The iPod has evolved from an introductory techno gadget to a household name in just a few short years and along the way it has developed some cool features. Everyone is into the portable devices these days with clothing and even furniture makers bringing out products that are iPod friendly to hold your new toy without breaking it. Each new model that has been introduced has shown marked improvement over the last and they have also increased in the number of sizes and colors available while simultaneously offering more storage and download capacity. The intensity of the sound experience simply must be heard to be believed. Just in case you haven't been paying attention lately, here are some of the new cool things the iPod can do. The all new click wheel will allow you to control a variety of functions with one finger, the shuffle mode from the top of the wheel will allow you to randomize your music play and you can operate the play, stop, pause, forward, and rewind all from the click wheel.
If you want to transfer files to your computer from your portable device you can find hidden files by right clicking on iPod and then choosing tools, and then options. Once in the control panel, select view tab, click hidden files, then show hidden files which will then make all of your files viewable. Now you can move music to your computer that you have bought. A functional stopwatch is also included with a time zone clock utility.
The device also has an iTunes control at the lower part of the screen that allows you to fast-forward and rewind as well as pick your play list and add songs to your favorites. A function also exists to allow you to back up and restore which lets you move your entire library. If you have a Mac you can use the preinstalled text to speech program to transfer any document or webpage into an MP3. You can also perform synching functions from the menu bar which will let you synch you calendars, address book, pictures and more. If you opt for the optional dock you can use it as a remote control for your iPod and listen to your tunes all over the house through your TV or stereo.
Another really cool feature that I like a lot is the audio books availability allowing you to download books from over 9,000 titles and synch them with your computer. If you are buying the unit for a child, there are even built in parental controls so that you can put limits on what podcasts and music your child is able to access. With the all new iPod there has never been an easier way to access multiple forms of entertainment from audi books to photos.
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about iPods as well as Electronic Toys and Gadgets at http://www.electronictoysplus.com