Apple has had one long-standing tradition, that I really wish they would stop. Historically speaking, when they introduce new iPod features, they withhold those features for new iPods only.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s announcement was no exception. Apple introduced a great new search function for the iPod. Even though this should be a simple software update for existing iPods, Apple refuses to let us have it. They were more than happy to give us an iPod update to make our existing iPods compatible with iTunes 7, and the new store, so we would continue to buy their music… but if we want the new features, we have to shell out the cash for a new iPod.
I could kind of understand this if they came out with a totally new iPod, but other than a brighter screen, the current 5G iPod is pretty much the same as my 5G iPod. Apple didn’t even bother to change the version number. If they are both 5G, why don’t I have the new features?
C’mon Apple, do you really think anyone is going to buy a new iPod just to get the search function? Why are you withholding these features? Just give them to us already!