May 02, 2003

Drooling over the new iPods

Apple, as part of its whole "Apple Music agreement? What Apple Music agreement" campaign, has announced and released new 10, 15, and 30G iPods. (Presumably Randall just bought a 20G version) And, like the rest of the world, I'm drooling over them.

The 30G, particularly, is catching my eye. Not only would it mean I could get music in the car (the one big deficiency of the iBook is its forcing sleep with the lid closed, making it unsuitable as a mobile jukebox) and have a handy backup gadget around, but I could finally watch movies on the plane. This iBook is nice, and with the two batteries I can generally work on a full cross-country flight (though I think one of my batteries is getting creaky and I may have to add a third to be sure) since they're good for between two and three hours each under my normal workload.

What this thing can't do, though, is show a full movie on one battery charge. Or at least one modern movie, as I can usually get a 70-75 minute one on it, which is enough for most of the really bad black and white 50's B-grade atomic monster movies I like. But for something newer, like Pleasantville or Spirited Away? No joy. The DVD drive just sucks down too much power for that to work. No complaints, mind--being able to watch anything on the plane's good, I just stock up on episodic stuff. (Though there are issues there, since a lot of the episodic stuff I have is anime, and the social norms are different. While I don't have a problem with, or even care about, casual nudity and such where it's appropriate, or fan service where it's not too bad, I'm a bit uncomfortable displaying it in public. Well, except for Fake, because it's sometimes fun and/or necessary to make people squirm a bit)

Anyway, what does all that have to do with this? Well.... a 30G iPod is really a fancy 30G hard drive. That's space for at least two, if not five or six, movies, in full quality. The iPod can run for quite a few hours feeding data, and the firewire ports take up a lot less power to drive than the DVD drive (no surprise, as there aren't any moving parts), so I ought to be able to take a few movies with me to watch on the plane. Cool!

The only problem is the price, since at $998 (what, you think my wife'd let me get just one? :) it's definitely past the impulse purchase stage.

Ah, well, I can dream, I suppose.

Posted by Dan at May 2, 2003 05:19 PM | TrackBack (0)

If you're looking for some real good battery life, check out the Electrovaya ( battery. My version has 16 hours battery life, which means a cross-atlantic flight is nothing (I watched 2 full dvd's, and wasn't even at half battery last flight.)

Posted by: Sterling Hughes at May 2, 2003 08:29 PM

$998? Do you need two?

Posted by: Ask Bjoern Hansen at May 3, 2003 06:25 AM

Yes, two are necessary. If I get just one, that means ten minutes later my wife takes it and I am, once again, sans iPod. :)

Posted by: Dan at May 3, 2003 09:29 AM

Yow, nice batteries, Sterling! The original battery for this iBook is starting to degrade and I've been working up to getting another. The 8 hour version's not that much more expensive than another built-in battery. And the 16 amp-hour version looks really sweet. (Though I don't want to think about how long it must take to recharge... :)

Posted by: Dan at May 3, 2003 10:13 AM