yesterday a couple of us Mobile Device MVPs (not to say most Europeans ;-))
visited Bellevue (which is half of the way between Seattle and Redmond) just for
one reason - shopping at
And yes, I have to admit I did it - after a long period of not using an Apple
device (the last one I owned was an
Apple Newton, my
first PDA ever) I bought it - an Apple iPod! 8O
You might wonder know why and iPod where my Pocket PCs and Smartphones can play music as well! and I'm a Microsoft MVP? Well, for several reasons:
- Microsoft MVPs are open minded enough to use devices and products from other manufactures as well - we are MVPs, not blind ;-)
- The design 8O
- The functionality and user experience 8O
- The reason that I can store up to 40 GB of music now 8O
- The reason that I can use it as 40 GB external (and stylish) FireWire
- Up to 8 hours stand-by 8O
- I like the iTunes online-shop business model, songs for 99 Cents (and hope
to see it coming to Germany/Europe soon since it's the only business model which
seems to work - in general and for me. Pay per song, not per CD).
- Finally the FireWire ports of my Desktop and Notebook PC got a reason to
- I'm a geek :-P
And best of all, I'm not the only MVP who bought one nor I'm the only MVP
who owns one now (heck, I think half of us have one).
But again, why not my Pocket PCs or Smartphone? Well, that's difficult to
answer but also here I have several reasons why I'm not using my Windows
Mobile devices for mobile music:
- Limited storage space: While you can store a lot of music on SD or CF cards, nothing compares to a 40 GB HDD.
- Limited user experience: Neither a Pocket PC nor a Smartphone are
designed - IMHO - to be used for extend media use. The user interface is
too limited by design (which isn't a fault of the devices itself but a
must have compromise since it is used for PIM, communication, mobile
media, games, etc) and if you ever tried to use your Pocket PC touch
screen while you was walking you know what I mean. Also I never would
take my Pocket PCs to the beach (hm, will I take my iPod to the beach?).
- Because I can use it in my car better, thanks to iTrip,
a FM Transmitter for the iPod.
Okay, all these reasons are pretty soft but well, I saw it, I've
played with it, I wanted it. ;-) How do you use your Windows Mobile
devices? Are you using them for MP3 or what's your favorites?
Well, it's now 4:50 in the morning, here in Seattle and thanks to the
jetlag (I'm up for 2 hours now) I will continue to explore the web to
get more information about the iPod and how to tune it...
Cheers ~ Arne
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