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Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I have yet to get my hands on a ‘click-wheel’ equipped iPod, but from using the 3G in stores I have to say I prefer the layout of the original iPods - that is, a scroll wheel surrounded by the control buttons - and the ‘click-wheel’ almost goes back to this layout.

Posted by MadPict in UK on July 18, 2004 at 8:50 AM (PDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I like my 3G buttons maybe I am in the minority here but I like the idea of touch sensitive buttons.  Going back to an analog rock plate just seems like a step backwards to me.  Plus as it was mentioned the baclighting on the buttons is cool.  I show my friends my iPod and they ooh and ahhh, but when I turn the backlight and the buttons on they think it is the coolest thing in the world.  Then again maybe I long for my lightbright days wink

Mike

Posted by mike on July 18, 2004 at 8:39 AM (PDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I’m all for the Click Wheel. As a matter of fact, I purchased an iPod mini for the Click Wheel and size on June 22nd.

Posted by SFNE Freak in CT on July 18, 2004 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

So am I to understand that this “Clickwheel” is the scroll wheel with 4 pressure sensitive buttons around it? I would have thought that the “buttons” were just touches in those locations, like the “touch” buttons on the 3G iPod.

I love my 3G iPod, I have dropped one so far and immediatly went out an bought another one to replace it. I would hate to drop this one and have to replace it with something “completely” different again.

Apple seems to love to change their computers almost as much as I like to change the look of my website. I wish, for once, that they would leave well enough alone!

Posted by Dave M. on July 18, 2004 at 5:19 AM (PDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

i still like the scroll wheel…

plus, i like how the control buttons were back-lit with the red leds.

Posted by jared on July 18, 2004 at 3:17 AM (PDT)

Backstage Opinion: Is the Click Wheel right for you?

I, for one, welcome our new Click Wheel overlords.

I go to school in Chicago. In the winter, I would not even consider leaving my dorm for the half-mile trudge to class without my (thin yet incredibly warm) leather gloves. This leaves me with very little exposed skin with which to operate my 3G’s touch-sensitive next/previous and play buttons. I have the remote, but the cold stiffens rubber so much that any additional wire makes it more likely the the stiff white rods that dangle from my ears will torque the earbuds right out.

Eventually, I figured out that I can avoid frostbite (yes, I’m a weakling) by pressing the buttons with the tip of my nose. Needless to say, this looked rather silly, and I was glad when early spring and just-a-coat weather came around.

The dilemma: do I find someone to offload my old iPod onto just to get a slightly smaller one with a click wheel?

Posted by Big Jim on July 17, 2004 at 9:36 PM (PDT)

Backstage: Coming soon, for July 17 2004

Yup. Note I used the word “updates” rather than “reviews.” grin The news got out early, as you’ll see on the main site.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 17, 2004 at 4:32 PM (PDT)

Backstage: Coming soon, for July 17 2004

There might be a little more activity for you than reviews if this rumor is true: http://thinksecret.com/news/newipods.html

Posted by SFNE Freak in CT on July 17, 2004 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Why iLounge doesn't run rumors

Remember, back when the iPod mini came out, Apple began to refer to 3G iPods as available only in “Signature iPod White.” This was as clear a sign as any that Apple views the white casing as distinctively iPod.

That’s why we believe that Apple almost certainly will not phase out white iPods entirely. At worst, they’ll become the high-end of the iPod line while most of the sales are done in cheaper colored models like minis. This would parallel the branding strategy of Mont Blanc, which emphasizes its most expensive (and distinctive) pens over its cheaper, and more common looking ones.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 17, 2004 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Why iLounge doesn't run rumors

people just want the most they can possibly get out of a tiny electronic device. thats why they want color screens. ask around, ask people what theyd like in a tiny hand-held electronic device: video? audio? digital potography? peoples imaginations go crazy thinking about stuff like this, and i think thats what leads to so many rumors - people start thinking about all this stuff theyd like to see in an iPod and when they hear some small rumor with some information slightly similar to what they want and they get really really excited. they go out tell everyone and it eventually ends up here or on other messageboards, forums, etc.

people, just because youd love to see a holographic videophone in an ipod doesnt mean theyll make one with it (leave those ideas for the concept gallery).

Posted by shane on July 16, 2004 at 9:57 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

I think it would be great to be able to click on the “small” photos and kink to a larger, higher resolution one. Otherwize I love this whole site!

Posted by iTony on July 16, 2004 at 9:53 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Why iLounge doesn't run rumors

they wouldn’t get rid of the white ipod, it’s the original and there would be an uproar from all the third party designers with white ipod accessories, and I want to know why everyone seems to want a colour screen on an mp3 player?

Posted by Zer0cool on July 16, 2004 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

i agree as well, but think the cost is probably closer to 3cents :p

Posted by joshua on July 15, 2004 at 6:05 PM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

I agree with Travis.  ^

Posted by supercarrot900 on July 15, 2004 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

Sweet! And yay for Honda. It must cost, like, a whole $3 for a car manufacturer to add an audio-in jack to a car. I don’t understand why it’s not a much more common feature.

Posted by Travis Nep Smith on July 15, 2004 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

a lot of wires…

Posted by alby on July 15, 2004 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Why iLounge doesn't run rumors

I heard that they are getting rid of the WHITE iPod completely!

Posted by Coolpepper43 on July 15, 2004 at 8:48 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Why iLounge doesn't run rumors

“Apple probably has between five and ten different prototype iPods in testing right now, some with current 3G iPod cases, better battery life, and wireless capabilities, others with smaller cases and fewer parts, and some with color screens and photo/video playback capabilities. Any one could become the next iPod, or a totally different Apple product, or never be shown to the public at all. Fact is, not one of these possibilities really matters until we can try it and possibly buy it.”

This may well be the best sum-up of rumors I’ve come across. Being someone who sees probably more than his fair share of Apple rumors, you couldn’t be more right. R&D is an interesting game/job/whatever, and product development depends on trying every idea, whether it works or not. It’s ultimately up to the reader to decide which rumors sound most likely/feasable, and how that possibly incorrect information should impact them.

Posted by Mudbug on July 15, 2004 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

third_floor…

I’m using a SiK Imp cable, because it provides Audio Line Out and FireWire. I’m also using the SiK power adapter and a male to male mini jack (1/8”) stereo cable. You can find a mini jack cable at any Radio Shack or stereo accessory store. In this set-up I’m using SendStation’s mini jack cable included with their recently released Audio Line Out PocketDock. The iPod mount is from Pro-Clip.

You’re right, it’s a simple and effective solution, but I’d like to manage the wires better.

Check our Reviews page for reviews on the Imp cable and PocketDock adapter.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on July 15, 2004 at 6:56 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

can you posts some higher resolution pictures…

Posted by steve on July 15, 2004 at 6:56 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

What components did you use for that setup?  It looks very simple but very efficient.

I’m guessing the USB/Firewire combo cable, and mount,and some sort of firewire car adapter.

Any plans on showing us how?

Posted by Third on July 15, 2004 at 6:08 AM (PDT)

Backstage: Elemental iPod

I like your Honda Element.  It is so cool.

Posted by Jimw on July 14, 2004 at 9:46 PM (PDT)

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