Versihold Media Stand A Great Stocking Stuffer for $10

If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer for your techie buddies this year, head over to Versihold and snag their personal media stand for $10. Also, while supplies last, they’re including a second tripod (not a 2nd Versihold clamp, but the tripod base) for FREE.

These Versihold stands are ‘versatile’ (see what I did there) and can be used on any standard tripod stands. I have one on mini GorillaPod and it lets me put my iPhone just about anywhere I want. The tripod(s) it comes with is just fine on it’s own, but use your own to make it a whole other tool.


Choosing the right iPod for you

With Christmas coming and Apple hitting marketing hard, choosing an iPod that’s right for you or for your loved one can be a difficult task. I for one am a fan of the iPod Nano, its exceptional simplicity and sleekness and its new Genius features, creating a playlist of my most favorite songs.

But if you’re looking to make a first-time iPod purchase or pick one up for a friend or loved one. Here are some questions to ask:

1. How many songs do you have in your playlist?

-If you’re new to iTunes or have a limited amount of songs, try the iPod Nano. Its got a great selection of colors for those of you who want to make a fashion statement. Also, the accelerometer allows you to shuffle your music with a shake. The iPod Nano is available in 8GB and 16GB; 2,000 and 4,000 songs respectively.

-If you’re wanting to carry your library wherever you go, there is no comparison to the iPod Classic. With 120GB of storage, it can hold up to 30,000 songs. Great for long trips or if you don’t have access often to your iTunes library, having everything you could want and need on your iPod can be extremely helpful. $249 can be a little spendy, but a good investment.

2. Where and how often are you going to listen to your music?

-Do you only listen to music when working out? if so, then the iPod shuffle is for you. Clip the player to your sleeve and load the 1GB shuffle, with a 500 song capacity, easily with iTunes. You can run on the treadmill or in your neighborhood and hear your favorite songs. Makes a great Christmas gift for a cost of only $49.

3. Are you going to JUST listen to music, or watch videos and play games too?

-The iPod Touch is your best option for videos and games on your iPod. Its has a Mult-touch display and 3D graphics, enhancing a gaming experience and gives good clarity for watching videos.

Hopefully these guidelines and questions help bring you to a decision. An iPod can be a great gift for a friend or family member around the holidays.

Extra Tip: Consider getting a service plan or extended warranty with your iPod, simply because they are carried around and you are downloading lots of songs, videos, etc. In case something goes wrong, you’re covered.

Leave comments or questions below about other considerations when purchasing an iPod.


How To Rip DVD’s on Your iPod

I’m always looking for tools that can make me life easier…one-click even. I know ripping DVDs to a portable device is hardly something new, but I’ve been using an application from Xilisoft called DVD to iPod Converter that makes it one click.

Anyone who’s tried hacking together your own DVD ripping solution knows that it’s not easy or simple. There are always lots of steps using a number of applications to get something down to carry on your iPod or other portable media device. I was pleasantly surprised to see that after loading up DVD to iPod Converter, I was able to insert a DVD, click the Convert button, and let the software do it’s thing.

There are lots of options for different devices, file quality, screen size, etc. Check out the software here.

PLEASE READ: This is not intended to encourage the stealing of DVD content you don’t own. Use the software at your own risk.