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Future Pods

Features I would like are:

1. Media slot for uploading photos (for CF cards). I think it would outsell the units that do that.

2. FM radio with direct recording.

3. Built-in sensitive recorder with no need of accessories

Posted by Jacob on February 19, 2004 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

Well, I for one prefer the iPod Mini over the regular iPod.  I only have 200 MB of music right now, and occasionaly buy some music from the iTunes store.  I just can’t justify buying the 15GB model when I will probably only use 5% of it’s storage.  As far as ergonimics go, the mini is much better.  With the aluminum case that doesn’t show fingerprints as badly it is a better choice.  Its size is much smaller and the ClickWheel is an improvement.  The touch wheel was much too sensitive.

Posted by Me2 on February 19, 2004 at 9:14 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

I’m just wondering if it’s just me, but to me the mini doesn’t look that much smaller than the 3g iPod. I like the whole color scheme thingy, but couldn’t they have made a white one as well? And it does look like it’s been cut off at the top. I can understand the release of a smaller player in order to gain a greater market share, but I don’t understand all the hype. It’s not all that.

Posted by Alex on February 19, 2004 at 8:38 AM (PDT)

The iPod mini Reaction Roundup

cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
ipod MINI HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by sammy on February 19, 2004 at 7:06 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

cant wait ipod mini is awsome although it could be a little less $$$$$$$

Posted by danny on February 19, 2004 at 7:02 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

some of you people are not understanding the sales and profit that apple are amking from this genius piece of technology. the product comes out on friday and there are over 100,000 orders for it already in a previous statement sometalked about it selling to ipod owners already. well if this is true where have these 100,000 customers come from.

it is obvious that the ipod mini is excellent, because it smaller and it is for the average perso non the go that is why it only holds so many songs wo is going to go out on a dayily run and listen to all 1000 songs it takes three days to listen to the whole collection of songs.

thanks matt302

Posted by matt302 on February 18, 2004 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

Color LCDs are thicker than mono LCDs, and consume a lot more battery juice. Adding a color LCD to any iPod would halve the battery life, or necessitate some bulking up.

The solution is organic light emitting diodes - thinner than LCDs, flexible, and less power hungry.

Maybe Apple are waiting until OLEDs are mass market, one year, maybe two, before using them? Kodak have launched an OLED camera in Europe, and there are a few mobiles using them. I think they are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Posted by OLEDs on February 18, 2004 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

hey people i think that ipod should just be changed slightly for either, mini or normal ipod(or mainstream) i feel tha the ipod mini/mainstream should have a color screen making it a more useful everyday tool more accessories could be added to this product and it would also have more available functions. even though this would make it more expensive it would ocme down in price over time making it a market leader.

Posted by matt302 on February 18, 2004 at 1:26 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

WHY CAN’T WE HAVE A COLOR SCREEN ON MY IPOD I HAVE OBE IN MY LITTLE CELL PHONE Please adapt the technology that lets me veg out on my phone to my ipod

Posted by Chris on February 18, 2004 at 12:54 PM (PDT)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

I’ve used 3 different blank CD brands in attempts to burn CD’s from Itunes, and each time the first song plays, and the rest ‘skip’.  On another brand of disk it didn’t.  Is this an Itunes/blank CD compatibility problem or can I change the burn settings so it burns on ALL CD’S?  I know the easy answer is used the CD’s that work, but I have 3 spools of 100 blank CD’s I paid for and can’t use with Itunes.  Any advice?

Posted by Marc on February 18, 2004 at 12:15 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

That 3d render looks lame.

you put 2 pictures of the ipod together and photoshop’d it.

model ur own design!

Posted by Stasyna on February 18, 2004 at 10:42 AM (PDT)

The iPod mini Reaction Roundup

Archos Gmini 20GB is $200 at Circuit City and $180 at Buy.com.

Of course, Archos 20GB Recorder is $130 at Amazon. But it is a brick.

You can always find much better GB/$ deals than Apple’s but that’s not the point.

Posted by Gigs Per Dollar on February 18, 2004 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

The iPod mini Reaction Roundup

Creative 4GB. $180 from Dell.

At this low price, even $50 makes a huge difference to market penetration.

I predict the iPod Mini will be sub $200 after the initial sales surge.

Posted by creative on February 18, 2004 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

The iPod mini Reaction Roundup

The more I think about it, the more I think that the price isn’t too high. It’s highly competitive with high-end RAM-based players; the only players that cost less have much more limited storage.

That being said, I think that Apple’s still leaving the very low end open—I’d love to see a low-end RAM-based MP3 player that can play Protected AAC’s. Sure, for $75 you don’t get a huge display, wonderful controls, etc., but it’d still be a user building an AAC (i.e. non-WMA) music library, purchasing from iTMS, etc. Since such a stripped down player wouldn’t “be an iPod” perhaps Apple could address it by licensing the ability to play Protected AAC’s to low-end MP3 manufacturers so that they can address the niche that Apple can’t?

Posted by Laird Popkin on February 18, 2004 at 5:41 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

Video! But not on an ipod. Maybe a separate product. I see a device much like the ipod av but with an emphasis on taking videos and photos. Think about it: Quicktime/mpeg 4 compress dvd quality to about 6mb/min. Imagine how many home videos would fit on a 60 gig ipod. The best part imo is that these videos would be perfect to edit in imovie. But unlike the current dv home camcorders, you would be able to edit directly on an ipod connected to a mac. No need to import! Perfect iapp tie in to imovie like ipod/itunes. If the imaging device was also capable of taking megapixel stills and had a flash, an ipod would be able to hold a virtually limitless number of photos. The same tie in with iphoto applies. Of course if i could still store my music and play it, i would have a perfect device. Even if it were slightly larger (but only slightly) than a 40 gig ipod, I would gladly fork out the cash to have one device replace my current ipod, digicam and dvcam.

The resulting device would have:
1. way more storage than even a suitcase full of dvtapes.
2. way more photo storage than even the biggest flash cards
3. a huge size advatage over two devices
4. much better connectivity/integration with macs than digicams and dvcams
5. an archive of your edited videos and pics with you at all times. just plug it in to a tv and share. or use your mac to burn dvds etc
6. people carying around one device that does it all. with only one small device, youre more likely to take pics and vids. How many of you have had an ipod in their pocket, saw something interesting and wanted to take a pic or vid? I bet you have!

Can such a device be built? I dont see why not. Apple already has a bulk of the technology needed to make it happen. Optics from an isight (although the resolution needs to be upped to at least 1 megapixel for decent stills), codecs care of quicktime and a platform in the ipod. How much would it cost? If it cost $699, I see apple crushing both the digicam and dvcam markets. Even $799. $300 for digicam+$600 dvcam= a lot more than a video ipod. Please, free me from all the digital devices and build a video ipod!

Posted by Glassbreaker on February 18, 2004 at 3:13 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

Ipod hifi: in a couple of years when the storage capacity has increased to hundreds of gigabytes there will be an ipod with support for lossless compression / without compression.
Wonder if there will be any audiophiles left by then…

Posted by Dan on February 18, 2004 at 12:25 AM (PDT)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

Eat Beef, Ipod people!

Posted by Paad Abdul on February 17, 2004 at 7:23 PM (PDT)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

When I try to burn a disk (using W2K) to my external CDRW, I get the prompt to insert blank media. Even when I use new blank media, iTunes never recognizes it and ejects.

The drive I use (Philips) is recognized by iTunes and I can use it to upload to program.

Any ideas?

Posted by robert on February 17, 2004 at 10:03 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

5.1 sound is not “pointless”. SACD and DVD-Audio both have 5.1 sound to let you feel immersed in the soundstage, or to create environmental effects like “concert hall” or “jazz club”.

The Creative Zen, despite being a huge bear of a player, does have excellent sound processing, with lots of such presets. They really make a difference to the playback of the sound. They call is “EAX”.

Posted by Surround on February 17, 2004 at 7:29 AM (PDT)

How to import CD tracks to iTunes

Tom, if you have an iTrip for a 3G iPod, I think the red LED is standard. I noticed that error when I was looking at the manual for my iTrip (that will teach me for reading the manual!!)

Also, Griffin have new software for Windows that synchronises the iTrip stations with iTunes. That may help you to get them onto your iPod.

If you have space in the FM dial to get a clear signal, iTrip is great!

Posted by Graham on February 17, 2004 at 7:16 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

Guy’s, guy’s, guy’s or (girl’s, girl’s ,girls), come on people the only things that the ipod needs changed is a killer battery life, say like 15hrs (seeya competition!) a beautifuly functional wired backlit lcd remote control (ala the ihp-140) and possibly a larger capacity (say 60gig for the musical collection freaks among us).

SIMPLE.SLEEK.ULTRA-FUNCTIONAL.

IPOD Gen4

Posted by Neo on February 17, 2004 at 6:26 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

The removable clip on battery is a brilliant idea. To go with this idea there should be a slot on the redesigned dock where you can slide in a 2nd battery to charge.

Having 5.1 capabilities when dealing with stereo signals is completely pointless.

Line-in recording is a must. FM radio similar to that included in many mobiles would be great especially if you can use it with the recording function. I’d love to be able to record live concerts or DJ mixes broadcast on the radio.

Posted by Stu on February 17, 2004 at 1:36 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

Well my name is on the waiting list at my local Apple Store and I will be standing in line Friday to pick one up. I guess that qualifies me as one of the stupid people who care more about style, size, and color versus having one that has a capacity that is 15 times the size of my music collection and is just a little too big and a little too heavy to comfortably wear on my arm while walking, working, etc. 

But then again I’ve been accused of being stupid for using a Mac too. I mean, why buy an elegant 17” widescreen 1 Ghz iMac which is a joy to use and never crashes, when for a third of the price I could have had a clucky buggy Windows pc that runs (sometimes) at 3 times the speed (and yet has an apparent speed 5 times slower) has double the memory and is compatible with hundreds of thousands of software titles I never use?

We all have different priorities when selecting hardware, but from my perspective the ipod mini is a more perfect choice than a 15GB iPod, and I suspect a lot of other people will feel the same. Would I be happier if it was priced 50.00 less? Of course! I’d also be happier if the 12” Powerbook was priced less than the 14” 1Ghz iBook- after all the same argument applies- it’s smaller, has a smaller screen, 20GB less capacity… But it aint going to happen so just get over it!

Posted by Ravenflight on February 16, 2004 at 10:03 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

I don’t want a ‘Pod that doubles as a George Forman grill.

Apple can make all the additional ‘Pods it wants, as long as they make one that is the best, most elegant music player around.

Posted by RAMdŽd on February 16, 2004 at 6:53 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

You forgot something, Apple can probably already implement in the current iPod models: The Audio-LineIn Support.
Although not very likely, since Apples contracting with RIAA members to make iTunes possible would not allow such an addition, a LineIn Recording Support would be awesome and then completely replace the AudioTape, which I still sometimes use to record interviews on the radio or else.

I think Apple won’t add too much stuff to their players, their motive has always been simplicity and to get more of the masses they should stick to that one. You gotta remember: The few technique-freaks that surf on iPod and the couple of DJs around aren’t the most profitable market one can imagine. Apple wants to grab the man on the street, give him a device he can understand and at some point pay.
But his will mean that Apple changes some of its policies, regarding audio-standards and else. Of course Steve Jobs says, keeping the Apple platform closed ensures its quality - but it sure doesn’t give Apple the bigger market share and customer satisfaction.
My mom doesn’t care about AAC or WMA. All she wants is listening to music, no matter what format. So do I, although my sympathies to Apple let me favor AAC.

Anyway, I hope Apple will work on the AudioLine in. One must have dreams..

Posted by Obi-Lan on February 16, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

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