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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Friday, July 23, 2004
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picIt was either Uncle Ben Parker from the Spider-Man movies or Steve Jobs who once said, “With great iPods, comes great responsibility.” And with the testing of two new fourth-generation iPods underway for the last few days, I’ve sure felt that way. The initial period after any new iPod’s release is the same way: spend several days doing hard core testing and barely enjoy using our new toys, and then, when the reviews are all done, settle back in a chair, relax, and just listen. For fun, even. There’s a temptation to slack on the reviews - or even not write two versions, because it takes so much more time - but I’m not going to do that. So the first of the two reviews will be up within the next few hours, and the second will follow thereafter. Thanks for all your comments and requests on what should be covered; I’ve been reading them all.

I’m glad the new iPods didn’t come out in August, as some were predicting. They turned out to be a nice early birthday present, if not quite the Swiss Army Knife Pods that would have dropped jaws worldwide. And they’re just in time for print magazines’ Holiday Buyers Guides, which are probably being written… well, this past Monday, knowing how slow the print world is.

Other items currently in the review queue: Speck’s new iPod mini Flipstand (good!) and mini Armband (good! - review finished and ready to go up), plus a new collection of photo-customizable leather cases from iLeath, which I’ve barely had time to look over.

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1

Please continue to complain about having too many new iPods and cool accessories to review. I’m sure we’ll all feel very sorry for you at some point.

smile

Posted by MikeM on July 23, 2004 at 10:11 AM (PDT)

2

Hey Jeremy.  Send that 40Gigger over to me, and I’ll do the review for it!  =)  LOL.

Send me a PM, and I’ll give you the address…

Really, thanks for all the great reviews that you do here.  I’m tired of all those places that review gadgets and stuff, and always say everything positive about them.  It’s like, what is the point of reviewing everything, if everything is going to get a good rating.  Let’s be real, folks.

Posted by bikepodmini on July 23, 2004 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

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MikeM: That was no complaint - trust me, I’ve read tons of them from all sorts of spoiled journalists whose desks are filled with great stuff. It was merely a reflection on the fact that at some point (when your fun hobby turns professional), you temporarily relinquish the “fun” part while you’re doing your job. And of course I’m not looking for anyone to feel sorry for me - after all, I’ll be having my fun soon enough. grin

Bikepodmini: Well, the review’s live now, so I guess I’ll have to pass. wink And thanks for what you said. I take product reviews very seriously for a number of reasons, and firmly believe that an “excited” rating means nothing if you’re excited about everything. The upcoming changes to our review system (from icons to A through F letter grades, pluses and minuses) are designed to give people an even better summary sense of our feelings.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 23, 2004 at 11:24 AM (PDT)

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Jeremy:  To add to your pile,... wink

Please keep reminding Dennis to post my final review (PacRim iShield II)... It’s been done for ages now :D

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on July 23, 2004 at 2:05 PM (PDT)

5

Hey - I was wondering - could anyone do an audiobook format for the review so i can listen to it in the park on my ipod smile

Posted by review on July 23, 2004 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

6

Hi Jeremy. The review was great! Very thorough and articulate considering the minor changes from 3G to 4G. Many thanks for your hard work.

I was just wondering when the Power Users review would be coming out as it was mentioned in the review.

Thanks again and keep up the great work!

One last thing, is there any way to donate to the site? Do you guys take donations?

Posted by Slim on July 26, 2004 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

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by the way. I know that a lot of you guys talk about how there could be improvements on the ipod. If you really feel like something can change, just go to apple.com. Then go to itunes and ipod, then when you click on ipod, you scroll down and fill out a feed back form, where you can suggest ideas, and problems that you have to apple. I asked them for a longer battery life, and a little smaller size, and they delivered

Posted by M Bargo in Chicago, IL on July 26, 2004 at 5:42 PM (PDT)

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