It’s called irock!830, and I’m here to tell you why the Apple’s got a worm they haven’t yet acknowledged – but they will! As followers of my sad iPod saga in my blog may recall, I have recounted, over the past five months, my experiences with failed iPods not once, not twice, but THREE times: yes, yours truly has three iPods, $1,200 worth, all of which have suffered repeated freezes while jogging, and all of which have required repair, at an additional “diagnostic” charge of $50 apiece: we’re now up to $1,350, and they STILL freeze unexpectedly. The problem, as many websites noting this problem will attest, is that the iPod is, at heart, a computer: it has a hard drive spinning around inside, and therefore there are moving parts. Moving parts freeze when they’re jolted, like when you’re running with an iPod. But that’s why I bought them, to listen to music while I run.
The solution is obvious: a flash memory mp3 player. But Apple just keeps shoving larger capacity hard drives into its faulty-by-design device. All the flash mp3 players – up to now – only worked with PC, or were horribly clunky and expensive.
That’s then: the irock!830 is now. I bought one here last week – excellent service, arrived the next day – but was too scared to open it up and try and use it: it came with a CD with software you have to load first, and lots of other gibberish that made me, techno-retard boy, uneasy. Today I bit the bullet and opened the package: it’s beautiful! Less than half the size and weight of an iPod, runs 30 hours on 1 standard AA alkaline battery, and has flash memory: it passed the bookofjoe drop test (accidentally) with flying colors, playing uninterruptedly. Sound quality is indistinguishable from the iPod, and the earbuds that come with it are more comfortable and stay put better than Apple’s.
But here’s the best part: you don’t need to put in the software or do anything if you have a Mac with iTunes. I just plugged it into the computer with the included Firewire cable, and just moved songs from iTunes right into the device, about 5 seconds to load a song. Sure, the capacity is limited: 128 megabites, or about 32 songs, but hey, that’s two hours, a lot longer than I can run! Oh, did I mention the price? $99! Yes, $99. Apple’s cheapest iPod is now $300, and you get all the liabilities I noted above. These guys are going to eat Apple’s lunch as they bump up their flash capacity: they already have a 256 meg device coming for Christmas, for $150. Works with PC too, by the way. Oh, and it has a built-in FM radio with 20 presets. Very, very slick.
This just in: when I went to amazon for a link, I found they’re selling it for $89.24!!! Deal. Wow. This is da bom.Powered by Sidelines