OpinionThe iPod is popular only because it has been heavily advertised, not because of its design nor any technical features.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2010-04-28 at 22:14:31   (11 comments)

On 2010-04-28 at 22:15:51, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The market for MP3 players is crowded and full of some very good designs, but there's little to distinguish them and choose which to buy. But if you're bombarded with advertising for a particular brand, it's likely that you'll think it's the only choice available.
On 2010-04-29 at 20:34:56, Thelevellers wrote...
Definitely! I had a conversation with someone who was poo-pooing my choice of a non-iPod mp3 player, and they pretty much said that as their reasoning! After I pointed out how much mine destroyed the iPod shuffle in pretty much every way - it's about half the price, has bigger memory, you don't HAVE to have it on shuffle, has a memory card expansion slot, same size, if not smaller (size of a small matchbox), plays .ogg files, no DRM bollocks (though I hear Apple are better with that now). Yeah. More than enough said, methinks! Some design aspects of the iPod are good, but without the advertising they would NEVER be able to get away with the price! I think every (or nearly every) other mp3 player out there bets it on price AND features, or at least one... *sigh* silly fanbois...
On 2010-05-01 at 10:10:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: Hmm, well I don't think I've seen any advertising for them (as I don't watch adverts) but I do</a> see the pesky devices, or at least the horrible-looking white earphone leads, pretty much everywhere. I've even seen a goth/metal-type dude completely dressed in black wearing them and wondered what on Earth he was thinking... I've never touched/used one of those devices either, for that matter, but I'm not aware of anything that makes them good or better than a 'proper' MP3 player. Perhaps the most annoying thing is the way that people refer to the iPod when they mean to say MP3 player - as though the iPod is the only MP3 in existence!
On 2010-05-04 at 03:56:06, BorgClown wrote...
The first ipod raised the bar considerable for what people expected out of a MP3 player, unfortunately now only OS/X and the Apple store are its most distinguishing features. My cousin sold me a cheap Sony Walkman stick, and it has been surprisingly convenient for such a small device. And it doubles as a USB drive.
On 2010-05-12 at 12:41:57, Thelevellers wrote...
What really frustrates me is that there's no argument to make people see the light :( I keep accidentally getting in to arguments with people - and there's no way to win! As bad as religious folks, if not worse! (except for the humanitarian issues, of course!)
On 2010-05-12 at 18:43:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's not even a question of arguing with them - I don't really understand why people buy them in the first place without doing any sort of comparison of features. And why tech programmes like The Gadget Show automatically let the iPod win in any contest.
On 2010-05-16 at 15:32:20, Thelevellers wrote...
http://www.kontraband.com/pics/22584/Apple-Makes-People-Stupid/
On 2010-05-17 at 15:34:25, George wrote...
One of many things that annoys me about Apple is that they patented the rotary selector on the iPod. Makes it difficult for any other MP3 player to have a simple and intuitive file/volume/etc selector. If they could I'm sure Apple would patent an on/off button and throw the book at anybody who uses one on anything. Jobs should become a spin doctor. Here he seems to be arguing that censorship equals freedom... utterly shameless! http://gawker.com/5539717
On 2010-05-17 at 16:44:10, Thelevellers wrote...
@George: Eh, I'm not too fussed about that myself, I'm not a huge fan of the wheel. The diamond configuration of all the other players works perfectly for me, without the annoyance of sweeping past your desired point in long menus...
On 2010-05-17 at 18:29:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I've never used Apple's wheel, I'm happy to say. I very much doubt the iPod has controls any better than my 10 year old iRiver MP3 player, which has fantastic navigation and controls. My original DVD player does have one of those 'jog wheel' things though - an absolutely terrible idea! I've seen that some cars have them too - not exactly ideal when you're driving.
On 2010-05-22 at 05:27:25, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: The wheels get intuitive with use. No, better said, you get used to them quickly, just as we get used to any kind of frequently used controller quickly. My stick player has a weird navigation menu, but I got the hang of it in one day. Now it feels 'easy'.