May not be the best looking thing in the world, but it's not that bad, and US$299 for 100GB is a fantastic price.Mudbug said:the double dosage of butt-ugliness is a nice touch.
still, that's a heluva lot more than the iPod. Plus being able to record audio line in as well as from the FM tuner would be awesome.edesignuk said:May not be the best looking thing in the world, but it's not that bad, and US$299 for 100GB is a fantastic price.
edit: hold on, just read the comment that has been left, apparently the 100GB is US$449, now it sucks in every way
stoid said:AFAIK they don't make iPod size drives in 100GB capacity, heck they're just starting to crank out 60GB in that form factor. I'm guessing that this is a 2.5" laptop drive which means that this beast is going to be quite a bit larger than the iPod.
I hope Apple comes out with a 60 GB player. And once in two years I'd use FM or a mic. But the people who really DEMAND any of those things are only a fraction of the market. Most people are thinking of digital music--the core purpose of the device--more than the "extras"... and Apple has "extras" other players lack, too, of course.powermac666 said:I'll agree that Apple needs to do something (bigger drive, mic, FM, etc.) to shut up all of these pretenders who are nipping at their market share, but not if it is as butt-ugly as this one.
That's exactly what I was thinking.stoid said:AFAIK they don't make iPod size drives in 100GB capacity, heck they're just starting to crank out 60GB in that form factor. I'm guessing that this is a 2.5" laptop drive which means that this beast is going to be quite a bit larger than the iPod.
AMAZING!!!!! a 100 gig mp3 player would be sick. but i think i'll just stick with my ipodAbstract said:That's exactly what I was thinking.
Nobody knows magic, so I hope nobody is amazed by this player.
This is a brick.
I personally don't need a FM tuner in my iPod but I can see why some people would. A FM tuner would allow them to listen to news broadcast, weather, etc... There are also some good shows on Radio worth listening to. Sure, they could buy one of those cheap FM radio you are referring too but it would mean having to carry around an extra gizmo on your belt. I see your point but please consider that people wishing for a FM capable iPod are not necessarily Stupid*or Trolls. I've seen such wishes from very respected, valued, and/or senior members of this forum. Adding the FM tuner would probably not take anything away from the iPod you love and I'm pretty sure it would not add to the price tag. It would also remove the second most complained about item from the "CON" column of iPods reviews. (First one being battery life).Sir_Giggles said:Please stop it with all the comments about lack of FM for iPods. Nobody buys an iPod or an HD-based music player so they can listen to the radio! You buy an iPod so you don't have to listen to the radio! Duh! Man, there are so many stupid people trolling around here.
You can go to any local electronics store, like Best Buy or Futureshop and pick up an FM player for under $50 and it'll be a quarter the size of a Mini.
Would FM be a nice addition to an iPod? Not really, because there are devices for playing FM broadcasts that can do it better and cheaper than an iPod. The only radio broadcasts that I would want to see for the iPods are Airport enabled so I can listen to satellite radio broadcasts. That would be the only great use for the iPod as a radio device.
Of all the beliefs I see floating around the net, the above is one of the most strange, since lossless compression is easily verified without any special equipment, listening tests or elaborate software.J.Allen said:There is no such thing as lossles compression. Your only kidding yourself.
I, too, have little use for an FM tuner or external mic in my iPod (or a color screen for that matter - I won't upgrade because of color, but if the next one I buy is color, that's cool), but I recognize that there are people out there who at least believe they want and need those things. And those people are not going to buy an iPod because it doesn't do most or all of the things they think they want in a music player. They put FM tuners in the Walkman because people wanted it, and it sold pretty well. There is clearly a market to be tapped here, and if Apple is not offering a solution, then they are losing sales, and eroding market share.nagromme said:I hope Apple comes out with a 60 GB player. And once in two years I'd use FM or a mic. But the people who really DEMAND any of those things are only a fraction of the market. Most people are thinking of digital music--the core purpose of the device--more than the "extras"... and Apple has "extras" other players lack, too, of course.
But even if Apple could win over the entire fraction of people who insist on >40 GB or a mic... how much would their market share grow from 92%?
PS, I'll accept a heftier iPod if that's the way to cram in 60 GB. But NOT a massive beast like this player!