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May 19, 2003

Gimme a break: iPod edition

Spymac.com :: iPod petition continues tradition

Some owners of earlier generation iPods are petitioning for Apple to support the Version 2.0 firmware on older iPods.

I’ve got to say, I don’t see much in the 2.0 firmware that’s worth a firmware upgrade. Yes, there are a couple of new games, on-the-fly playlists, and customizable menus. So what?

I’ve asked the folks at the Apple Store what they could say to talk me into the new iPod, and I can’t really see upgrading (don’t tell Christy). I love that it’s smaller, but that comes with a loss of battery life, down to around 7.5 hours.

Down in my most secret soul, I was hoping the new generation would support some photo or video features. I would love to be able to watch TV shows captured by my EyeTV on a device the size of the iPod. It wouldn’t even have to be color, although I doubt Apple would ever introduce a TV-like device that wasn’t.

The bigger drive capacity is somewhat attractive, but I usually only have about 2.5 gigs of songs on my 5-gig iPod, since I don’t put any songs rated less than 4 stars on the handheld.

If anything, I’m glad that Apple supported original iPod users for the AAC, iTunes Music Store, and reconfigured menus in Version 1.3.

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Tracked on May 20, 2003 2:52:39 PM


I agree that the new iPods are not exactly a breakthrough compared to the old ones: I'm hoping the new ones drive the prices down on the old ones, all the same (eBay always has a few, if revealing that doesn't invoke Murphy's Law).

Posted by: paul at May 20, 2003 1:46:26 AM

I agree, I'm not trading mine in. And I'm not missing any of the features of the new firmware, perhaps i'm not a heavy enough user. I agree I would love to see a video ipod. Now that I would upgrade to.

Posted by: nf0 at May 20, 2003 9:53:12 AM

I like the new ones. The dock is perfect for me, so my one iPod will easily be transportable from home or the office. I'm of the impression that the plug/play/charge dock is new.

Now, where is an in-dash dock for cars?

Posted by: john m at May 20, 2003 8:02:52 PM

The dock is new, but it's not necessarily an improvement. With the previous iPods, you just set the iPod down next to your computer(s), and plug in a FireWire cable. Apple makes a .5-meter flexy FireWire cable that's perfect for that and packs small and light.

With the new iPods, I'll either need a special cable to go to the new proprietary iPod interface (which supports USB 2.0 or FireWire docks) from my computer, or I'll need to haul along a dock on trips, which seems cumbersome.

One thing I neglected is that the iPod's out is now a line-out instead of a headphone, which means you don't need an amplifier all the time. That's a useful and valuable improvement.

Posted by: Frank at May 20, 2003 9:10:58 PM