iPod briefing: a few quick snaps, a few new apps.


I met with some folks from Apple today to fondle the new nano-goods announced at the big event this week, and to touch the new Touch. The candy-colored nanos fit well in my hand -- heh, okay, too well (sorry security guy!). I couldn't stop moving them vertical/horizontal/vertical to play with the accelerometer functions, and was impressed by how well something so small displays video (I'm curious to check out how Boing Boing tv episodes look on 'em... one in particular).

The new Touch is a nice upgrade, too; the fellow who demoed it for me showed me some of the new apps coming out later on this year. Most impressive of these was Need for Speed: Undercover from EA, shown publicly during the launch event yesterday. Crisp, aggressive, felt a lot like a console in the important ways. Pretty phenomenal, the growing app-o-verse, considering it only hatched what, 60 days ago?

Bottom line on this week's news: steady, incremental improvements on already-loved products. Here are some snaps i took, (Flickr).

The BB Gadgets dudes have been covering this week's Apple announcements in more depth:

* New iPod Touches feature built-in speaker, volume control, Nike Plus
* iPod Nano 4G confirmed with snazzy new interface and accelerometer functions
* Apple discontinues 160GB iPod Classic: 120GB the only model now
* Jobs introduces new iPods and iTunes 8: it knows what you like
* A look at iTunes' "Genius" music recommendation engine

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  1. The games were demoed by Phil Schiller, not Steve Jobs.

    I’m planning on getting one of the nanopods to replace my orange shufflepod.

  2. It’s a shame they’ve dropped the high capacity ipods from their range. I have a Creative Zen which is full, and there doesn’t seem to be any large capacity mp3 players on the market right now.

    It’s scary that I actually thought that the new 120gb Zune sounds okay ;)

  3. I’m sure I would play a lot with the accelerometer functions for the first couple of hours, but I’m not sure how much I would use it after that.

  4. Rodney: ah ha haha hah ha haha hah ah hahaha ha.

    Runasand: you probably would if you had a reason, like games that use it well: MonkeyBall etc.

  5. Dont want to be a hater, but the “app-o-verse” has existed for much longer than 60 days. These new, nice and polished apps owe a lot to the efforts of the original iphone/ipod touch app developers, namely those groups and individuals who jailbroke and developed on 1st gen iphones before the apps store.

  6. “The new Touch is a nice upgrade, too; the fellow who demoed it for me showed me some of the new apps coming out later on this year.”

    Am I to understand that this sentence implies that the new ipod touch is better because of some of the new games available? Or were these actually two different thoughts?

    If it’s the first, the previous touch can also play the new games. If it’s the latter, I thought the only upgrade was a thinner case and external speakers/volume control?

    And in relation to the games, I have not yet seen evidence that the app store games are better than the ones that were available for jail broken units before the app store opened. For example, is the racing game shown above any better than raging thunder? This is not a rhetorical question, I’d love to hear somebody’s opinion.

    Actually, none of the questions in this post are rhetorical and I can see that someone might take them as such and think, “what a jackass”. I really do want to know what other people think.

  7. Those new nanos are pretty tempting. I love my iPhone, but I cheaped out and got the 8 gig model, which is kind of a pain as a replacement for my 30 gig iPod.

    Call me crazy, but I prefer the wheel design to the touchscreen for browsing music. I wish they had a 32 gig nano, I’d probably get one. At any rate, I think a nano and the Nike thing will find their way under the tree for my fiancée this Christmas.

  8. @#7:

    I thought the only upgrade was a thinner case and external speakers/volume control

    That is everything!! Speakers are great. The thinner case feels great.

    And in relation to the games, I have not yet seen evidence that the app store games are better

    You haven’t played what I played! A lot of money and a lot of developers go into producing games that good.

    is the racing game shown above any better than raging thunder?

    Yes. Also far less crashy and brickifying.

  9. @ADONAI

    Dropped the high capacity? True, there’s only one classic model remaining, and 40gb has been dropped from the original 160gb (along with $100), but I’d still consider that high capacity.

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