iPhone’s iPod Functions a Nice Step Forward

Back in December I voiced my feelings on the need for the iPod interface to see some upgrades. Not only were many of the generated comments in agreement with me, but several had also been hoping for the same enhancements I wrote about. Well the Keynote came and went, and we got the iPhone, which of course, is also an iPod.

While drooling over the iPhone (again) the other day, I realized that the iPod interface – when in CoverFlow (landscape orientation) mode – is a giant step toward what many of us seem to be hoping for. You can browse the albums in CoverFlow mode, touch an album, see the songs on the back, and move directly to that song. Pretty direct and simple.

Now I don’t expect the next iteration of typical iPods will come out boasting this sort of navigation, but I definitely hope it’s a sign of things to come. The iPhone’s iPod is definitely a step in the right direction. How long do you think until we see that sort of capability in a run-of-the-mill iPod?

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