As someone who has worked with PCs and macs for more than 2 decades, I have to say I hate macs. I hate apple’s pretentious oversimplifications and new disposable high-end electronic business plan. I’m surprised it doesn’t say “just buy a new one” on the Apple Store ‘Welcome’ mat. Macs on their own are of little threat, but networking several macs together or with other office devices not made by apple and the beasts begin to rear their ugly heads. The more Apple tries to make their computers ‘idiot-proof’ the more they make them ‘repair-proof’ and ‘mod-proof’. If you older macs don’t have their latest Beastiality OS you better cut back on the lunches or gas, you will have to buy the new one (which will be phased out in 5 months or less) but why upgrade when you can double the investment and but a NEW mac… which will be so new now your other Macs can’t interface till you upgrade ALL their shit. The oversimplification aims for the lowest common denominator and doesn’t account for any individuality or customization needs of the user. Thus creating a legion of drones for the Apple zombie empire (look for the movie next summer).
As much as I despise Macs in the workplace, and their arrogant form over function design and interfaces…
I frakkin’ LOVE the iPod.
Yeah I said it. I frakkin’ love it. I received one as a gift and it changed my music listening habits forEVER. haha Why do you ask? for the same reason I HATE macs… the Apple bullshit tech strategy fails for hardcore computing and gaming, but succeeds masterfully with portable audio. Oversimplification is a delight when you are on the run or stuck in a wild commute, you need change volume, skip, stop and play on a dime. Simple, easy to use controls are a must. Searching for music should be as pain free as possible and they nailed it.
Docking your iPod is also a breeze, while getting Mac OS is dumbdowned and so picky it only works with it’s own clique, the same can’t be said for the iPod which is just a fancy external HS, so it only needs the shortbus of interfaces to work. Sure you are slave to iTunes, but if you really use iTunes, you wouldn’t use anything else (music wise, it SUCKS for video)
iTunes is really the true jewel of the Apple music empire (sorry, Beatles, the Apple Music Empire is here to stay). Solai is right on the money with the smart playlist and song rankings, I use this to full effect. ITunes’ idiot-proof song management is near perfection. It’s simple, fast, and so easy to use your grandmother could purchase downloads with it, even if she’s dead (sorry grandpa). This is simplicity where you want it. and the eternal upgrades actually just keep it eternally dumbed down to cover their bases. But who cares when all you want to do is make a playlist, buy a song or update yoru iPod. This is where iPod shines. I’m able to generate playlists, sort music do a library wide search quickly and easily like I never could before. Searching by any and all ID tag info, and adding your own 5-star rankings, will unleash control over your playlist like never before. It even let’s me burn CDs of music and doesn’t report me to the RIAA like I assumed it would. While I can go without the over-abused reflection motif (ok, I get it, the future has shiny floors, thanks immigrants of the future who buff and polish every horizontal surface to mirror sheen) the super jukebox simulation itunes provides is a joy to use and beautiful in it’s UI-simplicity. When something NEEDS to be simple and IS simple. That is art. Add on to that, podcasting, which opens up a world of FREE downloads of commentaries of your favorite shows, to song countdowns of your music fantasies.
The ipod takes your greatest hits collections, complete audiobooks, and complete band discographies on the go… in one little device not a huge disc player with moving parts that will eventually destroy itself with use, or a sling full of CDs that is beginning to make your spine crooked. (I’ll spare you the ‘in my day’ anecdotes about lost evenings recording mixtapes, clunky walkmans without auto-reverse, and an ammobelt full of AAs) Scaling down and miniaturizing of technology has never been as glorious and a quintessential evolution than it has been with the world of portable music.
Now if only they could give me a ‘shuffle’ algorithm that didn’t play the same damn songs over and over.
[i]I frakkin’ HATE you steve jobs!
but I love your iPod…