Well, with a newer, thinner game playing iTouch, and a new iPod Nano G4, I'm actually tempted to trade my RCA flash drive player in for one of these new iPods.
I just watched the advertisement for the Nano G4. I think coverflow sets the iPod way apart from its competition. That combined with the new Genius smart playlist option. It sounds like Apple has really refined the iPod, almost to perfection.
I'm not up-to-speed on all the latest MP3/Media Player devices. So I'm not sure if there are any devices that can compare. I sure haven't heard of any.
One feature that does concern me, is "Shake to Shuffle". Many of the consumers looking to buy an iPod, are runners/joggers. Now suddenly the songs will change with each step? This sounds like its going to be interesting.
What are your thoughts on the new iPods?
Eh, I don't find all of it too new or exciting. I personally don't really care for coverflow, since I find it tedious for some reason. The shake to shuffle thing has already been done (Sony) and doesn't seem useful anyway. While iPods keep getting shinier, it seems to me they aren't improving in many ways other than capacity. Imo, iPods used to be the best players out there, but now they're nothing special. I think there are plenty of products that compare to and easily blow away the iPod. It surprises me that iPods still dominate the market.
If I was looking to buy an mp3 player, I would far prefer some sort of Zen. These can do everything the Nano can, but more at the same price. You can stream music from your PC. It has built in speakers, a radio, a microphone, SD card support, better headphones, and better battery life than the iPod Nano. The only down side is that it's not as thin. I can't see any sort of lead iPods have over this.
The funny thing is, iPods will slowly catch up with these features one by one, and for each one Apple will be praised for being innovative.
Monster_user;4577123What are your thoughts on the new iPods?
A nearly irrelevant observation:
I bought a refurbished 80GB 5.5G back in February when Apple put a bunch of them up on the webstore, to replace my ailing Rio Karmas. I specifically sought out this model because, as of that point in time, it was the most modern iPod to have a Rockbox port.
The other day at the gym, Rockbox tanked on my and I reset the player, inadvertantly telling it to boot back into the normal iPod firmware. I was highly disgusted at the incredibly loud hiss that came through my Shure E4s when the factory firmware loaded. The SNR was completely unacceptable.
Having experienced that, I would never recommend an iPod that doesn't support Rockbox without a serious critical listen, first. I have no idea if this problem afflicts the Nanos as well, or if you're even care if it did. But there you have it.
The only thing the Nano has going for it is the solid-state drive. On paper, I find nothing else that puts it ahead of any other player out there, and lack of Ogg Vorbis support is an absolute deal-breaker for me (this applies to every iPod, and is the primary reason for my use of the somewhat buggy and highly un-optimized 5.5G Rockbox port).
Couldn't that just be due to being a refurb? Refurbs have never been known to be 'like new' IMO if you buy anything Refurb your crazy.
Last iPod I factoryed didn't make any sound but the usual iPod click when it was done. Maybe your headys are on the way out?
C38368;4581388A nearly irrelevant observation: The other day at the gym, Rockbox tanked on my and I reset the player, inadvertantly telling it to boot back into the normal iPod firmware. I was highly disgusted at the incredibly loud hiss that came through my Shure E4s when the factory firmware loaded.
That's annoying. I've never noticed a hissing problem with my 1st gen Nano, but I've really never sat down and made a comparison. It's shocking that free third party firmware does a better job than Apple. Rockbox has really gone a long way, I love it.
edit: I doubt it would be because it's refurb, considering it works in Rockbox.
Yeah, it's highly unlikely to be a hardware issue. I'd never noticed any hiss until that day, either, or since. The phones are fine, but very sensitive. Earbuds probably don't reveal it nearly as well.
It's also worth noting that my iPod isn't a Nano, and it's entirely possible that this issue doesn't exist with them.
But I thought I'd toss it out there. Much more noticeable and obnoxious than the HDD spinup that you could hear on my Karma...
lol, Yeah, I can hear the HDD SpinUp and Down on my IPOD. I lol everytime, its lounder then me 3HDD computer...wtf
Sgt. D. Pilla;4582875lol, Yeah, I can hear the HDD SpinUp and Down on my IPOD. I lol everytime, its lounder then me 3HDD computer...wtf
My Zune does that. But only after I swapped the original 30gb for an 80gb drive :)
The Force is strong with him
11th September 2006
ok, well i didnt really look at the new itouch, but the nano doesnt really impress me all too much to me it seems like any other nano granted i didnt research it all too much but it looks like a normal nano with a larger screen (and by normal i mean all nanos more than 2 generations old) however the larger screen seems like an annoyance because some screens are horizontal while others vertical, so you constantly have to turn the thing (at least from the videos ive watched on it) plus really how fancy can you get with a music player? anyway, i think the ipod touch was new technology and a descent upgrade to the older ipods, but i dont see anything special about the new nano honestly i think ipods are one of apples best sellers, they know it and are milking it for all its worth (which isnt too much of a bad thing)