Archive for the ‘iPod’ Category

“I gotta get me one of these!”

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

This is just way cool.  Who wouldn’t want an iPhone-controlled quadcopter?!  So far no official word on pricing or release date (that I know of–maybe one of you do?), but March 5, 2010 has been thrown around the Interwebs.

Categories: iPhone, iPod, Nifty Gadgets

Lower iPod Touch pricing coming? Or maybe even something else?

June 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Okay, so here’re my thoughts I referenced in my post about Apple’s summer student promotion a few days ago.

Why is Apple offering either a free 8GB iPod Nano ($199) or a free 8GB iPod Touch ($299) when there’s such a price difference between the two?  I would think that most people, unless they already have an iPod Touch, would select the free Touch that’s worth $100 more.  Heck, I’d probably select it even if I already had an iPod Touch.  Wouldn’t you?  So why is Apple doing this?  I’m thinking there are a few reasons:

  1. Apple wants to get more Touches out in the world.  More Touches, more customers for the App Store.  More customers, more reason to develop apps.  More apps, more reasons to buy more iPod Touches and iPhones.  More iPods/iPhones, more… you get the picture.
  2. Apple’s going to be lowering the price of the 8GB iPod Touch to something closer to the iPod Nano very soon now.  Why?  Maybe they’re going to introduce an iPod Touch with more features, like, oh say, a GPS chip like the one that’s rumored to be coming in the 3G iPhone.  Or possibly an iPod Touch with 64GB of memory.  The 8GB Touch could then become the entry-level device at an “almost no thought” price point.
What do you think?  Any merit to this (wishful) thinking?  BIG GIANT CAVEAT:  I have no inside knowledge whatsoever just like (almost) everyone else out there.  It was just kind of fun coming up with this WAG. 🙂
Categories: Hardware, iPhone, iPod

You know it’s summer when…

June 3, 2008 1 comment

Apple rolls out the “buy a Mac, get a free iPod” promotion. If you’ve seen this in the past and thought that it was pretty cool, wait til you see this one! If you buy a qualifying Mac, you get a free 8GB iPod Touch! Is that just an amazing deal, or what? Not only do you get the education discount, but a free iPod on top of that. If you’re a college student (or about to be this fall), it’s well worth a look. It’s how I got my MacBook Pro discount (if you’ll recall 😛 ).

One of the interesting things about the promotion is that you could choose between either an iPod Touch or an iPod Nano. Now why would you pick a Nano when you could have a Touch? I have a thought about that as well, but I’ll save that for tomorrow, because honestly <yawn> it’s my bedtime.

Categories: Hardware, iPod, MacBook Pro

What a country!… err… company!

June 11, 2007 1 comment

As told in my first post awhile back, I finally plunked down the cash for a shiny new MacBook Pro. I had heard rumors of an impending update for the MBP, but I’d also not heard about heat issues, batteries exploding, mooing, and so forth nearly so much as when the MBP was first released. So I thought it would be a good time to get it.

This was on May 17th. Now, as you all know, Apple released an update on June 5th. Less than three weeks after I bought my MBP. You also probably know that the cutoff date for returns (minus a 10% restocking fee) is two weeks. It’s not like I have buyers’ remorse, but… Arrghh! Not only that, but Apple also started their summer Buy A Mac, Get a Free iPod promotion for students, and I missed out on that as well!

So I’m just out of luck, right? Well, what the heck, I thought, I’ll give Apple a call and see if they’ll just throw me a bone of some kind… On June 8, I talked to the manager of the Apple store I bought my MBP from, and this is what he offered me: I could bring in my receipt (assuming I wanted to keep my MBP) and he would give me the new price of the old MBP, which is to say, he’d give me a $200 credit. And with this new transaction, it’d also make me eligible for the free iPod promotion! Whoa! I was not expecting either of those. Legally, Apple was not required to do anything for me, but they did. That is just pretty dang cool.

The final tally? With my education discount, I was able to get the old $1,999 MBP for $1,599, and an 8GB iPod Nano for $50. Not only that, but Apple’s won over a customer for life, and you better believe I’ll be spreading that news around every chance I get.

Categories: Hardware, iPod, MacBook Pro

The iPod & iTunes

May 29, 2007 Leave a comment

Last Christmas, I received an iPod Nano. Of course, at that point all I had was a Windows computer, so I got a Windows formatted iPod. Everything was working fine, but now that I have a Mac as my main machine, why should I keep my music on the PC? Why indeed!

At this point, any half-way intelligent human would turn to the fount of all knowledge, Google, for help in doing this. As it turns out, I’m only 49% intelligent. Maybe 48%…

I decided I was going to do this myself. After all, how hard could it be? Well, to make a long story short, I got the Mac to see my PC’s iTunes library and added all the music in. Then I shared my playlists and copied those over. It turns out that there are much better ways of getting my music over. However, I was able to figure it out. Then I hooked up the iPod to the Mac and had it reformat the iPod to Mac and then synced it (and crossed my fingers more than once). Voila! My iPod has all my music and all is well.

Had I been 51% intelligent, I would have Googled for something along the lines of “transfer itunes library from windows to mac” and would have come up with some awesome ways of doing exactly what I was looking to do. One was from Apple itself, telling you how to move your music over using the iPod.

Just remember:  Google is your friend.  Use it.  I’m going to from now on.