50 lumens. (Current home theater units are rated at 1,000 to 2,500 lumens).

The PK101 runs on a battery, which lasts for 2 hours of usage. There is a second battery included which can be swapped when the first one dies. The Dell M109S runs on an AC adapter, and there is no battery option. The PK101 has a AC adapter, too. The lower lumens rating is probably intended to conserve the PK101’s battery life. Both units work best in a dimly lit or dark room.

The plus side for the PK101 is that it is supposed to include a cable for connecting it to your iPod, so you can project video and slideshows. The Dell M109S can also be connected to an iPod, but you’ll have to buy the connecting cable from Apple: Apple Composite AV Cable – Apple Store (U.S.). The cable costs $50.

About Connectivity

The PK101 connects to iPods and iPhones with its included bundled connection kit. It can also be connected to camcorders, DV-Cams, and Digital Cameras with their standard composite AV Outs with the PK101’s included composite cable. You can also connect it to DVD Players and other video players. The same holds true for the Dell M109S (Note: I mentioned earlier a special cable is needed from Apple to connect the M109S to a iPod or iPhone).

Dell M109S

Dell M109S

The Optoma PK101 isn’t configured for connecting to a laptop or computer. unless the computer itself as a special video output.

The Optoma PK101 is the more atractive of the two units with its sleek finish, though some have complained it is prone to showing fingerprints and smudges. The Dell M109S has a brighter and sharper image, but no battery option. For computer and video connectivity, I’d be prone to go with the M109S. If I were more interested in iPod video connectivity, I might be inclined to go with the Optoma PK101, though I could always get the Apple cable to connect to the M109S.

I think the three questions you need to ask yourself when decing on these two units are: Do I need an option to run on a battery, or will I usually have access to a power outlet? What will I connect to more: an iPod or a computer? Do I want to drop it in my pocket or carry it in a briefcase or bag?

Update (Mar. 31, 2009): Connect Optoma PK-101 to a MacBook Air

Apple Micro-DVI to Video Adapter

The Optoma PK 101 is designed to connect to devices that have composite video connections. The MacBook Air has a mini display port that can be used as follows:

  • DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
  • Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

This is according to the MacBook Air’s Technical Specifications web page.

According to a MacBook Air Developer Note from Jan. 18, 2008:

The MacBook Air ships with a micro-DVI to DVI adapter and a micro-DVI to VGA adapter. A micro-DVI to video adapter, which provides composite and S-video support, is sold separately.

The Apple Micro-DVI to Video Adapter (shown above right) is available from the Apple Store in the US and Canada for $19. Apple says, “The Micro-DVI to Video Adapter was designed specifically to fit the slim profile of MacBook Air. The adapter connects to the Micro-DVI port on your MacBook Air and provides both S-video and Composite video connectors so that you can view content from your computer on such devices as TVs, VCRs, or overhead projectors with S-Video or RCA (Composite) connectors.”




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Make someone smile with a letter from Santa

Young children around the world send letters to Santa Claus every year, but how many of them get a letter from Santa?  An actual letter, not an email. This year any or all of the children in your family could get their very own letter from Santa.  Or perhaps your entire family would like to hear from St. Nick?

Sent By Santa allows you to order and send your very own letter from Santa to any member of your family, or your entire family. Each customized letter signed by Santa and sealed in an envelope postmarked from the “North Pole” (if ordered bye Dec. 6).

Sent by Santa provides you with sample text to work with. Any and all of the message can be altered by you online. The basic letter includes the child’s name and hometown.

Each letter is $9.95 which includes the envelope, a customized letter, and shipping with no hidden extras. If you order 3 letters, you get the 4th one free. There’s also an option to get a “postcard from an elf” for $3.95.

Also on the site…

The site also has features for emailing your friends about the Sent by Santa service.

They also have two Flash animated games for older kids and adults that can be played online. One games is a memory game, and the other is a snowboard race game.  Fortunately, the memory games isn’t timed because I took way too long to finish.

Most interesting on the site is a list of gift ideas “for him” and “for her”. The suggestions include Rolex watches, iPod Nanos, Louis Vuitton bags, GPS units, Mandarin Oriental Spa gift packages, and HDTVs.

So take a look at the site and the service. And order your letter(s) by Dec. 6 to get a genuine North Pole postmark. Santa will think I’ve been good this year if you do.


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iPods for the Holidays! Free engraving and shipping.

Here are some holiday shopping links from Apple. Apple is offering free engraving on all iPods, plus free shipping. Clicking the Buy button under each product description will transfer you to the Apple web site. Apple will also be informed that you were referred by Skylarking. First up is the iPod Touch in 8, 16, and 32 GB editions respectively. The ipod Touch looks like the iPhone, and offers Internet access, email, surfing the web, watching videos and playing music.

Readers looking for other holiday shopping offers should send me a message describing the products you’re looking for.

Apple iPod touch, 8GB - MB528LL/A Apple iPod touch, 8GB – MB528LL/A

Free Shipping, Free Engraving on All iPods. iPod touch, 8GB. Five new hands-on applications. View rich HTML email with photos as well as PDF, Word, and Excel attachments. Get maps, directions, and real-time traffic information. Take notes and read stock and weather reports. Touch your music, movies, and more. The revolutionary Multi-Touch technology built into the gorgeous 3.5-inch display lets you pinch, zoom, scroll, and flick with your fingers. Internet in your pocket with the Safari web browser, see websites the way they were designed to be seen and zoom in and out with a tap. And add Web Clips to your Home screen for quick access to favorite sites.




Apple iPod touch, 16GB - MB531LL/A Apple iPod touch, 16GB – MB531LL/A

Free Shipping, Free Engraving on All iPods. iPod touch, 16GB. Five new hands-on applications. View rich HTML email with photos as well as PDF, Word, and Excel attachments. Get maps, directions, and real-time traffic information. Take notes and read stock and weather reports. Touch your music, movies, and more. The revolutionary Multi-Touch technology built into the gorgeous 3.5-inch display lets you pinch, zoom, scroll, and flick with your fingers. Internet in your pocket with the Safari web browser, see websites the way they were designed to be seen and zoom in and out with a tap. And add Web Clips to your Home screen for quick access to favorite sites.








Apple iPod touch, 32GB - MB533LL/A Apple iPod touch, 32GB – MB533LL/A

Free Shipping, Free Engraving on All iPods. iPod touch, 32GB. Five new hands-on applications. View rich HTML email with photos as well as PDF, Word, and Excel attachments. Get maps, directions, and real-time traffic information. Take notes and read stock and weather reports. Touch your music, movies, and more. The revolutionary Multi-Touch technology built into the gorgeous 3.5-inch display lets you pinch, zoom, scroll, and flick with your fingers. Internet in your pocket with the Safari web browser, see websites the way they were designed to be seen and zoom in and out with a tap. And add Web Clips to your Home screen for quick access to favorite sites.









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