Public service announcement: I bought an iPod.
Actually, make that two. There was an offer at the IT Fair at Suntec City where you could purchase a 40GB iPod for the normal price, and an additional 15GB iPod would be yours for just S$200 more. So I decided to give my little sister a present 🙂
Playing around with it for the past two hours has given me mixed feelings. What I like about my iPod:
- Its pristine, white exterior and slender body makes me feel so good that I went into hours of euphoria.
- No moving parts! And the dial. And the little ticky sounds it makes.
- Of course, the fact that it now works with PCs.
- Also the fact that I bought the second, 15GB iPod for only S$200 (that’s US$117 to you, bud)
- The expandability options / accessories it has (though I wish some were inbuilt).
- Forty gigabytes, baby.
What I don’t like / questions to work out:
- I nearly had to purchase a separate USB cable so I could connect it to my PC (in the end I got it as a free gift). They shouldn’t penalise PC users who want to give Apple products a shot. Can’t they include the cable for free, by default?
- No playing of music while charging and loading songs in the dock? Still trying to figure this one out.
Why is iTunes ripping my CD tracks into a non-MP3 format? There are now too many different formats on my computer and it’s a mess.Thanks to Kristian for the tip! Everything’s back in order.
- The cost of changing the internal battery at Apple’s Service Centres.
- The same problem with any other steel surface: fingerprints.
- The fact that, even after properly ‘ejecting’ my iPod, I get warnings that I had unsafely removed my device. (Windows compatibility error?)
- When, just when can non-US users purchase music??
- [Update: It’s rumoured (?) that an iPod has been used by a woman to bludgeon her boyfriend to death for erasing 2000 of her MP3 files. Hmmm.]
Apart from that, I really am happy with my purchase.