iPodding

Sunday, May 4th, 2003 @ 7:05 pm | iPod

I swung by the Apple Store at Rockingham Park on Friday because I decided it was time to take the leap and buy an iPod. I didn’t stay at the store too long because I was going out later in the evening, so half an hour later I walked out of the store with a brand new 30 GB iPod.

First off, I’m really liking this thing. I’ll probably write something for a future issue of ATPM, so I’m just going to put post some quick thoughts right now.

I like the new layout. Some folks have commented that the new layout might make one-handed operation difficult since the buttons are no longer around the scroll wheel. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem — I have normal-sized hands and I’m reaching the control buttons with no trouble.. Also, the touch-sensitive buttons have enough of a lip around them that you can run your move around the face the iPod to find the button you’re searching for without accidentally triggering another button.

The new buttons also work well with the backlight. Whenever the backlight is on, the button labels glow red. When the backlight turns off, both the screen and the button labels slowly fade to dark instead of cutting out immediately. It’s a nice effect.

I’m not a huge playlist user with iTunes, but I’ve already used the On-The-Go playlist a few times. There are a couple of things I’d like to see in a future version, though. First, the ability to remove a single song from the playlist. The iPod will let you have the same song in a plylist multiple times. I’ve already lost track of which tunes are in the playlist a few times and ended up with repeat tracks. It would be nice if I could remove these songs instead of just clearing the whole playlist.

Second, it doesn’t seem like you can add songs to the On-The-Go playlist while said playlist is in use. The songs shows up in the playlist, but the iPod doesn’t seem to play the tracks until you restart the playlist (though it was rather late at the time, so I’d like for somebody to prove me wrong).

The iPod includes two covers for the dock connector on the bottom of the iPod. The covers aren’t attached to the iPod (which is probably why Apple gives you two) and are a bit of a pain to remove without fingernails, but it’s nice to have the protection.

The games are a nice diversion, but they sometimes pause when you’re changing songs. Also, Scroll-Wheel Solitaire is an odd experience.

I wish there was some way to permanently save an On-The-Go playlist.

Oh yeah, the iPod’s already paid for itself — when I got home from golfing this afternoon, there was a phone call from the Apple Store today telling me I won the JBL Audio System. I now have a pair of EON10 G2 speakers, a pair of JBL speaker stands, and a Stanton SMX-211 mixer.

Right now, all that gear is plugged into my TV, but the speakers are buzzing like crazy. I think I’ll have a chat with some of my friends who are in bands to try and fix this. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out, I really have no idea what I’m going to do with this stuff. 🙂

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