Associated Press praises Apple iPod nano, takes swipe at Microsoft WMA-based also-ran music services

“Like all iPods, the Nano only works with Apple’s free iTunes software for either Windows and Mac OS X computers. That locks you into the iTunes Music Store, which remains the most impressive site for buying music online,” Matthew Fordahl writes for The Associated Press. “The Nano supports a variety of music formats, but not Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media. (Look elsewhere if, for some reason, you would rather pay monthly subscription fees for music that’s rendered unplayable if you miss a payment).”

“So what’s there not to like about the Nano? For one, the rechargeable battery will eventually have to be replaced. Like other iPods, it’s not as simple as swapping in some new Duracells. The Nano, because of its size and tight construction, appears to be even more difficult than regular iPods to disassemble,” Fordahl writes. “The nano also requires a USB connection to transfer songs or pictures from a PC and to charge the device. Apple’s own FireWire, ironically, can’t be used to sync up a Nano though iPod FireWire cables do fit and can charge the battery.”

“That limitation wasn’t a problem on my PC with its fast USB 2.0 connection, but my 2001 Power Mac only supports the older, slower USB 1.1. It took several hours to fill up the Nano on that system,” Fordahl writes. “But the biggest problem, which also turns out to be its biggest selling point, is size. The Nano is so small that it tends to disappear quite easily on a cluttered desk. It’s also conceivable that more than a few Nanos will be forgotten in pockets and sent through the washing machine. And though a Nano can easily slide into the pocket of a tight pair of jeans, it feels far more susceptible to snapping or bending if sat on the wrong way.”

Full article here.
Steve Jobs on a popsicle stick! At first glance, we could have sworn that we wrote that first paragraph instead of The Associated Press’s Fordahl. Excellent job, Mr. Fordahl! (This article will be picked up by literally thousands of outlets via AP syndication). The truth shall find a way eventually. Let’s have a contest to see which, if any, media outlets edit those lines in their reprints.

Napster, Real, and any of the WMA-based, Windows-only other outfits still left hanging around picking at Apple’s scraps, can take heart in the fact they they’re still being mentioned, at least. Fordahl didn’t even bother mentioning iPod’s “competition,” much less taking a swipe or two at the Creatives, irivers, Sonys, Rios, Virgin Electronics, etc. of the world. It’s as if they don’t even exist as iPod competitors anymore (well, some of them actually don’t exist any longer. Bad iPod! Will the killing never stop?).

Of course, you can use any iPod without ever using the iTunes Music Store. Most music on people’s iPods is from ripped CDs. iPods can play AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF formats. You can also use iTunes and the iTunes Music Store without even having an iPod. See Enjoying Apple’s iTunes and iTunes Music Store without owning an iPod.

As for the iPod nano “snapping or bending,” it might feel possible, but at least one tester found that the nano is surprisingly strong and difficult to break. See: Apple iPod nano takes a beating and keeps on beating. The FireWire issue rankles us, too, but it’s a done deal by now. See: FireWire to Apple: why have you forsaken me? and related articles below.

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Apple iPod nano takes a beating and keeps on beating – September 12, 2005
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Petition to Apple for iPod FireWire support posted online – February 23, 2005
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29 Comments

  1. Me and my friends can’t wait to see the Nano, they have seen the commericals and just don’t beleive it, they want to see it for themselves.

    So I wait by the door for the FedEx Guy.

    Waiting…

    Waiting…

    Waiting…

  2. I have the black 4g and I don’t tink I could snap it with hands which makes me wonder why anyone would worry about crushing it. I’m only 170 pounds so maybe the 60% of obese Americans are the ones who worry. Even if you weight 300 pounds I still don’t think that soft fatty tissue could harm a nano.

  3. “That locks you into the iTunes Music Store, …”

    NO NO NO! I’ve got over 4000 songs (ripped CDs) and dozens of books (Audible.com) that did NOT come from the iTunes Music Store. I wish writers would get this right. The iTMS is the cherry on top of the sundae, but no one is forced to eat it.

  4. Dear Mr. MacDude,

    I stopped by your house to deliver a package from Apple this morning and was tackled by your friends. They told me you no longer lived there and that i should leave the package with them.

    So i did.

    If you want your iPod check with them.

    FedEx Guy

  5. I found this new iPod. It is the coolest thing. It is called iPod nano. I feel so cool now. i had been wanting one for a long time.

    Now i have something to listen to while making deliveries. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. It really blows that they ditched FW for the nano. We have a 5-year-old G4 and a 2-year-old Powerbook in the house, and neither have USB 2.0. damn sure I’m not going to upgrade the computers just for the nano–which means I’m not buying a nano.

    I wonder if the circuitry is just too big to fit in the nano. In that case, then opting for USB might have been the right choice, since it’s more common on the PC platform…but it still blows.

  7. He goes on to explain that it works with “a variety of music formats, but not Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media.”

    I think his point was that you’re locked in as far as online music stores go. But as Peter mentioned… well nevermind.

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