Be honest: how much do you really watch your television shows or movies that you've downloaded onto your iPod? Many of you probably enjoy them for a little bit while using the bus, but ultimately wait until you're home in which to enjoy your real video programming. The new iPad's large screen has allowed a better enjoyment of movies and television shows while you're on the go, but what about those of you who are still "stuck" with the iPad? How are you going to get the enjoyment you paid for?
To get some value out of your downloaded iPod movies and television shows, we're going to present you with a few quick tips and tricks that should have you exploring your video playlist once more. And hey, failing that, you can always go back to your music.
When do you use your movies?
To start answering when you can start better using your iPod movies, let's ask a question: when do you currently watch them? We're guessing that, unless you have a Big LCD TV set at home (check here to see the areas of the world with the most TVs), you're probably going to use your iPod as your main source of entertainment. The problem, of course, is that so many people have television sets and laptop computers that the small iPod movies you own won't exactly feel all that enthralling.
That's why it's important to find the times you actually do use your iPod movies. You might fire up a movie while you're taking a bus on the way to work, or enjoy a movie while in the back of a car on certain road trips. In other words, there aren't a lot of times you can actually enjoy these movies. You may spend a lot of time driving, but you can't watch a movie and drive at the same time.
When don't you use your movies?
Now, let's consider those times you may use your iPod but don't necessarily use your movies. You might use your iPod to feed music to your car's audio system, allowing you to hear outside sounds as well as the music indoors. You might use your iPod during a fat loss workout, or while walking to class or to work.
Believe it or not, these can actually be good times to enjoy your movies. No, we don't want you to watch them: but you should consider simply playing the audio of a movie you've already seen and enjoyed. It's a good way to pass the time when you're sick of the same old songs every time and you want a plot to follow along with.
When you're on those long runs outdoors, playing a movie's audio and ignoring the video isn't a bad way to pass the time. The more involved you get with the movie's plot, the less you'll feel the strain of the workout. It's a great way to lull yourself into a pretty nice rhythm.
This isn't the way to watch new movies - and you'll always want to make sure you never actually watch the movies when your eyes are needed elsewhere. But you can essentially turn a movie into a radio show by ignoring the video once in a while.
Another great way to make sure you actually get value out of the movies or TV shows you've downloaded is to set some time apart each day to enjoy them on your iPod. Since you can take your iPod with you, you might want to consider walking to a park and watching a brief television show as a nice little break - you'll be outdoors, you'll be getting exercise, and you'll finally be able to feel like you've gotten your download money's worth.