I find the W8 interface inconvenient. Like many, I long for the start menu.
In case you’re the proud owner of a new iPod or iPhone, or have just bought a new set of “cans” (headphones) regardless of type (over the ear, in ear, buds, buckets… whatever) you might not know that you should break them in.
That is, plug them in and let them run for about 4 days, playing a variety of music (iPod shuffle mode is great for this) in order to loosen them up.
This is more important for some earpieces than others, but is generally true of most higher-end devices.
Anyone who has broken in a pair of Grado’s will know exactly what I’m saying: the difference is pretty obvious, as the sound goes from harsh to lush.
If you’re using the buds daily, it’s still pretty easy, of course: just plug them in and let the music play all night. You’ll be done in a week, and if my experience is any indicator, you’ll certainly notice the difference in the quality of the sound.
(This only works on 30-pin devices, and will not work with the new Lightning adapters.)
I thought some readers might be interested in how I got digital audio out of my iPad.
The Apple 30-pin to USB (female) adapter, sold as part of the “photo kit” I think, was a wonderful bit of hardware that would allow all kinds of things Apple didn’t intend (ie keyboards and so on.)
I have some Grado headphones, and a little NuForce uDAC that can power them.
To get this to all work together, I’ve plugged the 30-pin adapter into the iPad and a USB A Male to USB B Male cable into a >powered< hub. (Note that the iPad becomes the “computer” to the hub’s one and only B input.)
Then another similar cable goes from the one of the hub’s A sockets into the uDAC’s B socket.
The iPad complains about the setup, but it works just fine, and I’ve enjoyed many hours of quality listening with this odd configuration.
I sent this proposal off to Tim Cook a few minutes ago: