Thursday, September 15, 2005

Cult of iPod: To Join or Not to Join?

[Tech/Music] I've been seriously considering getting an iPod nano. It's small and sexy, but only stores 4Gb and opportunity cost keeps getting in the way; $359 could buy a bunch of other stuff.

One of my colleagues just picked up a black one for her daughter and she's said it's damn cool & wants one for herself. When she was shopping around for one (she had to call all over town as initial stocks were in single digits it would seem), the guys at the Apple store in Civic mentioned that they'll be clearing out their stocks of iPod Mini's this Saturday. If the discount is decent I might opt for one of those and see where the nano range goes in terms of features (I'd like the photo show to be able to be played to a TV like it can with the full size iPod) and storage.

UPDATE 18 Sep 05: Ars Technica has the best review of the nano that I've read to date. Not just a regurgitation of the Apple press releases, this review includes real world use including stress/shock testing (the nano endured a bunch of tests before death) and an autopsy.

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Posted by Dean @ 9/15/2005 10:54:00 pm

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avoid ipods in any form! you can copy tunes on... but not copy tunes off. so forget about sharing your tunes with mates by plugging into their pcs or laptops.

go with some non-apple, non-sony, non-proprietary product that wont screw you over with their grubby DRM fingers.

Posted by Blogger mister z @ Friday, September 23, 2005 9:22:00 pm #
 

Hmm yes. It also can't be helping that the screens get scratched to sh1t really easily.

Posted by Blogger Dean @ Monday, September 26, 2005 6:40:00 pm #
 

I noticed over the weekend that Dick Smith Woden is selling their 6Gb Mini's for $359; might be a better option for those set on an iPod.

Posted by Blogger Dean @ Monday, September 26, 2005 6:41:00 pm #
 

I just got a 30g iPod Photo from Apple in Fyswick for $399 and it's fabulous, can carry all my ABC podcasts, and photo albums and about 4 days of music all sorted into genres and such, and updates via iTunes in a few minutes and you can delete anything, it just makes a mirror of your harddrive... Best toy i bought for ages...

Posted by Blogger OneFlew @ Thursday, October 06, 2005 2:16:00 pm #
 

Oh yes, i've used 5gb so there's 25gb free!!!

Posted by Blogger OneFlew @ Thursday, October 06, 2005 2:20:00 pm #
 
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