iPod Classic Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Robert X. Cringley's weekly article/podcast (iTunes - Feed - Web Site) may make you think twice about buying an iPod Classic ... at least for now. Despite the name, the guts of the iPod Classic are actually new, and the bugs haven't been fully worked out. The list of problems experienced by users includes (and I quote Cringley directly):

  • VERY Slow menu switching response
  • Display of clock rather than song info when “Now Playing”
  • Inability to use existing AUTHORIZED 3rd party dock products (including Apple-advertised)
  • Audio skipping during operation
  • Slow connection to Macs and PCs
  • Inability to disable “split-screen” menus
  • Lagging and unresponsive Click Wheel
  • Camera connector not working
  • Inability to use EQ settings without skipping and distortion

Seeing that the "Classic" is Apple's only iPod that currently has more than 16 gigs of storage, the company will be hustling to fix these problems. But, for now, podcast lovers might want to stick to their tried and true mp3 player. Source: I, Cringley

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