Everyone loves Apple’s iPod, or at least pretends not to hate it. I’ve got one, though there are things I just wish it wasn’t.
- It takes a lot to shuffle. Go pick a playlist, an artist, or an album. Then suddenly decide that you want to shuffle the tracks instead of listening to them sequentially. You can’t do it with a button, not even with a few keypresses. You’re at least several clicks and wheel movements away. Can’t we have it like a traditional CD player?
- You need iTunes to add media, and you can’t just copy them back. Well, at least officially. Of course there are unofficial solutions like my favorite yamipod but it would’ve been nice to do everything with a simple file explorer.
- It can’t play just any movie. The iPod requires specific encoding parameters and formats to play a video file. It would’ve been nice if it could deal with DivX and MPEG directly, right?
- Photo storage is a joke. Keeping photos in your iPod is
a joke. The files take more space in the iPod than they would in your PC. Now where’s the sense in that? And you can’t just store them directly, instead mimicking a mirroring of sorts that further wastes storage space.
- Digital music isn’t only MP3 or AAC. Why can’t we have ogg vorbis, flac, and all the other philosophically, free formats?
I’m sure you have something against your favorite gadget. 😉