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Apple Quietly Releases New iPods

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the how-do-they-stack-up-against-nomads dept.

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redletterdave writes "At the company's media event last month, Apple introduced its fifth-generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation iPod Nano, but only mentioned an October timeframe for when it would start filling pre-orders. Without an official word, it looks like the official launch day for the new iPods is today. Apple Stores around the country are currently stocked with the new iPods and customers who pre-ordered are finally receiving email notifications that their orders have shipped, or are 'preparing to ship.' Still, it is interesting to note that Apple didn't make a special announcement or even post a press release to announce the launch of its newest media players, especially as the competition heats up before the holiday season."

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The didn't make an announcement (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603105)

They didn't make a special announcement, because there is nothing special about the product

Re:The didn't make an announcement (1, Funny)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#41603239)

They didn't make a special announcement, because there is nothing special about the product

But apparently Slashdot thinks otherwise
 
Slashdot will pick up anything from Apple, including "quiet release"
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Re:The didn't make an announcement (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603867)

Slashdot will pick up anything from Apple, including "quiet release"

Quiet release sounds like what an Apple fanboy does after he finds out his iPod preorder shipped.

Re:The didn't make an announcement (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603995)

Only because Mom can hear everything through the heating ducts. The loud stuff is reserved for the Apple Store.

iPhone minus the phone (2)

unixisc (2429386) | about 2 years ago | (#41605903)

It's an iPhone - without the phone capabilities. I find it really handy to not just check mails, but also the weather, stocks, a calculator, time in different cities and YouTube. Only complaint - lack of an SD card slot, and the inability to store music videos the way one can store music audios. Otherwise, it's a great thing to have while waiting in a restaurant, at the doctors or for the car to get done.

quietly? (5, Insightful)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 2 years ago | (#41603113)

Umm, they had a huge event where they unveiled new iphones and ipods. what is quiet about it? the release date I guess? regardless, they're here now. I've got a new ipod touch on order, so I should be getting it soon. the price went up - $299. I wonder how the price of the ipad mini will compare to this?

Re:quietly? (1)

csumpi (2258986) | about 2 years ago | (#41606003)

""" I wonder how the price of the ipad mini will compare to this? """

It doesn't matter. You'll buy it no matter what it costs.

"the competition heats up..." (5, Insightful)

grouchomarxist (127479) | about 2 years ago | (#41603143)

eh? in media players? what competition?

Re:"the competition heats up..." (0)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | about 2 years ago | (#41603263)

Look at what is on offer in Japan or South Korea... Just because American's drank the Kool-Aid doesn't mean everyone else has.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (2)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 2 years ago | (#41603293)

I don't know about where you live, but lots of newer cars in the US have iPod-only hookups. Most that aren't player-specific (either aux or USB) have lots of features that aren't available on an Aux jack only, like controlling the iPod from the steering wheel or dash.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1, Informative)

puto (533470) | about 2 years ago | (#41603775)

If they are using the new port then they will be just like the new Iphones, the built in controls in the car will not be able to control the device... So all of those features are moot, because they will not work.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (4, Informative)

FreakyGeeky (23009) | about 2 years ago | (#41603833)

What are you talking about? They'll work just fine. My iPhone 5 works perfectly in my 2011 Nissan.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603955)

The feature that doesn't work is "ipod out" which is a clone of the iphone screen on the in-dash display. Every other feature works. Everything else works.

Still able to control (3, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41603973)

If they are using the new port then they will be just like the new Iphones, the built in controls in the car will not be able to control the device...

A number of things with a USB port (like cars) can still control iOS devices with a lightning port, simply using he included cable.

Other devices that had dedicated dock connectors can still work just fine with the new connector if you get the adaptor. The only thing that will not work is playing video or "iPod Out", which was displaying a virtual iPod screen on some other device (since it needs video). That's not much of a loss though as the iPod Out interface was laggy and really low res.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about 2 years ago | (#41604669)

Nah you just buy the adapter doodad and move on. Everything works as expected.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (2)

csumpi (2258986) | about 2 years ago | (#41606037)

That is complete BS.

You can hook up an iPod to my Honda, but it also takes USB drives, anything over Bluetooth and for last resort there is the aux port. My previous Honda did the same. So iPod only, is far from the truth.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603305)

I haven't seen a non-iPod media player here in France in years. Germany either.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | about 2 years ago | (#41604759)

I haven't seen a non-phone, non-tablet media player in years either.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (5, Informative)

grouchomarxist (127479) | about 2 years ago | (#41603495)

There is definitely competition out there, but it is minimal. If you check out Amazon's Japan best seller page for portable media players you get:

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/bestsellers/electronics/140474011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_3371411 [amazon.co.jp]

The top 3 items are Apple iPod touch. 9 out of the top 10 items are from Apple. 17 of the top 20.

In any case, part of my point is not Apple's dominance, but the lack of anything much happening in this market.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603633)

Hi there. I've lived in Japan (Nakano, Tokyo) for the past 15 years, the Apple craze has really hit hard in the last 2. iPhones and iPods now totally dominate. We drank the Kool-Aid.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (2, Interesting)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | about 2 years ago | (#41603367)

eh? in media players? what competition?

The competition is not from other dedicated PMPs, but from Android phones. Why buy an ipod when you can get one of the cheap-ass androids for the same price.

(I know, I know, joggers etc like a small light PMP, but its a vanishing market)

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

grouchomarxist (127479) | about 2 years ago | (#41603513)

yeah, but my comment was about dedicated media players. there is very little happening here. no "heat" to be found.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (3, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#41603687)

(I know, I know, joggers etc like a small light PMP, but its a vanishing market)

People aren't jogging any more?

Of course the iPod Touch is part of the iPod line. And it allows people access to the iOS App Store for much less money than an iPhone.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | about 2 years ago | (#41604087)

People aren't jogging any more?

Of course people are jogging & all the other things that a very small / light media player is good for. But the market for small / light players is vanishing because the number of joggers etc willing to get a dedicated player as well as a smartphone is shrinking.

Of course the iPod Touch is part of the iPod line. And it allows people access to the iOS App Store for much less money than an iPhone.

Yes, as I said in another post, one of the biggest competitors to the iPod is the iPhone. For those who are cost-conscious, android beckons.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41604709)

holy shit you're a clueless shut in

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 2 years ago | (#41605767)

holy shit you're a clueless shut in

Considering that phone shops everywhere sell... wait for it... armband-style phone holders specifically for outdoor/sports activities, I'd guess that you should stop looking in the mirror while you post, as it seems to confuse you quite a lot.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about 2 years ago | (#41605825)

holy shit you're a clueless shut in

Considering that phone shops everywhere sell... wait for it... armband-style phone holders specifically for outdoor/sports activities, I'd guess that you should stop looking in the mirror while you post, as it seems to confuse you quite a lot.

Yeah, people would want to jog around with the ever increasingly sized smartphones strapped to their wrists.

Re:"the competition heats up..." (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#41604507)

eh? in media players? what competition?

Well, Sandisk is probably the biggest competitor, for a few obvious reasons (no software required, but it also means no software to sync music).

But Android PMPs would be the biggest competitor. Not ones like Archos which are out there but generally low-quality, but Sony and Samsung have Android PMPs. The biggest drawback though, is that they run Gingerbread (they both have 2012 copyright dates too - imagine buying a brand new Android device and getting an outdated OS with no announcement if you're getting ICS (nevermind JB)).

These Androids will have full access to the Play store, so they're not using Appslib or other custom store crap.

It was already announced. (1)

the_B0fh (208483) | about 2 years ago | (#41603161)

It's just shipping. What's the big deal about shipping...?

Re:It was already announced. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603247)

It's just shipping. What's the big deal about shipping...?

You can buy it now.

Re:It was already announced. (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#41603333)

You could buy it weeks ago, it just gets shipped now.

Re:It was already announced. (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | about 2 years ago | (#41604771)

You could buy it weeks ago, it just gets shipped now.

For normal people, the point of "buying" means you now have something and you can use it immediately. For Apple customers, the point of "buying" is giving money to Apple. The actual shipping is irrelevant.

Re:It was already announced. (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#41605373)

So when I buy something online, it don't really buy it until it arrives at my door a few days later? I thought I bought it when I gave the company my money and they issued me receipt.

Someone better inform the inland revenue department in my country since they count it as the issuing of an invoice or the exchange of money.

Re:It was already announced. (4, Funny)

mosb1000 (710161) | about 2 years ago | (#41603257)

I guess the difference is whether you want to use the device to listen to music, or if you're ok with just looking at pictures of it.

Re:It was already announced. (1)

the_B0fh (208483) | about 2 years ago | (#41603569)

I guess I should be more clear - does that really merit front page on slashdot?

Re:It was already announced. (1)

Gertlex (722812) | about 2 years ago | (#41604093)

I see where you're coming from (imaginary slashdot full of news for nerds and stuff that matters)...

What about when the Surface comes out at the end of this month? The Surface Pro?

Just curious if your opinion differs for products with release dates further removed from announcement.

Announcement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603167)

Of course they won't make any, they want people to buy the more expensive iphone5, as it can do everything the ipod does and more.

User quietly buys... (2, Interesting)

dohzer (867770) | about 2 years ago | (#41603181)

...non-iPod media player of equal storage and superior features for third of iPod price.

Re:User quietly buys... (1)

collet (2632725) | about 2 years ago | (#41605551)

I did, I bought a little Philips thing expecting a piece of shit but instead I got FLAC support and a seemingly infinite battery life. I spend the money I saved on fancy headphones.

Re:User quietly buys... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 2 years ago | (#41605625)

I'm unsure why this is marked flamebait (but have a suspicion). I just did the same, picking up a Sansa Clip Zip. It plays all formats, can run RockBox, has a standard (MicroUSB) connector, has expandable storage (MicroSD), and is quite inexpensive. My older Sansa e260 won't last forever, and I figured I'd better get one while they're still available.

10,000 feet limitation (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603203)

From the specs on Apples page:

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Really? What would cause this. This means it can't be used in places like Leadville, CO for example. Is this some sleazy warranty trick? Granted, this is the same for the 4th generation but I don't understand why any media player would be limited to 10,000 feet.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#41603223)

From the specs on Apples page:

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Really? What would cause this. This means it can't be used in places like Leadville, CO for example. Is this some sleazy warranty trick? Granted, this is the same for the 4th generation but I don't understand why any media player would be limited to 10,000 feet.

Magic Pixie dust doesn't work well at low atmospheric pressures. Want proof? How many iPhones / iPods are on Mars?

Re:10,000 feet limitation (4, Funny)

sidthegeek (626567) | about 2 years ago | (#41603497)

Actually, the altitude might be affecting the Reality Distortion Field...

Re:10,000 feet limitation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603297)

Probably air pressure and/or density for models with spinning hard drives. Hard drives rely on a thin film of air to float the head the correct distance above the platter, and won't work if the air's too thin.

I don't think it would apply to an iPod but another option is arcing from a high-voltage component (such as a fluorescent backlight), which is also sensitive to air pressure.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (3, Interesting)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#41603373)

Both of which, the iPods have none of. Its most likely the lithium ion batteries.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (2)

zippthorne (748122) | about 2 years ago | (#41604023)

Perhaps it is a leftover spec from when they did have spinny hard drives....

Re:10,000 feet limitation (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#41605337)

Or perhaps the lithium ion batteries I already mentioned, as they must be pressure tested to meet safety standards, and 10,000 feet is a standard pressure, since passenger aircraft cabins are pressurised to 8,000 feet. Atmospheric pressure changes can deform the cells leading to shorts which turn into fires.

Don't know why, but it is lying... (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41603999)

Really? What would cause this. This means it can't be used in places like Leadville, CO for example.

I was driving and hiking around the mountains at higher elevations than that all weekend. An iPhone 5 (with the same specs) worked just fine. I have no idea why the continue to include specs like this in totally solid-state devices, but it probably has to do with ranges all the components were tested in and they just don't want to legally claim it will work under conditions they have not tested.

Some chip in the iPod says max 10,000 ft ... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 2 years ago | (#41604091)

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Really? What would cause this.

Probably because some chip inside the iPod says its maximum operating altitude is 10,0000 ft. If a supplier says that is all the chip is rated for that is what Apple has to put on the box.

Interestingly chip suppliers sometimes have chips that are mil-spec (military grade) that are rated for higher altitudes. What is the difference, aside from price, sometimes it is merely a matter of testing. Chips rated as mil-spec may actually get tested at low pressure (simulating high altitude). Regular chips get no such testing and may actually be capable of working at higher altitudes.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41605271)

Having taken an iPhone 3GS to the summit of Everest, it's utter nonsense and is more likely related to the specifications from a component supplier and their warranty issues.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41605331)

I lived in La Paz in Bolivia for a year. Elevation 12,000 feet. People have computers and iPhones and so on. They work fine.

Re:10,000 feet limitation (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about 2 years ago | (#41605691)

From the specs on Apples page:

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Really? What would cause this.

The reason is that until a few years ago all companies gave information like this, and nowadays they only tell you about it when they want to refuse you warranty repairs, while Apple will still tell you up front.

Huh. (5, Funny)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41603227)

Apple Quietly Releases New iPods

Not quietly enough, obviously...

(I kid, I kid!)

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41605837)

iKid.

Soon to be released at your nearest pussy. The announcement will be kinda quiet too.

Re:Huh. (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 2 years ago | (#41605915)

No it won't. The iKid will scream, as will the owner of the pussy

Competition (1)

mosb1000 (710161) | about 2 years ago | (#41603241)

Still, it is interesting to note that Apple didn't make a special announcement or even post a press release to announce the launch of its newest media players, especially as the competition heats up before the holiday season.

Care to elaborate on that? Do you mean the competition between the various Apple players? Or are you suggesting there are other serious players in this market?

Re:Competition (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | about 2 years ago | (#41603405)

Do you mean the competition between the various Apple players?

The biggest competitor to iPods produced by Apple is not another iPod, but the iPhone. Nearly everyone carries a phone, why carry two devices?

More importantly from Apple's POV is the competition from low end android phones. They're the same price as even the cheapest iPods, and offer a whole fuck-ton more functionality to boot.

Yet another re-invention of the iPod Nano (1)

Scowler (667000) | about 2 years ago | (#41603265)

I'm not seeing how adding video will help this product. It's a little "over-featured" and "over-priced" to be successful, in my opinion.

Re:Yet another re-invention of the iPod Nano (2)

jfengel (409917) | about 2 years ago | (#41603751)

Personally, I was very disappointed at the removal of video from the Nano. I used it on rare occasions, like airplane flights, on my 3rd gen Nano. When it died I got a 6, and was shocked at how crippled the 6 was. I returned it and found myself a 5th gen Nano (which actually cost more) and am very happy with it.

Re:Yet another re-invention of the iPod Nano (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#41603759)

If $149 is too much there's still the iPod Shuffle for $49.

Re:Yet another re-invention of the iPod Nano (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#41604391)

They need to finally ship a new iPod CLASSIC that has something bigger than a dinky fucking 150gb drive. I've been waiting YEARS for this.

Re:Yet another re-invention of the iPod Nano (1)

sound+vision (884283) | about 2 years ago | (#41604919)

While it'd be nice to have your entire collection in the highest quality on an iPod, I doubt there's much market for it.

My music collection, which is large enough that it shocks everyone I've shown it to, is currently 189 GB. Yes, I know there are people with larger collections. Yourself, obviously. But you're in "the 1%".

Now, about a quarter of my collection is FLAC (rest MP3/AAC/Vorbis) - and the average bit rate across the entire collection is 382 kbps. 17,481 tracks, seven solid weeks of playtime.

For a portable player, I've got no issue compressing down to ~130 kbps AAC... which is 34% of the size. The total size of my collection at that bit rate would be 64 GB - I wouldn't have even hit the halfway point in terms of capacity.

The market of people who even have enough data to fill one of these things up is small. The market for people who have the library, and would actually want to carry it all in their pocket, at all times - is even smaller. And those people likely have got a portable 500 GB drive already.

I wouldn't bet on seeing higher-capacity PMPs for years to come, when the price on storage has come down further.

Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (0)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | about 2 years ago | (#41603323)

All an iPod is is an over priced flash drive. Who actually uses it for anything other than a music storage device? Most of the time you either "dock" it or you just use your smart phone instead when you're on the go.

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (3, Informative)

codegen (103601) | about 2 years ago | (#41603439)

I have a friend who has an iPod instead of an iPhone. She is almost always in range of free wifi, and uses two apps that provide free phone (including dial in) and free texting. Cheaper than an iPhone and lighter too.

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41604537)

I have a friend who has an iPod instead of an iPhone. She is almost always in range of free wifi, and uses two apps that provide free phone (including dial in) and free texting. Cheaper than an iPhone and lighter too.

Awesome. My friends are 'grownups' with 'jobs' who moved 'out of their parent's basements' and can 'afford things'.

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (1)

1000101 (584896) | about 2 years ago | (#41603789)

I use it for jogging all the time. So much better to have a light weight nano on my waist than a bulky phone on my arm.

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (1)

tipo159 (1151047) | about 2 years ago | (#41603795)

All an iPod is is an over priced flash drive. Who actually uses it for anything other than a music storage device? Most of the time you either "dock" it or you just use your smart phone instead when you're on the go.

An iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone. Sorry, but none of my flash drives can run iPhone apps or have a camera or connect to Wifi.

The iPod nano has the Nike+ app and a FM radio and you can watch videos on it. You must have some fancy flash drives if they can do that.

If you are gonna knock something, at least do enough research about what you are knocking that you don't come across as, uh, ..., less than knowledgable.

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (1)

PixetaledPikachu (1007305) | about 2 years ago | (#41604247)

All an iPod is is an over priced flash drive. Who actually uses it for anything other than a music storage device? Most of the time you either "dock" it or you just use your smart phone instead when you're on the go.

An iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone. Sorry, but none of my flash drives can run iPhone apps or have a camera or connect to Wifi.

AFAIk the ipod touch can't be used as flash drive, or at least, not as easy as one. Please pick another model for flash drive comparison

Re:Maybe because iPods are irrelevant? (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#41604401)

I don't have a smart phone, because I care about battery life and call quality and don't give a shit about playing Angry Birds on the toilet. However, I do have an iPod, because I like having 150gb of storage for my content (actually, I don't like it enough for that -- it really needs to be upped to a terabyte, but that's never going to happen, I guess).

Where is the new iTunes 11? (2)

Scowler (667000) | about 2 years ago | (#41603329)

Strange that Apple wouldn't release the iTunes overhaul in conjunction with these iPods. That overhaul is well overdue, more than any iPod refresh...

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (3, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | about 2 years ago | (#41603345)

iTunes doesn't need an overhaul it needs an axe.

Seriously Idevice sync, media player and iTunes Store should be separate apps.

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (2)

Scowler (667000) | about 2 years ago | (#41603393)

They can exist as modules under a single lightweight application UI, actively loaded and unloaded as necessary. That kind of SW design would answer most people's criticisms surrounding "bloat".

At the very least the current hodgepodge UI needs to die and be reborn.

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (3, Interesting)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 2 years ago | (#41603701)

None of what you wrote has any meaning to the vast majority of PC and Apple users.

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 years ago | (#41604265)

It wouldnt, however, answer complaints of "general suckage", "crashes", and "inexplicably breaks cd burning".

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (2)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about 2 years ago | (#41604679)

They already exist as modules under a single lightweight UI. The core of iTunes hasn't changed in a long time, and on a Mac it's perfectly suitable. On a PC it's not as good, because it essentially runs on top of a modern version of an updated Openstep feature that let you run Openstep on top of Windows. This whole thing is a big beast and to my knowledge, is only used for Quicktime and iTunes.

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 2 years ago | (#41604545)

iTunes doesn't need an overhaul it needs an axe.

Seriously Idevice sync, media player and iTunes Store should be separate apps.

Take off. Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

TBH though, I don't have a problem with it. But if you're going to kill something, kill it with fire. Thermonuclear fire.

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (1)

MtViewGuy (197597) | about 2 years ago | (#41603755)

Is it that Apple is waiting for the release of the iPad mini before iTunes 11.0 is released?

Re:Where is the new iTunes 11? (2)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about 2 years ago | (#41605735)

Strange that Apple wouldn't release the iTunes overhaul in conjunction with these iPods. That overhaul is well overdue, more than any iPod refresh...

http://www.apple.com/itunes/new-itunes/ [apple.com] - Coming in October

Close enough?

Ummm... what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603363)

They did announce [youtube.com] it.

I have a smartphone, who cares (2, Interesting)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 2 years ago | (#41603389)

Do people still buy these things? And 300 dollars is outrageous. My phone was 80 dollars, no contract. A 32gb microsd is 20 dollars. So 100 dollars total for a device that can outperform this I-Pod touch in everything, even media playing thanks to winamp and winamp remote.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (1)

godrik (1287354) | about 2 years ago | (#41603887)

people offer that to kids so that they won't have to pay a crazily expensive dataplan.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 2 years ago | (#41604575)

As i said no contract. I pay 50 dollars a month for everything unlimited. Even if you bought the phone, paid for 1 month and let it run out and bought a memory stick, its still cheaper than an I-Pod.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 2 years ago | (#41605933)

Yeah, that way, the kids can play all the games available for them, w/o being able to make calls to who knows where, and rake up phone bills. And parents get to keep the iPhone. Too bad, however, that these things have only a fraction of the apps available for the iPad.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41604355)

I wanted to buy a smart phone but I have access to wi-fi more or less 24-7 so why would I pay for data?

iPod touch has all the flexibility of iOS for apps and browsing(which you may or may not care about, I prefer the interface to android on my Nexus 7), better battery life, and no contract.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41604399)

yes it is overpriced, but no your $80 phone doesnt even come close to outperforming it. it is a very expensive albeit very powerful media device. And btw yes it can also play any file you can imagine with apps like gplayer. So you can argue with the price, I do, but you cant knock it for how powerful it is or how well it does what it was built for. Price aside it is a very impressive device.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 2 years ago | (#41604595)

Howso? My Samsung Admire may not be the fastest phone, but please explain how an I-Pod will blow my phone out of the water in performance. I doubt the sound quality is too different from my phone, I use mine as my mp3 player in my car and with the equalizer in winamp it sounds pretty goddamn good. Better than CD's do. But i would like to hear more about this amazingly powerful I-Pod.

Re:I have a smartphone, who cares (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#41604407)

Or an iPod Classic for $250 that holds 160gb. I'll take that over a dinky little 32gb. Shit, that wouldn't even hold my current podcasts - much less audiobooks, music, and some videos.

Stupid lightning adapters (0, Troll)

irving47 (73147) | about 2 years ago | (#41603415)

We should have paid more attention to the articles 3-4 months ago about those damn cables and their authenticator chips.
Maybe they're keeping a lower profile so people don't point out the new ipods have the same proprietary, border-line uncopy-able cables?

Re:Stupid lightning adapters (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 2 years ago | (#41603981)

they're not authenticator chips. They're demuxing chips.

Not that it matters to the /. crowd. Unless you can be super cheap and buy a 5 pack of cables for 10 bucks IT'S EVIL AND MUST BE ELIMINATED.

Re:Stupid lightning adapters (1)

irving47 (73147) | about 2 years ago | (#41604471)

Can you explain that, please?
I didn't call them evil. I will call them greedy as hell and fleecing the users for an expensive cable that they have made a particular way to charge far more.

Re:Stupid lightning adapters (0)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41604603)

Can you explain that, please?

The cable can be plugged in either direction, yet pulls power over USB and does other things...

The chip is basically responsible for making the wiring from the cable end up at the right pins.

fleecing the users for an expensive cable that they have made a particular way to charge far more.

They made the cable this way because:

1) The connector is much nicer than mini-USB to plug in, far more durable and with a much better contact area.

2) Much higher speeds possible over this interface. If you want to plan ahead for future needs you don't put a 20 year old connector on it.

3) There is a lot of value in not having to worry about which way a cable goes in.

Now if only they had got rid of the connector on the computer side and replaced that with something reversible...

Re:Stupid lightning adapters (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 2 years ago | (#41604865)

But when the port is meant for more than just USB, then the matter of fleecing becomes less obvious.

Also, 19 bucks for a cable isn't expensive. It isn't cheap but not what I'd call expensive. It's not meant to be just for charge and sync it's also meant for all sorts of peripherals.

"Disable Advertising" option not working (5, Funny)

Kittenman (971447) | about 2 years ago | (#41603467)

Strange - I thought I had that ticked, but I can still see this story.

Sorry about that (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41604581)

Strange - I thought I had that ticked, but I can still see this story.

My bad, I had the "increase advertising" option ticked, it must be bleeding over to other users.

Why? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41603945)

Does Jimmy Donal Wales Exist?

What is the purpose of the thing that calls itself 'Jimmy Donal Wales"/

There is no purpose to the thing that calls itself 'Jimmy Donal Wales.'

The Charlatan Jimmy Donal Wales must be forcefully removed from the existence we living creatures know.

Oddest thing; congruence with lightning adaptor. (0)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41604017)

The strangest thing about the timing to me was that at exactly the same point in time we suddenly have the Lightning adaptors arriving as well.

I could not believe there was such a fuss over things like Apple Maps, which by and large work fine for most people - meanwhile a truly massive slipup on Apple's part, not shipping with adaptors day one, was underway. It's been weeks since the iPhone 5 launch and only now is Apple finally shipping adaptors... that is not good planning and a really disservice to customers in trying to make a shift to the new connector as painless as possible.

Umm... the new iPods WERE announced... (1)

Shadowmist (57488) | about 2 years ago | (#41604245)

.... at the special media event which announced the pre-orders of the iPhone 5. Unlike the iPhone however no specificl launch date or pre-order was done.

Quietly, of course (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | about 2 years ago | (#41605495)

Of course Apple launched them quietly after all the flak they took for hearing damage caused by loud iPods.

Re:Quietly, of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41605697)

I thought that was the design of the ear buds, and the high volume that people would crank the player to so that they wouldn't be distracted by outside noises.

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