Mossberg: Apple iPod Photo ‘a winner, if a little pricey’

“Last week, Apple released a souped-up version of its wildly popular iPod called the iPod Photo. Unlike earlier iPods, this new model has a vivid color screen and can store and display up to 25,000 photos. It retains the usual music storage and playback functions as well. You can view your photos on the iPod itself or on the screen of any TV that’s handy, using a clever cable that comes with the new iPod,” Walter S. Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“This week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I tested this latest addition to the iPod family, which costs $499 or $599, depending on capacity. We also tested a competing music player from iRiver America that claims to store and display photos in a similar way — the $330, 20-gigabyte iRiver H320. This player also comes in a 40-gigabyte version for $430,” Mossberg reports.

“Our verdict: The iPod Photo was just as easy, and satisfying, to use with photos as it is with music. It’s a winner, if a little pricey. But the iRiver player is complicated and clumsy… in terms of simplicity and ease of use, it doesn’t begin to compare to the iPod Photo. Physically, it’s about the same size as the iPod, though slightly thicker, but that’s where the similarities end. The H320’s nine buttons frustrated us right away because they don’t include a scrolling device like Apple’s wheel that would have helped us move through long lists of songs or pictures within the player’s vast hard disk,” Mossberg reports. “We can’t recommend the iRiver for average, nontechnical users. But the new iPod Photo is a great choice for storing and sharing digital photos. We just hope it comes down in price.”

Full article here.

14 Comments

  1. Give it time, and all the iPods will come down in price. Here is what I am thinking:

    iPod Mini: 199
    iPod 20: 249
    iPod 40: 299
    iPodphoto:349
    and the big one: 449.

    Its pretty straight forward, and they are gonna have to eventually. I would say within 6 months time we see these prices. I am just hoping for upgraded Powerbooks at the current pricepoint before the Holiday.

  2. I want a PowerBook G5. So does my boss. So does my brother. So do my friends. So get one shipping Uncle Steve ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. “I want a PowerBook G5. So does my boss. So does my brother. So do my friends. So get one shipping Uncle Steve ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />”

    Patience is a virtue.

  4. I want an iMac17 in my bathroom. A powerbook17 in my bedroom. A G5 tower in my office. A 15powerbook for my stereo and music. an iPod20 for Monday/tuesday/wednesday. an iPod40 for the rest of the week. One mini for the gym.

    that’s it, that’s all!

  5. I don’t think you will see any major price cuts until there is another option to buy. Right now the iPod is king and Apple is ridding it until it’s legs fall off.

    Go Apple Go. If you can’t afford it don’t buy it.

  6. I want a 20in iMac G5 in my room, a duo G5 tower with 2 30 in displays in my office, a 15 in Powerbook G5 for the road, a 17 in Powerbook G5 for all my classes, built in to my desk, or a Tablet Mac, and I want them all networked so that they are like the same computer.

    Also, a 60 gig iPod photo, an iPod mini, flash ipods to give to all my friends, and an iPhone.

    I will gladly clean my room for all of this.

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