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.