New iPod

July 25, 2005

Apple was so thoughtful and sent me an email to let me know about the new 20 and 60 gig color iPods.

I’ll be perfectly honest: I don’t need a new iPod. I’m just at 20 gigs of music and even when I add to my collection, I’ve got a pretty good system for swapping out music. But when I got this email, I just couldn’t help myself. Pretty colors on the screen. Tons of space. I could store photos! 15 hours of battery life. Podcast ready (just in time for Lance’s tour podcasts!!). And me with a bonus burning a whole in my pocket. It was all too much to resist.

As I have said before, my husband has the patience of a saint, so that night we went to the Apple store to check out my future iPod. I drooled over the pretty screen. I debated. I rationalized. I walked away. I walked back. And then I gave into temptation and bought myself a beautiful new iPod.

The beauty of Apple is that it’s so just easy to use. Charge the iPod. Plug it into the computer. Answer the questions and watch the music copy. Listen to music. The “hard” part was figuring out how to copy my photos on to my iPod. With 60 gigs of space, I could keep copies of all my photos on my iPod but that seems a bit excessive. I only want to keep my favorite pictures or new pictures to show my friends. What I did was set up a folder in iPhoto and that folder syncs with my iPod. Anytime I put new photos in that folder, the next time I sync my music, that folder of photos syncs as well. I did have to set this up in my preferences in iTunes. I will say that it does help make things easier that I use an apple computer.

The next day I started to feel some buyers remorse. Why did I buy such a huge iPod? What was I going to do with 60 gigs of space? One of the things I loved about the iPod was the size. Compared to my first mp3 player, it was tiny. The 60 gig iPod is larger to accommodate the bigger hard drive and I was not looking forward to lugging this new, huge piece of technology around. (The 60 is .12 inches wider and weight .5 ounces more.) Bill, ever the voice of reason, said “try it out, you can always return it.” To my delight, I could not tell that it was heavier. I use a leather case with a clip by Incase and I didn’t notice the additional weight, even while walking.

As for my concerns about space, I have a huge pile of CDs that I am going to convert to mp3s and import into iTunes. My other justification is that when I travel for work, I travel with my work laptop. I can save myself some time and dump my photos from my travels onto my iPod (we already have the adaptor) which would then sync easily with iPhoto when I return. I’ll make use of the 60 gigs of space.

Verdict: I am thrilled with my new purchase. I highly recommend the color iPod. Everything is better in color. And it you need it, I am more than happy to help you rationalize your purchase.

Now if only I could find the perfect headphones…


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