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Windows Compatibility on Tap for iPod? - Apple had posted
several interesting job postings for their iPod division,
then suddenly changed the descriptions to be much more generic.
The former descriptions are an interesting insight into
what the future may hold for iPod.
excellent, but for price - Quite simply, while I love
music, I hate headphones of any kind. They're an annoyance,
they often irritate my rosebud-like ear canals and I grow
tired and cranky after only a few minutes of having tunes
pressed against the sides of my head. This being the case,
Apple's iPod -- cost aside -- isn't on my Christmas gift
list. And won't be until it evolves a touch further (which
I'll get to later.) Then, maybe. But it's a hell of a gizmo,
nonetheless. Thanks to the kindness of semi-strangers (the
PR folk at Apple Canada) I have been given an iPod a test
run for the past while, and I'm pleased to report that it's
everything people say it is.
Issue (Bug) With Lengthy MP3's - there is an issue with
the iPod and particularly lengthy songs. With MP3's that
will not fit in the iPod's ~20MB RAM cache, the iPod's hard
drive spins during the entire duration of the song, rather
than simply loading the current song (and a the next few)
into the cache and shutting down the drive.
Week with the iPod - The quality of the music playback
is first-rate, and the provided headphones are truly great.
The only headphones that I have that are better than the
iPod's are some closed-ear, over-the-head DJ-style headphones
that are much more bulky. I found the iPod's headphones
comfortable to wear; however, two members of my family found
them to be too big. One size does not seem to fit all.
Those iPod Earbuds: Replace Them With Snug-fitting, Bassy
'Buds for Just $15 (And Save Your Battery Life!) - This
article is for all those iPod owners out there who find
themselves in the same predicament as me. On November 10th,
the first day the iPod was available, I and two friends
drove down to the Apple Store to be one of the first to
own the iPod. I shelled out $400 for the iPod and was delighted
with almost every aspect but the poorly fitting earbuds.
I don't know about you, but they fall right out of my ears
and don't deliver very good sound because I have to cram
them in sideways to get them to stay!
leads the pack - The new Apple iPod has been lauded
as one the best MP3 players on the market. The unit, released
earlier this month, can hold more than 1,000 songs.
iPod - he iPod's strength lies in its simplicity, so
maybe the lack of extras is for the best. As noted, at $399,
the iPod isn't cheap. But its price tag compares favorably
to other hard drive-based MP3 players, which may be a little
less expensive but don't have half of the iPod's style.
In case you can't tell, we're pretty sold on this device,
and if we had a compatible Mac running OS 9.2 or 10.1, we
wouldn't hesitate to plunk down the bucks for it.
2.0 Released With iPod Support - ID3X is a MP3 file
editor designed for renaming music files for iPod and iTunes.
The new version now has iPod support and other features.
Windows Users with the iPod - The iPod will only be
a significant product for Apple if it sells in large enough
numbers and brings Windows users and other new users to
the Mac. Sure, Steve has mentioned looking at a Windows
version of iTunes. After all, there is no point in putting
off Windows users before they try the iPod, and the more
of them that want to buy the better. However would a Windows
version really benefit Apple?
Accessories (Day 9) - The one company that is currently
producing a case for the iPod is JR Hill. JR Hill makes
leather cases for a number of Macintosh products. The case
that they created for the iPod is made of black leather
that fits the iPod like a neoprene sleeve. Also, because
leather is a durable material you'll be able to feel pretty
safe if your iPod takes a drop. The case includes a sewn
in belt clip that will allow you to keep the iPod at your
waist. People who work out should especially enjoy a belt
clip for their iPod because the device can get probably
get pretty heavy after holding it in your hand for a two-mile
turns in a pair of winners for the holiday season -
What makes the iPod so very cool (and efficient) is its
dual use as a FireWire hard drive. Within its lightweight
chassis is a 5-gigabyte hard disk. The idea is that you
can press your iPod into service as both an MP3 music player
and as a backup storage device. So you can take along songs
and those spreadsheet files from your Mac desktop or notebook.
Apple iPod - Some folks thought the iPod was just peachy.
I was skeptical, but being the Mac Addict that I am, I bought
one. I had been in the market for an MP3 player, and I had
been considering Creative's Nomad Jukebox. It's 6GB HD is
larger, but the iPod has some features I couldn't resist.
Overall, from the Office, to Home, to the Bus, to the Plane,
the iPod has passed my field tests. So let's look at the
iPod in its entirety, stem to stern.
Super Charged Digital Vehicle of the Future - I think
that Apple could have this device automatically download
pictures, movies, and other digital media directly from
the source. So for example you could just plug your iPod
into the FireWire port on your camera and have a whole set
of new menus pop up. Then you could download the stills
of the pictures you want and or the portion of video you
Appreciation Art - Navigating TMO The iPod Way - There
are few things that make the staff at The Mac Observer Towers
tear up as much as someone going to the effort of dedicating
a little artistic effort to TMO itself. TMO Forum Mod David
Nelson got so excited about the idea of running Linux on
the iPod, he thought he would carry it one further with
the idea of viewing The Mac Observer on an iPod. Below is
his idea on what that might look like, were it possible.
Bott Announces iPod Connection Kit, Auto Adapter - The
Dr. Bott Auto Charger connects to the standard 12v DC cigarette
lighter in most cars and charges the iPod via its FireWire
port. Dr. Bott says that the adapter will ship in mid-December,
and will be available for $24.95.
- A Week in the 'Pod - The operative thing to remember
about the iPod is that it rocks - but don't get me wrong,
something this great can't be perfect... First order of
business, nothing beats quality rips of your tunes, it's
like the old Garbage In Garbage Out (GIGO) acronym from
school. Listening to your own rips at 192 (or higher) will
give you a new appreciation for fidelity and suddenly make
you much more critical of the quality of your downloaded
MP3s. iPod makes me want to rip all my CDs - then throw
for Windows: Why Steve Jobs must join the dark side
- Yes, Virginia, there will be an iPod for Windows. Let
me be clear on what I'm saying here. Based on the warm reception
the new digital music player has enjoyed, there's no doubt
in my mind that somebody beat Apple to creating third-party
software that'll let the gadget work with Windows. And as
for the hardware itself? I am wondering whether Jobs will
be able to resist the temptation of taking his new iPod
to the unwashed--at least by Mac OS standards--masses. Apple
won't cop to it, at least not officially, but I think the
odds are pretty good that we'll soon see a Windows model,
probably even an official Apple-endorsed model, complete
with--gulp--Windows software for downloading music.
Free File Access v. 1.1b2 Ready for Download - German
developer Christian Vick has just announced the immediate
availability of iPod Free File Access v. 1.1b2 for Mac OS
9.x, Mac OS X 10.1 (classic), and Mac OS 8.x (untested).
With iPod Free File Access (iPFFA) you can easily access
the music folder on the iPod disk created by iTunes 2.
iPod music player: pluses, minuses - f you're one of
those music hounds for whom money is no object -- and you
already own a Mac -- the iPod is likely worth the price.
It's small size and simple control interface (you can work
it with your thumb) are pluses; so is the sound from its
USA Soft Pouch Case Review - This case is an ideal fit,
offers significant protection to the iPod inside, has a
handy velcro latch and a convenient belt clip. I would give
this case a full 5 stars if it were not for the "do it yourself"
component to this solution. As it is, I'll only deduct one
point from a perfect review score.
Makes Waves With New iPod - Apple has made much of the
iPod's five-gigabyte hard drive, which doubles as a FireWire
disk to store files and applications. But units with as
much as 20 gigabytes of storage space, like Creative's NOMAD
Jukebox, have been available for some time. Several, like
the Archos Jukebox, which features six gigabytes of storage
space, retail for significantly less than the iPod. But
most critics agree that the iPod improves on existing portable
MP3 technology in several ways.
to Connect IPod to PCs - Mediafour is in the pre-beta
phase of developing XPod, an "inexpensive new software package"
that will allow FireWire-equipped Windows PCs to interact
with the iPod.
Users to Get iPod Access - Windows users may soon get
an unauthorized crack at Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod, thanks
to new software that extends the sleek digital music player
beyond the Mac desktop.
beta software due 'within weeks' - Mediafour, the company
behind XPod, the first commercial attempt to connect Apple's
iPod MP3 player to Windows, hopes to release a public beta
of the software "within a couple of weeks."
Apple iPod MP3 Player - Music is extremely personal,
and it follows that music players are equally individual.
For you to use it, a player must meet the delicate balance
between weight, size, style, quality, and capacity that
you require. It's not up to me to say whether Apple's iPod
meets that goal for you: I can only say it more than accomplishes
everything I need in a music player. Overall, iPod feels
complete. It's loaded with dozens of subtle quality touches
that Apple is famous for -- such as the fact that the prongs
on the AC adapter fold down -- as though the designers thought
about what they were doing and actually used the product.
Whether the 1.0 version is the one you need to purchase
is something you'll have to decide for yourself
Complete iPod Review (With Pictures!) - The earbuds
included with the iPod are a total disaster. They may have
super high-tech magnets in them, but those don't help keep
them in your ears! They did not fit in my ears, or the ears
of the two men who accompanied me to the Apple Store to
buy the iPod. They did not fit in the ears of the Baltimore
Sun reviewer, either. If you smile, they will very likely
fall out. They are just too frickin' big, about 20 or 30%
bigger than the (wonderful) earbuds that came with my Nomad.
I don't know what Apple was thinking on this front, but
with the $400 price tag, one really shouldn't have to go
out and buy new earbuds.
is XPlay? - Cross-platform computing is what Mediafour
does best, so we're readying an affordable new software
package called XPlay. XPlay enables iPod owners using Windows
Me, 98SE, 2000 and XP to use the iPod for cross-platform
file transfer, play their iPod songs under Windows, and
transfer their PC-based MP3 collections to the iPod for
Apple - iPod
Unboxing - Following are pictures of yesterday's iPod
unboxing. The packaging is excellent as you would expect
from Apple and it felt a little like Christmas had come
early at Go2Mac headquarters. Save up your nickles and dimes,
you will want one of these puppies.
- Portable digital music players are frustrating gadgets.
These hand-held devices, which play songs in the MP3 format,
seem like a great idea, but they are hobbled by major drawbacks.
Some can hold only a scant 10-20 songs on little memory
cards too expensive to buy in quantity. Others include built-in
hard disks that can hold hundreds or thousands of songs
but are large and bulky with lousy battery life. For the
past 10 days or so, however, I've been testing a terrific
digital music player that solves all of these problems.
It has massive storage capacity, is small and light enough
to slip into a pocket and can be run nonstop for an impressive
amount of time. Its controls are simple and clear, and it
downloads music from a computer at blazing speeds.
- User Groups - iPod Tour - The Apple store in Palo
Alto, which is always busy during its normal hours, was
especially busy the evening of Sunday, Nov 11, from 7 to
9 pm. Apple invited members of Northern California Bay Area
User Groups to the store for a special event featuring presentations
on Mac OS X and the brand-new iPod.
Not Just iCandy - The 5GB Apple iPod MP3 player is so
cool, you just might run out and buy a Mac.
- User Groups - iPod - When iBook owner and technophile
Bess Moffitt fell for the latest love in her life, she fell
hard. "It's adorable," she said as she cradled
the tiny thing in one hand, a look of affection in her eyes.
What has captured Moffitt's heart so completely? iPod, Apple's
new ultraslim, ultralight and ultraportable MP3 player,
which many say is the best portable music player they've
Spawns Family - Okay, the iPod is overpriced. Steve
Jobs has heard our complaints and plans to release four
new iPod units after the holidays, according to our secret
sources at Apple -- not to mention the guy who pumps Jobs'
gas. The Big iPod First up will be a larger iPod designed
around a 10 GB 2.5" notebook hard drive, the same mechanism
found in the iceBook. These drives retail at $200 less than
the tiny 1.8" drive used in the original iPod, which may
be renamed the Little iPod or the Mini iPod.
More than an MP3 Player - should the iPod have been
presented to the Press as a state of the art MP3 player?
Lets look at some alternatives, as iPod is a state of the
art FireWire backup device. How many of us would like to
leave behind the Zip disks for regular backups of important
files and taking files to friends and customers? How many
camcorder users would like to be able to download an hours
footage to a device the size of a pack of cards and keep
filming? What is the professional market in CNN and the
networks for such a device?
iPod joins MP3 band a bit late, but is standout player
- Stand-alone music players that play back (and sometimes
record) the high-quality compressed music format called
MP3 appeared years ago, and flooded the market in great
variety last Christmas. The iPod at first seems a late arrival.
Scratch the surface, however, and its unique features turn
its pack-of-cards size into a compelling and original bargain.
Apple is asking you, in essence, why you would settle for
less than the ultimate.
risk with iPod: Will the consumers bite? - With consumer
confidence at a six-year low, the PC market in one of its
worst slumps ever and chip giant Intel exiting the consumer
electronics market, the timing of Apple's first non-computer
device since its ill-fated Newton handheld seems odd at
best. But Apple co-founder and chief Steve Jobs contends
that his company's new iPod, a music player that can store
about 1,000 songs on a miniature hard drive, will be a big
seller, despite conflicting predictions about how jolly
the upcoming holiday shopping season will be for retailers.
'made in Taiwan' - A Taiwan publication called the Economic
Daily News claims Inventec has received orders for 600,000
PDAs from Apple, with shipments beginning in the fourth
quarter 2001. The PDAs were described as iPods in later
Step for iPod, Giant Leap for Apple - if this "revolutionary
device" were a supercharged PalmPilot, would that have given
Apple the boost it wants? Apple is trying to double its
market share in the personal computer market from 5 percent
to 10 percent. How would yet another PDA accomplish that?
Answer is: It wouldn't. Building market share will require
many Windows users making the switch to the Macintosh platform.
And perhaps that is the real job of the iPod device.
of the iPod - Along comes Apple's iPod at the perfect
time. It does almost everything right, creating a truly
small player with a decent capacity. Sure, like everyone
else, I'd love a 20GB player, and eventually Apple will
make one, but right now 1.8" hard drives like the iPod uses
are very expensive (the 5GB drive alone retails for over
$300). Are there flaws or missing features in the iPod design?
Some people are annoyed that the iPod is only Mac compatible,
but I see that as a plus: it's just possible it will be
the factor that lures a wavering college freshman to choose
an iBook instead of a Dell. Besides, if Apple had to make
it universally compatible, it would have had to give you
playlist management via an small LCD interface: yucky.
to His Ears - Apple CEO Steve Jobs has always made a
fetish out of industrial design. He talked with FORTUNE
editor at large Brent Schlender on the eve of Apple's push
into consumer electronics.
- The Devil is in the Details - I happened to run into
someone that had an iPod while I was at a pre-screening
of a movie. Just to get things straight I do think that
the price is justified, it is a quality machine, and that
it is a good move for Apple. Apple products are for active
lifestyles, which is the main reason for the 20 minutes
of skip protection the iPod offers.
- Where's The Hook? - The iPod looks like a fantastic
utility. It has the simple elegance and appears to have
the ease of use typical of Apple's high quality products.
However, the iPod being merely an MP3 left me wondering
how Apple could possibly think that such a device will result
in a great number, or even a good number, of PC converts
- which is one of their stated goals. There are a number
of good quality MP3 players on the market that will satisfy
the non-Mac user.
Review - I'm not saying that it's perfect, but I am
saying that there are plenty of reasons to buy one.
in a pod - As an MP3 player, iPod is about the fastest
thing on the planet. Its FireWire system will suck the entire
contents out of a CD in less than 10 seconds and will download
its full capacity of 1000 tunes from your Macintosh in less
than 10 minutes - 30 times faster than those doddery old
USB players that you now find on the hips of millions.
MP3 player has style - What do you get when you cross
a notebook-sized Firewire hard drive, a long-lasting rechargeable
battery pack and hundreds of mp3s in one great looking,
portable package? You get Apple's iPod - a terrific device.
Not perfect, but an instant classic.
21st-Century Walkman - CEO Steve Jobs thinks he has
something pretty nifty. And if he's right, he might even
spook Sony and Matsushita.
iPod - More to It than Meets the Eye? - the iPod's architecture
provides far more capability than a music collection really
warrants. First of all, the iPod transmits data via FireWire.
This is same standard that was established for speedily
iPod, a 6.5-ounce MP3 player the size of a deck of cards,
is one of the most exciting products to come from Apple
in years - The drive's enormous cache -- 32MB of solid-state
RAM -- virtually eliminates skipping; shaking the iPod vigorously
and even banging it against things didn't interrupt smooth
play. (However, we don't recommend this- - shaking and banging
can damage the hard disk.) The large cache also allows the
hard disk to spin down, extending battery life.
The Apple Store iPod Demo - we got a first look at Apple's
new Mp3 player the iPod at the Apple Store at Westfarms
Mall in West Hartford, CT. The Westfarms store was the first
new store to open since the iPod was announced last tues.
10/23. So we are able to share with you the iPod in store
demonstration/presentation for you.
Idiot's Look Beyond The iPod
TiBooks and Life - Well, I'd still like to get my hands
on an iPod to check it out for myself, but I can tell you
this much right now: We all fell pray to the Cupertino hype
machine. $399 is simply too expensive for a portable MP3
player. I don't care how cool it is. And while I wish my
Nomad Jukebox only weighed 6.5 ounces and had a firewire
connection instead of its slower USB port, there isn't really
anything revolutionary or groundbreaking about the iPod.
Five gigs of storage is great, but Nomad, Neo and other
manufacturers already offer MP3 walkmen with upwards of
20GB of storage space. The ability to double as a portable
hard drive is a strong selling point of the iPod, sure;
the ability to double as a portable hard drive is also a
strong selling point of the Archos Jukebox and iOmega HipZip.
Firewire and a reportedly very smooth UI are great features,
but neither is "groundbreaking" or "revolutionary."
Apple came to name the iPod - There seems to be no consensus
within Apple about the derivation of the iPod name. One
hardware engineer reported it stands for Pentium Out Done,
while another suggested it signaled a message to the competition:
Puckerup Or Die!
vs. the Competition - When faced with competition, not
just with other, less expensive MP3 players, but against
other electronic gadgets in the $400 price range... I hate
to say it, but strike three -- the iPod is out.
education VP talks iBooks, iPods, ROI - Though the economy
is tough right now, Apple is very pleased overall with the
response its getting to its educational products, Cheryl
Vedoe, Apple's vice president of education marketing & solutions,
told MacCentral. In an interview with MacCentral at this
week's EDUCAUSE education conference, she talked of Apple's
success, platform preferences and the iPod.
First Step in Shift to Digital Devices? - before we
worry about Apple heading for the same old Newton / Cube
disaster, there's a chance that Apple isn't worried about
selling huge numbers of this model of iPod at all. Maybe
it's just the first small step in a much longer term strategy
to move Apple from computer maker to digital product supplier.
A sheep in sheep's clothing - The demand for this thing
in the Windows world is very much in question. While Apple
may one day get around to finding a way for the 90 percent
of the world without a Mac to use it, PC users tend to go
for the cheapest and biggest - best can be damned. They
won't pay the premium. They won't have the iTunes integration
incentive, or even FireWire ports. And to be frank, they
still use floppies to sneakernet their data. In the end,
the iPod's just an MP3 player, and there are a ton of players
in that space.
Apple's iPod - Apple has created a new toy. I call Apple's
products toys even though they have valuable use because
unlike other things, Apple's products are actually 'fun'
to use. With Apple's digital hub idea, they have a framework
on which to build on that will change the way people use
technology. It is only logical that Apple creates innovative
products like iPod. Plus, for all of those who want Apple
to make a new PDA, this may be the start of something big.
Apple's iPod Copy Limitation (With Pics) - The Mac Observer
was able to spend some time with Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus and
his review iPod unit this weekend, and together we looked
at how to get around the limitations built into the iPod
to keep users from sharing MP3s between different Macs.
product manager talks about the iPod - Whether you think
it is, as Apple describes it, a "breakthrough digital device"
or not, the company's new iPod has people talking. And talking.
And talking. Apple and MacCentral are no exception. Recently,
Apple product manager Greg Joswiak spoke with us about the
device's potential, pricing and Windows compatibility.
iPod has its charms - Like everyone else who attended
the product's debut in Cupertino, I came away with an evaluation
unit to play with, plus CD copies of all the songs loaded
on it -- a gesture intended to show that Apple's endorsement
of the MP3 format doesn't mean it condones stealing copyrighted
Music - Apple may be late to the MP3 market, but its
new iPod device for the Macintosh laps the field. Can quality
alone guarantee success?
Apple iPod demand iffy - When Apple Computer launched
its new iPod MP3 device last week, CEO Steve Jobs said the
product would be "the hottest gift this holiday season,"
but retailers say the response may be more tepid.
Apple, Sweet Music From iPod This new pocket-size, 1,000-song
MP3 player is a breakthrough product. And a PC version is
coming next - The iPod is no bigger than a deck of cards,
but I predict this new handheld digital-music player will
stand tall. Very tall. It's going to do for MP3 music what
the original Palm Pilot did for handheld computing in the
late '90s -- that is, ignite demand like a match to dry
Makes Music More Attractive - In the promotional video
Apple created for its new audio player, Apple Vice President
of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive says, "Our goal was to
design the very very best MP3 player we could." Looking
at the iPod, it's obvious that they've succeeded - but at
$400 a pop, the big question is whether the iPod will turn
into a success story like the iMac or a painful lesson like
the G4 Cube.
the Muses Deign: iPod - a revolution, really - Features.
What about this device can be considered revolutionary,
as was promised in the press invitations? The recharging
via FireWire? It's a nice simplification, I'll give them
that. HD size? Nope. Making the device multipurpose by allowing
unused space to be used as a portable FireWire drive? Maybe,
but does that mean that you have to sync the songs through
iTunes to get them to the device? You can't just copy them
and have them work? The interface? It looks fairly clean;
the proof will be in the management tools. The battery?
Perhaps, but this is likely more of a technology exercise
to learn how to make it work well and experience the materials
for future use than a breakthrough at this point.
iPod first public Appearance: Special Report - It's
the first time out on the street for the iPod here in Italy,
well, not exactly on the street, but inside a trendy Cafe
in Milan where the people from Apple Italy showed the device
to a selection of journalists.
Considered - All I heard in school on Wednesday was,
"Have you heard about the new iPod," or "Did you see that
new iPod MP3 player? It's amazing" Same thing on the Internet.
All over -- links referring to the new Apple iPod.
the secret that's "not a Mac" - I think the iPod will
sell, but I don't see it being a huge success. It will have
its market, though not a very large one, and will help the
Apple brand grow. I think the product is two focused on
mind blowing specifications and too expensive for the everyday
college student to be purchasing. I think many would be
happier with a cheaper device that featured half of the
storage space. Hopefully in January Apple will update the
iPod and create a few configurations.
Valuable Is Apple's New iPod? - Create a best-of-breed
MP3 player or portable hard drive, or solve a problem, and
do it while building or maintaining the value of your existing
products. The new iPod from Apple Computer (Nasdaq: AAPL)
does all of these, with the company's traditional style
and elegance, in my humble opinion.
iPod Has An Easter Egg, You Can Play Breakout - If you
thought the Easter Egg Era at Apple was over, you were wrong.
MacityNet..it is reporting that Breakout, the classic game
written by Steve Wozniak (and technically Steve Jobs) for
Atari before the founding of Apple lies hidden in Apple's
new MP3 player.
Times impressed with iPod's FireWire capabilities -
David Pogue, Mac author and expert, says in his latest New
York Times column that the iPod may not be, as Apple described
it, "a breakthrough digital device," but it may be the finest
portable music player ever built.
Turn - iPod - Priced at $399, the iPod will sell a hundred
thousand units in the first six months. Come Macworld Expo
in January, I expect to hear Steve Jobs brag about the early
success of the iPod. I envision something along these lines:
"Let's talk about iPod." (clap-clap-clap) "When we created
the iPod, we really thought we had a winner on our hands.
Since its release last October, Apple has sold over 100,000
units!" (Louder "clap-clap-clap" from the sheep in the audience.
Including me.) So the iPod will be an early success. No
doubt about it. But after the initial wow factor of the
Mac faithful wears off, sales will plummet, the price will
be cut in half.
vs. the competition - On Tuesday Apple released the
iPod, a portable music player. Apple claims it is a breakthrough
machine, but is it? The only way to know is to compare it
to its competition. There are really only three products
on the market that can compete with iPod. These are the
Remote Solution Personal Jukebox, Creative Labs' Nomad Jukebox,
and the Archos Jukebox HD. Each of these is a hard disk-based
system designed to play music.
the iPod is a good deal - Despite all the features,
the biggest attraction to the iPod maybe the combination
of storage and size. Packing the iPod's capabilities into
something roughly the size of a deck of cards puts a considerable
premium on the device. To help digest the iPod's price,
lets take a closer look at what makes it unique.
Catchy Like a Fishhook to the Eye - While the iPod was
being revealed to the world at large, I had the unique good
luck to be sitting in the dentist's chair getting a crown
put on. I was so ... overjoyed at the occasion that I actually
forgot about the 'breakthrough digital device' that was
being announced while I lay there. When I came home I was
less than enthusiastic. Sure, it looked cool, but wasn't
it awfully expensive for what it was? Then I found out that
it used an IBM MicroDrive.
Apple's secret weapon - With about a day and half to
mull over Apple's latest product introduction, the press
has looked at the iPod from nearly every conceivable angle.
Apple said the iPod would be a groundbreaking product. While
analysts and Mac watchers may not universally agree with
that statement, I think everyone can agree on one thing:
the iPod is a groundbreaking product for Apple.
Phooey on youie! Why iPod is the Apple of our eyes today
- The iPod announcement wasn't just a hyperbolic bit of
diversionary competitive blocking. Instead, it's a product
that embodies Apple at its very best and testifies to the
fact that, thank heavens, Apple is still around to spread
its characteristic sense of style and pizzazz through a
technology landscape that's gotten, well, boring, XP's arrival
= iFlop? - My reaction to the iPod announcement was
almost exactly the same as my reaction to the Cube. Cool.
But knock $200 off the price before I'll look at it. Some
people were pretty upset with my reaction to the Cube. But
was I right? True, the upper end of the MP3 player market
is not that far below $400. But that's undiscounted. ("Discount?"
If you are Jobs fan, I'll give you a few minutes to look
it up.) True, this new baby is a clever piece of design,
and has some nice extras that have to add to the price.
But we are talking consumer technology here, and price is
the number one consideration if you are talking volume.
equals iBroke - Cool device needs some market rethinking
I know what most of you are saying. An MP3 player? A $400
MP3 player? This is a technological breakthrough? Oh there
are those who will defend it telling us it's much more,
and it is, but it the back of their minds they are thinking
the same thing. A $400 MP3 player?
Did Apple Choose Chicago as the iPod Font? - Photos
of the iPod suggest it uses Chicago as its font of choice.
Why? This may seem minor to you, but on such a slick-looking
device, why did Apple choose a system font that will remind
users of System 6?
Omission: PC Compatibility - So Apple can design the
coolest digital device to hit the market. Who gives a rat's
backside? I understand that, as a computer manufacturer,
the goal is to get people to buy your hardware. But when
you have an opportunity to sell the highest-end product
in its niche, why cut out 90 percent of the market because
it isn't compatible with their operating system? And if
it is compatible with other platforms Apple should let everyone
know up front.
Preview One more reason to jump on the Mac wagon. Plenty
of pics! - The iPod itself isn't so much a revolutionary
development as it is a perfect (or very close) product.
I was just IMing with Vinny from the Xbox site and we were
discussing just this. For example, the iPod has a 5GB hard
drive. MP3 fans probably know that portable jukeboxes are
widely available in much larger configurations, i.e. Nomad's
30GB model. But a theme of practicality runs through the
iPod, and 5GB is ample space for a strong majority of computer
users. Plus, internal memory alone does not a player make.
is a bargain, depending on how you look at it - While
pundits may criticize the relatively high US$399 price tag
of Apple's iPod, it's difficult to call the device's value
into question. The iPod's 5GB drive is a tiny, 1.8-inch
Toshiba drive that sells on its own (as a PCMCIA card) for
$399 (although the MSRP is apparently $499). Similarly,
SmartDisk's tiny FireFly FireWire drive, which uses the
same drive, will sell for $399 when it ships.
This The iPod's Hard Drive? - There has been much discussion
of the 5GB hard drive in Apple's new iPod (eg: see Moore's
MailBag today). Given the iPod's external dimensions, it
is obviously not a standard 2.5" laptop drive. While there
is no confirmation of this, the probable unit residing inside
to iPod's sleek, stainless steel case is a 1.8 inch, 5GB
PC Card hard disk drive unveiled by Toshiba last spring.
iPod Doesn't Do Windows - With its automatic battery
charging through the FireWire cable while connected to the
"mother ship" Mac (there is also a dedicated AC adapter
for charging); two inch, 160-by-128-pixel resolution, backlit
LCD display; FireWire-based syncing with iTunes 2 song libraries
and playlists on the host Mac; 20 minute skip protection,
and 32MB memory cache, iPod has raised the bar for portable
digital music players. And the punch line is that iPod is
really a computer accessory rather than a freestanding device.
iPod redux - Well, we finally got our mitts on an Apple's
iPod last night. Just for a short time, you understand,
while the company's staff were looking the other way, but
enough to get a feel for what the new MP3 player is capable
of - and what it isn't. Some readers will recall our initial
scepticism about the device. There are more capacious, cheaper
products out there, we said, and Apple is launching its
product into a market that if not yet well established,
isn't exactly cutting edge either. We thought that iPod
isn't exactly innovatory, and doesn't live up to the "breakthrough"
tagline the company applied to the device in pre-launch
publicity material. Having held the small, cigarette pack-sized
gadget in our hands, we're still not sure about how successful
Apple's strategy will be and we certainly haven't been persuaded
that it's something insanely great, to borrow Apple CEO
Steve Jobs' favourite phrase. But we have to admit that
it is a dashed fine machine, and even if the price tag is
high, it's arguably best portable MP3 player on the market
iPod is a great device launched into a tough market
- Soon after Apple Computer announced its $400 iPod MP3
player on Tuesday, one of my buddies from high school instant
messaged me from Chicago. My friend Kasima Tharnpipitchai
is a Mac fan. He's such a big Mac fan that in his spare
time, he wrote code that allows the Samsung Uproar MP3 phone
to connect to Apple's new OS X operating system. By many
measures that makes him a bigger geek than I am.
Unveils MP3 Player With Enough Capacity for 1,000 Songs
- Beyond simplicity, Apple also wanted a device that could
work seamlessly with the applications it's been producing
as part of the Digital Hub strategy. Applications like iMovie
and iTunes can take advantage of digital video cameras and
MP3 players, "but there's never been a device built that
can take advantage of all these apps," Jobs said. "We decided
to build one."
Uses Sub 2-Inch HDD, Plays Hi-Fi Audio - The iPod is
2.43 inches wide. The 5 GB HDD inside has to be something
very special, like a sub 2-inch drive mechanism. Those are
very scarce and the only one we found comes from Toshiba:
http://www.toshiba.com/taecdpd/news/press39.shtml This is
leading technology and the price per GB is definetely a
lot higher than what Al Luckow compares it to (the 6 GB
compliment, criticize iPod - The iPod's price seems
to be a major sticking point for many experts, especially
given the expectation of soft consumer spending this holiday
season. Some analysts and pundits seem to have been expecting
the introduction of something different -- completely different
-- from Apple, while others cite the iPod's Mac-only status
as a sticking point. On the other hand, many are impressed
by the iPod's industrial design, ease of use and features,
suggesting that Apple may indeed be breaking new ground
with the iPod.
Unwraps IPod - In a month when even the military can't
keep a secret, Apple's new gadget, called the iPod, had
been shrouded in an impressive cloak of confidentiality
for weeks. Not even its name, much less its purpose, had
been confirmed, though rumors were many.
Smash the iPod - Apple's new iPod follows some of Marx's
rules for commodity fetishes. It looks great. Everyone should
want one. But iDon't. That's not simply because of Apple's
obnoxious commercial featuring a no-rhythm dot-com layoff,
but because this MacCommunist has had a Nomad Jukebox for
the past 13 months.
jumps into the MP3 game--and does it right - Jaded and
cynical columnist that I am, I really wasn't expecting to
be as impressed as I was Tuesday morning. Apple had told
us, the collected press corps, that it was going to announce
something that was "not a Mac," so we dutifully trooped
down to Cupertino for show and tell. The rumor mills had
been redlined ever since invitations to the event went out
last week, and most prognostications pointed toward some
kind of digital audio device. However, the majority opinion
of the tea-leaf reader contingent had dismissed the idea
of a portable MP3 player, since there were plenty of them
out there. It had already been done, as it were. BUT LEAVE
IT TO APPLE to put its oar in those very waters, but with
the crucial distinction that Apple seems to be the first
company to have gotten the portable MP3 genre right.
Look at iPod - Former Kerbango Senior Design Engineer
and current Webmaster of Woz.org Al Luckow weighs in on
overview of iPod, iTunes 2, iDVD2 - MacCentral was present
today as Steve Jobs hosted a special event at Apple's Cupertino
headquarters to flesh out Apple's "Digital Hub" strategy.
During the event, Jobs provided details about Apple's forthcoming
efforts with iDVD 2, iTunes 2 and its much-speculated-upon
new digital device, the iPod. Jobs and Apple have been pitching
the Macintosh this year as the "center of the digital lifestyle,"
vaunting the Mac's ease of use with applications like iTunes
(for digital music), iMovie (for digital movie editing)
and iDVD (to record DVDs).
Official: Apple Announces Portable MP3 Player Called The
iPod & iTunes 2 (With Pic) - OK, what the heck is going
on here? This should have been billed as a "breakthrough
MP3 player," not a "breakthrough digital device!" Certainly
this is the finest portable MP3 player on the market (not
counting size, as there are several devices on the market
already that offer 6 GB to 20 GB of capacity), but it is
hardly breaking new ground.
Debuts Audio Player - The system's lithium-polymer battery
can power the iPod for 10 hours and takes one hour to charge.
The device's chrome chassis measures 2.43 by 4.02 by 0.78
inches, and the iPod weighs 6.5 ounces. It features a backlit,
2-inch LCD display and a scroll wheel for browsing through
audio files by play list, artist or song.
pops iPod - In answer to our previous question, Apple's
so-called "breakthrough digital device" is called the iPod,
but as we feared, it also proves to be a 'me too' product.
Designed with Apple's usual flair, iPod is ultimately nothing
more than an MP3 player with a built-in hard drive, little
different from Creative Labs' Nomad Jukebox
Ready for Apple's Incredible New...MP3 Player? - A big
yawner, you say? Perhaps. After all, there are plenty of
MP3 players out there. (Compaq Computer (CPQ), for example,
offers one for $149.99 on its Web site.) But while Apple's
latest debut might not score high on the significance meter
- particularly according to Wall Street analysts hoping
for a splashier announcement - it does offer a glimpse into
the tactics computer makers are beginning to employ as demand
for their core products wanes.
iPod spurs mixed reactions - Jobs said the iPod offers
three breakthroughs: ease of use, ultra-portability and
its ability to sync automatically with iTunes. Apple's iTunes
software is used for playing digital-audio files and burning
unveils digital music player - "I was really expecting
them to have a hand-held computer, because they have a hole
there in their product lineup," Enderle said. "But as far
as MP3 players go, the one they introduced is arguably the
best one on the market."
'Breakthrough' iPod - he device has an unusual circular
scroll-wheel that lets users search through their music
library by playlist, artist, or genre. The iPod can also
be used as a portable storage device for non-music files.
It will allow Apple users to transfer files from one Mac
to another, for example.
Introduces New Portable Music Player - while industry
analysts said the device appeared to be as consumer friendly
as the company said it was, they also pointed to its relatively
limited potential audience, around seven million owners
of the latest Macintosh computers. Apple said it had not
yet decided whether to introduce a version of the music
player for computers with the Windows operating system,
which is used by more than 90 percent of personal computer
users. "It's a nice feature for Macintosh users," said P.
J. McNealy, a senior analyst for Gartner G2, an e-commerce
research group. "But to the rest of the Windows world, it
doesn't make any difference."
kit took iPOD name before Apple's did - Apple may run
into problems following its decision to opt for iPod as
the name for its new "breakthrough" MP3 player - from Intel.
The chip giant already has a product on the market called...
er... iPOD. You'll note the capital letters - enough, perhaps,
to save Apple's ass - which stand for Phone Over Data.