Apples for your pockets (or Last Minute Shopping for iPods)
In the closing days of the Year some of us are doing the last minute shopping we ought to have done already but never quite got to. The shops are filled with parcel-carrying people, so it makes sense to save the smaller items to last.
My early 15G iPod had the double advantage of being able to act as a hard disk and with its Firewire connector was bootable. The iPod I have now has a capacity of 30G but connects only via USB cables and cannot boot a Mac. Unlike my earlier iPod, these now display videos, uploaded via iTunes on the synchronising computer.
According to email from Apple, some iPods sold in the New Year period will come with a limited edition gift box in red or silver. There should be posters for these in places like the Siam BTS station.
A friend with the first generation 512MB shuffle (the one that looks like a stick of chewing gum) is careful to select the songs for his iPod; then he plays them in the same order. I just grab a few, sling them into an iTunes folder and have the shuffle set to "random" which means a bus journey into town can have added surprises. There is always "fast forward" if the music doesn't suit me for that moment.
Apart from the press briefing in the middle of September, I have not had a chance to play with the new nano. My experiences with the older version are not unpleasant. Both this and the shuffle are light enough to be unnoticable when carried about. A feature of the nano is the additional software that allows it to be used with the Nike + (plus) system. This links with iTunes and a Nike + website that allows the more competitive among us to share perfomance data with others round the world.
This is just one of the many accessories made by third party suppliers that work with the various iPods, from covers, to connectors, to alternative ear-buds and hi-fi speaker systems: some useful, some cosmetic. And some quite cheap.
I had one of these for a couple of weeks in October and I really did not want to give it back. I tested the 8G version (12,590 baht) and there is also one of 16G (16,790). As well as access to my music, photographs and videos, I was able to surf the Internet, but not send POP email.
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