The Apple iPod is a great learning and resource tool as well!
Using the iPod to gain knowledge quickly and effectively!
There is no doubt that the Apple iPod has become a common item
amongst today's youth as a great music player. But is the iPod
more than just a music player?
In fact, the iPod is more than a music player. It is also a
great teaching and learning tool as well. And it is guaranteed
to help you learn fast.
Besides music, the iPod also plays audio books. These are
essentially books that has been converted into a audio format
and saved as a MP3 file. From a technical angle, there is no
difference in the file format between a music or a book and you
can download and play the same audio book off your computer or
This opens you to a whole library of 'books' for your iPod.
These can include many great books found in public domains and
downloaded for free. There are also many good commercial 'books'
that you can purchase for a small price. These audio books are
great as you can play them over and over again in the car, on
the train or even on the plane. It's a good way to kill time and
gain knowledge at the same time.
The best thing about audio books is that you do not need to
read. Let the book read to you and this can be a great
enhancement for learning while driving or while sitting in a
shaky bus or train.
Have you also heard of podcasting? If you have not, these are
simply audio files published by individuals or companies
covering interest topics ranging from music, technology, current
affairs, news, politics, cars, sales and marketing, electronics,
fashion to many other interesting niche areas.
They then put up these audio files in certain podcast stations
on the internet.
Most podcast are free and you can download and treat them just
like audio books. Similarly, you can subscribe and organize
these podcast on your computer iTunes and then synchronize them
to your iPod. It's also a great way to gain knowledge while
driving or taking transport to school or work.
What is gaining fast popularity today is video podcast. Video
podcast are essentially video files that can be downloaded and
again, it covers a great genre of subject. (As a matter of fact,
I am learning about designing my own podcast by watching a video
podcast of this subject.)
However, you can only watch a video podcast on your computer or
on the latest iPod video model. All earlier models of iPod will
not be capable of playing video. With the iPod video, you can
also output the video signal to a normal TV and watch the entire
podcast on TV as well.
What's more, you can watch them, stop them, rewind them or
repeat these audio or video podcasts as often as you like. What
better way to learn?
So who says that iPods are meant for music only?