I’ve had my iPod for about a week now and I have to say it’s probably the best tech toy I’ve ever owned– even possibly the best overall purchase I’ve made to date. I just hope that Apple follows up this great product with the add-ons we are all expecting. Here’s my take on what accessories Apple should release for the iPod.
The base station is a great feature. I especially appreciate having a line out jack. I’ve got my base connected to the stereo in the living room. My roommate has his connected to a 17″ iMac. This makes it really easy to sync up the iPod and walk over to the stereo and play music from the iPod on a good set of speakers and amplifier.
But the base station is missing some things. First off I want a digital optical output. Second, I want a wireless remote control. Now this one is going to be a trick since generally stereo components don’t communicate with each other very easily. Even with a wireless remote, how can I tell which album or track I’m playing. After all, I can’t really see the iPod’s display from the couch, or my desk. So for this enhanced base station I’ll settle for just generic track skipping support. I know Apple can do better though.
iControl: The Apple Universal Remote
Why not? They did a stellar job on the iPod. I’ve seen a lot of high-end universal remotes and they’re all lacking. I think Apple could do a great job if it stepped up in this arena. Imagine a two-way remote that could display information from the iPod and then also imagine a great OS X application to manage all of the remotes nifty features. The remote of course integrates with all my other home audio and video equipment, including my new enhanced base station.
This is the obvious contender. Users that have experimented with the iPod’s diagnostic mode have already uncovered a bare bones recording feature. It’s my guess that Apple will release audio recording features for iPod soon. I’m really looking forward to this. Here’s my feature request list:
- Let us record in an uncompressed audio format.
- Don’t limit the recording time per track (except in light of disk space requirements).
- Allow us to record in stereo.
While most people will probably use this feature to record voice memos I can think of a few other applications. Recording meetings, or classes, for starters. Recording live music is high on my list (with the band’s permission, of course). I’m also hoping to be able to use my iPod as a secondary audio source for digital film making. Why lug around a portable DAT recorder when you can use the iPod for such tasks. Even better is the fact that the small size of the iPod will make for easy wearable recorders for micing actors and that will be double plus good.
I think that should keep Steve and company busy for a bit.
What other iPod add-ons do you want to see?