Apple today announced some new iPods, including the new iPod Touch, which boasts a wide, touchscreen display, like the iPhone. I’d been waiting for Apple to release a widescreen iPod for a couple of years, now. What’s more, it has wi-fi and web browsing.
I was really excited, and was ready to order one the minute it was available, even though I’d bought a new 80Gb iPod Video just earlier this year.
But then I saw that they’re only offering it in 8Gb and 16Gb models. And the 16Gb model sells for $50 more than the new 160Gb model traditional iPod (now called iPod Classic). I’m sorry. The wide display, the touchscreen, the wi-fi and the Internet connectivity are cool and sexy, and I’d absolutely be willing to pay more for those features. But my current 80Gb iPod already is nearly full, and I’m just not willing to pay more for an iPod with only one-tenth to one-fifth the capacity. The beauty of the iPod, after all, is that I can carry my entire music collection with me; I don’t have to make choices beforehand about what I might want to listen to. That’s why I use the iPod and not the CD changer when I’m in the car.
Sorry, Apple. I think you really dropped the ball on this one. I know it won’t matter to Apple that I won’t buy one—after all, even though they limited the iPhone to a single carrier, which is the major reason I didn’t buy one of those, they’ve still sold an insane number of them. But because of that business decision, and now this one (and a partnership with Starbucks… WTF?! Yeah, I like my frapuccinos, but does any company other than Microsoft and Walmart exemplify evil corporate empire more?), I’m also seriously rethinking my planned purchase of an Apple laptop or desktop this fall. I’m a former fanboy (I used to be a really annoying Apple enthusiast, in fact), and really thought you might woo me back. But you just keep taking me for granted.
I wonder if there’s a country song somewhere on iTunes that accurately captures my sense of betrayal?