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iLounge couldn’t wait until Friday to receive its 40GB iPod, so we went to our local Apple Store and picked up a new 4G 20GB iPod for review. It’s being put through its paces as we speak. And yes, though the numbers show only a .12” difference, the new 40GB version feels surprisingly thicker (3G size, even) than the new 20GB. Retail Apple Stores have received “lots of them” in both sizes, and they’re already going quickly. Check back here for updates.

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41

I own a 3G ipod, but I don’t think I’m biased.  I was really looking forward to the release of the 4G so that it would give me an excuse to buy a new toy…but

a) I think the grey click wheel is ugly…

b) The battery life alone isn’t enough to make me buy the new ipod.  I’m already used to the life on my 3G.

How about some improved sound quality?  Everyone knows the sound quality on the ipod is inferior to some of the other mp3 players, and the EQ is useless.  I’m sure they did NOTHING to improve this b/c if they did, they would have made a point to say they did.  All apple did was improve aesthetics and the battery life…personally for me, that’s not enough to shell out an extra $400 for.  I’m going to wait until the 5G comes out and hopefully that’ll be worth the $$$ for an upgrade.

Posted by styles on July 22, 2004 at 7:49 AM (CDT)

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I just bought a 4G 40 GB last night and I love it.  I have a pink Mini and a 15GB 3G as well.  I find the new wheel controls on the mini and 4G easier to use as sometimes the touch control on the 3G buttons required multiple presses, maybe that’s just something about me though.

I cannot seem to get Anapod to work with the 4G though and I would also like a kewl case for it.  I am currently using the timbuktu nylon sleeve case.  I also installed my Griffin ITrip and it works great!
Lauren

Posted by Lauren on July 22, 2004 at 8:44 AM (CDT)

43

I’m still very interested in whether the central button uses capacitance (like the scroll wheel) or tactile feedback (like the buttons under the scrollwheel)...

Posted by Market Maven on July 22, 2004 at 8:50 AM (CDT)

44

The central button is tactile
Lauren

Posted by Lauren on July 22, 2004 at 8:52 AM (CDT)

45

lauren does ur timbuktu case fit properly the g4?

Posted by erik on July 22, 2004 at 9:34 AM (CDT)

46

The 3G iPod has iPod software version 2.2, whereas the 4G iPod “Click Wheel” has newer software, 3.0. From what I have heard, the major upgrades lie in the newer software. (ie: shuffle; better batt. life; On-The-Go Playlist editing; etc.) Does anyone know for sure if this is the case? If so, is there any chance Apple would release a new software revision for the 3G that includes some of the 4G features? I think the battery life upgrade, from what I’ve read, is strictly software. I think if I have the same battery in my 3G as the new 4G, I should be able to use it to its fullest capacity.

Posted by Alex Fricks on July 22, 2004 at 9:34 AM (CDT)

47

I had a 2nd gen iPod and there wasn’t enough in the 3rd gen to get me to update so soon and I thought the buttons of the 3G really ruined the Apple design idea.  When the mini’s came out I was hoping the next full versions would have the same click wheel and it does. 

For me, one HUGE benefit to the new version is the ability to save On-The-Go playlists.  In the past, I used my Mac laptop for MP3s but the 10Gbs of songs seriously ate up half the hard drive of the laptop.  But I didn’t use my desktop because I frequently make up new playlists on the road.  Now, I can keep the library on my larger desktop and make new playlists on the iPod itself.

I think the thing all of this shows is that upgrading every generation is probably not worth it.  Every other gen seems to make the most sense for those not named Rockefeller.

Posted by Aaron H on July 22, 2004 at 9:38 AM (CDT)

48

the battery life has somethign to do with the removal of all those buttons as well IMO.

Posted by erik on July 22, 2004 at 9:39 AM (CDT)

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Erik,
The timbuk2 case fits great, but it is only a temp thing until I can get something kewl.  My 15 3g has a pink glow in the dark gel case and it looks awesome at night
I have just been playing with the new shuffle command and it works a lot better tha the 3G
Lauren

Posted by Lauren on July 22, 2004 at 10:04 AM (CDT)

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A possible consideration Apple went to the clickwheel would probably be the lack of sensitivity & sometimes non-responsiveness of the touch wheel (sometimes you have to keep touching the touch wheel a few times before it responds). Unlike the Mini click wheel where you get an immediate response every time (my experience with my 3G 15g & Mini iPods). Although a backlight on the click wheel would be nice, navigation with the click wheel becomes instinctive in no time.

Posted by Tony on July 22, 2004 at 10:10 AM (CDT)

51

Well, I was excited that I was one of the lucky people to get an Ipod Mini before they sold out all over the place, even though I didn’t get the pink one that I wanted.  I absolutely love my mini, but I have been thinking that it would make sense to go for a 20Gig, especially now that they are so similar in price (I bought mine at Best Buy, too, and bought the replacement plan).  However, what is holding me back is the fact that there is no way in heck that I can fill the 20G; I have worked really hard to fill the mini, and it is only half full!  I guess I will have to “settle” for the mini, even though it would be really great to get the new 20G.  On a totally unrelated subject, I am a PC kind of girl all the way, and for years now, my son has been trying to talk me into buying an Apple product.  The mini was my first Apple purchase, and I am impressed.  So much so, that I have talked several of my friends into buying Ipods.  You’re welcome, Apple!

Posted by Maria D on July 22, 2004 at 10:15 AM (CDT)

52

Sorry….what I meant to say was the sometime insensitivity of the menu buttons instead.

Posted by Tony on July 22, 2004 at 10:16 AM (CDT)

53

Just got my 40 gig 4G from Best Buy in Pgh PA, (Thurs 11:20am EST). I went on the off chance they might be available.
Didn’t see any, fortunately after looking around, I asked a sales clerk, who said they were stocking them NOW, though he didn’t know which models. Looked, and YES.

So I finally took the plunge after 3 flash players: original Diamond RIO, Rio 500, and an MPIO. Got so tired of loading the player every day or two. Now, it’s busy charging while I’m posting this and trying to learn how to tell it which songs and audiobooks I want loaded on it

Wish me luck
dancer

Posted by dancer on July 22, 2004 at 10:19 AM (CDT)

54

Just got my 40 gig 4G from Best Buy in Pgh PA, (Thurs 11:20am EST). I went on the off chance they might be available.
Didn’t see any, fortunately after looking around, I asked a sales clerk, who said they were stocking them NOW, though he didn’t know which models. Looked, and YES.

So I finally took the plunge after 3 flash players: original Diamond RIO, Rio 500, and an MPIO. Got so tired of loading the player every day or two. Now, it’s busy charging while I’m posting this and trying to learn how to tell it which songs and audiobooks I want loaded on it

Wish me luck
dancer

Posted by dancer on July 22, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CDT)

55

Alright, so 4 months ago I got the 3G 15gb iPod from Best Buy (along with the 2 year Replacement Plan). I am disappointed in the battery life and size capacity. So, I have been checking at my local Best Buy’s and they have not yet received the 4G’s. In fact, I had to explain the specs and the description of the box to the guys working in the computer dept. I was pretty disappointed that they weren’t knowledgable about their own products. Hopefully, Best Buy will redeem itself in my eyes when I take my 3G back and use the replacement plan to get a 4G. I just hope that when they do receive them, they won’t sell out right away. I also checked BB website and they don’t even have them listed yet. Weird. Anyway, keep the comments coming if you have gone out to BB and purchased yours this week…or if you have used the replacement plan to exchange your old for a new. I would like to see how they handle the reasons for using the replacement plan (ie: battery life, storage, connection problems, etc.).
Thanks and happy Podding!

Posted by starperformer on July 22, 2004 at 10:43 AM (CDT)

56

I never liked the 3G button layout.  It always seemed like a compromise from the 1 and 2G design, trading off the more ergonomic and intuitive button layout for touch sensitive buttons that allowed a dramatic reduction in thickness.  The backlit buttons on the 3G were nice eye candy, but were also a necessity since it was now much harder to navigate the buttons by touch.  The 4G restores the easy navigation of the 1 and 2G while improving on the thickness.  Now if only my 40GB 4G would hurry up and ship…

Posted by jd on July 22, 2004 at 10:45 AM (CDT)

57

i love the new looks, its all opinions after all, and i own a 3G 20gig. very tempted to sell my 3G on ebay b4 the prices tumble. only gripe is tht ive got a second dock, and well.. they only made a .12 difference, it should still fit!!!! any new owners with 3G docks could u possibly test that. cheers guys, enjoy ur new toys.

Posted by kris on July 22, 2004 at 10:47 AM (CDT)

58

Sorry…what I meant to stress was the sometime insensitivity of the menu buttons…

Posted by Tony on July 22, 2004 at 10:59 AM (CDT)

59

hellokittypod,

I had a 30gig 3rd Gen before they introduced the 40gigs.  The harddrive failed on it (by, of course, no fault of mine..*cough*), and Best Buy gave me a brand new 40gb the next day even though they still had 30s in stock.

Now my 40’s chrome back has separated from the white face on one side (not bad but annoying), and I’m thinking about getting a new 40gb out of it.  The karma won’t be good, but that’s okay.


Anybody else—

Does the 4G have the same issue with smartplaylists that the 3G has?  Where they will reverse themselves on the iPod?  Apparently this is a firmware glitch according to the guy on the phone.  Has this been fixed?  Thanks.

Posted by dethbrakr on July 22, 2004 at 11:21 AM (CDT)

60

Cry me a 3g iPod

4g are amazing… oooh amazing .... i’ll be listnin’ to Justified all day every day with my 40gb 4th gen

p.s. 4g’s are smelly.

Posted by Justin Timberlake on July 22, 2004 at 11:37 AM (CDT)

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