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iPod Photo, XM MyFi satellite radio: both fall short

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Wed October 27, 2004

iPod Photo vs. XM MyFi

MSN's Slate discusses how the new , also introduced earlier this week: "My instant take on today's game of whiz-bang one-upmanship is that both companies lost.... This new iPod Photo is the same iPod we're already sick of hearing about. The 2-inch color screen isn't the start of any digital revolution--all it does is turn your iPod into a camera phone that can't take pictures or make phone calls. XM's MyFi isn't as disappointing as a gadget. Just a week ago, I was wondering why there wasn't a satellite radio that I could wear on my hip;" however, the author notes the lack of custom playlists and selective delivery of news: "So, XM offers live breaking news, but you're stuck with what they pick for you. Apple gives you all the storage space you want, a cocoon against the outside world, and a mostly useless color screen."




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  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Useless color screen...

    and Windows gives you a largely useless color desktop...

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Useless color screen.

    So he thinks the iPod photo is useless, big deal. I'm sure there are Apple users who think so too, it's just an opinion. Slate != Dvorak

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Kinda missing it

    I would suggest the bigger news is that Apple and U2 paired up and produced this U2 iPod. Two names that most everyone knows. I can see other bands doing this in the future, why, well, iPod and iTunes is a big deal despite what the M$'s say no what flavor they are. As for the iPod photo, see above poster, it's an option, one that many will take advantage of, plus, I am really curious as to what third parties will come up with.

    How about this, an iPod with XM radio.

  1. pre_tiger

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    What a blowhard

    Another piece of worthless drivel from slate.msn.

    Just as already mentioned, some will like it others will not. Who cares what a persons opinion is who chooses not to actually review how well a products features work, just trash it because he can't afford one what with getting paid .09 for his wonderful & insightful opinion pieces.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    sick of hearing eh?

    I like my iPod. a LOT. and as far as the photo.. well it might have been a little too early in my opinion for a new rev. Think maybe they should have held out for a widescreen display with QT support imho. Would sure like to be able to watch some dv on my iPod!!

  1. jonbwfc1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Satellite radio

    is utterly irrelevant outside the US. What would you rather have, a product that appeals to some people in an admittedly large market, or a product you can sell to the whole damn world? Now, I think an iPod with an AM/FM tuner built in would be good (even better if you could record it) but comparing it to a niche product that's only ever going to sell to the US domestic market is frankly rather strange.

  1. Snugfig

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Objective Reporting???

    Did you really think that a publication owned and operated by a division of Microsoft would give a favorable or at least honest review of the iPod?

    Maybe the writer's little social circle is tired of hearing anything about the iPod because everyone is continuing to rave about it, especially even more so this last financial quarter when 2 million MORE people picked up an iPod.

    If the writer is so tired of hearing about the iPod, then maybe he should pen a column advising digital music companies to stop using the term "iPod Killer" or he could simply pass on any assignment dealing with Apple, their innovations, products and services and any company that makes a half assed attempt to duplicate them. But then again, he would be out o f work, wouldn't he?

  1. tecnius

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    camera phone?

    What kind of knowledge about iPod has Slate when he states "all it does is turn your iPod into a camera phone that can't take pictures or make phone calls"?. This demonstrates his absolute ignorance about the product he is talking about.

  1. tecnius

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sorry for my mistake

    For being my first post I have to recognize I made it having misread Slates commentary about the camera phone. My apologies to all members and I promise to be more cautious before posting again.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    If screen is too small...

    ...for photos then it's way too small for the mobile video Bill Gates is promoting.

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