Well, I finally broke down and bought myself an iPod. I've said for years that I didn't need one, couldn't use one. I only listen to music in the car. Blah blah blah. Well, I'm getting a car with an auxiliary jack, and so now I have a sudden urgent need to take 8 gigabytes worth of MP3s wherever I go. The thought being that it will be more convenient than sifting through a bunch of MP3-CDs.
So a couple of initial thoughts (mind you, I used Macs back in the 80's and 90's but switched to PCs for the games):
It's nice looking.
It sounds nice.
It's lightweight (30 gig version).
I don't like ear-buds. I can't get them to sit straight and I keep losing the bass frequencies. That won't be an issue when it's plugged into the car, though.
ITunes is a pain in the butt to use. Why can't I just organize my albums by dropping songs into folders and/or batch-renaming them according to artist/album? Why does it take 30 seconds to add an artist name to a song? Am I missing something?
I am, so far, NOT a big fan of the touch-wheel thingie. I had to go online to figure out why I couldn't make this thing work (because, like, there are no instructions included), and even then, I needed to watch a Quicktime(TM) Video to figure it out (now I have QuickTime, ho ho ho).
It turns out I'm NOT supposed to click "up" on the wheel to scroll up, or "right" to proceed to the next menu (as with, let's say, cell phones, PDAs, and just about every other piece of modern electronics equipped with a round pad and a central "enter" button). No, I'm supposed to "lightly" feel my way around the wheel withOUT pressing it. Because the pressing causes something completely unintuitive to occur. Also, although I have managed to get the hang of navigating around with this thing, it's still hard to be precise with it, and I'm concerned about constantly overshooting my target and going back and forth as I drive my car. Which may leave me unable to switch albums, songs, modes, etc as I drive.
Overall, from the packaging to the absent documentation, Apple seems more concerned with style than substance.
But I'm only on Day 1.