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iPod touch poll ends, iPod shuffle poll begins

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008
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With over 3,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“What should Apple do with the iPod touch?”—has ended with some interesting results. Readers were given the option to change iPod touch’s storage space, screen, or pricing, as well as keeping it the same.

Storage capacity was the most requested reader upgrade. Over 60% of readers felt that some sort of storage upgrade would be a good idea: 32% preferred a little more storage in the form of flash memory, while 31% preferred a lot more storage in the form of a hard disk. A total of 24% of responding readers wanted to see Apple improve the screen, while 32% would be satisfied with the same device at a lower price point. Only 3% responded that nothing should change in the iPod touch. Thanks for your responses!

Our new poll, “What should Apple do with the iPod shuffle?,” has just been opened. As always, it’s on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page, and provides a handful of possible changes Apple could make to the device. Cast your vote today!

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1

It would be nice to have a “drop the price” option on the Shuffle’s poll as well. I can’t really think of anything else that I would change about it.

The thing’s already so small and light, adding wireless just doesn’t seem like it would be that big a deal.

Increasing storage capacity might be desirable if your music collection was encoded at the high quality setting.

I don’t see how killing off the Shuffle would result in a cheaper Nano though. Now that the Nanos can play video, a one or two gigabyte version just isn’t very practical, especially if you get your videos from the iTunes store.

Here’s a couple ideas:

1) give the Shuffle a display and call it the ‘iPod Audio’!

2) get Apple to morph the Shuffle into a pair of Shure SE500 series earphones. One earpiece would have a tiny 4-way rocker switch on the side to control volume/playback order. The other earpiece would have a 4-way switch for play/pause, fwd/rev. A thin cord connecting the two earpieces would have a special connector for syncing/charging. Call it the ‘iPod Shurfle’.

Posted by Paul on June 23, 2008 at 9:28 PM (PDT)

2

price, price, price. I am looking forward to getting the ipod touch 32, but the price is that of refurbished laptop. For now The new Zune 80 could be an alternative if the price doesn’t dip to below 400.00.

Posted by Watch.Dog Cnd on June 24, 2008 at 7:41 AM (PDT)

3

That’s all fine and well, but those are very limited (and somewhat obvious) proposals for iPod Touch improvements. How about adding Bluetooth so that it can use wireless headphones and communicate (& tether) with a cellphone? How about adding GPS so that it can take full advantage of the location-based applications coming to the iPhone 2.0 OS? Those seem like much more significant improvements, and it would be interesting to know how important people think they would be. Price drops and capacity increases are mandated by Moore’s law, and there’s no real value in polling people about that.

Posted by weatherman on June 25, 2008 at 12:53 AM (PDT)

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