Occam’s Razor

September 6, 2007


Filed under: apple, ipod, ipod classic, ipod touch, steve jobs, tech, techie — lesturla @ 3:34 pm

Apple recently launched its new line of iPods in a sweeping upgrade that has become commonplace in the tech world.

The shuffle still is key-chainey with availability in new colors as the only change so we’ll skip that. The nano however had a total makeover from the slim lines to the “fatty iPod” look: with a 2-inch, 204 pixel per inch, 320×240 resolution screen for video and photo viewing. The all-new design is made from anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel, and is available in five colors: silver, black, blue, green, and a (PRODUCT) RED special edition. Basically the nano got fat and now features Cover Flow.

Now the next two products are what made my jaw drop although moments later I can’t help but feel a tad cheated. Here’s why: for the on-the-go anal retentive types who pack bazillion of data, the 80 GB version of the iPod was a welcome change when it arrived. But then, the whole iPod experience changed along with the bump in its capacity. Having a number of your favorite artists’ albums did not seem enough. With 80 gigs of storage, let’s throw in U2’s entire discography, as well as REM’s, Radiohead’s and so on. Soon enough, the 80 GB iPod’s then massive capacity seemed limited. There are still those videos to load after all and for the business users who lug along with them years of business email, the iPod’s “flashdrive” function makes for a good excuse to have your iPod lie around conference room tables.

As if to taunt us, Steve Jobs gives us the iPod classic. Apple’s new iPod classic features a new, thinner, all-metal anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure, the same enhanced iPod interface as the new iPod nano, including Cover Flow, and increased capacity and battery life. Best of all, it is now available in 160 GB storage capacity. How cool is that?

Now the edges are gone, too. And with the Cover Flow function and enhanced viewing and browsing experience, you’d feel that you definitely have to have this beauty. 160 GB baby! That’s months of GGW clips right there!

Oh, but Steve’s not done yet. As if saying, “So you loved the 160 GB storage capacity eh? How about we make it look like the iPhone minus the phone functions?” Are you freakin kidding me?! Meet the iPod touch!

Building on the momentum of the iPhone’s iPod interface, the iPod touch features the same touch screen multi-touch interface found on the iPhone, as well as integrated Wi-Fi, the Safari web browser, a 3.5-inch widescreen display, and a 8mm thin enclosure. The iPod touch offers up to 22 hours of audio playback, up to five hours of video playback. Yeah baby, touch me!

Now here’s the catch, unlike the iPod classic, it’s available only in measly 8GB and 16GB capacities. Now that’s a real downer, ain’t it? Of course Steve could have made an iPod touch with 160 GB capacity right? Heck he could have made it 200GB for crying out loud! But then he’s also a businessman who makes big bucks from chronic technopaths like us.

Want more? Here’s a demo: Parts 1 & 2

With excerpts from ilounge


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