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For those who have been faithful in checking/reading my blog, I just wanted to alert everyone that I am still alive. I have been busy working on doing some freelance web design work. I will still try to do some more posts on here and I am so sorry it has been so long. I want to thank all of my readers and for all the awesome comments I have received thus far.I know it has been on the market for some time, but I recently got an iPod Touch so I will be giving my inputs on that for those still pondering on a future purchase of it or the iPhone. On a quick note … if you really want and have the finances for the iPhone’s monthly payments, I would say it’s worth it – but I would wait, 3G is bound to come out sometime this quarter or next – I would be really surprised if they didn’t. If you are on a budget, stuck in a phone contract for a few years, or simply don’t talk on the phone much, then the iPod Touch is definitely worth its money. Again, a more in-depth analysis is coming soon. I will also be catching up by talking about the recently announced iPhone SDK which I have been working extensively on.Be coming back soon, will be posting soon and more frequently. 

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Among the midst of Friday’s madness, Apple issued an update to it’s media player for both Windows and Mac. This update was released to add support for ‘you-know-what’ as well as a few minor tweeks. My favorite upgrade to iTunes was finally adding support for cover flow while browsing podcasts. Silly, I know but I didn’t go out and buy a ‘you-know-what’ – yet – so that was all I could come up with.See, I told you my last post was the last about iPh – oops, I mean – ‘you-know-what’ for a while.  

Today, Apple released an update to it’s popular media management application, iTunes and added it’s much anticipated DRM-free music service to the mix. Apple is calling it iTunes Plus, where you can now buy DRM-free, higher quality music for $1.29 per song. Of course, the price has gone up, but the quality is substantially better and it’s DRM-free; you better believe it’s worth the extra 30 cents. Along with iTunes 7.2 and iTunes Plus, Apple also added iTunes U to the iTunes Store, allowing users to download free podcasts and lectures from participating Colleges and Universities. iTunes U has been around for some time, but this is the first it has been utilized as an option in the iTunes Store.

Microsoft responded on the heels of Apple’s event that they will be shipping their future Zune player in time for the holiday season. It will sport a wide screen for movie viewing, wireless sharing, and an FM tuner. I will be posting soon to elaborate more on the touted features.

Price points were initially to be reported, however it has been said that Microsoft halted it’s plans to release the prices after Apple dropped their price points on their two headline iPod models by $50 each the day before. People will be able to purchace Microsoft’s Zune in three colors: white, black and brown (honestly, brown? yes, brown.)

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While the event is nearly a week old, that doesn’t mean that it is to late for one to reflect on his or her feelings towards the announcements made. Going into this event, there were a lot of speculations around a new iPod and a so-called ‘iPhone.’ Since we saw neither of these, the overall consencus of the event was underwelming for most people. However, I think there were more than one really noteworthy and interesting announcements.

One thing that rumor sites got right was the idea that Apple’s next iPod Nano would be almost retro to the iPod Nano in construction and colors. The ‘2nd Generation Nano’ as Apple calls it sports an aluminum casing like the iPod Mini it replaced in 2005. Furthermore, you can now buy the iPod Nano in larger capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, and in different colors of grey, green, blue, pink and black. Unlike with the iPod Minis, you have to pay a premium for the ‘new’ colors. You can only buy the 2GB in the native color grey ($149), you can only buy the colors green, blue, and pink in the 4GB model ($199); and you can only purchese 8GB in Black. This is similar to Apple’s MacBook color options model (you can only buy a black colored MacBook, if you buy the bed setup with a $150 premium).

Apple didn’t surprise anyone when they announced iTunes 7 and the addition to movies to the now iTunes Store (previously iTunes Music Store). While the movie buzz has been going on for a while, I don’t think many people expected many changed to iTunes 7, but indeed there were. The new enhancements include a more organized sidebar, automatic album art downloads (whether you bought the music from iTunes or not), two new views: Album and Cover Flow, and much better management for your iPod. The 5G iPod with Video recieved its share of enhancements, including one I love, screen brightness control, as well as more available games for the iPod.

I’ve thrown a lot out there, and I definately review what I can more in-depth like iTunes 7 and the iPod enhancements. However, probably the most impressive to me is the new iPod Shuffle. No, the iPod Shuffle doesn’t have a screen now, it is still the plane-jane simple and small iPod. However, Apple made their smallest iPod even smaller and in my opinion now sports a more intuitive design for you on-the-goers. It now has a built in clip and it is the size of a quarter!

Oh … there is one more thing … sorry, I just had to say it. Apple did something unusual and previewed a product that was said to be released in Q1 of next year (Macworld Expo in January, maybe?) It is code-named iTV, and will allow users to wirelessly stream content from their Mac or PC with iTunes to the iTV which is then connected to your TV. If it does what Steve says it is supposed to do, and does it well, it definately will be promising.

For some reason, I look at this event as both a way to satisfy us for now (iTunes 7, movie content), but keep us waiting for more (a true iPod video, the future of ‘iTV’). Which is good, because now Apple can and will hold our attention until their next event. If you thought the media frenzy was big over this event, just wait until all of the journalist recieve notice of th enect big event.

Several months ago, I saved up enough money and along with a nice student discount, was able to purchase a new Fith Generation iPod with video. I went with black because I am one of those who loves to be a bit different than the rest of the crowd. I like the idea of that choice and I really hope Apple keeps that trend going in all of their products.

For those who have never seen or handled one of these new iPods in person, one of the first things you will notice is that the moment you take it out of its packaging and you touch it – your iPod will forever be smudged from that day on. This is something that really plagues the iPod Nano. My suggestion would be to buy a case that you like for the model that you have and as soon as you can, place the iPod in it so that minimal smudging occurs. Widespread rumors have been reported that Apple may soon change the material used to enclose their wildly famous music player.

For me, the iPod proved to be all that it is cracked up to be, and more. Going with the 30GB was more than enough for me, although Apple does offer a model that is 60GB – about the size of most laptop hard drives these days. The weight is just right, and the thin nature of the device is mindblowing when you think of just what it is made to do – and that is even doubles as an external hard drive. This makes it perfect to use the iPod to back up your documents, however, it shouldn’t be purchased to fulfill that exclusive role as a hard drive. It is designed to be a music player first, video player second and hard drive third. Because the iPod with Video contains an actual hard drive, this isn’t a music player for athletes or people constently on the go. The constant motion will take its toll on the device, like any laptop hard drive.

The video quality is quite impressive over all. The screen is pretty small at 2.5” inches; so, having to hold it up to watch video in your room seems kind of odd. Watching your favorite TV shows on your iPod is definately not going to be like watching it on your living room TV, but it is perfect for traveling. The battery life is a bit sub-par for watching movies at around 2 hours of video playback. However, if you are just wanting to watch occasional news clips and sitcoms from the iTunes music store, it will suit you just fine. For music, the iPod will give you about 14 hours of playback time. Apple claims that the 60GB model will give you around 20 hours of music playback.

However, with the idea of Apple soon to release a new video capable iPod, you should really keep in mind what you want the iPod for. If you are primarily wanting a music player and like the idea of watching a show occasionally, it would be what you want. But, if you are wanting a pure hybrid between a iPod music player and an iPod video player, I would hold onto my money and wait and see what Apple reveals this fall. It is rumored that the new iPod will sport a larger screen along with some other great features.

Speaking of the future for the iPod, it appears that Microsoft will be soon entering the ‘iPod Chase’ with its music device to be called ‘Zune.’ Will this be better than the iPod? Technically it could be, however iPod sports such a ‘hip’ factor and has become so popular, and it takes more than pure technology to overcome a ‘coolness’ factor that the iPod holds. One thing is for sure – Microsoft is going to attempt to become a real player in the mobile music market. That will lead to even more and better innovation from Apple.

I am not fortunate enough to land one of these nifty gadgets yet. However, I did find a very positive article written by USA Today’s Edward Baig. Check it out – but be careful, it might make you want one of these kits even more.

I just want to tell of a neat story. A good friend of mine called me last night to ask for some help with her brand new iPod Nano that she received for her birthday. I stepped her through the basics of getting it set up with iTunes and the music store. Although she ran into a few glitches with her computer along the way, I was able to help her get it going. I stepped her through adding music to the iPod and she was amazed of how easy it is to work with the iPod. She later became excited when she discovered solitare and the few other games that come included with the iPod.

By the end of the night (or shall I say morning, haha), she was able to import music from CD’s, buy music from the music store and add music to the iPod. it was great to see her so happy with it. As long as the iPod keeps this level of simplicity and ease of use, I will recommend one for just about anyone. It certainly makes for a great birthday gift. This was so awesome for me to be able to help her out with this – especially during those moments where she became really excited when she learned something new and cool about her new iPod. I love technology and being able to help people with it. She’s a wonderful and sweet gal, and she definitely deserves it. Now, if I can just talk my parents into a sleek gadget like that for my next birthday.

promonikeipod20060523.gifIn a team effort by giants of the sportswear and personal computer industries, Nike and Apple debuted their Nike+iPod sports kit. Nike released a press releasing stating that NIKETOWN stores in New York, Chicago, and Los Angels would host launch events for the new product. The Nike+iPod will be for use with iPod Nanos and Nike+iPod compatible shoes also being released today by Nike. This Kit, on sale in NIKETOWN and Apple Stores beginning today for $30, will include just the shoe sensor and the iPod wireless receiver.

The kit is a two-peice wireless collaboration gadget that allows the sensor, located discretely in the sole of the shoe, to communicate wirelessly with the iPod Nano via the wireless receptor. When connected, the iPod will display distance ran, and calories burned, while still playing your favorite tunes. One of the most impressive features include a voice readout of your current running stats at the touch of a button. Furthermore, if you are beginning to get tired and want a confidence booster, press a button and the iPod will begin playing an upbeat motivation song to help keep you going. After your run, you can log onto the Nike+iPod website where you can create a free account, upload your day’s running stats, as well as setting goals for yourself.

While it may not replace the treadmill any time soon. It is expected to be a hit with everyday runners who are fans of Nike shoes. However, the slight downside is that consumers are required to have both an iPod Nano and Nike+ compatible shoes.

I think this product will be a big seller since many everyday runners will like the idea of not having to be tied to a treadmill. I do some exercise in walking/jogging, so it is something I would definitely consider – if only I had an iPod Nano.