One of the coolest, most fun gifts I have ever purchased for someone else.
EXCEPT THAT NO PC I HAVE EVER SEEN HAS A FIREWIRE PORT.
Mac is not only insane for not making this USB compatible, but doubly insane... blindingly mad in fact... because they make it sound like it's no big deal, and provide no help on what to do in their online customer service or the manual.
YOU HAVE TO BUY A ... FIREWIRE CARD AND INSTALL IT SEPERATELY.
This is not easy feat if your computer can't take on a whole new port. Plus, some places are still charging upwards of ... for this card.
If Macintosh wanted PC users to feel like Mac didn't find them worth their while, they have succeeded. The specs are all awesome, and the machine is fun to toy with, but we won't know how great it actually runs until we've figured out this whole installing new hardware hassle. In fact, it's such a pain I'm tempted to rate this product 1-2 stars even though it probably runs like a 5 simply because of how horribly boneheaded the customer support is on this sucker.
I am much happier with the Archos I recieved for myself, and I'm sorry I didn't purchase that as a gift instead. Until they make a Firewire-to-USB converter, this is my story.
Here is the link if you want Link
I was just wondering if this was true that Apple doesn't say on the PC packgage for the iPod that you need a firewire port. I'm sure it does, but this guy makes it seem like Apple is at fault.
Also, I know this guy is entitled to his own opinion and everything, but is he actually saying that USB is better than Firewire. If he was making an arguement for USB 2.0 then I would just disagree and let it be, but USB 1 is so slow for transfering files espicially when you get to gigs of data. I would almost think that an external USB hard drive is useless now. Of course, I know that PC's are slow to accept new technology and have legacy issues, buyt why doesn't the guy just argue for parallel ports since all PC's have those (trust me, some PC users don't even now what USB is still). The iPod was designed to be the cream of the crop when it came to MP3 players and I agree whole heartedly when they chose firewire just because of the extra speed alone.