You're getting 5GB more for the same price that you would have paid for the 15GB--isn't that a good thing?
Yes and No. It's good to get 5GB more at the same price, but I was hoping that they'd have kept the 15GB version and dropped it's price too! I know why they didn't, because at $200-250 it would have competed directly with the smaller iPod mini. So, I'm sure that's why they ditched it.
Ouch! Didn't know that. And I guess the only way to charge these things up is by hooking it up to your computer? Or is there a separate AC (or DC) adapter that's available?
(Pre-emptive edit: Looks like there are extended batteries and car adapters available for the iPods: http://www.apple.com/ipod/accessories.html )
Yeah, most of the guys I know with iPods all have the car adaptor so they don't use batteries while in the car, which I'm sure helps with the batteries. Oh yeah, and there are extra AC adaptors so you can recharge in the docking station OR just with a regular outlet (for travel).
Double ouch! Of course, if your battery dies two years from now, you could spend the hundred bucks on a replacement, or you could take that hundred bucks and buy a fifth-or-sixth-generation iPod instead. I'd probably rather do that than buy a new battery for an outdated model.replace!
That's a good point. Two years from now, I'm sure the iPod tech will be even better... even more reason for me to pull the trigger... in fact, I'm "loading the bullets" as well!
I've already got the iTunes software on my PC at home and everytime I log on, I throw a CD in the PC and download it to the iTunes jukebox so they will be ready ASAP when I do get my iPod
). It's very easy and fast. You pop in the CD, click the format you'd like to use (mp3, .aac, WimAmp) and the CD is burned to your HD.
In fact, the iTunes jukebox is on-line, so it inserts the CD into a folder structure following the artist name and albyum name to group your CDs together, in essence creating the folder structure you'll use when you upload to iPod! Very user-friendly.
Just an FYI, here are some other random complaints I've heard about iPods:
1. - can't upload or download to ANY PC but yours. Your iPod is keyed into a specific software copy. In other words, you can't upload music from your friends docking station and PC. I have heard that if the music comes from a CD you personally uploaded, you may be able to trasnfer files...
2. - can't upload a song unless you have the music "key" on your PC. In other words, not all music you download off the internet can be uploaded to your iPod. ONLY music you uploaded from a CD/CD-ROM and/or purchased from a valid on-line music store (Apple, Real, Sony, etc, Napster).
3. - Fragile cases. I've read a lot of stories where the iPod was basically wrecked after dropping it off a counter, falling only a few feet.
I'm not sure how accurate all these are, not having an iPod yet to test all cases, but these complaints seem to come up at most review places I've read (amazon, cnet, etc).