I returned home late last night and had a mysterious FedEx box on my door. I hadn’t remembered ordering anything so when I opened it up – I was pleasantly surprised by my free 8gb iPod Touch had arrived!
I had signed up for Key Bank’s free iPod with the opening of a new account about 3 months ago. Deal was, if you opened a business account by making the initial required opening deposit and keep the account in good standing for 3 months (meaning: 2 automated payroll deposits and 1 ATM card use), you got a free iPod Touch. Well, my 3rd month wasn’t supposed to end until Oct 30th, but it looks like they went by opening date instead.
- The thing instantly gets finger-printy and the back scratches just by looking at it. You find yourself cleaning it a lot. Looks like a protector of some sort will be required.
- I don’t really like iTunes.
- Friggen slow – why is the iTunes interface so slow. I can only take 15 minute doses then go do something else. Browsing is a pain due to speed.
- No no no! Why do I have to enter a credit card number just to use my iTouch??? I couldn’t use my iTouch without the iTunes software. I can’t install iTunes without an account on the store. I can’t create an account on the store without a credit card number. So, I can’t use my iTouch device without giving Apple my credit card number. I don’t like that. There is no reason for them to need that. I can’t even just browse around for free or just use my device. That’s not cool with me. I’m looking for alternatives software now.
- Getting existing music on the iTouch is a pain. All I wanted to do was drop my existing mp3 collection onto the device, and it took me a long time to figure out how (you have to add your music to the ‘library’ then you can click and drag). I have my music ripped to mp3’s – and arranged in folders by artist/album. When you drop it into iTunes – it looses all that sorting. Some of my mp3’s didn’t get artist/album/album art info on it. So now I have to either enter that myself for all my songs, or just live with lost of ‘unknown artist’. My iRiver is just a usb stick that I plug in and drag and drop files. Thats what I want.
- App store works good. I like the app store – some really great free stuff in there. I already have an idea for 2 apps I want to write. I’m downloading the SDK right now…
- Pandora is worth the price of admission alone. If you can find free wireless, you have free streaming internet radio.
- A good number of the apps are pretty mediocre/low quality right now. There is a lot of untapped potential.
- None of calculators are very good – overly nerdy or not feature rich. Shesh – this should be easy to fix…
- Conversion tools,
- Sync works pretty well – just plug in and sync. Not so sure about the ‘register my computer’ bits though. At least you can unregister easily.
- Free is the right price: I wouldn’t have paid $225 for this device. There are simply too many other good mp3 players out there for 1/4 the price. That and I usually use my mp3 player for exercising – and the touch is too big (and too nice) for that.
- Podcast subscription features are nicely integrated.
- Internet anywhere ROCKS. Yes – this thing does great with picking up and using wireless networks. I think I’m going to be bringing this with me a lot of different places…