As I alluded to in a recent post, last week I purchased my first official iPod — a brand new iPod Touch (iTouch?). Shortly after forking over the four hundred dollars (with tax) for the device it dawned on me — this is officially the first Apple product I’ve ever purchased.
Back in the early 80s when Apple was just breaking into the home computer market, we owned a Franklin Ace 1000 (an Apple IIe compatible machine). Later, briefly, we owned a Laser 128, and Apple IIc clone. In college I wrote, edited and laid out newspapers and yearbooks on Macintosh Pluses. I even have an old Macintosh LC III sitting out in my garage that someone gave me … but I never gave the company a dime. I’ve had several mp3 players, but never an actual iPod brand.
For years I avoided iPods because I don’t like iTunes, and I’m not alone in that opinion. iTunes may be a wonderful experience on the Mac, but on Windows it’s a bumbling, bloated resource hog. I hate being tied to a specific machine for updating my mp3 player, and I hate being tied to a specific program on that specific machine for that same thing. Every other mp3 player I’ve ever owned simply appears as a drive letter in Windows, which makes transferring media files a breeze. To give you an idea of how popular iTunes is on Windows, Google returns 3+ million hits for “iTunes alternative”.
I already tracked down and installed CopyTrans Manager, an extremely light iTunes alternative. For some reason it’s not transferring over album cover art along with my music, but the fact that I can launch the program and move an album over in about 10 seconds versus two minutes with iTunes … yeah, I’m sticking with it.
Oh, and yeah; I already jailbroke my iPod, using Quick Freedom. Took about an hour or two to figure everything out and replace the firmware. I’m guessing I could do another one in about 10 minutes now, now that I understand the process. I’m not even sure why I jailbroke mine, other than it seemed like something I would do.
I have to say, the iPod Touch (which is basically an iPhone without the phone) is pretty slick. It works, and I like it. I love the interface and I can see why people would call it an “iPhone on training wheels.” It’s super easy to use and I can see transitioning to an iPhone when my current phone’s contract expires.
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