With 25 iPod variants to date, Apple's iPod team has had a lot of opportunity to refine the iPod experience. While the latest iPod has a few weird quirks, its new video features are remarkably well thought out, and it continues to refine existing features. Along with the latest iPod, Apple began selling downloadable videos through the iTunes Music Store, reprising its revolutionary digital music initiative in a new medium.
Delivering more features at the same price point, iPod will continue to sell well on its traditional merits while positioning itself well against feature-rich competitors. The Package Apple's trend to more compact packaging continues. The original iPod shipped in a 6" cube box; you removed the box from its sleeve, then unfolded it like a flower. Our 60 GB iPod Video arrived in an attractive flat, square box, matte black with embossed silver Apple logo and text - which we found remarkably difficult to get into.
This presaged a tricky box-opening experience in which style utterly defeated substance. We eventually figured out that the visible box was a sleeve with one end open like a DVD box set , and with much shaking and pulling, managed to extract the inner box.
The stylish matte black and precise fit make it hard to extract. The inner box opens in half - one side containing the iPod, and the other a solid black monolith - but where were the cables? We do wonder why Spanish wasn't included. The top edge of the box is marked with small, unobtrusive symbols for CD, USB and headphones, tipping us off that it was a box flap. We opened it and extracted a white plastic envelope containing a CD, a tiny "Quick Start Guide" and copious copyright statements, a pale grey protective sleeve for iPod, and what for all the world looked like an Apple-white package of instant oatmeal.
The oatmeal package, divided into two halves, contained a USB adapter cable and iPod's iconic earbuds. Too tough to rip open, we fetched a sharp knife and carefully made a slit. Care is strongly advised, even with scissors - the earbuds are a tight fit, and it would be all too easy to damage their thin cables while trying to get in.
The USB cable is only slightly more robust. Having owned a series of white iPods, we ordered a black one for a change of pace. We understand that black iPod Nanos outsell their white brethren, so perhaps we aren't unusual. The new white iPod is as elegant as ever. Like the black iPod Nano it is absolutely stunning.
Aesthetics Companies who have achieved product greatness change it at their own risk, yet if they don't, somebody else will eclipse them. In size, it is compact enough to rest in the hand, yet large and heavy enough to provide a stable platform for the controls.
But there are other, more subtle factors at play. The original iPod's display was the exact same width as the scroll wheel and later, touch wheel.
The surrounding "compass rose" buttons extended closer to the sides, but were the same distance from the edge as the display was from the top. Later iPods lost the surrounding buttons briefly in favor of the terrible four touch-buttons between touch-wheel and display - cool to look at, not to use.
The touch-wheel remained sized with the display, and rounded edges kept it visually well spaced, while functionally unchanged. The 2G 2nd generation 20 GB iPod was the heaviest, thickest iPod ever made, and never felt quite right though we've had three years of reliable service from ours ; the 4G 60 GB was almost as thick. We were a bit concerned that the larger display of the 5th generation iPod would ruin iPod's proportions.
It does indeed change them; the large display dominates. When the screen is off, on previous iPods our eyes are drawn to the controls, while on the new one, are attention is split between controls and display. Place old and new iPods side by side, though, and the previously perfectly-sized iPod display looks tiny.
In use, the huge display at first looks too large for the text, but it quickly becomes normal and the old iPod seems too small. The new iPod returns to the original's sharp-edged front face, abandoning the rounded edges of the 3G and 4G iPods. This appears to be to accommodate the new display, which comes within a quarter inch of the edge.
The center button echoes this sharpness, being perfectly flat rather than slightly convex like previous models. The black iPod is vaguely reminiscent of the Death Star and Darth Vader - even its startup screen is black, with a "chrome" Apple logo - and we expect it will be quite popular, if only for the change of pace. The black shows smudges and fingerprints more than the classic white iPod video.
The white plastic edging around the Dock and headphone ports seems a bit out of place. The earphones are the same white earbuds Apple has used since iPod's inception, slightly refined and improved over the years.
Although we understand Apple's brand reasons for maintaining the distinctive iPod earbuds, we'd still like to see matching black or chrome. Apple has continued to adjust the click sound of scrolling. It's a little thing, but the "clicker" is important, as the audio cue seems to improve menu navigation accuracy.
First and second generation iPods had a pleasing click-sound. By the 4th generation, the sound had become higher in pitch and fuller sounding. The latest is much lower in pitch, and somehow richer sounding. All the clicks are pleasant, but each generation has improved, and we have to applaud iPod's engineers for such attention to detail.
New Features Video The most significant and publicized new feature is video. The simultaneously-released iTunes 6. Handheld video isn't new - Archos has been doing it for years, and Sony's new Playstation Portable PSP does it for a much lower price with a larger screen.
It's the sales aspect that's so significant. Just as the iTunes Music Store legitimized digital music downloads and single-handedly created a new market, it promises to revolutionize the distribution of television media. Mark Cuban, co-founder of broadcast. We wonder if discontinued shows such as Firefly, with its intensely loyal fan base, might have survived with direct-to-consumer sales. This looks like a masterstroke, but whether such a revolution comes about remains to be seen.
For the moment, the limited content makes it clear that this is an experiment, not a new business venture as iTunes Music Store was, with its immediate participation by all major industry distributors. And even if all the networks - who are essentially distributors of content developed by other studios or subsidiaries - decide to participate, they may sufficiently control rights to their shows that the advertising-independent niche market Cuban envisions may never come to be.
Cringely tends to think bigger than Apple, but he illustrates the potential of the video iPod to change how we consume media. For the moment, we can purchase a few things online, and the quality of downloads from iTunes is impressive, even though resolution is limited to x - less than half that of a DVD, but comparable to a VHS video tape. Quality of the iPod's display is excellent, featuring a relatively wide viewing angle for an inexpensive handheld display - better if smaller than that of Sony's Playstation Portable.
We were surprised by the image quality - edges are slightly soft but the motion and colors are smooth and clear. Many have asked who but geeks would want to watch video the size of a postage stamp? Pixelization and compression artifacts were obvious when the same video was played at full screen on a 22" Apple Cinema Display, and we expect they would be similarly obvious on an HD TV set.
We have no complaints. Download time would be a factor as well: Even with broadband, this is hefty. At least it gives us something to do with iPod's prodigious disk. A white progress or volume bar appears when you use the click-wheel. It is subtly translucent, with a faint shadow to ensure it remains visible against bright video. In Apple's best style, it's simple, elegant and effective. As with previous generations of iPod, iPod Video's line-out volume is low compared to a typical stereo receiver's line-level output.
It exhibits no clipping or static when turned up to maximum volume, unlike some previous iPods, so you can turn up iPod all the way when connecting to your home or car stereo. But you have to do it yourself. This is a curious omission, since iTunes prepares so much content for iPod already - photos, contacts and iCals, and of course music from your CDs.
Shareware and freeware tools to prepare your video for iPod have already begun appearing. It's slow, but the quality is excellent. They'll get support for the latest DivX 6 codec too. Ihnatko reports that a dual G5 Power Mac converts in roughly half realtime ie, 1 hour to convert and compress 2 hours of DVD video , while a single-processor G4 took two and a half to three times realtime. We found that a dual 1GHz G4 ripped and compressed around 1.
Like ripping MP3s in , ripping video takes substantial time investment, very expensive hardware, or both. Though we have seen only a few in the field, Apple is ready. Large color screen iPod's largest-yet display also offers bright, sharp text, and lots of it. Long song titles fit easily, and unlike our 4G iPod, when highlighted they scroll horizontally so you can read them in full, pausing again at the beginning before repeating. Photos are large and sharp as well, and iPod provides full-size thumbnails for photos imported from cameras.
This large, bright display comes at a cost; Apple advertises increased battery life, but with the backlight on as it is by default , iPod runs down its battery quickly. Apple claims 14 hours for the 30 GB model and 20 hours for the 60; we think this is wildly optimistic. Turn off the backlight to maximize your battery life - as with previous iPods, the display is quite readable in sunlight or bright indoor light. Previous iPods and iBooks and PowerBooks have had far more realistic battery life claims.
As of this writing, both are back-ordered, so we can't evaluate them. Buyers of the new iMac may be able to dual-purpose their iMac remote control to use with the Universal dock.
The new iMac is back-ordered, too. Apple has removed iPod's remote control connector at the headphone jack, instantly obsoleting every third-party remote currently sold. Future remotes will require the Dock connector - which precludes using it for power, or requires a to-be-created multifunction device. Apple also moved the iPod's hold switch to the other side of the top, while moving the headphone jack from its centered position to the right side of the top.
High quality audio recording - maybe We note that iPod's tech specs page now say that voice recording is available at two quality levels: Low High-quality mode sounds like exactly the CD-quality audio recording customers have been requesting since iPod first got recording capability.
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With 25 iPod variants to date, Apple's iPod team has had a lot of opportunity to refine the iPod experience. While the latest iPod has a few weird quirks, its new video features are remarkably well thought out, and it continues to refine existing features. Along with the latest iPod, Apple began selling downloadable videos through the iTunes Music Store, reprising its revolutionary digital music initiative in a new medium. Delivering more features at the same price point, iPod will continue to sell well on its traditional merits while positioning itself well against feature-rich competitors. The Package Apple's trend to more compact packaging continues. The original iPod shipped in a 6" cube box; you removed the box from its sleeve, then unfolded it like a flower. Our 60 GB iPod Video arrived in an attractive flat, square box, matte black with embossed silver Apple logo and text - which we found remarkably difficult to get into.