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I, Touch

I recently received a handsome influx of money as payment for some services I will be rendering, details of which I will only be discussing in the next Metalscape episode, and I have used part of it for this one purchase: My new iPod Touch.


I was already growing bored with my old ass iPod; its weary and scratched face sadly looking back at me every time I grabbed it as if it was trying to tell me something (“Kill me please”?). It’s been 4 beautiful years filled with musical enjoyment, but I feel it is now necessary to move on. I believe I will be retiring ol’ Fred with the record of longest surviving iPod in the Metalscape community, since everyone in the forums that’s had an iPod has reported a malfunction of it at some point before today. If you can prove otherwise I’d like to hear it.

I was waiting for Apple to release a 60 something GB version of the touch as I deemed 30 GBs was simply not enough. And while I probably should’ve waited a little longer until they release a 120 GB version, having the money burning a hole in your pocket to make the purchase immediately is a very hard thing to resist. So 64 GBs it was.

While my hatred for Apple and all their god damned brainless minions is very well known, I will admit that their line of iPod portable music players is a rather fine accomplishment. This here iPod Touch is friggin’ awesome. Just the gorgeous screen alone is worthy enough to deserve my praise. As I was telling Zachary earlier this week, “It’s like an oasis of pixels amidst my barren, analog life”. And then you have the wi-fi connectivity and the apps which both combined provide an incredibly vast range of content. It’s safe to say that I’m pretty happy with it.

I have of course jailbroken it already and I’m enjoying all the benefits the hack brings. I got Christina as my background in lieu of the usual black and I even designed my own icons to use on the dock (they’re smaller and less intrusive, which allow me to have more screen real estate to drool at). So yeah, I know some of you in the Horde have Touches, so if you have any app recommendations or any other tips, feel free to share.

Amazon doing variable pricing as well

Fuck me, my preferred mp3 store has followed the same route as Apple. The pricing hasn’t affected anything I’ve bought so far. But when it does… I’ll shut up and pay whatever they ask me to.

A look at Rockbox

This “Open Source Jukebox Firmware” has come a long way.

I became a fan of Rockbox a few years back when I decided to throw caution to the wind and Simple to use installer install this potentially device threatening software on my iPod.

It is a complete overhaul to your iPod interface, allowing you to play a multitude of filetypes from the deepest darkest corners of audio geekdom, as well as install a seemingly endless array of plugins. You can do anything from play Doom to convert USD to Euros.

It used to be that, to install the program, you had to do all kinds of magic in the Windows Command Prompt (Most of which I blindly copied out of the wiki with fingers crossed). But now install is through one simple utility, no muss no fuss. Although you can still do it manually, if you’re into that sorta thing.

Simple default menu Now be aware, this thing isn’t made to look pretty, the core software is pretty bland as you can see. But there are some themes for it that can make it look quit nice. Now the newest version came out just a couple days ago, so some of the better themes aren’t ported over yet, but you can see what’s currently available here.

The newest version even has a coverflow clone. I tell you, this aint your grandpa’s Rockbox. Looking at this is making me want to take the plunge again and abandon iTunes.

There’s the rub, if you aren’t into manually organizing your music collection, this probably isn’t for Coverflow? More like lulzverflow, amirite? you. It does have a database function that will organize  things for browsing on the device, but support for things like podcasts it pretty much all manual, this is what led me to move away from Rockbox in the first place.

It’s just as simple to revert back to the original firmware on your device though, and it does dualboot if you want to check it out.

So if you’ve got the balls, head on over the http://www.rockbox.org and give it a try.

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