“The 15-gigabyte iPod introduced April 28 with a couple of cousins, one bigger and one smaller, is impressive. It can hold and play back thousands of songs, can perform somewhat like my Palm Pilot, is formattable for either PCs or Macs, and is impossibly sleek and light,” write Michael Prager for The Boston Globs. “I would probably want to run out and get myself one, if not for one thing: I have a 10-gigabyte model from the line’s first generation, and it’s better. After 10 days testing an Apple Corp. loaner, I can only vouch for the first half of that American ideal, ‘new and improved.’ Conditioned by decades of corporate marketeers, we demand that standard, and it’s usually not a problem: Most products could stand some improving. Undoubtedly the iPod, already acclaimed as the best of its type, could get better, too. But so far, it hasn’t.”
What Prager wants is more battery life, not more capacity, perhaps forgetting that iPod does not have to hold just music – it’s also a portable FireWire drive among other things. Prager also complains about the new FireWire interface requiring a special cable, perhaps not imagining what other uses Apple may have in mind down the road for all of those extra pins not currently in use. He also thinks the new buttons are “hypersensitive” and says his friend Doug “has to reset his player once or twice a day, and points to discussion pages at macintouch.com that reveal plenty of other buyers with the same or similar problems.”
“I won’t be surprised if one day I own one of these. Even a slightly less likable iPod is still better than its peers. But the satisfaction of having the best will always be tempered by the memory that it was better,” Prager concludes.
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