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Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

So can you still scroll with the new click wheel buttons?

Posted by Spiffy on July 19, 2004 at 11:11 PM (CDT)

Backstage: Apple drops Remote and Case pack-ins

As per the 4-to-6 pin FireWire adapter: since the Click Wheel iPod charges off USB 2.0, it seems unlikely that Apple would want to encourage the use of unpowered FireWire any more, especially when PCs are more likely to have USB 2.0 anyway.

Posted by Noman on July 19, 2004 at 9:45 PM (CDT)

Backstage: We looked, no new iPods @ Apple Store

Last wenseday I put in an order for a G3 IPod. I knew the new version was coming soon but I couldnt wait :(

Well to my suprise, Apple emailed me today stating they have upgraded my order (which was to ship on the 19th) to the new G4. They also added to my order a FREE Case and Remote because my previous order (The 40GB G3) came with those assories. The sad news is that this pushed the shipping date back until the 21st, to which I response by calling apple and upgrade my shipping to over night :) Hopefully I’ll have the G4 by thursday or Friday! YippIE!

Anyways, the point of this post was to say that the Apple store should be shipping out G4 IPods by the 21st but that they have upgrade orders that were current on the 19th to the new version and put them in the front of the line.

Proud new (waiting) owner of a G4,
SA

Posted by StealthAngel on July 19, 2004 at 8:02 PM (CDT)

Backstage: We looked, no new iPods @ Apple Store

Give Best Buy an extra 5-7 days to get their first shipment in stock, and possibly 2 days from date of arrival to tell people they have them. (They sometimes hide new shipments of items such as digital cameras in order to deplete older inventory that’s on the floor.)

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 19, 2004 at 5:22 PM (CDT)

Backstage: Apple drops Remote and Case pack-ins

Jerrod: Yeah, I wrestled with whether it was worth posting the expanded version as “news” or not. So the front page has a few sentences on it as an “UPDATE” within the original story, but the greater detail appears here for those who are interested.

Cameron: The case was the one thing that never left my iPod’s box. Each one of the previously included items is, in my humble opinion, a complete ripoff when purchased separately, but it was nice to have them in the box.

I’m personally hoping that this signals the release of a superior LCD remote from Apple, but I’m not holding my breath.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 19, 2004 at 5:19 PM (CDT)

Backstage: Apple drops Remote and Case pack-ins

I don’t care about the remote, but I DO use the Apple Case.

However, maybe Apple looked at what cases people were using and determined that the case is not a selling point for most people.

Posted by Cameron on July 19, 2004 at 5:12 PM (CDT)

Backstage: We looked, no new iPods @ Apple Store

In the past, how long has it taken Apple resellers, e.g. Best Buy to get the iPods?

Posted by freshmargs on July 19, 2004 at 5:12 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

ill get the new one as soon as vaja ivod makes cases for it

Posted by halleluwah on July 19, 2004 at 3:40 PM (CDT)

Backstage: Apple drops Remote and Case pack-ins

Why is this a backstage blog item?  Seems like news to me.  ;)

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on July 19, 2004 at 3:11 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

Jeremy—

Indeed… it’s a darn shame that both the PB and iPod have to be purchased together, as both of my purchases fall within the Cram & Jam time “window.”

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on July 19, 2004 at 3:08 PM (CDT)

Backstage: We looked, no new iPods @ Apple Store

Make mine a Mocha Malt….. :o)

Posted by MadPict in UK on July 19, 2004 at 2:35 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

on the above link to the apple store, it also says that the click sound can be turned off. d’oh

Posted by shammy on July 19, 2004 at 1:23 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

BIGP: Actually it’s a separate click issue. The “Clicker” is Apple’s sound effect to let you know you’re navigating through menus, and can be turned off or on, whereas the clicking sound that wakes people up is a physical click of the buttons. We’ll have to see whether the second one’s fixed too.

Jerrod: Yes… new server is so close, but yet so far away. ;-) Congrats on the PB… I dropped similar cash on mine a few months ago. Now don’t you wish you were in on the $200 rebate dealie from Apple?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 19, 2004 at 1:06 PM (CDT)

Backstage: We looked, no new iPods @ Apple Store

Thanks for this information.  You just saved me a trip up to the Apple Store in Westchester County, NY.  Maybe next week…

Posted by Ed on July 19, 2004 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I tried the Mini and it’s 1000% easier for me to use. Simpler layout, tactile feedback. And maybe the biggest thing: the Mini’‘s matte-finish wheel was easier to glide along than the “sticky” glossiness of the 3G iPod wheel.

And I’d say there are MUCH more sensitive mechanical issues in any iPod than the clickers. Such as the HD, hold switch, and connectors.

Posted by Nagromme on July 19, 2004 at 12:38 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

here is the link


http://www.apple.com/ipod/specs.html

Posted by BIGP in Texas on July 19, 2004 at 12:32 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

i saw in the software update that you can play the click through the earphones so your problem seams solved

Posted by BIGP in Texas on July 19, 2004 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

Bet you wish you had those new servers installed today…. ugh… 68 second load time on a T3 connection!  :D :D

Good luck!

BTW… go clickwheel!  I just spent $2600 on my dream powerbook, but it looks like I have another $400 going away this week!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on July 19, 2004 at 10:51 AM (CDT)

Backstage: Coming soon, for July 17 2004

Nice..  I’ve been hanging to see more pics and reviews of the Gravis and Incase cases. There isn’t ANYTHING anywhere!!

Posted by camson in Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 2004 at 12:36 AM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

i think the case designers will be pleased with the click wheel design, especially those that already have a mini case. i always preferred the look of the older g1/g2 cases since they only had to ‘reveal’ the screen and wheel - the four buttons made designs too busy.

wonder who’ll be first off the rank with the new 4g case LOL!!

Posted by yinyang on July 18, 2004 at 8:54 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

How quickly we forget. I have, and still use daily, a 5Gb original iPod which has a mechanical scroll wheel and four mechanical arc buttons making up a circle around the wheel. The new, more compact version, is certainly even better (and much better than reaching up for the 4 horizontal buttons).

Posted by old timer on July 18, 2004 at 8:46 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I’m also concerned about the “whole lot more that can go wrong” with the mechanical buttons, but truthfully I don’t have any statistics to show the failure rates of the mechanical ones versus the touch-sensitive ones. The 3G’s controls may fail more often, or worse, all fail/deteriorate in performance at once, for all we know.

I’m purely guessing that the four iPod buttons are similar to modern video game joypad buttons or computer keyboard buttons, and therefore won’t wear out too easily. It’s hard to tell for sure from the autopsy photos at http://gallery.ipodlounge.com/ipod/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=5 , but the buttons don’t resemble the cheap membrane insides of, say, older Nintendo joypads. Regardless, it seems very unlikely that the mechanical buttons would all fail at once.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 18, 2004 at 6:27 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

Yay!!! Hated that ugly row of buttons.
Now if it just has a Firewire port

Posted by -M on July 18, 2004 at 4:52 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I’ve been waiting and waiting for Apple to go back to the original iPod interface - I have a 1G iPod and love the button positioning. The 3G was a disappoinment and I have waited with baited breath to see if the design would return to the classic iPod look and feel. Yippee! Gotta get one

Posted by CDN Guy on July 18, 2004 at 4:20 PM (CDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I prefer the touch-sensitive buttons far above mechanical buttons. we forget that with the 3G ipod, the hard drive is the only moving part. With mechanical buttons, there is a whole lot more that can go wrong.

Posted by Griffin on July 18, 2004 at 2:08 PM (CDT)

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