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iPod 2.0

by Trevor May | 6th August 2005 | Gadgets | Comment on this

I’ve just picked up my new 60Gb iPod (nee “iPod Photo”). I have a 40Gb generation 4 iPod already but as it’s over a year old now, rapidly filling itself up with music, podcasts and data… oh, and because I’m a gadget geek… I decided to upgrade.

I’m pretty impressed with it so far though I can’t help but notice that every time Apple release a new iPod they bundle less and less stuff with it. Only one USB cable and no firewire means I can’t leave one plugged into my computer at home attached to the dock, and carry one around with me. An extra one will set me back £15. Talking of docks: they don’t include one of these anymore, so that’s another £25 spend. Oh, and unlike the iPod Photo, the new iPod doesn’t come with an AV cable; that’ll be £15 to you.

I could go on about how cack the headphones are (this time they’re not even getting unwrapped!) and how anyone with any sense should just go out and get a pair of Sony MDR-EX71SL (unless you have the cash for some Etymotics!) relatively inexpensive for the quality of sound they produce. They sit right inside your ear so do take some getting used to.

Anyway, my point is that the £299 price tag isn’t really £299 at all, but rather £339. £354 if you want to display your photos on TV.

I’m now waiting for the wireless version of this guy, the “Mighty Mouse”. I love the look of it, but I just refuse to go back to using a wired mouse; this isn’t 1999!

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