If you are like me, the one-size-fits-all earphones that come bundled with new iPods are more like don’t-fit-at-all.
Previously I carried a Palm TX (a TH from Sony before that…) which I enjoyed using to listen to Audio books. I would load up the memory cards so I could play while flying or during slow parts of the day. At the time, it was almost exclusively Audible.com providing the content.
Audio Books should be thought of as the reading of text. Many people enjoy listening to a book rather than hauling the paper version around. Audio versions of books do lock in a amount of time to get through a book compared to print which you can skim when looking for particular parts of interest. Screens on the Palms and iPhone / Touch make it less than optimal for reading digital print versions of books so Audio just naturally fit the device’s strengths.
Depending on the provider, the audio files can be in just about any file format, the most popular being MP3. The iTunes store usually distributes MP4 since they know you will be listening on some sort of iPod device.
Currently, you have several options,
You bought a few apps for your iPhone / Touch from the iTunes AppStore. You installed them are now using those applications as the developer had intended you to.
But… what if the application developer decides that there is a feature they want to add or there is an issue that they have fixed. How do you know? How do you get a update to the one your using?
Developers are currently updating their apps and provide those at no additional charge. Some time off in the future, they will surely want to release a very different version that they will want to charge for – that day is not here yet and will carry some confusion about versions. We will cover that when it happens.
You will find in every app review and How To guide will first explain if the app is a stand alone or sharing application.
You should think through what you would like your iPhone to be to you prior to making application purchases. When we say ‘stand alone’ or ‘sharing’ we are talking about the data you input into the aftermarket application you spent your money on.
Will you need to share information with others at work, in your household, in meetings? If you are creating or editing a document (text file, database, spreadsheet, calendar, ToDos, etc…) is it helpful to be able to share that item with others for their use and review.