The Four Top iPod Myths – Mythbusters Breaks Them Down

Protect your music: don’t fall for these iPod myths!

You don’t think of iPod myths as a big worry, but with any successful product comes angry competitors. Apple trumped the world when it produced the most successful mp3 player available, and ever since, competitors have searched diligently for flaws in Apple’s sleek design. Of course, no product is perfect, and the iPod is no exception. Still, it’s important to know the truth before you fall for myths created to keep you from buying an iPod!

1. The iPod’s battery has almost no life to it.

The iPod’s battery isn’t the best, let’s face it. But part of the reason the battery seems to drain so fast is improper use. If you want your battery to last a long time, take care of your iPod. One of the worst offenses against an iPod battery is the accidental extended play — you know, when you accidentally hit play and the iPod cycles for eight hours without anyone listening to it?

The best way to solve this problem is to use your iPod’s hold feature, which prevents accidentally hitting play. No battery is perfect, and this is one of the more persuasive iPod myths, but it’s grossly exaggerated, and you can easily combat it.

2. The iPod is identical to any other mp3 player.

These iPod myths argue that just as people say “Kleenex” even if they don’t mean actual Kleenex brand tissue, people say iPod even if they’re referring to a generic mp3 player.

If you believe this myth, try buying a teenager who asked for an iPod an off-brand knock-off and see how well it goes over. The iPod is a well known and well respected brand with many features not available on other mp3 players. Don’t let this one fool you!

3. People who buy iPods buy them to illegally download music.

Well, some might, just as some people who buy blank CDs have the same intentions. But with the iTunes music store, where you can purchase almost any song for $0.99 easily and without the risk of a virus, an iPod seems likely to discourage illegal downloads rather than encourage them.

4. The iPod is Apple’s attempt to control the world’s music market.

Of all the iPod myths, this is my favorite. If you compare Apple’s iPod to Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio, it becomes very clear who’s trying to control what. The iPod plays a variety of file formats, from mp3 to WAV. In fact, the only format they don’t support is Windows Media Audio. WMA, on the other hand, supports less than half of the formats the iPod does. Nor are you under any obligation to buy music from iTunes just because you own an iPod: since it supports so many file types, you can use almost any type of music.

You aren’t under any obligation to prefer an iPod over any other type of mp3 player, but don’t let these iPod myths take you in!