Thursday, April 6, 2006
You Actually Like It?
It’s a long story that I won’t go into, but unfortunately, I had to replace my iPod shuffle. My brother-in-law was in the same boat, so yesterday, we went out and bought the 2 GB iPod nanos.
I’ll start by reiterating that I LOVE the quality of sound I get from my iPods. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a better line of MP3 players out there. I also appreciate the nano’s tiny size, yet bright, readable screen.
That said, my brother-in-law and I talked this morning about what we thought of our new toys. We both came to the same conclusion that the interface is, in his words, “horrific!” It is way too prone to fat-fingering, especially for someone with big hands like myself. In trying to press the center button to select something, I accidentally “slide” one off of what I’m trying to select. I’m sure I’ll do this less as time goes on, but still.
Another problem is “blind” control. Because the front is so smooth and is affected just by touching the device, it is difficult to, for instance, adjust the volume while driving. The shuffle was nice in that way because all the controls were “bumped” in a manner that made blind control very easy.
I don’t even know where to begin with iTunes. This software lacks features, is very difficult to use, and automatically makes changes to my computer upon installation that I have to go in and fix. I’m sorry, but QuickTime, installed without choice by iTunes, is a horrible piece of software that I only use because it works properly with MOV files, but sucks as any kind of player. It is also inexcusable that it would run on startup without asking and no way to disable it through their software. Thank God for msconfig.
I’m sure many of you love this software, but this is my opinion and I am finding more and more people who agree with me. I guess it’s a good thing there are choices. Oh, wait, I use AAC. I guess I don’t have any other simple, realistic choices.
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