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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by pjm (639) on 2006.03.25 7:50 (#46754)
    I'm sure I'm not going to be satisfying the constraints-on-reply listed in the original, but it's not really the overall conclusion that I'm challenging, but rather more whether the listed experience is in any way typical.

    Long boot time? My 4GB nano boots in about 3 seconds from cold, which is truckloads faster than the earlier players. Battery life is pretty much in line with the advertised figure, modulo a lot of futzing around along the way. (That is, hitting "shuffle" and play achieves around the suggested number of hours. Sure, it's not *typical* usage, but it's not entirely unreasonable either. Perhaps it really is those headphones doing the damage? I'm using Sennheiser PX200's, which do a nice job whilst being very portable and pretty robust.)

    I think it's fair to consider the nano (well, any iPod) as a 90% solution: if you're wanting to do things at a file-based level rather than an Apple-specified db level than it's probably not the player for you. As was noted, if you surrender to iTunes then things just work for 90% of what most users want. But if the iTunes Store integration grates enough to have you abandoning iTunes then half the package (ie, the software component) is neutered and I can see that it'd look like a rather ordinary device.

    Paul