“Apple Computer’s iPod mini looks as if it was designed for adolescent girls who like their electronic devices to look like their candy. The new portable MP3 player comes in five shiny new colors: blue, sliver, green, gold and pink. Apple describes the iPod mini as the ‘ultimate fashion statement’–a line that could have been pulled straight out of Tiger Beat magazine,” Betsy Schiffman writes for Forbes.
“If you cut through the layer of teeny-bopper marketing, however, you will find Apple’s iPod mini is a decent player that deserves to be marketed as more than a fashion accessory–it works well, it’s easy to use and the simple design is friendly and functional,” Schiffman writes. “Although users of Microsoft’s Windows like to complain that iTunes software is problematic on their machines, we used the iPod mini and iTunes on a Windows 2000 system and didn’t experience any incompatibility issues whatsoever. If we had any complaints about iTunes (we used version 4.2), it is just that the application itself is big and unwieldy, and it can be slow and clunky to use.”
Schiffman writes, “Besides the basic MP3 playing functionality, the iPod mini also comes with a slew of extras including a few silly games, and a place to sync your contacts, calendar or notes. The extras are fairly useless, though… since the iPod mini doesn’t have a keyboard or a phone, it’s not the most logical place to store contacts or keep your calendar. And if you do choose to sync your contacts with your iPod, it might be the third place you store them (in addition to a phone and a personal digital assistant)–how many more places do you need to store your address book? Is your belt buckle next?”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: An interesting article that should be titled, “iPod through the eyes of one Windows user” instead of “iPod through the eyes of a Windows user” for clarity’s sake. Schiffman’s opinions just don’t jive much with what we’ve read elsewhere. Most articles praise iTunes, like some or all of the games, and understand the value of having your calendar and contacts on your iPod. We don’t know why Schiffman feels this way or reaches these conclusions. A lone wolf howls while the rest of the pack jumps on waiting lists to get their own iPod mini.