These are ideas that I am making up as I write this instructable. Please correct me on anything that, well, needs correcting! This is only my second instructable, so I would like any advice on improvements (my first and second instructables were whack and they didn't really even work, cause I didn't test it until after i wrote the instructables, and I abandoned them due to huge flaws). This one will be much better, I hope. Besides, I'm only 13 years old, so I sometimes make very odd creations that never work. :)
Please suggest information for me to add to this Instructable if you believe there is one you think is good. I will select good ones and I will add them to this Instructable.
Using Rechargeables: Several commenters suggested the idea of using rechargeable batteries because usage over time just saves waste and will be cheaper overall to use these over time. So I think rechargeable batteries are the way to go. Read more in the Going Green Section.
JUST A MESSAGE: Wow, I wrote this instructable on August 19th. I was planning on entering it in the Burning questions contest, but I missed the cutoff date by 2 days. After I finished, my computer's power supply failed, so I needed to get a replacement and ordered one. I continued about an hour later with a different computer and when I was going to enter it, I noticed I missed the cutoff date..... For Burning Questions Round 6, there should be one on "How to get good luck", because mine sometimes stinks really badly. Oh well, please take a look at my Instructable and see if anything is here that can help you. I may have missed the contest, but I still had the fun of making an Instructable!!!!!
Step 1: Media Players (like iPod, Zune, and other) and Pocket PCs (non-cellular)
Another option also has to do with the screen. Set the amount of time that the screen stays on to a shorter time. Personally, I don't think anyone should need to have the backlight stay on for more than 10 seconds after you stop interfacing with it. My iPod is set to 2 seconds.
For the iPod Touch, turn off the WiFi when not in use.
I'm pretty sure the same principles apply to Zunes and other players. I don't have them, so I can't really show anything.
Note: The pictures suck because, well, the iPod Nano's screen is very VERY small.