You’ve got to hand it to Uncle Steve: He’s a master salesman. Just the other week he brought just another joyous message to the world – not only did he slash the price of the eagerly-awaited iPhones (okay, some people were just a little bit p%&#!d off by that…), he also gave us the iPod Nano carrying video, the iPod Touch (as in the Midas Touch?) – and the iPod Classic with a choice of 80 and 160 GB harddisks.
mmmm….160 GB harddisk
And if you’re cheap, the 80 GB model is yours for merely 2.400 SEK.
Hold it right there: There are a few issues to sort out, before you hit the “buy” button.
First, the thing won’t connect with my desktop computer. My 5 year old iMac only supports USB 1.1 and the newer iPods demand USB 2.0. FireWire won’t do anymore. So a new MacBook or iMac has to be added to the shopping cart.
Second, my 20 GB 3G iPod from 2003 came with a few accessories such as a dock and a clip. No such luck this time: You’ll have to splash out another 450 SEK for a dock and then try to find some kind of device to hold the iPod for when I’m walking (which is when I use the present iPod). I would also need some extra pads for my other iPods if I want to use them with the dock.
Even without a new computer, we are now fast approaching a bill of 3.000 SEK.
Third, issues have been reported with the iPod Classics. You might want to wait and see how things develop before doing any harm to your bank account.
Fourth, “Classic” is generally used to give old models on the verge of obsolecence a last lease of life (Just to name some Apple examples: Macintosh Classic, Mac OS Classic). I’d put my money on a bet that Apple will be introducing Touches with much bigger harddisks during the coming year.
So, to make a long story short: No 160 GB Classic, no Touch, no Nano Video. Just yet. But I know that Steve’s out to get my soul. Or at least my money.
In case you wonder: Yes, the 2003 iPod still works. I changed the battery about 1 1/2 years ago.
PPS: How about the AppleTV, then? No, it doesn’t work with the iMac either as it hasn’t got an AirPort card. I have to use my laptop to synchronise it.
Correction: The consumer-line Apple laptops are called MacBooks, not iBooks.