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More cheers and jeers, plus reviews and news

Let’s take a look at all the things that has been said about the 5G iPod for the past week.

Boos and yahoos!
Apple will always have its share of supporters and naysayers. One example of the latter is the Great Lemming, saying that though a lot were excited with the release of the new iPod, more people were not.

But from one disenchanted lemming, there were more praises for the new 5G iPod. David Pogue of the New York Times calls it “an iPod worth keeping an eye on.” He talks about the iPod and the most recent innovation of getting TV programs online to stuff your iPod with. The ‘video iPod’ is an ongoing experiment that is very much like the first iPod and iTunes, which in time would grow into something bigger than what it is today. Or maybe not.

David Colker of the LA Times says that with the short time he had with the new iPod, he got hooked on “Desperate Housewives.” After watching for several minutes, the screen and the new toy disappeared. All he’s experiencing is watching a TV show.

The Motley Fool thinks that the video-enabled iPod will save the TV industry pretty much what the first iPods did for the music industry. Even though there’s just three companies that are providing content, evetually more will come. (Build it…)

It wasn’t before long that reviews will start cropping up. So far those who have come out with reviews are:iLounge, Ars Technica, and Playlist.com. It was only given a B+ by iLounge for current iPod owners and power users. They feel that the new iPod doesn’t bring in anything new or worthy, that existing iPod owners should run out and get one. But they do give a “A-” rating for first time iPod buyers.

Ars Technica gives it an 8 out of 10, echoing the same sentiment as iLounge had that Clint Ecker didn’t feel the need to go out and get a 30GB video enabled iPod in exchange for his current 40GB iPod. However, just like iLounge, first time buyers are getting a good buy with this one. They aso have posted the Top Ten Things Techies Wanted to Know About the 5G iPod.

Last but not the least, Playlistmag.com gives it a 4 out of 5, and cites cons such as no Firewire support, no included charger, makes some older peripherals obsolete, and Apple doesn’t offer great solution for converting videos for the new iPod. But for those who only have USB 2.0 (which is most people) the 5G iPod is a compelling buy with its sleek design and its ease of use.

And more reviews…
Here’s one for the Apple box fetish. Some guy named Matt got a 60GB 5G iPod on his borthday and took pictures while he opened the box and as he fondled his black 60GB 5G iPod. He also posted his first impressions.

CBS News echoes the same sentiment: if you got one already, you’re not likely to rush out to get one. But for a first timer, it’s a sweet, sweet experience. And with the new iPod, Apple will continue to dominate the digital media market.

USA Today columnist Edward Baig remarks that “even if you never watch a second of video… the world’s foremost portable music players have gotten only better.

Connected Home Magazine calls the latest iPod new standard by which all portable media players are measured.

Not really a review, but BusinessWeek takes a look at
the innards
of the 5G iPod and see what makes it tick.

PC Magazine gives a rating of 5 out of 5 stars and reminds eveyone:

“Don’t call it the Video iPod, the vPod, or anything that indicates that this is a video player. It’s the new iPod, period.”


PC Magazine also thinks that Jobs may just have saved the portable media industry.

Unfortunately, David “Contrary” Coursey doesn’t think too highly of the new iPod. No capeesh, yes?

Just News
Could rising iPodPod sales grows, this could eat up at the sales hurt Apple?, asks a writer for Reuters. Some analysts think that as i revenue from other products from Apple, like for instance, the Macs? You do still remember the Macs, right? At present, iPod sales make up 1/3 of the total sales, and since Apple is forced to lower the prices on iPods as components for each becomes cheaper, their profits will slowly decline. But why drop prices? This is to keep the competition at bay.

Stanford puts its content on iTMS.

‘Nuff sed.


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