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iPod nano, classic software updates released

updated 07:50 pm EDT, Sat September 15, 2007

iPod nano, classic v1.01

Apple today pushed out new bug-fix updates for a few of its newest iPods. The company released updates for new third-generation iPod nano as well as the recently released iPod classic. While the details from Apple are sparse, it appears to be a bug-fix only update and available via iTunes (sync tab). Yesterday, Apple's iPhone-store-credit pages showed a few graphics for an unreleased iPhone v1.1.1 software update, which has not yet surfaced, but will likely bring support for iTunes Mobile Store -- already available via the now shipping iPod touch.

While the nature of the "bug fixes" remains a mystery, one user in Apple's forums lists a number of issues still unresolved by the update, including clock timing issues (when using multiple clocks with some DST and others noted), cover flow issues, unchecked playlists being synced regardless of options, some artwork not showing (custom or otherwise), syncing photo libraries, and issues with calendar notes.




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  1. migs647

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bugs?

    I don't get it. Apple had a YEAR to develop these new ipods. I think it's insane for these ipods to have as many bugs as they do. I understand coverflow is new, but come on. If it doesn't work don't release it. It's that simple. All the bugs that are known were surely known before the release. I waited for these updates ALL year long and now that the iPod classic is FINALLY over 100gb... I don't think I even want it because of all the bugs. Apple, don't put all your eggs in 1 basket (iPhone), it's time to pay attention to your products that got you where you are ... (iPod, Mac).

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Disagree

    I believe Apple is doing exactly what it should be doing: focusing its attention not to the products that got it where they are, but the product(s) that are going to take it into the future.

    IPod Classic, while probably an interesting device for some people out there, is a stop-gap, throwback measure to hold Apple over until solid-state memory reaches acceptable capacity so that the 'Classic' can be killed off.

    All together, iPod line is running its final laps. Probably even before the AT&T contract expires, Apple will be killing off its iPod line. Very little sense to keep a product line which is a subset of another product. Audio players are fast becoming commodity. Apple is commanding a premium since it still dominates the market. Time will come very soon (just like it did for portable CD players) when even decent MP3 players will cost $10-20 (there already are Chinese devices that are as cheap). There will be no decent margins in that market for Apple to make profits. Cellphones, on the other hand, will probably deliver more solid margins for much longer.

    In all, I doubt iPod will see more than another generation revision.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: disagree

    IPod Classic, while probably an interesting device for some people out there, is a stop-gap, throwback measure to hold Apple over until solid-state memory reaches acceptable capacity so that the 'Classic' can be killed off.

    If the iPod Classic is a stop-gap, based on your analysis, so is the iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and everything but the phone.

    But none of this is going to help apple if they release crappy products with crappy software. Who's going to be buying new cheap iPhones with all the stories (some, perhaps, first-hand) of how buggy and slow the OS is on the new iPods (and I'd like to point out that the new OS is OS X, which might just be part of the reason. I bet apple wanted to lose the old software so they didn't have to keep paying royalties to the developer).

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: disagree

    I think h*** just froze over...I'm about to agree with testudo! :-)

    If the classic is a throwback, then give me the "throwback" OS that the 5th gen came with. But all accounts, the new iPod (classic and nano) OS was most certainly NOT ready release. Apple has back-pedalled on so many features that at first said would work, but not say they won't (camera connector, adding events on the touch) that's it's pretty obvious that they pulled out a lot of features last minute because they just weren't ready yet...and then someone forgot to inform the marking and web site guys!

    We are AT LEAST two full upgrades of the touch before you can even begin to think about getting rid of the hard drive option.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    need edit feature

    geesh...I think I need MacNN to allow editing of posts...or I need to stop posting while eating lunch... I obviously can't type and chew at the same time without lots of typos! :-)

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