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    iCloud

    Okay, so I've been spending a lot of time with my new iPod touch.

    I went ahead and signed up for the $25 annual iCloud service which finds and matches previous purchases from iTunes. In addition to that it finds existing songs in your library (say, songs you have ripped from your CD's) and adds them to the cloud.

    If you have a song ripped from a CD in 128 bit, iTunes will find the match in the iTunes library and add it to your cloud account. Later, if you want to add that song to another device...say your iPod, you can download the 256 bit version and add it to your device!

    If you have a song that is not in the iTunes library, they will upload it to the cloud and store it as is (i.e. if it was in 128 bit it will be copied at 128 bit).

    Also you can set up an iCloud email account and associate it with your iTunes account, access the account with your iPod, PC, iPhone, etc. The iCloud account is much more than email, you can sync your contacts, calendar, etc. from multiple devices. and access them from anywhere.

    The other amazing feature is the way you can sync your contacts with facebook. For example, I ran the sync between my contacts and facebook and automatically uploaded profile images from facebook to my contacts!

    I ran the iMatch for iCloud on my desktop as well as my laptop and sync'd all my songs and apps. I can download them to each computer or directly to my iPod.

    In short iCloud and iOS 5 are amazing! I'm just hitting the tip of the iceberg! I love it, if this keeps up I will need to buy an iPhone!
    May the force be with you.

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    How is the battery life running ios5? I haven't updated my ipod touch 4 to it yet after hearing of battery life issues with the new OS. I guess you wouldn't have a frame of reference in the matter though, not having a previous ipod touch, but I'm still curious.

    As for the cloud, do you spend enough time away from home but connected that it'll make sense? I don't take my ipod ANYWHERE so for me it was totally pointless.
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    I have a G1 iPod touch (which now belongs to my son) and my wife has a G2 iPod touch (soon to have a G4 so our daughter can have an iPod touch).

    Yeah, the battery seems to drain pretty quick using all the wi-fi stuff, facebook, twitter, safari, iCloud, FaceTime, etc. I never used wi-fi on my old iPod touch. I will have to ask the wife about her G2, she used wi-fi more than I, though I have far exceeded her with my G4 iPod.

    In terms of normal use, I will let you know shortly.

    I seldom use the wi-fi away from home, but I run iTunes on multiple PC's and like having access. It's just nice to know it's there. Also the fact that I can upload my non-iTunes stuff is nice. It pretty much negates the need for backing up my iTunes library to an external drive.

    I will post more later.
    May the force be with you.

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    Weird, I wonder why I thought you hadn't had a previous ipod touch.

    Anyway, good to know. I haven't been thrilled with the ipod touch 4's battery life in general (it keeps a persistent wifi connection going which drains it off in a few days of just sleep mode) but I've heard putting ios5 on it makes it significantly worse, so I've been gun-shy about updating the software.

    I didn't realize anybody liked itunes that much, that's pretty wild. PC or mac? I can barely run it on my PC, it's a bit unstable and a big resource hog.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    uCloud?

    Might I ask why uCloud?

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    I paid the $25 for the iMatch/iCloud service and in spite of being able to upgrade a lot of your music tracks to higher bitrates, I've run into quite a few issues that shouldn't even be issues...

    iMatch often won't match the album artwork. I've also had the play counts on some tracks revert to zero, interestingly enough it was mostly tracks I got from Amazon's mp3 store.

    It has also done strange things to some of my playlists...For instance my "top 100 played tracks" is easy enough to set up but itunes matching transformed it into a massive playlist with over 100 tracks and the inclusion has nothing to do with play counts and I'm not sure how to fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figrin bran View Post
    iMatch often won't match the album artwork. I've also had the play counts on some tracks revert to zero, interestingly enough it was mostly tracks I got from Amazon's mp3 store.
    itunes also has huge problems with album artwork, something to do with Apple's method of licensing not matching tracks you have on CD, so not only will artwork not appear if the corresponding song isn't in the itunes store, but if the album IS there and they licensed a different version then it'll treat it as not there.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    iTunes has issues with different versions of album artwork (for instance, it loves to attach art for a deluxe edition, complete with "Deluxe Edition" prominently printed on it, to tracks from a standard edition CD), and occasionally likes to mix up album art once it's there. (There's nothing quite like seeing a 1970s Elvis album cover attached to GNR's "Welcome to the Jungle.")
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    I'm a PC guy. In terms of usage, I am running a fairly new PC I built last year, I have a lot of resources at my disposal. Though I've never had any problems before with iTunes.

    The cover art thing is a bit annoying. I bought Tune Up for my iTunes, and my wife has spent a lot of time building up the cover art for our library, music and videos.

    iTunes is my primary player.

    In terms of the iPod touch and the wi-fi, try.....settings > wi-fi > off.....that should take care of your problem. I'm not sure if that is how it is set up on your iOS, but iOS 5 allows you to shut it down.

    The thing about an iPod touch is that you really have to customize usage, screen brightness, wi-fi, autolock timer, etc. can have a significant impact on battery life.

    On a side note, I have owned several iPods and the scratches REALLY annoy me, so this time around I bought the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD full body coverage for front and back protection. It seems to do a great job, but unlike other basic screen protectors I've used before, the ZAGG has a distinctly "rubbery" feel to it. It's a bit weird and takes some getting used to, but the protection and significant reduction in messy finger prints is well worth the $25! Also I have not had any performance issues with the touch screen as a result of the screen protector.

    What brand do you all go with for screen protectors, if any, or do you use fully body covers?
    May the force be with you.

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