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NYT Magazine examines the iPod

updated 04:55 am EST, Mon December 1, 2003

NYT Magazine looks at iPod

The New York Times Magazine a 6-page in-depth article on Apple's iPod, , which describes the history of iPod, its appeal, and its impact on modern culture: "This is an an honest and interesting article on the iPod's past, present, and future. Good interviews with Ives and Jobs," according to one MacNN reader. The article writes about the MP3 player's 'aura': "Before you even get to the surface of the iPod, you encounter what could be called its aura. The commercial version of an aura is a brand, and while Apple may be a niche player in the computer market, the fanatical brand loyalty of its customers is legendary."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    sweet article

    ..

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    If only...

    ...AAC sounded as good as a $69 CD player...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    If only...

    ...a $69 CD player let me carry around my entire music collection in my shirt pocket at one time.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Re: if only

    You could encode at 256kbps, and I challence you to hear the difference when using the iPod while jogging, riding the bus, in a car, etc.

    Also, nobody's forcing you to encode AAC. Load your iPod up with AAIFs- you can still fit about 8 albums on a 10GB model without any compression whatsoever.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    iWalkman

    iTunes encoding is very flexible sans the M$ WMA format! And the advent of AAC+ means that encoding will only get better!

    Roll on iTunes 5 in January! ; )
    --
    http://homepage.mac.com/johnhood

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    re: if only...

    you didn't have a psychological ear that you think enables you to hear the difference, when in fact people like you that claim that you could, normally failed terribly when put the test to prove if you can or not. If only you whiners would shut up.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    I discovered

    that I had two copies of "Rock me Amadeus". Both were encoded in MP3. One at 256Kb and the other at 128. I had to make a decision. I listened to them both, twice, alternating betweeb both songs many times during different parts of the song. I then proceded to delete the 256Kb copy to save the space. I could not tell the difference.

    I can however tell the difference between 128 MP3 and 128 ACC, but not all the time.

    As for the story. I enjoyed it. Especially the last page with Steve's quotes. I think what he said says a lot about the "aura" of Apple. I think I will also pick up the book mentioned.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Quote

    "We consciously think about making great products. We don't think, 'Let's be innovative! Let's take a class! Here are the five rules of innovation, let's put them up all over the company!'" Walker said there are people who do just that. "Of course they do," Jobs countered. "And it's like somebody who's not cool trying to be cool. It's painful to watch. It's like watching Michael Dell try to dance," Jobs said. "Painful."

    Ooh, smack down on Dell. What would he say about Ballmer?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Still...

    The iPod needs more features. Many players now have radio tuner support, record radio to mp3, and some even do do voice recording. It would be a h*** of a lot better to use an iPod for all of that then multiple different devices.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    6 page article

    c'mon! its a freakin mp3 player for christ sake. jesus!!!!

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