I’ve had the new iPod for just about 24 hours and have played with it quite a bit in that time. In a nutshell, it’s a great improvement to an already very good product. Here are the things I’ve really liked about it:
- The cradle. Being able to sync and charge the iPod without dealing with plugging and unplugging the FireWire cable is a definite improvement.
- The line out on the cradle is a real line out, not a headphone jack. This makes it very nice to hook up to the home stereo.
- The backlighting. The red buttons are really cool when you are in a dark room.
- The iPod no longer goes through a boot cycle when you attach it to or detach it from your computer. It just goes into "Don’t touch me" mode until its sync is done (or you dismount the drive if you have it mounted on your desktop).
- If you want to listen to the iPod while you are charging it off your computer, you can as long as you aren’t in the process of syncing (or have it mounted as a drive on your desktop).
- Parachute. Much more fun than Breakout.
What’s not to like?
- The addition of a new connector to the FireWire cable. Yes, this enables the line out feature on the cradle (which is a big plus) and enables a smaller, thinner connector receiver on the iPod, but one of the things I really liked about the original iPod is that it used standard FireWire cables. Standard cables are a good thing.
- The new connector also means that my current car charger doesn’t work. Yet another new accessory to buy.
- There’s not a travel length cable available. For my old iPod I had a really small 12 inch FireWire cable which traveled well in my bag. I want a very short iPod cable so that I have the same benefit with the new iPod.
- The change of the headphone connector so that the old remotes don’t work on the new iPods (and vice versa). I wonder if the new remote plug has more leads so that more advanced functionality will be available to accessories? Without knowing this, the change is a negative.
Bottom line: A good improvement. I’m glad one came home with me in the car last night. But I’m not looking forward to waiting for the various accessories to become available.
Update: That said, my criticisms are limited to the new connectors—and even that critcism may not be entirely called for considering that new features may wait in store for us. I think that speaks volumes about how good the new iPod is. (grin)
What do you and don’t you like about the new iPod.