Thoughts on the Apple event today

by Volker Weber

This was a very packed session today. But it went without major milestones. Instead there are quite a lot of small updates to the iPod line.


I can't help it, but something is wrong. Shouldn't the iPod touch be the mother of all iPods?


Well, you can share non-purchased music via Homeshare. But not automatically.

Oliver Regelmann, 2009-09-10 has three sample vids taken on the Nano. If they are to be believed, I would actually quite like one.

Disappointed and surprised that the Touch doesn't have a camera.

Colin Williams, 2009-09-10

Yeah I was a little puzzled about the (un)Touch(ed) in light of the Nano's adoption of an FM radio, the most obvious missing feature on MP3 players. Considering that the most obvious missing feature from FM radio today is time shifting, I suppose it makes sense to be doing FM right if you're going to do it. Kudos to Apple for that. Maybe this will finally force that feature into car radios. If I had a nickle for every time mein kind yelled "again" from the back seat after hearing a song on the radio...

Kevin Pettitt, 2009-09-10

Colin, look at their sample photos. Do they look anything like your photos? ;-)

Volker Weber, 2009-09-10

A lot of the rumour sites suggested that the iPod Touch camera was due to be announced but pulled at the last minute due to technical issues. As always, it's impossible to verify these things, but it does seem a very odd omission.

Stuart McIntyre, 2009-09-10

The iPod nano 5G's ability to record FM stations is billed as "Live Pause" where you can pause a station and then play it (for up to 15 minutes of recording). From what I've read, if you already were listening "Live", you can't go back and listen again. And you can't take the content that was recorded and save it via iTunes sync.

Bob Congdon, 2009-09-10

Bob, Apple says:

iPod nano lets you pause it with a click. Another click and you’re listening to your station again. You can even rewind as far back as 15 minutes, then fast-forward to catch up to the live broadcast.

Sounds like they are recording in the background automatically to enable this feature.

Volker Weber, 2009-09-10

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