TITLE

Apple's Evolutionary IPod

AUTHOR(S)
Dahl, Eric; Mainelli, Tom
PUB. DATE
October 2004
SOURCE
PCWorld;Oct2004, Vol. 22 Issue 10, p70
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Product Review
ABSTRACT
This article evaluates the IPod 40GB MP3 player from Apple Computer Inc. The company launched its fourth-generation IPod in 2004. Here is a simple take on the new version from somebody residing in the second camp: This one is much better, but it is still not perfect. Apple now offers 20GB and 40GB IPods for $299 and $399, respectively. That is $100 less for the same capacities as the previous generation, although accessories such as cases are no longer standard. The major improvements: Apple rates the new IPod's battery life at 12 hours of continuous play. To improve usability Apple added the IPod Mini's click-wheel control, which elegantly combines touch-sensitive scrolling with easier-to-use click buttons. Other improvements are minor: You can now speed up Audible.com audiobooks without the chipmunk-on-helium effect, you can better manipulate On-the-Go play-lists, and you can shuffle through all of your songs or albums with a single click. Frustratingly, the IPod retains several feature omissions. Apple still limits codec support to AAC, MP3, and Apple Lossless, so fans of WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC are out of luck. You still cannot change the order of songs on a playlist, and you can purchase music online only through Apple. The IPod's thoughtful design and features make it an excellent MP3 player. But for picky buyers who are holding out for the ideal portable music device, the wait continues.
ACCESSION #
14404096

 

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