Apple iPod ‘the greatest gift to music lovers since Garth Brooks went into retirement’

“If you were one of the hundreds of people who e-mailed me this time last year to tell me how wrong I was about Apple’s most fruitful invention of the past decade, you were right. My rant, er, opinion piece — which ran with the headline, ‘All I don’t want for Christmas is an iPod’ — was genuine. But I now know it was also genuinely hogwash. The iPod portable music device (as if I even need to explain what it is anymore) is the greatest gift to music lovers since Garth Brooks went into retirement. Mine hasn’t left my side for more than a day. I’ve even slept with it more than a few times,” Chris Riemenschneider writes for The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“But my contentment isn’t good enough for Apple. No, Steve Jobs & Co. wants me and the 28 million other current iPod owners to think that in some way, the iPods we have now just aren’t good enough. For starters, they want us to spend all kinds of money on things like car-radio adapters, which go for $30 to $80… Of course, those extras are all just the side bets to the big gamble Apple is hoping we’ll make: Buying a whole other iPod. Case in point: the iPod Nano and the iPod video player, both recently launched for heavy marketing this holiday season… In all seriousness, the iPod Nanos that I’ve handled seem too small and fragile. I’m afraid I’d sneeze and break it… The iPod video player is the dumbest invention since clear beer… I know I won’t be sitting at a bus stop thinking, ‘Oh gosh, it’s been 15 minutes since I last saw Bono. Thank God I have my iPod video player with me.’ But U2 ultimately can’t be blamed for why I think the iPod video player is a bad idea. And neither can the fact that — outside of when I’m in the bathroom or outdoors trying to do something other than watch TV — there seems to be a TV set everywhere I go. You know, the bigger kind that you don’t have to hold up to your face. No, the real reason I think the video iPod is a stupid invention is, of course, that I just don’t want Apple to get me to bite. Not again. This time I mean it,” Riemenschneider writes.

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  1. What he fails to realize is, the new iPod is NOT a video iPod. It is an iPod that is capable of playing video. And for some of us that commute via the train to work, it is a joy to catch up on shows that we’ve missed.

  2. Weird. His criticism of iPod’s video capabilities are irrelevent when you look at whether it’s a good product for the price. There’s no down side to the new iPods. You take video out of the equation entirely and it’s still 30gb for the same price the 20gb one was the day before these were announced. I bought the 20gb very recently (to upgrade from the perfectly good 1G 5gb iPod I’ve been using since the day of the announcement.. because I’m shallow) and I’m tempted by the new ones, but admittedly that’s just because I want to be able to whip out the Europe video “The Final Countdown” for unsuspecting coworkers.

    one’s choice of 80s cheeseball bands is intensely (personal)..

  3. Small and fragile?


    The Apple store near me has a great way of obliterating people’s perception that the Nano is somehow fragile. When people bring the topic up, they immediately fling it at the nearest wall, pick it up, and allow them to demo the unit.

    I’m not making this up. I’ve seen it in action and people shut up real quick. And the Nano is not scratched “to the point where the screen is unreadable” as the class action idiots are alleging.

  4. Garth Brooks is irritating like most country artists are. He just saturated us with it more. I, for one, celebrated his retirement as I did of the nose dive of Randy Travis’ career. My stomach hurts just thinking about them singing.

  5. I was skeptical about the video enabled iPod at first, but man, after downloading an episode of Lost and actually watching it on the iPod, I have to admit, I was hooked. The iPod is the electronic equivalent of crack. Now, I can’t be apart from the thing.

    There has to be a way for those nifty little iPod adapaters to pipe the video into my navigation display in the car so that I can drive and watch Lost at once. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Seriously, the potential of this device is limitless.

  6. JadisOne–

    As soon as the lease is up on my current Civic, I’ll be leasing another one, with navigation now that it is available. I’ve also been dreaming of what you just described. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. “Great story hammer, which Apple Store was that at?”

    I’m changing the names to protect the innocent on this one. Since it’s probably not in the training manual at Apple retail, I wouldn’t want anyone to get in trouble. It is a very effective tool for overcoming objections though.

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