“When it comes to choosing an MP3 player — or any digital music player — it’s all about size. You want to buy as much storage space as you can afford and as small a device as you can find,” Rick Ellis writes for Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS).
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“No discussion of music players is complete without discussing the Apple iPod. Apple’s MP3 player is trendy and has lots of accessories to choose from, and it tends to hold more music than most people could ever listen to in one lifetime. But it is also a more expensive, proprietary device,” Ellis writes. “Choosing an iPod is similar to buying an Apple computer instead of a Windows computer. Either you can’t live without them, or you think they’re over-hyped and over-priced.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This article has already been picked up by over one hundred television stations’ and other media outlets’ websites that are affiliated with IBS which, according to Nielsen, is the #1 Local News Provider on the Web, covering more news viewers than any other local media publisher.
IBS Operates in:
– All “Top 10” US Nielsen markets
– 22 of the Top 25 markets, covering 93% of in-market Households
– 41 of the Top 50 markets, covering 89% of in-market Households
– 60 markets in total, covering 64% of all US Households
In the interest of clarity, we must first point out that no iPod holds more music than most people could ever listen to in one lifetime, unless, of course their lifetime is shorter than 41.67 days (60 GB iPod Photo holds up to 15,000 4-minute songs, according to Apple. That’s 60,000 minutes, or 1,000 hours, or 41.67 days). We understand Ellis was trying to illustrate iPod’s tremendous storage capacity. We’ll leave it to you to decide if he was trying to insinuate to his readers that buying an iPod would be overkill.
Now, for the more serious issue: what’s “proprietary” about Apple’s iPod that can play AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, and Audible files vs., for example, a Dell DJ that can only play MP3, WMA, or WAV files? Which one is more compatible with more formats? AAC with Fairplay DRM files from Apple’s iTunes Music Store are “proprietary,” according to Ellis, but WMA files with Microsoft’s DRM aren’t?
Also, note how Ellis seems to try to take out Macintosh computers at the same time he goes after iPod? Why does Ellis do this? Why is this written this way? Is it sloppiness, ignorance, or something else? This hit piece needs to be explained and corrected:
Mr. Ellis has an email address: email@example.com
In addition, IBS has an online contact form: