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Monday January 20, 2003
06:25 PM

iPoddery

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So I have a shiny new iPod. I've put my calendar and contact info on there (I hope a future iPod revision has group browsing for the contacts--just seeing a huge list of people with no context for who the hell they are is a bit scary). I found a program on the net that lets me put the weather into a "contact".

So what else can I do with it? Why isn't there an ebook reader? Why can't I view pictures? It's so cute, I want it to be my PDA too. Music could well be the hook that means I carry the thing everywhere with me.

I guess in a generation or two, the iPod will have Bluetooth to beam contact information around. I'd love to see a Firewire keyboard--it'd be great to be able to edit track information on the iPod, enter new contacts, change appointments. Then again, if it's a metric shitload of money now, I shudder to think what it'd cost if it was useful as well as fun :-)

--Nat

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  • Why isn't there an ebook reader? Why can't I view pictures? It's so cute, I want it to be my PDA too.

    That's a nice scentiment, but is it practical? Ignore the 4-line screen for a moment. Apple hasn't released the tech specs on the guts of the iPod, but I doubt there's a CPU of any merit inside that little box. A few hardware review sites have noticed a dedicated D/A converter or a DSP to handle MP3 decoding, but no one has accused the little iPod of having a CPU. I wouldn't be surprised to find o