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c|net: \"Five reasons not to buy an iPod\"

updated 02:15 pm EST, Fri November 7, 2003

5 reasons not to buy an iPod

c|net columnist Eliot Van Buskirk has published an article on the "." "With about 1.5 million units sold, the iPod is the most popular MP3 player in the world, and it still makes other players look and feel inelegant in comparison. Don't get me wrong; it's still our favorite overall MP3 player. Although everyone can think of reasons why they want an iPod, I've decided to use this column to list a few reasons why not to buy one."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    And

    6. It doesn't do my laundry.

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    And

    7. It doesn't walk the dog.

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    8.

    it doesnt rape dogs.

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    cnet

    okay, um, anyone notice a distinct sour turn by cnet towards apple lately? like, within the last 2-3 weeks?

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    Reasons

    Those reasons were fair, although it seems that they were minor..at least to me. The iPod is still the bes tout there, and I hope that Apple is working on making it even better. The competition has come up with some neat features some of which will probably end up in the iPod. I am curious to see what will iPod v.4 look like.

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    yep, fair and balanced

    quoted from his summary...

    "Of course, if you don't care about low battery life, aren't fond of jogging, have ample disposable income, don't need to record/encode music portably, and want to purchase music downloads only from the iTunes Music Store, then the iPod is the best the way to go. While not ideal for some niche activities, it's still hands down the best-designed MP3 player in the world."

    oooo-kay.

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    battery *is* replaceable

    ... although you need to do it yourself and spend $49 at ipodbattery.com. I emailed them (politely) to point it out.

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    article

    Interesting article in that he knit-picks a point and then offers another player that does that point better. Unfortunately, no one player does all five things better than the iPod. Funny how that works.

    If anything, this is a true compliment for Apple. Where as other players have noticiable faults, reviewers are TRYING to find things wrong with the iPod.

    Isn't it nice to have 80% marketshare. :-)

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    i like the way...

    he says that the ipod shouldn't skip, but he "isn't buying (that explanation)." my ipod doesn't skip... ever. can we get a weigh-in from these "dj's who want to record their sets" like he says there is such a large market for? oh yeah, and those flash-based mp3 players are SO MUCH LIGHTER than the ipod. yes, percentage wise, but he makes it sound like you're carrying a ten-pound brick on your belt. then he ends it with "well, if you can live without all this, then get one. it's still the best." what the holy f*ck?!?!

    absolute utter idiot.

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    valid points, but...

    1. battery life is, like it or not, always a trade-off for the sake of device smallness
    2. valid point. as long as you care about jogging. plus, you don't go jogging for 3 hours, so a cheap 128MB player will do as a supplement to your iPod.
    3. the iPod is not you cheap a** rip off product. It is a quailty device. this point is just as valid as calling B&O stereos too expensive.
    4. i'll give him this one, though i haven't tried the voice recorder yet (i'm still waiting for it to ship from the Apple online store).
    5. buymusic? musicmatch? napster? bwahaaahaaa. c***. 'nuff said. just because WMA is supported by the majority of computers (windoze pcs) and many "MP3" players doesn't make it good. just as much as a 90+% market share in desktop doesn't make M$ windows a quality OS.

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