I did it! I bought a new iPod. It was totally unjustifiable given that I have a perfectly good 40GB iPod photo that anne marie gave me for for Christmas last year. But, I bought it anyway (sorry sweetie). I really wanted the ability to carry movies with me, as well as music.
The 30GB is super slim, and I wish I could fit all my media into that model, but I can’t. I bought the 60GB model… in white. The black one seems to be really popular, but I prefer classic white.
First, let me say it is awesome! I’ve begun ripping my DVDs (more in pt. II of the story), and the screen quality is really amazing. I am extremely happy with the new iPod, but I thought I would mention a few things that you don’t get, for those of you still considering buying one.
Accessories (or lack there of)
When opening up that new box, you’ll notice that the new iPod comes with earbuds, a USB cable, and a soft sleeve… and nothing else… not even a wall charger. The only way to charge the iPod is through your computer. I personally don’t like this at all. I got a little spoiled with my iPod Photo… it came with a doc, Firewire and USB cables, a wall charger, and A/V cables for hooking it to my TV.
I think Apple has gotten a little too stingy with the accessories. They do offer a wall charger for $29, but it doesn’t even come with a cable to connect it to your iPod?!? You have to buy the cable separately for $19. They want you to use the cable that came with your iPod, with the charger… but I personally like to have a cable I keep at my computer, and a cable that stays with my travel charger. If I do that, I’m in for another $50.
The universal doc ($39) is another item that is sold separately. Steve jobs showed it off when he announced the new iPod. He also showed a great little remote that goes with it… but guess what, although the remote goes with the doc, it doesn’t come with the doc… it’s an additional $29.
A quick note about accessories: The new iPod no longer has that little port next to the headphone jack. So, any accessories, like the Apple in-line remote, or iTrip, that require that port won’t work with the new iPod.
As mentioned above, the new iPod only comes with a USB cable. I had assumed that you could still sync with iTunes via firewire, it just didn’t come with the cable. I was wrong… I connected my iPod to my computer via my existing Firewire dock, and a message popped up that said I can charge via Firewire, but I cannot sync. This seems really odd considering Apple developed Firewire. Why did they drop support for it? Is this a glimpse at Apple’s future? Will they be dropping Firewire on their computers? I’m wondering if this has anything to do with Apple’s new deal with Intel… the company who developed USB.
The new iPod obviously comes with the latest software. You get the new screen-lock, clocks, and timer etc… But there is one thing that is strangely missing. You know that ‘click’ sound that the iPod makes when you scroll through a menu? My iPod photo gives me 4 options for configuring that click… off, speaker, headphones, or both. The new iPod only has on and off. Why did they do that? I personally like hearing the click through my headphones, but didn’t like it coming out of the iPod itself. I actually used that feature. Hey Apple… please bring that back!
Overall I am extremely happy with the new iPod. I would recommend it for anyone looking to upgrade. Just be aware that you’ll probably be spending more money then you think for the accessories that came with previous versions.
In part II of the story, I’ll be covering DVD ripping, video bit rates, and battery life.