The iPod looks like a fantastic utility. It has the simple elegance and appears to have the ease of use typical of Apple’s high quality products. However, the iPod being merely an MP3 left me wondering how Apple could possibly think that such a device will result in a great number, or even a good number, of PC converts – which is one of their stated goals. There are a number of good quality MP3 players on the market that will satisfy the non-Mac user.
Apple has always pushed the boundaries of personal computing and the new iPod is a prime example of this strategy. It takes a lot of exciting technologies and puts them into an elegant package that has been seamlessly integrated with iTunes 2 and Apple FireWire hardware.
The decision to go with a sub 2.5-inch 5 GB drives seems to have helped with size and battery life at the expense of storage capacity and cost. FireWire is so fast and the fact that it is used to charge the battery is brilliant! There has got to be camera software and an iMovie revision in the works for this pod.
I just posted this to Slashdot as a reply to one of the articles about OS X. I thought I’d share it with you as it relates to the last article somewhat. Its kind of unedited, written for a Linux crowd.
I just wanted to relate my experience with 10.1 last week. I got a copy after months of procrastination and installed it on a G3 450mhz (the Blue and White type). I’d also like to note that I’m not really trying to start a flame war. I am a big fan of *nixes in general (I first worked on a PDP11 running some kind of Nix back in 82), I am also (strangely for a nix zealot) a huge Mac fan. I’m not a big fan of any Nix GUI nor of windows. Mainly I’m posting this because for the first time in several jaded years, something in mainstream Computing made me go “Wow!”. Forget the iPod. The experience below has just made me decide that OSX is an incredible achievement.