Why the iPod Touch is more than just a Music Player

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My iPod Touch is only a little more than just a month old today but I still keep discovering new things I can do with it. Honestly, I use it to listen to music only a quarter of the time.

There are a gazillion other things you can use it for. Between Bede and I, here’s our most frequently used list:

  1. Watch videos – You can use a tool called HandBrake to convert your videos to make it iPod ready.
  2. Check your email – check your Yahoo! or Gmail email. If you use Exchange Server at work, you can also configure the Touch to grab your work email.
  3. Chat with your peeps on YM – download the YM app from iTunes
  4. Surf the web – my golly! a lot of sites have been “mobile-d”. My faves include m.nzherald.com, facebook, even inquirer.net (but their formatting on the iPod sucks)
  5. Play Games – Bede uses it for Mafia Wars for iPhone (addict!), I like the egg balancing game, they also have Assassin’s Creed!
  6. Read Ebooks – I use Stanza from iTunes, it’s freeee!
  7. Check the weather – weather in multiple locations
  8. Check your stocks – enjoyable only if everything is going up!
  9. Alarm clock
  10. Ohh.. and it can play music (and audio books) too! 🙂
  11. Run with it – my Nike + sensor and pouch will arrive on Monday so I can’t wait to try that. 🙂 The iPod Touch second gen comes pre-built with a “receiver” for the Nike + sensor.

Up until recently, my iTunes account was limited to the Philippines, which unfortunately only features Apps. Kinda frustrating because Filipinos don’t have access to a lot of the good stuff.

Well I finally got in iTunes USA and oh my golly all the good stuff, here’s some of them:

  1. Podcasts – especially the video ones are just great and of course, FREE. Currently subscribed to: NBC Nightly News, HBO’s CTRL, Happy Tree Friends, among others.
  2. Movies – almost all movies come with a price tagg (only about $2.99), but there are some freebies like movie trailers. Downloaded Ponyo and Alice in Wonderland.
  3. I must highlight the last one because it’s just SO amazing, I can’t believe I almost forgot about it.

    iTunes U

  4. iTunes University – courses from MIT, Stanford, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia!!!! While I was in ISU, I attended a podcasting seminar conducted by Apple, and even back then it was just so cool! I just downloaded one entire semester Comparative Media Studies from MIT, it’s kinda old school though (literally) because it was from Fall of 2001. Haha. I love eeeet!
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Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga vs True Blood

Jamie lent me her Twilight series to read and I just finished the third book New Moon. It was kind of a difficult read for me, going through the tweeny romantic stuff between Bella and Edward and Jacob. I must admit though it’s a bit entertaining and I’m looking forward to reading the 4th book.

Related to that, isn’t it funny how similar the HBO series, True Blood (our new TV fave) is to the Twilight story?

  1. Twilight’s main female character Bella – True Blood lead male role is Belle
  2. The female lead is human with strange mind powers. Bella can’t be mind read or tortured, Suki can read minds
  3. Mind reading! Suki and Edward
  4. Werewolves! Jacob Black and I think it’s Suki’s boss. He acts wolfy. Hehhe..
  5. A vampire trying to be good.

OK, maybe there’s not a whole lot of difference coz I still like True Blood better. 🙂 But hey, I encourage you to get a copy of the Twilight saga, and watch True Blood and see for yourself! 🙂 Mwah!