Big Deal iPod Fad
I don't see what's the big deal with all the iPod fad. I have three MP3 players . . . not that I really use any of them: Apple iPod Mini, Rio Carbon, Creative MuVo^2.
With 20/20 hind sight, Rio Carbon is the best. iPod mini and MuVo^2 are runners up. But I would never buy another iPod. Why? Because it is the least compatible with any equipment I have.
Even though I don't listen to music that much any more, at least the Rio Carbon is fully compatible with any equipment I throw at it, whether it's Linux or some other obscure device. I can at least use it as a mass storage device.
Plus, iPod stores all the songs in a proprietary hash table format. You have to use the proprietary iTune software, which I banned from my computers. Once you uploaded the songs, you can no longer find it on its mass storage. Talking about locking you in.
Even though the iPod mini supports both Firewire and USB. Only the Firewire is fully compatible (no doubt since Apple is the driving force behind Firewire). It's USB connection is incompatible with some devices, such as my Toshiba laptop (perhaps because Microsoft is driving force behind USB?). I fully documented this issue in my "Hacking Digital Cameras" book.
Based on my experience with Apple stuff, my perception is that Apple has it pocket book in mind, not its users. With all these TECHNICAL issues (non-emotional), can you blame me for not backing Apple up at all?
Truthfully, live with what you have, whether it is a Muvo^2, iPod, Zune, Carbon, or whatever else you got. It's, afterall, just a MP3 player. Why the hell is there a MP3 player war? They should fuckin' co-exist with one another like walkman's (not using the trademark). And they should be fully compatible with one another. Personally, I'd boycott any MP3 players that are not open standand . . . iPod, etc.
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