Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Save the iPod dot com

Honestly, I hate iPods. I have one and it is a piece of s**t. The only reason most people refuse to admit that they are crap even after all the difficulty they have with them is because they can't stand to admit they paid
$400 for something so crappy. Once you've spent about 40 hours getting it to work right, the battery dies after a few hours of use anyway. Try the Dell DJ if you are going to buy an MP3 player, and get it quick, before the INDUCE Act passes. The Dell DJ is actually made to work with Windows OS and has double the battery power of the iPod, it looks pretty nice too (I'll be getting one soon, I'll do a full comparison here when I do).

Taking off on the EFF's iPod complaint, in which they drafted a mock complaint against Apple using the terms of the recently introduced INDUCE Act, someone has put up a "save the iPod" site.

Ok, I know that because of Apple's huge marketing blitz the iPod is the most popular MP3 player, but why couldn't they have made a "save the MP3 players" website instead?

Via A Copyfighter's Musings


Blogger Terry Tolleson said...

I don't own an iPod and really have no need for any HD MP3 player, at present. I can not say whether the Dell DJ is better/worse than the iPod. I do know, however, that those people I know who own an iPod, have not experienced any problems nor are displeased with their purchase of it.

"The only reason most people refuse to admit that they are crap even after all the difficulty they have with them is because they can't stand to admit they paid $400 for something so crappy."

The same could be said about owners of PCs running the Windows OS. Why would you constantly subject yourself to such a shoddy shell? Because it is on, like, 90% of the machines out there, as result of a marketing blitz or monopolistic tactics or whatever. And in this case, the "piece of crap" cost 1500-2000 dollars.

The fact that the Dell DJ is actually made to work with Windows OS just means the player is single minded and not very accessible. While the iPod may not be up to snuff with regard to cooperating with your PC, it is the fact that it is accessible by more than just one OS that helps its popularity rise.

Now, I am not saying you shouldn't hate the iPod. Again, I don't have an HD MP3 player of any kind so I can't empathize or sympathize with you. However, clearly, you are biased against the iPod. This would make any comparison/review you make involving the iPod not very credible. My advice would be to simply review the DJ and leave out any comparisons to the iPod (with the exception of -perhaps- technical stats such as size, weight, battery life and storage space — even then, it should be figures only, with no commentary).

7/07/2004 2:53 PM  
Blogger CRC said...

Biased, yes indeed. I don't review gadgets on this blog, check out c|net, gizmodo, or engadget for reviews.

Here is an unbiased comparison - even assuming both the Dell DJ and the iPod both work fine, you can get a DJ with twice the battery power and with the same amount of memory for at least $100 less. Whether they work or not you pay lots extra because Apple needs to get money to cover their marketing campaign.

Also, Apples OS is also a monopoly and that's why it also sucks. Both PC and Apple OSs have serious problems and both are monopolized. Apple's OS may be more stable, but because it isn't compatible with 90% of the other computers on planet Earth it is even less useful than the problematic Windows OS.

7/07/2004 4:07 PM  
Blogger Terry Tolleson said...

I don’t believe quantity equates to usefulness. With that rational, the AIDS virus would be one of the most useful organisms on the planet.

And let’s not discount Unix programmers who are on one of the least abundant operating systems, yet they are the most useful to the programming community/industry.

I concede that the iPod is more expensive and has a shorter battery life and thus, perhaps not the immediate best buy. I’ll even concede that the iPod is not the MP3 player for everyone. But don't you think Dell could have come up with their own screen interface for their MP3 player? They even used the same font.

7/07/2004 7:39 PM  
Blogger CRC said...

The post was about iPods sucking and being overpriced, not viruses.

7/08/2004 12:00 AM  
Blogger Terry Tolleson said...

You’ve missed the point. Hope the Dell DJ works out better for you.

7/08/2004 12:55 AM  
Blogger CRC said...

I understand the point you attempt to make, but I am not debating over reaching analogies. The post is about the Apple iPod vs. the Dell DJ. I have done many posts on the topic, check them out for more of my thoughts on the matter.

Links to all my posts on the iPod vs. DJ topic can be found in this new post - http://chris-cohen.blogspot.com/2004/07/dell-dj-vs-apple-ipod-etc.html

Thanks for your comments! I am always pleased when someone is interested enough to give me a piece of their mind.

7/08/2004 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"LOOK AT ME! I'm a techie whore! I just dumped $400+ bones on this piece of crap!"

It's ok... They know they're wrong, just too snub to admit it.

I've never owned an IPod, nor would I be caught dead with one. Cr~Apple can take their shoddy equipment and make something useful. They should take that "sleek" design, and make a nice sleek toilet for me to throw all their crap into it...

Love your site man. Keep it up.

7/29/2004 6:57 PM  
Blogger CRC said...


9/26/2004 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a Pocket DJ for Christmas and I use it every day. It took 2 or 3 charges to get the battery broke in and lasting all day but I think the major advantage over the Ipod is the DJ's controls. I usually leave the thing in my pocket as i ride the bus or walk across campus and can easily track ahead, back, and change the volume from outside my pocket. I don't think you can do that with the Ipod. I also think the DJ 'barrel' is much more useful than the Ipod ticking wheel.

Dell Juke box is useful but annoying, what with constant goads to upgrade.

I can't stand the cram-in-to-your-ear phones and got some sony ear clipping ones at best buy.

I've had the thing lock up once, probably because i wrapped excess headphone wire around it and induced a magnetic field. I hit the reset button and It has worked fine ever since and didn't lose my songs.

2/03/2005 9:18 PM  
Blogger joejoe said...

With that rational, the"AIDS virus" would be one of the most useful organisms on the planet.

technically, the correct term would be the HIV virus, the cause of the disease aids

5/11/2005 6:52 PM  
Blogger joejoe said...


5/11/2005 6:55 PM  

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