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GADGETS: Apple released two new iPods: iPod Photo & iPod U2 Special Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 26.10.04 - 20:56:07 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8648x
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Today, Cuppertino based PC manufacture Apple released two new iPods - the iPod Photo and the iPod U2. While the U2 is just a special edition with a different design (black instead of white), the Photo is the long awaited and often rumored "multimedia" iPod, even if it excludes video playback (yet):

Apple iPod Music
iPod Photo's menu is easier to read than ever. That's thanks in part to the clarity of the display - it offers 220x176-pixel resolution - and in part to the new Myriad typeface. Both sizes feature a razor sharp LCD display that lets you see your photos in vivid color - 65,000 colors, to be exact. And with its built-in backlighting, you'll be able to admire those photos indoors or out.

The new iTunes 4.7 version lets you import your images directly into iPod Photo from a folder on the hard drive of your Mac or PC. Spent time organizing your photos using iPhoto on a Mac or either Adobe Album 2.0 or Adobe Elements 3.0 on a PC? iTunes 4.7 rewards your diligence by importing the albums you’ve created in iPhoto or collections created in Album or Elements.

Apple iPod U2
Like no other, iPod U2 Special Edition stands out. Jet black, it bears a prominent red Apple Click Wheel and, on the flip side, the autographs of each U2 band member. It comes with an exclusive U2 poster that fans will really enjoy and, of course, the signature white iPod earbuds.

The iPod Music is available in two different versions with 40 or 60 GB and costs US$ 499.00/599.00 and is ready for order from now. The iPod U2 is available from now with 20 GB for US$ 349.00.

Pretty nice devices but personally I neither need the Photo version nor the U2 version (which looks good anyway) because for music I carry my 40 GB iPod while for portable multimedia I'm using my Creative Zen PMC.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by on 27.10.04 - 01:15:19

in other words Apple released Portable Media Center (PMC) NOT powered by Windows software. Isn't that Photo iPod SMALLER than your PMC, Arne?  lol

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.10.04 - 09:05:53

[1] I said it before but I can repeat it: for music the iPod has the perfect size (for my needs), it's nice that Apple added photo capabilities but I wouldn't buy it just because this feature since I can view Photos as good on my Smartphone and Pocket PC and it's something you do in a "silent" minute, not while you are walking.
For me, the most important of the PMC is the combination of music (with its inbuilt loudspeaker) and and video playback.

Bottom line: The Apple iPod Music is a nice feature enhancement but it doesn't serves my needs as the Portable Media Center do it.

Posted by dc on 27.10.04 - 19:48:39

The screen is to small and it doesn't do video.  If it did you could bet it would be quicktime only. sad

My 3g 20gb ipod is fine and I've no plans on replacing it with something thats not really anything great.

Posted by Filip Norrgård on 27.10.04 - 20:55:46

Exactly what I thought: the Apple iPod Photo doesn't show video nor photos directly from digital camera's compact flash cards, where as my Pocket PC can do that. Plus, I can take pictures with my Loox PPC, which the iPod can't (yet). lol

Nope, my money is still better invested in my Pocket PC and accessories -- not in an iPod for the moment being. wink (But that is just my opinion.)

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.10.04 - 10:00:52

[3] Same here with my 3G 40 GB iPod. Great device for music and for using it as an external hard disk. ;-) For multimedia stuff I either use my Pocket PC, my Smartphone or my Microsoft Portable Media Center (PMC). :-)

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