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Mix: Samsung, nano hacking, Kanye West, nano praise

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, September 12, 2005
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Samsung has introduced a new high-capacity flash memory chip that could “let Apple and other makers of portable electronic devices pack more data into less failure-prone gadgets,” reports the AP. “The 16-gigabit NAND flash memory chip, equivalent to 2 gigabytes of storage, doubles a chip Samsung introduced last September.”

Make magazine has posted an article on how to hack the iPod nano. “The new iPod nano is out and while it’s not as hackable (yet) as it’s older cousins, you can do a few things like change the text strings, mod the font and even change the graphics (sorta). Here’s How to mod a pod, a work in progress for the iPod nano.”

Apple has reportedly cut the Kanye West performance from the QuickTime stream of its special event in San Francisco.

“The iPod nano is the slickest of the already-slick iPod model lineup. The pictures don’t do it justice,” says Mike Wendland for the Detroit Free Press. “You have to hold it in your hand. It is so slim—about the width of a No. 2 pencil—that the first reaction of everyone I have shown it to has been, “Whoa!” Or something very similar.”

From an engineering and design standpoint, the nano is truly a marvel,” writes Larry Magid for CBS News. “Apple took advantage of advances in both memory and battery technology to build an incredibly small music player. Compared to the mini it replaces, about the only downside I can think of is that the nano’s small size will make it easier to lose and break.”

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1

Small size is the ONLY downside? Is he kidding? I’m not completely anti-nano, but the fact is the mini had many advantages over the nano. It was available in more colors, it had a higher capacity, higher battery life, the headphone port was on the top (which works better for many uses) and the mini had the headphone plug with an extra thing so you could use the ipod remote, in addition to many accessories that won’t work on the nano.

Posted by catboy17 on September 12, 2005 at 5:35 PM (PDT)

2

Nano is head and shoulders above the mini…yes it lags in some specs, but those weaknesses are far outweighed by the advantages of the nano.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 12, 2005 at 7:13 PM (PDT)

3

Kanye is the man…a hero to many for speaking up and risking personal attacks during the same week his album dropped…how many other people would speak up at a time like that?

Shame on Apple if they cut him on account of his recent comments.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 12, 2005 at 7:17 PM (PDT)

4

I would imagine it was not in the feed due to legal rights to the music in some way. I viewed the video of it days after Kayne West made those comments.

Posted by Tim H on September 12, 2005 at 9:07 PM (PDT)

5

catboy,

Personally I never cared for the Mini since I didn’t see any need for having its advantages (namely size) over the standard 3G or subsequent 4G.  Colors are cute and all that sort of drivel, but it doesn’t make the music sound any better.

OTOH, while the nano fills the spot vacated by the discontinuation of the Mini, it to me is the flash player that really should’ve killed the Shuffle. ‘Sides, with the way that flash mem technology is going these days, I doubt the Mini will be the only HD-based iPod to go bye-bye.

Posted by flatline response on September 13, 2005 at 4:08 AM (PDT)

6

Do you people even know what the difference between flash and hard drive technology is? And the fact that for the same amount of power, the nano could have gone for 40 hours?

The mini used a 950 mah at 3.7
The nano uses less mah but has iPod Photo capabilities, and 14 hours of battery life.
A non-color nano, with the exact same specs as a mini without the HD space, of course, at the same battery spec is significantly better. Oh yeah, i wonder how long the mini charges for. The nano is 3 hours. The battery is prolly cheap—which is good—> that means inexpensive to replace.

Plus the fact that it doesnt skip, the memory will be retained even if exposed to artic or summer temperature.

There’s a reason why Flash players outnumber HD DAPs in Korea—the most matured market for DAPs since DAPs were invented there.

The downside to flash is that there’s a limited read/write cycle of about 100,000 or 4 years if you write in it 2x a day. Then it dies. It’s also slower to write to than hard drive players. But then, compact flash protocols on the mini arent that fast either so it’s comparable.

Flash is just small film that gets pockmarked with 0’s and 1’s. It’s a lot better than heating and spinning a platter.

Sorry, just really

Posted by gea on September 13, 2005 at 4:47 AM (PDT)

7

Until last week, I had never actually heard of a “No. 2 pencil” before.

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on September 13, 2005 at 4:52 AM (PDT)

8

iPod fans don’t care about Kanye West. He can go shopping then call his buisness manager and ask how much I care.

None, None do I care.

Posted by skw on September 13, 2005 at 5:08 AM (PDT)

9

I’m so glad they cut that “performance”.  I’m sorry folks, but that is just not art, music, or anything involving talent.  I don’t know how these people make so much money.

Posted by m. sherman on September 13, 2005 at 5:51 AM (PDT)

10

I heard that the performance was ridiculously awkward because the people there didn’t get into it at all. maybe that’s why they gave it the axe.

Posted by jm on September 13, 2005 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

11

SKW-

You’re just a hater who’s very uninformed.  Kanye currently has the top selling album and single on iTMS (also #1 in stores).  Maybe you don’t like him, but obviously a lot of iPod fans do.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 13, 2005 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

12

Talented or not, you have to admit that Kanye’s performance WAS awkward. I guess you just can’t expect an audience largely made up of middle-aged Caucasian geeks to really get into it much. raspberry

Posted by Alex H. on September 14, 2005 at 11:31 PM (PDT)

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