October 28, 2005

Video iPod & the Future

Desperate Housewives

I was all a-lust when Jenny showed off her new Video iPod in Monterey! Mine was waiting when I got back! Hooray!


So far:
It sounds GREAT! (Better than previous generations..I tested)
It looks GREAT! (oh yeah..the screen is incredibly clear...)

I purchased the Desperate Housewives pilot, a few music videos and moved some iMovies over to it...

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October 22, 2005

That Vidcasting is so HOT right now!

Apple really has caused a stir: vidcasting is all over my aggregator!



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October 19, 2005

Why your iPod will be out of date in a year


Nice article with some thought provoking points.

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September 22, 2005

More iPod & DRM (via Michael Casey)

Michael Casey, who has the coolest programs at his library for young people, comments here at TTW:

This quote is from the Accessibility Trial of the Downloadable Digital Audio Book Service from netLibrary and Recorded Books. (I tried to enter a link but it was refused when I tried posting)

"The fact that netLibrary's digital audio books are in the protected WMA file format, coupled with the fact that Apple iPods and most accessible devices (for example, the Book Port and the Book Courier) will not play the WMA file format, is unfortunate. One can only hope that soon both Apple and the manufacturers of accessible playback devices realize that supporting the playback of WMA content is in everyone's best interest."

Here's the link: http://www.tapinformation.com/netLibraryfinalreport.htm

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iPod Nano Review (Tag this post "lust" too)

Maire turned me on to this extensive review of the Nano.


The images of the scratched surface of the black Nano they tested are awful! I need a Nano case!

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September 21, 2005

Attention: Audio Book Download Companies (Updated)


Forbes reports: "Due its strong product portfolio, market-share leadership, and the stickiness of iTunes, we believe Apple will continue to dominate this product category," the bank said, forecasting 31 million iPod units in calendar 2005 and 43 million units in calendar 2006, notes the report. "The firm also believes Apple will continue to drive share gains in the PC market due to the combination of a renewed enthusiasm for Apple's brand, cutting-edge computer designs, and the superior user experience of Apple's OS."

I'm all about Apple and the folks who are selling content to libraries getting together to make this work! Why oh why can I not get content to my iPod from my home library?

Chad writes most eloquently about DRM & Firefly.

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September 09, 2005

Hogwarts, Harry, iPods and DRM


So Harry Potter is available exclusively at iTunes. That means you need an iPod to play the files! What a DRM mess we live in...

Anyway, to try to put a spin on this, one cool thing a library could do Is buy a Harry Potter iPod or 2 and circulate them with all the books loaded! Just like the shuffles circulating at South Huntington PL, this might make some Potter fans very happy: access to a Hogwarts engraved iPod and hours of magical audio!


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July 21, 2005

Abram on iPod

I am thoroughly enjoying Stephen Abram's blog. Don't miss it.

Today, he posts about iPods in Libraries.

How powerful can digital tools such as an iPod be? The Duke University report has some cool answers...

Stephen writes: But what I enjoyed was seeing the uses by music students to play recordings over and over to learn; to record their own work; and to share music in context of discussion. I liked the stories about language students repeating lectures to get all the nuances of the language, to get pronunciations right and to study. There are many stories like this about the power of these MP3 players in an academic context. There are even quite a few library uses! It's a fairly concise report and worth the read.

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July 08, 2005

Article: iPod to the Rescue: Can Digital Audio Save Publishing?


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June 02, 2005

iPods in Museums

Via an email from Jessamyn while I am unplugged and waiting for the internet install at the cottage:


Could folks record audio tours of libraries? I think so!

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May 18, 2005

Future of Digital Music

This is going on my "Driving to the Lake" audio list!

The Future of Music
The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution (Unabridged)

Amazon Link

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April 29, 2005

Libraries and DRM


Thanks Bibliotheke! Please click through and read the article, which includes this:

The Fairfax County Public Library system is a large library system in Northern Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. Leaders of the Fairfax Public Libraries think it's a good idea to distribute downloadable audio books to the public in Windows Media format. These digital rights managed (DRM) files will not play on Macintosh computers, GNU/Linux computers or iPods. Taxpayer funds are being used to purchase these audio books.

Listen to the song! "I much prefer MP3.." :-)

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April 15, 2005

The iPod Experiments


The new issue of LJ Net Connect is out! What started as a blog post here on Tame the Web as Libraries Doing Cool Things with iPods is now "The iPod Experiments."

This says a lot to me about the crossover between LIS blogging and reporting here in library land. In fact, the genesis was the original post at engadget about South Huntington's iPod Shuffles!

Thanks to Joe and Ken at South Huntington PL for talking to me about their ground-breaking sevice! Thanks to Brian Kenney at LJ for being so cool about my fascination with iPods in Libraries. Keep watching folks, I think more and more libraries will find cool ways to integrate iPods into their services. You may be amazed!

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April 14, 2005

WOW: iPod Stats & Article! Via Chris (Updated)

An e-mail this am from Chris Kupec:

"I'm going to an OverDrive demo today. I'll ask the rep what she thinks of

iPodlounge: Apple takes lead in flash market, continues domination

During its second quarter conference call with press and analysts, Apple
revealed that the iPod shuffle was the No. 1 selling flash-based MP3 player
worldwide in February with 43 percent market share. The iPod shuffle is
expected to be the top-selling flash player in the coming months, but NPD
Techworld (which calculates the sales numbers) has not yet released reports
for March.

Apple’s iTunes Music Store remains the clear leader in online music sales
with a share of 70-75 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The company
said over 350 million songs have now been purchased and downloaded from

In addition, Apple’s share of the worldwide hard drive-based MP3 player
market stands at over 90 percent. With Apple’s quick takeover of the flash
market, the company now accounts for more than 70 percent of all MP3 players

Apple also said that Hewlett Packard’s share of the iPod market dropped
last quarter to only 3 percent of iPod sales.


UPDATE: Chris also sent this article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49774-2005Apr13.html?referrer=emailarticle concerning some of those libraries that have realized their download services DO NOT WORK ON IPODS!

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April 13, 2005

Chris Kupec Writes to Audible: We want to support iPods at our PL


Chris is doing some cool stuff with iTunes at his library. This post includes a letter to Audible. His points:

The details need to be addressed carefully, but it boils down to this:

1. We want to offer digital audiobooks to our patrons.
2. We do not want to circulate any devices. The patrons must provide their own.
3. We want the patrons to come into the library, and have the staff load patron devices.
4. We want the library to own the files locally, on a local storage device, e.g., when our Internet service is slow, we do not want to hinder the patron from checking out an audiobook.
5. We want to support iPods. WMA-based services can't offer this. Audible offers the greatest range of supported hardware and has the advantage over any other service in this regard.
6. We want to be able to circulate multiple copies easily and affordably.

The thread I see here is that this library really wants to be user-centered, including those users that own iPods... And, hmmm, didn't the new Business 2.0 (which I read cover to cover) report that Apple is selling iPods at a "rate of about 40 per minute." Chris - keep us informed when you hear back from Audible!

"What's Next for Apple?"
Business 2.0
By Paul Sloan, Paul Kaihla
March 23, 2005

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MP3 Player Report


U.S. shipments of MP3 players will grow 35% to 18.2 million in 2005 and maintain a compound annual growth rate of over 10% through 2010, reaching an installed base of 56.1 million by then, up from 16.2 million in 2004. MP3 players will reach critical mass this year, fueling demand for digital music services and stores.

And fueling demand by library users for digital content for their players! The MacMerc tidbit concludes with this:

Mostly due to the iPod's success, JupiterResearch has raised its near-term forecast, but projects that flash-based player shipments will surpass those of hard-drive models in 2007.

More, bigger shuffles? Huge capacity cards? Hmmm...

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April 01, 2005

The Open Source iPod


Imagine recording studio-quality audio using your iPod and a regular-old microphone. Or sitting on the commuter train, playing Othello, Pong, Tetris or Asteroids. All this and more is possible when you install Linux on your 3rd generation or earlier iPod. Best of all, one soft-reset and you’re back in Apple’s iPod operating system, listening to your tunes.

There are probably a lot of older iPods out there and with prices falling for new models, here's a great use for them. Linux on the iPod!

he installation process is very straightforward. Plug your iPod in and make sure it’s mounted on your desktop. If you can’t see yours, open iTunes and select iTunes: Preferences: iPod. Select the Enable Disk Use option and click OK. Now you can run the installer. Once the installation is complete, unmount your iPod by ejecting it through iTunes or by dragging its icon to the Trash. Disconnect it and reboot your iPod by holding down the Menu and Play buttons. Once you see the Apple logo, press and hold the Back button. The smiling face of Tux (the emblematic penguin and Linux mascot) should greet you, followed by a rapid series of scrolling text. In a few seconds, the new interface should appear. Known as podzilla, this looks very much like the iPod’s familiar interface, but includes new options.

Podzilla. Nice.

What can you do with an iPod running Linix?

Record Audio: On the move podcasts anyone? Conference reports? Library user interviews?

View Images: Wowza..not snazzy full color like iPod Photo but useful.

Play Games: More, better games...

You can switch between Linux and the Apple iPOd OS easily as well. The iPod Linux project is open source, which means new features are always in the pipe and anyone with sufficient programming background can help. For details, go to www.ipodlinux.org. The developers also maintain a blog (www.ipodlinux.org/blog) with news and updates.

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March 31, 2005

iPod Camera Connector

IPod Photo Camera Connector

Here's a Flickr Set

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March 25, 2005

Hey! Libraries circulating Shuffles!

Apple is selling these now:

iPod Shuffle Case from Apple


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March 24, 2005

Podcast + Shuffle = HOT HOT HOT

That shufflecasting is hot right now friends...

I am chatting for a minute with Chris (who sent this) and he just told me the coolest thing:

Chris: "We want to offer audiobooks on iPod to the public, but along with them we would attach the library's monthly podcast of library happenings, book reviews, music, movies, etc."

Me: "Chris, that's HOT HOT HOT!"

Chris: "Yeah."

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TTW Mailbox: Chelmsford Public Library Uses iTunes!

Hi Michael,

We've been using iTunes here in the Chelmsford Public Library for over two years, since version 3 of iTunes. We run two iMac kiosks in the main library, one near the CD's and one for the Young Adult area and then a standalone eMac in our branch library. The main library kiosks tap into an MP3 server in my office. I purchase the CD's and rip everything I buy to MP3. Since there's actually only one MP3 around, I think I'm within our legal rights. I'm probably going to expand the iTunes idea to the PC's in the YA section soon, now that I've got a VBScript to search our iPac.

Anyway, here's a link to my weblog with some more info about what we do. http://homepage.mac.com/ckupec/iblog

I just started it a week or so ago, so it's meager, but you might get a kick out of the iTunes scripts for download. I'm glad to see you're a fellow mac user. We're few and far between in public libraries.

I'll write some stuff soon on my blog about what else I do with the Mac at our library, so check in now and then.

Christopher Kupec
Assistant Director

Chelmsford Public Library
25 Boston Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824


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March 23, 2005

Question posed to Indiana Librarians today

A user walks into your library with a 40GB iPod intent on downloading all the PDFs needed for a research reprt, can he or she do that in your library?

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March 12, 2005

March 09, 2005

iPods in the Library!

iPod Photo: Panel

Are you doing something with iPods in your library? E-mail please at mstephens7 (at) mac.com!

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March 04, 2005

iPods for Students

The world is spinning very quickly! There has been so much iPod news of late!


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March 03, 2005

iPods in Libraries on NPR

Wildfire! I tell you! Wildfire!


(Audio after 6pm)

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WIRED: iPods in Libraries



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February 24, 2005

iPod as Listening Station

From a reader Down Under:

Hi Michael,

Yesterday I was thinking about using iPods in our public library, and some web and blog searching today uncovered your comments at your blog. I said almost exactly the same thing to a colleague yesterday - iPods are the coolest device around at the moment (in terms of public perception), so how cool would it be for the library to be seen using them?

Anyway, my idea was this:

The library buys an iPod mini - or several

The library purchases music online and uploads to iPod. New music (top 10 etc) can be purchased daily/weekly and uploaded.

We buy/build a secure casing that can attached to a desk, wall, computer carrel etc, where we can lock the iPod into - quick and easy listening station - much like a demo kiosk you may see in shops selling iPods

Yes it defeats the portability of the iPod, but it provides a cheap, flexible, 'cool' way of providing several listening stations in the library. I'll continue to investigate it, and look forward to seeing more info about public libraries using iPods!


Warren Cheetham
Information Services Librarian
Thuringowa Library Services

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February 23, 2005

Libraries Doing Cool Things with iPods:

Michael's iPodIf that's all there is...Poet in My HeartDeliver Me

I've been thinking a lot about what libraries might do with iPods and I've actually written about it here before. I'm glad to see Pew report on MP3 at http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/p/1047/pipcomments.asp that Karen pointed to. I've lamented that some of the big names in recorded e-content don't recognize the iPod as well. But finally come two synchronous "iPods in Libraries" happenings. First, from Jeff Steely at Baylor comes this short article about what the library there is doing with iPods, emailed a few days ago:

Audio Reserves To Go Program Launched

This spring, the Crouch Fine Arts Library and the Electronic Library launched an exciting new feature called Audio Reserves To Go. For many years, students could listen to their music assignments only in the fine arts library. This past year, the library made these listening assignments available to students online. The entire semester's listening assignments for all music courses are loaded onto the iPods, and students can easily listen to them with headphones. Students involved in the Audio Reserves To Go pilot program in December said that the ability to check out iPods with the listening assignments on them has totally changed how they go about studying the music. With the iPods, students can listen while walking between classes or at other times when being in the library or logged on to a computer would not be possible. The program currently offers 12 iPods for students to check out. The Audio Reserves To Go program was made possible by funds from the Library Fellows, an organization of dedicated Baylor friends who generously support the libraries. (ShaTowers, Crouch Fine Arts Library, Baylor University)"

How cool is that?

Heres' a bit more of the techie details from Tim Logan at the library (via Jeff):

This coming semester, we’re using iPods to carry the project further. Every iPod (40GB 4GL models) has ALL of the audio reserves for ALL of the music classes for the entire semester.  Our management system (more on that below) creates Notes files for the iPod, listing the names of audio tracks with clickable links to the appropriate audio track on the iPod.  The Notes files are created and named based on the name of the class; MUS 4330, for example.  That file contains the listing of the listening assignments for that class.  Some class listings are split over multiple files due to the iPod 4k limit on Notes files, but the management system automatically includes a and link at the bottom of each Notes file as needed.  We put the iPods into Notes-only mode, so the student sees just the listing of the classes available on the iPod. Opening the appropriate file takes you to the list of assignments, and clicking on the link for an assignment plays the associated file.

One other note: when ripping CDs new to the system, we use a ripping station running iTunes.  Most of the CDs are properly discovered in CDDB, saving us data entry time.  When the CD is ripped, the new tracks are put into a specific playlist, and then an AppleScript is run to convert the MP3 files in the playlist to hinted MOV files and move them onto the QuickTime Streaming Server.

WOWZA! This sends me.... As does this, which Mr. Aaron Schmidt IMed to me this morning... I fell off my chair:"...news about a public library in South Huntington, Long Island loaning out iPod shuffles loaded with books on tape. This innovative use of new technology brings a smile to our faces. (Source: http://apple.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000913032907/

Here's another link: http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000953032902/

Well, that prompted me to pick up the phone and call South Huntington Library and chat with Assistant Director Joseph Latini about the program. This is one of the first times I think I've done an "interview" for TTW.

Joe and I missed each other a few times, playing phone tag with voicemail. But finally we got a chance to chat. He informed me that the library purchased 6 1GB iPod Shuffles. They circulate in a camera-style case with a car adaptor, a small "how-to" sheet created by the library, a Tunecast FM transmitter, a charger and a mini stereo connector. The Shuffles circulate for 21 days with a $1 a day fine per day overdue. What suprised me most of all was that the library has created an account with the iTunes Music Store and they buy albums and burn them to CD, print the artwork and circulate them! ROCK ON! So now they will purchase audiobooks via iTunes as well for the shuffles. "It's cheaper anyway." Joe said.

As to theft, Joe said that the library uses video cameras in all areas but has let go of casing everything in the AV area. The same goes for the Shuffles. If it doesn't come back, it's $150 to replace it. I like that idea. Simple. Like iPod.

How did this come about, I asked. "Our director, " Joe said "is very cutting edge." Nice.

I also had the pleasure of telling Joe that the news was moving across the blogosphere, finding its way to Dave's Blog this noontime. "This will be big, " I said.

If your library is doing similar things with iPods -- why don't you comment here and tell me about it! I am so intrigued by this and wish the South Huntington Library all the best with their iPod project.


With that, here are a few ponderances and implications for iPods in Libraries...

* An art library could circulate iPod Photos with the art collection digitized for all those Art History class folks take. With the included cable, the artworks could be reviewed on practically any television.

* A library could take the iPod Photo uses farther and circulate players with presentations/slide shows on them about the library and its services. Think of the possibilities if the iPod evetually serves out video as well.

* I still think SOMEHOW a library could work out circulating music on iPods to users for pleasure listening or sampling the collection. It might take a boat load of money but couldn't a library buy a few iPods and get an iTunes Music Store Account and download maybe 100 songs to each (to start with). If one of your library goals is to offer chances to utilize new technologies this is perfect! (But the $$$$ are flashing in front of me) (This was written before Joe informed me his library is buying songs from iTunes.)


*Apple could offer libraries a deal on iTunes music and audiobooks. That would be sweet and good PR for all. (Ok, am I dreaming?)

*Why iPod you ask when other players are cheaper and maybe more friendly with Windows? The iPod has gained almost sacred ground in pop culture. Those white headphones say a lot as you saunter down the street -- be it Dallas, Seattle, London or Chicago. It is the must have of the MP3 players. How cool is it then for a library to position itself to introduce/allow access to one of the hippest NOW devices around? (South Huntington..you rock!)

* Could libraries give users a chance to load their own iPod via iTunes in the library computing center? Talk about user-centered! Here's an iPod Shuffle and a library of 100 songs... fill it up!

* Finally: a rant: Vendors of digital content: if you do not support the iPod - GET OUT OF TOWN! What is up with that when the iPod has some of the highest numbers around? I know. I know. DRM blah Blah blah... somehow this needs to work. Will it be you, vendors, or will it be Apple? Maybe we can all meet in the middle. And AUDIBLE rules in my book.

Please ponder, checkout what SHPL is doing and comment here with thoughts about iPods in libraries.

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