Hi Matt,

Would an aux to Bluetooth adapter work with your iPod so that you can use
your wireless earbuds?  Anker makes one with a 12-hour battery life for $33
on Amazon Prime, for example.

Anker also makes a portable USB charger battery (10,000 mWh) for $25
(Amazon Prime).

I'm not trying to push Anker, it just showed up in my Amazon search at a
good rating/price.

Pretty low tech workaround, but might breathe new life into your existing
iPod set-up for $58.  Not perfect, of course, and it keeps you in the Apple
ecosystem which you are trying to exit.

Would a second used phone (not active) similar to your current phone be
allowed on the factory floor?  I imagine this might be a hard sell because
it's a phone (active or not).  But that might also be cost-effective and
you could plug your existing SIM card into it.

~ Eric

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On Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 4:10 PM Matthew Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  Tangential to this thread, I recently started a job at a factory. They
> allow the production workers to listen to music through earbuds (in one ear
> only), but active phones are not allowed on the shop floor. This was
> frustrating to me because I have 50,000 songs stored on a 500 gigabyte
> micro-SD card in my phone. I have 2 old iPods that I can use, but I prefer
> not to use wired earphones, and the larger iPod's battery won't hold a
> charge anymore. I did some looking online for a suitable portable audio
> player with expandable storage and bluetooth connectivity so I could listen
> with my Galaxy Live Buds, but all I could find was cheap players with 16 or
> 32 GB storage and high-end audiophile players which could hold up to a
> terrabyte of music but cost an arm and a leg (the cheapest one I saw was
> $700 and they ranged upwards of $3000.   I grudgingly decided to get an
> iPod Touch (the only iteration of the iPod still made) with a 256 GB hard
> drive for $300 since it had bluetooth, even though I have no desire to buy
> into the Apple paradigm again. When I got it home and tried to set it up,
> it wouldn't recognize my Galaxy earbuds (even though the salesman at Best
> Buy said it would). After some googling, I found out that my particular
> earbuds are compatible with the iPhone and the iPad, but not the iPod touch
> (!). I briefly considered getting some Apple earbuds, but decided not to
> since I was really turned off by the interface on the iPod Touch, and I
> returned it for a refund. I looked online and found that I could have my
> old iPod's battery replaced at a Batteries Plus store near me for about
> $70. While doing research on replacing the battery myself I had found that
> it was really difficult and frustrating to do, so I took it to the
> Batteries Plus guy and will pick it up on Friday. One really interesting
> thing I found, though, is that there are people out there hacking their old
> iPods to put in larger capacity SSDs or SD cards, and even some adding
> Bluetooth capability. There are videos on YouTube if anyone is interested
> in how to do it. I may try it eventually, but for now I am using an old
> Sony phone that won't recognize a Sim card anymore. I can store up to 256
> GB of music on an added micro-SD card and use the Bluetooth, and it also
> has WiFi, so I can stream music from Spotify and other services (but since
> it is so old and not supported anymore the Nugs app is incompatible). The
> app that I use for listening is called Poweramp and I find it very simple
> and easy to use, and it will play all the files that I have imported to the
> SD card from my iTunes library. all I had to do was load the iTunes Music
> folder onto the SD card from my computer and have Poweramp scan the card. I
> retains the file structure (artists, albums, songs, genres etc.) and even
> finds album artwork from online that I have not been able to add in
> iTunes.  Eventually I may decide to pony up for the high-end player that
> would be perfect for all this stuff, can hold 1TB on SD and will play just
> about anything you can throw at it, up to and including DSD and
> 32bit/384khz: the Astell & Kern A&norma SR25 (at $699, their "entry level"
> player). These days it seems there is no firm middle ground when it comes
> to non-phone music players.
> -Matt Sohn
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>     On Monday, November 1, 2021, 11:14:03 PM EDT, Abhimonyu Deb <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  There is a software called iMazing which lets you control the data on an
> iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod just as if it was any other data storage device.
> It’s basically meant for backups but, IIRC, it’s excellent for bypassing
> iTunes and much, much more user friendly. I haven’t used it in a long time
> because I have been using iCloud instead for many years.
> Caveat: iMazing is not free but the demo should give an idea of whether or
> not it will suit your purpose.
> Best wishes,
> Abhimonyu Deb
> On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 1:24 AM, Stewart Gooderman <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> Do I sound a bit naive for suggesting a consultation with an Apple genius?
> DrG
> > On Nov 1, 2021, at 7:33 AM, John Gledhill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Apple I-pad question
> >
> > I apologize for perhaps the wrong forum however, I am hoping someone who
> knows the answer can pass me his or her number and I will call offline.
> >
> >
> >
> > About 12 year ago I digitized a few hundred cassette tapes and records
> for a gentleman after making him aware of online sources and yes he wanted
> his cassettes / records digitized.
> >
> > Kept copies of all of the original 16 bit files and generated ACC or m4v
> and loaded the files to one of those old brick ipods with a 75 Gig HD
> (audio takes 45 gig) and a sleek nano device
> >
> > I used I-tunes at the time and was dismayed by the way the ipods messed
> up (hashed, and hacked up the file names).
> >
> > Fast-forward a decade and more. Customer who is old is still alive and
> very active. He has a good sense of humour. He brought me his old ipods and
> a brand new ipad and wants the audio loaded to the ipad and eventually his
> iphone 13.
> >
> > Should be a no brainer. Except now we have cloud storage. He already has
> other music and albums on his ipad (and they don’t show up when connected
> to a pc with itunes). I guess I would have to sign in to his account?
> >
> > My son also warned me about something called “syncing” where Apple
> decides to obliterate material on your device if you load material from a
> local drive. I told him there is no way a company could do this and be
> taken seriously let along convince people to buy their product.
> >
> > Silly me. Even when I turn off automatic syncing in itunes and think
> about moving audio to the I-pad I see warning about only being able to be
> sync’d to one source. I stop at this point, as the material already on the
> ipad is not mine to erase.
> >
> > Also worrisome was a pop-up about “trusted device” and only being
> allowed 5. I have used up two for him so far.
> >
> >
> > A google search leads me to a couple of software applications that claim
> to allow me to add music to the ipad without erasing what is already there.
> >
> > I wonder.
> >
> > What computer OS would ever expect you to buy a separate programme to
> simply copy a file. What am I missing?
> >
> > Even if I succeed, will this gentleman undo everything next time he
> accesses music on-line?
> >
> > I really do not want to load 45 Gig to some cloud server so he can sync
> to that. This just seems ridiculous when the material is already on a local
> drive..
> >
> > Ques) If I did put 45G on the icloud from a PC and used this load his
> ipad then what happens when he signs onto itunes from his iphone13 on a
> cellular network. Does he unwittingly have 45G of cellular network traffic
> arriving?
> >
> > If anyone knows of a way to simply place audio files on an ipad (from a
> PC) so they will stay there, be playable, and will not erase what is
> already present then please pass me your telephone number.
> >
> > P.S. The old brick of an ipod he had with the older battery technology
> and a hard drive was recharged and still works a week later.
> >
> > The very sleek nano ipod he passed me was charged for a day and last 2 ½
> min and now won’t recharge. Improved design for who’s benefit. And no, I am
> not advocating carrying gramophones in backpacks.
> >
> > --
> > John Gledhill
> > BIT WORKS Inc.
> > 905 881 2733
> > [log in to unmask]
> >