CBS News: New iPod shows ‘Apple will continue to dominate portable digital media player market’

“If you liked the old iPods, you’ll like the new ones even better. Even if you never watch video, the 30 GB version has all the features of the old iPod, yet it is 31 percent thinner, stores 50 percent more music and sells for the same price ($299) as the old 20 GB version,” Larry Magid reports for CBS News. “Apple says that the 30 GB model can store 7,500 songs, 12,500 photos and 75 hours of video. Double that for the 60 GB ($399) model which is a bit thicker than the 30 GB version, but still thinner than the old 20 GB iPod that Apple recently discontinued.”

Magid reports, “‘Desperate Housewives’ looks about as good on this 2.5-inch screen as it does on my TV, only a lot smaller. Although the resolution, at 320 by 240 pixels, is far from what you get with a high definition TV, it looks great precisely because the screen is so small. If you were to project the same video on a larger screen it would be fuzzy, but as long as you’re watching it on a tiny screen, it looks great. An optional $19 cable lets you connect the iPod to a regular TV set which, though larger, won’t be nearly as crisp as what you see on the little screen.”

Magid reports, “The experience of watching a show on this little screen is better than you might expect, assuming that you have it pretty close to your face. The sound through Apple’s standard white earbuds is also quite nice –- certainly better than the speakers built into most TV sets… There is something to be said about having a video player that can fit in your pocket. Unlike a laptop, you can pull it out if you find yourself with a little time on your hands, like waiting in line or –- though some people might consider this rude –- while waiting for your meal to come at a restaurant if you’re dining alone.”

Magid reports, “It’s also a pretty good answer to the nagging ‘are we there yet’ question kids tend to ask while riding in the back seat of the car, though, as a parent, I prefer having the kids look out the window and interact with others in the car… Because the new iPod is a full iPod there is no doubt in my mind that it will do well because the video, however trendy, is an add-in that is icing on the cake… there’s no question that Apple will continue to dominate the portable digital music player market… Oops, make that portable digital media player market.”

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  1. I’d like to see iTunes offer some of their CBS Evening News shows with
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  2. I’m thinking of upgrading my 20g 3rd g for a 30g 5th g. Does anyone know if the female docking port is the same on the 3rd g and 5th g? I’m do not want to buy a new dock if I don’t have to. Also, I want to still use my Altec-Lansing inMotion speakers. Thank you very much.

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  4. I believe the new ipods (both nano and standard can use the 3G docks).

    However remember that syncing the ipod requires a USB or USB2 connection. You will probably have to replace the firewire cable that you currently connect the dock to the computer with the USB cable Apple provide with the new ipods.

    Don’t take my word for it – call Apple or go to a store for verification.

    I have a old Sawtooth G4 mac and was able to add a PCI card with USB2 to allow me to sync my shuffle quickly. I feel sorry for those who have macs where that functionality can’t be added.

  5. Neil,

    Thank you very much for the info. I’ve got a G3 AGP that still fuctions very well with OS 10.3.9. I’ve got a USB 1 port so I’ll use that to sync.
    I’ll buy a new Mac before I upgrade to Tiger. Thanks again!

  6. MikeR

    FWIW – sounds like we have the same machine. I’m running Tiger on it very well, although I did recently upgrade the processor to 1 GHz which improve the speed quite a bit.

    But if you have the cash then go for a new machine – it will be like night and day in terms of performance.

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