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Enable demo mode movie playback on newer iPods iPod
Did you know the fifth generation video iPods have a built-in screensaver capability? As described on this page, here's all you need to do to enable it:
  1. Create a new folder named Demo Mode at the top level of the iPod.
  2. In iTunes, rename any video file to Demo.
When your iPod is charging and left untouched for two minutes, the video you renamed to demo will play and repeat, just like a screen saver.

[robg adds: The page also notes that your iPod must be in disk use mode with the latest firmware. I tested this with mine, and it worked as described. Just make sure that your renamed video file syncs back to the iPod, eject the iPod, and leave it untouched for two minutes. However, if you're going to try this, you should be aware of this comment, which I found on this Lifehacker page about the same hack:
To Make a Note, YES it resets all settings back to default (aka, store mode) and in order to be able to change any setting back you must REMOVE the "Demo Mode" folder.
So really, this isn't a mode you'll want to leave your iPod in -- it was clearly designed for use in the stores.]
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Enable demo mode movie playback on newer iPods
Authored by: cudgel on Oct 16, '06 07:41:53AM

Another caveat is that you will drain the iPods battery if the computer it is docked to goes to sleep. I tried this hint and, while the "ooh factor" of having a little movie of my dog play in a loop on the desktop was neat, I walked out of the house the next morning with a completely drained iPod battery.



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Enable demo mode movie playback on newer iPods
Authored by: taxi on Oct 18, '06 01:37:55AM

Heh, my iPod's battery drains if the computer I leave it plugged into is shut down.

That's crappy.



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Enable demo mode movie playback on newer iPods
Authored by: barr104 on Oct 16, '06 10:18:34AM

I enabled this a few weeks ago and never found a video I liked, so I left it alone. All this time I was thinking I found some gigantic iPod bug since it kept resetting all my settings! Thanks for the tip, now I can finally be back to normal.



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