Friday, January 13, 2006

The Woes of an iPod Killer


It really is a shame that all of the MP3 player manufacturers don't get it. I am sure the Creative Zen Vision is an amazing MP3 player. Called "Best of Show" at CES 2006. It's a 30GB Mp3/Photo/Video player that looks, emulates and tries to really be an Apple iPod. At $329 it's not exactly blowing the doors off of the competition since the 30GB Ipod Video costs $299. Yes the iPod doesn't have an FM tuner, but other than at the gym, who uses that anyway? I know I have a 20GB iPod and an iPod shuffle and it's the shuffle that goes with me to the gym because it fits so handy around my neck. I used to carry the 20GB but it was awkward to have when at the gym.

It's not that I don't like these other players, it's just that they have one fundamental flaw...they do not work with iTunes. I purchased a Nike 256MB MP3 player on my first run. Something to run with. After 28 days with it, I returned it and purchased the iPod. Here are my reasons for doing so.

  • It was easier to use.
  • It was much easier to get music into iTunes and onto the iPod than any of the other software ways I tried.
  • Purchasing music from iTunes was a breeze.

That is just the simple truth of it. I don't use iPods because they are trendy. I don't use iPods because they are the hands down best player available. I use the iPod because Apple has built the most elegant solution from end to end. I am afraid if Google doesn't get on the bandwagon and realize that users want painless digital media, then video too will fall into Steve Job's mastermind of digital content delivery. It's all about ease of use.

I would suggest you take a bit of time to read some of the licensing, some user opinions and try them out yourself. You will soon realize that even though Rhapsody, Yahoo! and Napster offer unlimited downloads for a low fee, the files are basically unusable except on your MP3 player and that the whole service is just a pain to use. Long live iTunes, it's truly the best way to manage your music collection, iPod or not.

Jason Burns


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take one of those i-thingies ... just as soon as my fitness club ceases to screach it's rock-jazz-hippity-hop mix at a decibel level capable of imploding my skull. Nice review, though.

- PS -

12:38 PM  
Blogger BrainSyke said...

good point there. I would like google to jump on this...and recent news suggest google has its own sweet plans :-)

12:56 PM  

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