OK, I know it’s been really geeky here recently, but, well, I have been really geeky recently. Sue me.
Today Apple announced new iPods and iTunes 7. This is the coolest refresh I’ve seen to the line so far… The second-gen iPod nano and shuffle are definitely the coolest new things… But they updated the big guy, too:
- 80GB Hard disk
- 20 hour battery life
- Gapless playback support
- Top model price down to $349
I think that it may be time for me to upgrade. Gapless playback is huge for me, since I listen to so much Grateful Dead, Mars Volta, and Pink Floyd where the songs just segue into each other without warning. No current players on the market support this feature, so it’s a big deal. (I don’t know how they do it- gapless playback is literally impossible to encode in the MP3 or AAC formats…)
My trusty 40GB iPod still works great (well, except for the little fact that it is my third one on the warranty) and I have no problems with it. It’s very full though, and I hate trying to remember what’s on my iPod and what’s only on my computer hard drive. I could easily sell it off, too- I have tons of cases and accessories that won’t work with the new one. It would significantly reduce the cost of upgrading.
Of course I’m gonna sleep on it first. The thing just plays music, after all- not my usual technolust “I can’t stop thinking about this” thing.
iTunes 7 totally rocks, too… The gapless playback is there, plus a bunch of good visual and interface changes. I won’t go on about that here, just because that’s beyond even my limits of what is too geeky. I’ll just say that I’m very happy with it.