I got my iPod for free via TiVo’s rewards program back in May of 2005. It’s a 20GB forth generation model. I liked it because it synced with iTunes and had a simple interface that “just worked” (albeit not too well). Anyway, over the last month it’s been giving me more problems. I’ve been able to get it working by resetting it, but today it gave up the ghost, so to speak. I keep getting a errors when trying to copy trying to sync it with iTunes and it makes a low click occasionally, signs that the hard drive is dying.
So I’m faced with a dilemma. Do I buy another iPod? The 30GB video iPod looks appealing, sporting color graphics, video, and more room. The problem is that it’s $279.00. Considering I got the last one for free, that’s a hefty price.
Or do I go for a Nano? It’s sleeker and smaller, but it’s limited to 8GB, much too small for my collection of music, much less add in videos. I just don’t want to have to decide what goes on my player.
Or do I go with an entirely different brand? None of them off iTunes integration. Many don’t even offer Mac support (then again, that little experiment may be coming to a close soon). I wish that Rockbox supported more hardware or that there was a generic music/video player that I could use with it. I still have a space in my heart for the open-source firmware.
And of course, throw in that WWDC is on Monday. While not the traditional venue for introducing new iPods, Steve Jobs has a tendency to break with tradition to give the “people” a surprise. Who knows, maybe that touchscreen iPod with be announced on Monday just to spite the blogosphere. Maybe I’ll just wait till after the keynote.
I hate waiting. Stupid iPod
*** Update Aug 07 ***
I didn’t wait.Â I got a 30GB video iPod.Â I think I prefer feel of the 4th generation model.Â It just fits better in my hand.