The iPod era is over, but some doubts remain about the Apple device – Link

Apple released the iPod in 2001, and since 2007, the iPhone has lost its place as a portable music player.

When Apple cautiously acknowledged it iPod end in early May, some became nostalgic for the digitally encoded youth soundtrack. Others quickly told us that their old mp3 player still works like it did in 2004. And a lot of people were left in doubt.

How do I recover everything in my iPod memory? Is Apple still fixing these things? And, most importantly, where should we listen to music now?

Now, to this week’s questions.

I love my iPod, so what can I use if it breaks instead? I have videos (self-recorded) and millions of songs on my computer. I don’t like my iPhone, so I probably won’t use it to listen to music. I’m also not a huge fan of streaming, and I don’t want to pay for the service.

If anything, you’re not the only one who loves his iPhone. And your question touches on two very interesting topics that others have also written. Let’s talk one by one.

Rescue your old songs and videos. It is certainly possible to extract multimedia from iPods, as well as older ones. The process can be a little tricky though: no matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC, you’ll need to make sure your computer can see hidden files and browse the entire storage structure of your iPod. Once you’ve done that, you can drag and drop files to your computer, even if it’s not the same as the one you used before with your iPod.

But if you’re willing to spend a little, there’s an easier way out. I spent the weekend testing apps that said they could easily transfer files from iPods to Macs or Macs, some of which couldn’t even recognize the connected mp3 player. (I’m talking about you, AnyTrans.) But an app called iMazing worked like magic.

If you want to recover a small number of songs and videos, you may not have to pay for the service – iMazing allows you to transfer 50 files from your iPod to your computer for free. Above that amount, you will have to pay some money. The company charges a one-time fee of $ 34.99 for using the app with an Apple device, and the amount can be increased depending on how many iPods you want to extract.

Find a new music player. I know the world seems to have left behind mp3 players, but that’s not true at all. Sony still makes some Walkman portable music players, and SanDisk (a company known for making storage chips for other gadgets) also has a line of small “Clip” music players.

The downside? Unless you find a good deal on a Sony device, many of the affordable ones are worthless. And what works like rock stars – and sounds – can cost more than most people expect. This Korean brand Astell & Kern is priced at $ 749 and is the cheapest model made by it.

Here is what I would recommend. For many years, LG (a company known for TV and home appliances) has been producing phones with great sound quality when used with the right headphones. Secret? It was almost the only company to use quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) on its devices.

My friends on the Android Authority website do a great job of analyzing the information geeks. Bottom line: Some LG phones (such as any V series, or G7 or newer) are great music players. And since LG phones were almost a failure in the United States, you can find these devices on sites like eBay for almost a bargain. (That is, until the offers finally start to dwindle.) However, when you have one of these in hand, move your music to your phone and you’re done: you’ll have an iPod Touch that plays better music than the actual one. .

Another alternative is to do your best to take care of your current iPod so that it can continue to work for a long time, something that another reader might be very interested in.

I still have an iPod Classic and, unlike many other Apple products I’ve had over the years, it stopped working within a year. I would love to work it out again, as the new cars don’t have a CD player and my collection is huge. Where can I fix it? Does Apple still care about repairs even though they stopped making devices?

As you might have guessed, Apple officially sees its iPod as obsolete. In practice, this means two things: first, Apple is not trying to fix it for you. And secondly, Apple says on its website that authorized service centers can’t even order replacement parts for these products (except in some unusual situations, however).

With that in mind, I would say you have a few options. For example, you can look for help in your city that might be willing to look into your case. Most of these locations work with smartphones, tablets, and computers, but you may be lucky. Otherwise, the ubreakifix repair network offers a mail repair service and seems to fix older iPods just like you.

But if you have a little interest in things to do yourself, you can try to fix your iPhone yourself. Video tutorials have not been lacking to learn how to replace parts that may be a problem. (Some of them are fun and comprehensive.)

(But if step-by-step visual manuals are your style, it’s hard to find a better option than a collection of iFixit guides.)

With the right parts, such as a more powerful battery and an adapter that replaces old hard drives with easily accessible SD memory cards, your iPod Classic can perform much better than 2022 imagined by Apple. / TRANSLATION OF ROMINA CACIA

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