I don't think the iPod 5g sucks; in fact, I think it is currently the best value for a hard drive player on the market. But there are still enough downsides to the new iPod (and iPods in general) that lead me to wait for upcoming players (most specifically, the Gigabeat X series).
1. No WMA support - not a huge problem for some people, but a lot of my music is in the WMA format, and I don't want to have to convert it all
2. Cheap, scratchable casing - This is simply unacceptable in a $300 product. U-N-A-C-C-E-P-T-A-B-L-E.
3. Everyone has one - I understand that some people like things that make them ''fit in'', but I prefer something more unique and attention-grabbing. Something that everyone else has is not attention-grabbing.
4. It gets outdated - If you get a brand new iPod, you will look cool for a few months. When Apple releases a newer one 6 months later, you will be stuck with the old, outdated one. I'm looking for a DAP that will last me a couple years. Things that few people know about will look fresh and new years after they're released.
5. iTunes - Say all you like about iTunes being the ''easiest-to-use'' software, but nothing is simpler than the ability to just drag and drop music files to the player from your computer. I don't want to be tied to using proprietary software, no matter how well it works.
6. Lack of included essential extras - Not a huge deal, but at the very least, you'll have to buy an AC adapter for the iPod ($30). The current Gigabeat also comes with a docking cradle ($50 for the iPod's). That's $80 you'd have to spend on an iPod that you wouldn't have to spend on players like the Gigabeat.
So there's my reasons. The iPod 5g does not suck; it is undeniably one of the nicest hard drive players on the market. No iPod haters can say anything about it being ''underfeatured and overpriced'' anymore (unless you count the lack of an FM tuner, which is a very small nitpick). Also, do not criticize it for its poor
video -playing abilities. The iPod is for music; PVPs are for videos.
However, as there are still issues like thse six that hurt the iPod. While these flaws may be minor to some people, they are enough to convince me to wait for the Gigabeat X30 (or whatever other competitors are preparing).
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