As everyone probably knows by now, the entire lineup of iPods was updated today. We now have:
- The iPod shuffle, pretty much as it was before but with new colors
- The next-generation Nano, made very stubby and given video playback capabilities, and new colors
- The iPod Classic, which is the “old” iPod but with an all-metal case, a few new software features, and an upper storage capacity of 160 GB (!)
- Most significantly: the iPod Touch, which has the same form factor and technological features as the iPhone but without the phone.
There was also an announcement of a $200 price drop on the iPhone (which has some early adopters up in arms) and a wireless version of the iTunes Store.
I’ve been itching to update my (n-3)rd generation 20 GB iPod for a while now. I’ve got some questions for Apple and for anybody out there who cares to comment. These aren’t intended to be facetious or rhetorical — I’m really interested in answers.
- Can you really watch video on a 2″ screen without driving yourself blind, crazy, or both?
- How come the iPod Touch doesn’t have a camera?
- How come the iPod Touch doesn’t have Google Maps on it, as it does on the iPhone?
- How come the iPod Touch doesn’t have a Mail application on it, as it does on the iPhone?
- What’s with the small hard drive capacities of both the iPhone and the iPod touch? The iPhone still only goes up to 8 Gb and the iPod Touch only to 16 Gb. That last would be just barely enough for my music and podcasts, and forget about adding video to that.
- Other than disk capacity, why exactly should I spend $399 to get the 16 Gb iPod Touch when the same money will get me an 8 Gb iPhone with, you know, a phone on it? (And email, Google Maps, and a camera?)
- And very importantly, why isn’t the educational discount on these iPods showing up when I go to the Apple Store? Are they not offering discounts on these things?
Of all the stuff announced today, for me the one that looks most attractive is the iPod Classic — quadruple the disk space of my current iPod, video playback capabilities (on a screen only 0.5″ smaller than the iPod Touch), and a decent price tag (in fact, the same price I paid for my current iPod). Who needs bells and whistles?