I recently had some experience with an iPod Touch, and i must admit i was left slightly disgruntled again.
Like most Apple products, the packaging was great, the product looks and feels fantastic, is very easy to use and has some really great features. I was particularly surprised that i liked it a great deal more than the iPhone, probably because i had lower expectations and it proclaims to do a lot less. What it does do, it does it pretty well.
However, i’m sad to say that although the device works very well and that searching and viewing your media is fantastic, the process of getting it on there is an absolute nightmare! The computer it was linked to did not have the latest version of iTunes (7.5), but the older 7.0 version, so it didn’t recognise the device. When the 50MB download of the latest version was complete and installed, it then informed me that Windows needed to be updated before that particular model of iPod could be recognised! By the time Windows was updated, iTunes needed to be reinstalled before it would work with that model of iPod. So, after only 3-4 hours of updates, you can get iTunes to see your iPod – then you just have to work out how to get stuff on there!
Music is pretty simple and it hasn’t changed much, but heaven forbid you want to put movies on there…! Unless you downloaded your video from Apple directly, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have to convert it to MP4. If it’s from a DVD then you’ll first have to rip it to your hard drive, then convert it!
Now it’s not often that i get angry, but didn’t some clever fellow invent plug-and-play for a damn good reason! There is no sound reason why the iPod family shouldn’t plug into any USB socket, be seen as an external drive and have drag-and-drop functionality for a wide range of media formats…hmm…perhaps including the two most common – MP3 and AVI!
I believe their ad should read ‘Hold me, touch me, kick me (by the time you’re so frustrated because you can’t actually use me!)’.
At least they’ve decided to not sink the headphone jack this time so the lucky user is allowed to use a set of headphones other than the standard Apple lot!
Another sad day for Apple products, and a slightly embarrassing one for me because said iPod Touch was a gift for someone else! “Here’s a nice shiny new iPod, now spend 4 hours updating your computer, 2 hours converting and transferring some music on it, and don’t even bother trying to put videos on there as it’s too much of a pain in the ass!”.