The time has come. Today, I had to delete the album art off my iPod to free up enough space to update it with my new music. Now, I have 591 MB free, but that won’t last me long, and on top of that I really liked having the album art there. Now, my Now Playing screen just looks lonely. Just text. I had been putting off buying a new iPod, waiting for the next generation, which was revealed at the “The Beat Goes On” event. Just a few things on my mind, however.
- What’s with the new “split-screen” UI? While I guess the moving pictures can be considered “cool,” it makes me wonder how much of a toll that takes on processor usage. I’d rather have a fast, responsive device with the older iPod’s spartan menus than a sluggish one with the fancy effects.
- The Ars Technica review that I read emphasized what they perceived as general sluggishness in the menus, and according to their makeshift timing (using a stopwatch and comparing it with a 5.5G iPod), this isn’t just imaginations at work. The iPod 6G is actually quite a bit slower, which makes me wonder… isn’t progress the other way?
- Cover Flow. Why? Once again, this can be considered “cool,” but that same Ars Technica review mentioned that Apple, in a move to make it more responsive and usable, had cut out most or even all of the anti-aliasing that made it look so nice. I can understand putting this in the iPhone — its touchscreen makes that a very cool feature. But on an iPod with a clickwheel and a much smaller screen? It makes me wonder if Apple has a newfound obsession with putting Cover Flow in every product they make.
That said, I really have to figure out what I’m going to do before I run out of space. Also, on the Apple Store website, using the Education store doesn’t apply any discounts to the iPod products, and having that discount would be very nice. I got it on my 5G iPod, which makes me wonder if Apple has discontinued that.
The iPhone Price Reductions
The other hot news from the Beat Goes On event was that Apple slashed the prices of the 8 GB iPhone to $399, down $200, and is dropping the 4 GB iPhone. This price slash, of course, triggered a wave of anger directed at Apple, from customers who had purchased the iPhone in the first two months since its release, before the price drops. In what I must say is a surprising, yet ingenious move for PR, Steve Jobs addressed an open letter to those angry consumers, which compensated them with $100 Apple Store credit.
To be honest, I see no reason for the iPhone owners to be so mad. The extra $200 you paid ensured you got it within two months of its release — you had the “in” thing. Also, why would you be buying a $600 phone if $200 matters to you so much? You can get a decent phone from your service provider for, say, $100, then you would have $500 spare, not $200. It doesn’t seem like $200 would be worth that much to you, or be that much of a financial hit to you, if you could just drop $600 on a fancy cell phone.
Of course, it’s not really the price, is it? It’s your pride. Now you look like a bunch of suckers1, because you got ripped off $200, because Apple was most likely milking the hype to earn some extra cash. Well, that’s the price you pay for being the cool kid on your block with the really cool new phone. Stop complaining. I think you are extremely fortunate Steve Jobs even conceded, and gave you store credit on top of that.
Of course, if you aren’t complaining and just taking it with a grain of salt, props to you. ↩