Time to Get an iPod
Unless, like me, you already have an iPod model that works fine. But the new ones out today are pretty tempting. The new, full-size iPods are 30- and 60GB, both with color screens, and the ability to import photos directly from your digital camera and then view them on the color screen. The synch then works perfectly with iPhoto to store them (though frankly, I prefer to store photos independently, as my local HD space is limited, and I haven’t taken the time to set up a non-standard library system yet).
The new system would be perfect for traveling–you could store thousands of photos in your iPod, not needing a PC for quite some time, and you’d have your whole music collection there to boot. The next step should be to add movie integration, in part because so many new digital cameras take movies. The iPod pages at Apple don’t mention anything about movies, so I presume the feature isn’t there yet; but with the whole of the consumer electronics industry snapping at Apple’s heels trying to make an iPod Killer, you can bet that Apple will not dawdle in adding features like this.
That might also come with what some have been predicting for the iPod: an Apple Movie Store, just like the iTunes Music Store. The iPod is slowly turning into the realization of the “Watchman,” the portable TV. Needing only to fill the small iPod screen, even the smaller 30GB iPod could store dozens of hours of video on top of an extensive music collection.
The new iPods supposedly come with more battery life–up to 15 hours for the full-size iPods, and 18 hours for the Minis. But what I would like for my existing iPod is simply a more accurate battery display–it is far from perfect when it comes to telling me how much time I really have left. Maybe the new units are better at that… which, with color, bigger hard drives, and much more capability, costs less than I paid for my 20GB iPod. And the thing that is both frustrating and rewarding is that the iPod I have is more than good enough for me now and likely will be for years, meaning I have little excuse to go out there and get a new one. Oh, the irony!