Fits & Starts Productions, in conjunction with Apple, is offering a series of free 5.1 Surround Sound seminars hosted by expert Mike Sokol. The “Pocket Rocket Road Tour” seminars demonstrate how to create effective 5.1 Surround mixes for music, all running off a PowerBook G4, Digital Performer 3, and the MOTU 828 FireWire interface (which is capable of live 7.1 surround without an encoder/decoder!).
The new Sony Clié PEG-N760C PDA is wonderful. Slight, compact, and feature-packed. The screen is, of course, the best feature. With double the resolution of other screens, and custom “hi-res” fonts, reading e-books on your Palm is finally a possibility. (Use your desktop PC’s fonts via WordSmith and you’ll be doubly happy.)
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.