Today was the first day of the Apple Expo in Europe, Paris to be exact. I was hoping that Steve Jobs would be announcing the new “Core 2 Duo”-based Macbooks. But alas, that speculation wasn’t even close.
His announcement weighed more heavily in the release of products from the iPod family, then the release of iTunes 7. Here’s the breakdown of the new features per iPod family member:
60% brighter display
75% longer video battery life
Exciting new games
Search and Quick Scrolling
$249 for 30GB
$349 for 80GB
iPod Nano, 2nd Generation:
Made of thinner aluminum
Colors of blue, pink, green, silver and black
40% brighter display
24 hour battery life
Search and Quick Scrolling
$149 for 2GB (silver), $199 for 4GB (blue, pink, green and silver) and $249 for 8GB (black)
iPod Shuffle, 2nd Generation:
World’s smallest MP3 player
Aluminum case with clip
1GB — up to 240 songs
12 hour battery life
Dock & earbuds included
I’m eyeing that Shuffle for $79. Seems reasonable and functional if you play sports; especially when you run a lot.
Anyways, besides Mr. Jobs announcement, a couple of the MA folks and I will be attending Carson Workshop’s Summit: The Future of Web Apps tomorrow and Thursday. Should be some interesting and exciting time. It’s just too bad I don’t have a Macbook (yet) so I can look as cool as those techfreaks attending. Oh well, I hope this Dell Latitude loaner can do the job of writing notes and checking email.
This photo just brings back memories of when I got my iPod 30GB Photo. I was charging it near my PC, when someone just goes there and disconnects it from the dock—when I told them beforehand not to do so!
As I was walking from the Transbay Terminal to work, it dawned upon me that for the past week instead of tuning in to the hundreds of songs in my iPod, I found myself attentively listening to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I recall buying the book a bit after watching the final chapter of The Matrix — Revolutions years ago.
After the midnight showing, as we were going back to our apartment, Cesar mentioned a relation of the ideas and symbolism that were described in The Da Vinci Code book, and of that in which he saw after experiencing The Matrix Trilogy. At first, I said, “are you on crack? It’s just a sci-fi flick that was written well and sprinkled with a lot of action scenes and well-integrated CG animation.” Well, it wasn’t necessarily those exact words but something along those lines.
Anyways, after that, I went to Costco the next day and bought a copy the book. A mere $15 for a hard-cover. I started reading it right away. Then, the endless wave of projects hit.
Fast-forward to now, about 2+ years later, I cracked open the book and saw that I was on Chapter 18. Not since recently, have I had the same enthusiasm to finally read the whole darn thing. Meanwhile, this past weekend, I came upon an audiobook version of it and synched it with my iPod. From there on, it’s nothing but the bus, the walk, the iPod and the narrator.
From my mind to yours, it makes me sad when I hear my friends read this book within the span of 2 days. So sad.
The iPod 5G (aka. Video) is suppose to drop in stores this week. What the heck was Apple thinking by doing this? I mean come on, it hasn’t even been a year since the iPod Nanos dropped, and here its—the new 5G!
Besides that, I am wondering whether upgrading to a 30GB5G is even worth it and a smarth move. The pros that I see with the 5G over my Photo would probably be:
the video of course!
lighter and smaller form factor
And the cons would be:
the price difference I’ll need to cover when I upgrade
time it’ll take me to re-organize and synch with the new iPod and my PC
the money I need to spend in terms of accessories for it (i.e. cover, fm transmitter, etc.)
accessories that used the top-connector would be absolete with it
I guess one major factor that needs to be addressed would be, “will I even enjoy watching a movie for 1–3 hours on a 2.5‑inch, 320 x 240 pixel display?” Right now, I don’t think so. Just imagine holding your iPod and having it in a comfortable position were your neck won’t be sore after watching a movie. I just can not see any scenarios right now were this would be beneficial.
Besides, I just freaking went eBay crazy these past couple of days. They were mostly sporting good purchases consisting of the following: