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Now that most media has run of most of the nice things to say about iPod, it is perhaps time to bring down the iconic music player a notch or two from its perch at the top of digital music totem pole. Or so goes the […]

Now that most media has run of most of the nice things to say about iPod, it is perhaps time to bring down the iconic music player a notch or two from its perch at the top of digital music totem pole. Or so goes the convoluted logic of folks over at Silicon.com. I am wondering out loud here, but what really changed between today and a month ago? As luck would have it, they bought a few iPods, and they flaked on them. Happens, not often but happens. A high quality Honda turns out to be a lemon, and so does a Fujitsu plasma screen.

I have had my share of problems with iPod Mini, and its errant quality. But it doesn’t mean that the iPod era is over. The device and the music store along with the iTunes software is still the best digital music experience: buy, plug and enjoy! It is not an ideal situation, for I abhor the format bullying by Apple, but given the alternatives, this is a pretty good option. Sure the Silicon.com team can buy their Creative Zens, but from what I heard last Creative’s CEO is pulling his hair out, wondering how to overcome the Apple juggernaut.

Silicon.com folks are pulling straws and trying to make something out of what is really nothing. They try and support their arguments with a Duke University report. Duke university gave away iPods to 1650 freshman and only 600 used them. Silicon.com spins the results as mixed. I am not sure what Duke was thinking, but iPod was meant as a music player not as a recording device for academic purposes. If you are going to use a BMW to bulldoze a wall, you know the results are going to be mixed.

  1. Indeed, the era of Ipod is not over but I feel that there are other players, perhaps not the Creative Zens but IRiver and Cowon IAudio that deserve a lot more than they get. I have personally used IRiver, IAudio and Apple Ipod 40 GB versions and Apple can just not match the sound quality provided by the other mentioned counterparts.

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  2. Thomas Hirsch Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    Om — Perhaps the world is a serious place, in which you should not bury yourself narcissistically listening to (mostly junk) music (“music”). Hats off to Duke students, who apparently are serious, aware, and properly motivated. Out of curiosity, is it possible to download classical music to an iPod (that is, beyond a 3-minute stippet)? Do any iPodders do so?

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  3. I listen to classical 30 to 50% of the time on iPod and in iTunes.

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  4. I was nonplussed when I initially saw that Duke story. I thought – why don’t they give them something that relates to the future of their working lives, like a Blackberry or Treo? As currently constituted the iPod is still a fun toy for off hours, as T. Hirsch above correctly emphasizes.

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  5. “is it possible to download classical music to an iPod (that is, beyond a 3-minute stippet)?”

    No, for you, it’s not. You have to have a modicum of intelligence to click a few buttons. But then, as soon as the iPod senses the tune to be of “classical” nature, it truncates it at the 3 min mark.

    “Do any iPodders do so?”

    No, they are all unserious idiots.

    What’s “classical music” anyhow? Is it edible?

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  6. Thomas Hirsch Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    [This is for Anona.] The world is on fire in Iraq, and elsewhere, and Steve Jobs pushes iPods and extreme junk cartoon movies. Compare him to Robber Barons of the past. Andrew Carnegie funded untold numbers of libaries, many in small towns, and Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Carnegie endowments for peace and education. The Rockefellers added immensely to American cultural life, The Cloisters being just one example. The Frick Collection. The Morgan Library etc. etc. And what about that other hollow man, Bill Gates? Yes, he has funded some vaccinations (probably preserved with Thermerisol), using maybe 0.001 of his horde, gained mostly through rapacious destruction of competitors. And the various other high-tech multi milliionaires and billionaires. How many hospitals have they funded? What good have they done, besides building horrific junk mansions for themselves and driving the latest conspicuous-consumption vehicle? President George Bush is the clear Doppelgaenger of the high-tech hollow boys, as well as bizarrely hollow Warren Buffett, among others. Anyway, I enjoy broadband, the subject of this blog, but clearly there needs to be much thought on To what end are all the gadgets being created, and Are the proper gadgets being invented?

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  7. “To what end are all the gadgets being created, and Are the proper gadgets being invented?”

    You are, of course, free to create your own gadget, and not buy an iPod, if you don’t want to.

    I’m sure Jobs, Gates and the rest of the world is waiting patiently for you to invent what we all need.

    I don’t think a single one of those 15+ million iPod owners were held at a gunpoint before their purchase. It *is* for entertainment.

    The whole thang is called the market economy. Look it up sometime.

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  8. Thomas Hirsch Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    [For Anona] Make that the **rigged** market economy, which feasts off innocents like you by using advertising to create wants in such as you. Regarding needed gadgets, how about stopping development of beyond stupid computerized games, and concentrating on devices that can help deal with poverty and AIDS in Africa? The former by creating a culture of economic stabilization and growth, the latter by smashing a culture that fosters the spread of AIDS and makes AIDS sufferers social outcasts. What if every person in Africa south of the Sahara had a yet-to-be-developed stripped-down computer attached to a broadband connection?

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  9. Jesse Kopelman Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    Isn’t 600 out of 1700 a pretty good take up rate for new technology. Last time I checked there are still people who don’t know how to use e-mail and that is what 30 years old?

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  10. The people who seem to write for Silicon.com seem to be 14-year olds who might have other agendas – almost all of their Mac based stories are negative ones, based on filmsy evidence or frankly, just outright lies.

    And using the Duke ipod experiment means nothing out of context. I’ll bet 1,000 out of every 1,600 textbook buyers in college hated the class & the money they spent on the book.

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