A Few Observations About Apple

  1. I really like my new iPod touch as a movie player for trips.  With an add-on double-A battery for extra life, it beats the hell out of portable DVD players.  It is a decent Internet surfer over WiFi though I am still looking for something a bit larger.
  2. Anyone who fetishizes Apple's design capability has never tried to sync two iPods from one computer.  It can be done, with a klugey shift-click open to iTunes that brings up a "pick library" menu, but it really blows.  Also, they obviously have not had to endure QuickTime popups 415 times a day that say "Some of your Quick Time software is out of date.  You can fix this problem by updating the the latest version."  When one clicks "Do it now," one invariably gets the error message that the servers are busy (if the system does not crash entirely.
  3. The new iPod classics still suck.  I tried them again at Best Buy.  The menu is laggy as hell and very hard to make selections or browse.  It is no accident that new-in-box generation 5.5 iPods are selling for more on eBay than new generation 6 iPods with the same or more memory.


  1. Josh:

    For the record, the issues you have in number two are more or less non-existent with Mac OS X. ;)

  2. D:

    Wait for a firmware update, then see how bad it is. I bet it's fixed by then.

  3. Bill Brown:

    You want hell? Try syncing two libraries on two computers. On Mac OS X. Off the same iTunes account. I finally had to use DiffMerge to manually copy the files and then File > Import to get the files added. But it duped the playlists.