Why the iPod sucks ...

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 05/17/2006 - 15:15.

Update: Apparently, I forget easily. Or should I say forgive? Just came back from the Apple Store with a brand-new iPod touch. Good news is that it doesn't have a hard-drive but uses Flash memory instead. Also, the Hold switch is gone/virtual. Make of it what you want but I'm leaving this article up.

Being what's usually referred to as an early adopter, I was one of the first people to buy an 1st generation iPod. And I didn't even have a Mac. So I relied on a software called ephPod to upload and manage songs from my PC. That software still exists but is bug ridden and not as versatile as iTunes, which is what I use now with with my 40G 3rd generation iPod.

I really liked the 1st generation UI with that real wheel and all buttons being mechanical and arranged around that wheel. Now, that was a great idea. With every generation after that, the UI got worse. It's been reduced to oversensitive sensor buttons arranged for bozos with pointy thumbs that are five inches long. Guess which UI element I have to use most often? Right, the hold switch. And now guess which UI element is most difficult to operate? Again, the hold switch! Please! My fingernails aren't made of titanium, all right?

Secondly, iTunes is a pain you now where. I have been using and programming computers for almost 20 years now but iTunes makes me feel real dumb. Why do I have to create a playlist in order to burn a CD? Why can't I burn a CD off the songs on my iPod? Do I really have to mirror the 30G of music on the iPod AND my PC in order to burn a CD? Why can't I drag-n-drop songs out of iTunes onto my hard drive? Oh common, don't tell me this is all because of DRM. I can do it anyways. iTunes is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do with MY music. iTunes is just gonna make the process more cumbersome because I have to revert to using other tools. Stop being paranoid, Apple. Stop making software and hardware for clowns. Start making real tools for real people.

Phew, that feels better. In a couple of days I'll take this post down because it will be embarassing. But 'til then: flame me!

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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 13:13.
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Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 19:28.
dude if they made it 10 gb it would lag at like 4 gb :P
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/12/2007 - 19:51.


I can't tell you how many people have come to me asking why their ipod nanos are being dickholes. [I'm kinda the tech person of the groups]
I tell them that ipod sucks and to call Apple to cuss them out.

Then there's the 30 gig....after 10gigs of music, they lag like hell loading content. What the fuck? Why not just make it a damn 10? it acts like it's full after that. I love my Psp...1 gig is all I need, but I would like to be able to fork out for a high capacity Zen M:...I heard the audio quality on those when someone asked me to fill it for them....freakin' awesome. an ipod is only good for one thing..ripping the hard drive out and throwing it at a brick wall ^_^

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/10/2007 - 18:28.

guess what guys.........Not only all that, but ipod ranks really low in the audio and video quality dept.....lol

It is really nice not to have to use i tunes......I hate those stupid programs that ipod and zune make you use....

Anyone who thinks ipod rules seriously has never listened to a song off the zen.........because the sq between the two is like night and day........

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 11/22/2006 - 01:39.

You know what? Mine got bricked while I was playin stuff in iTunes! Just right in the middle of listening to music I heard garbage in my speakers and the 'crossed-out' folder symbol appeared. None of the repair techniques worked (reset, diag mode and what not). I had to remove the iPod's harddisk and hook it up to my computer using a $20 1.8-2.5 inch IDE adapter I had to buy specifically for that purpose. Then I had to recover the data on the iPod's HD using a $50 data rescue tool. I got 99% of my songs back. That's 70 bucks and three hours of my precious time wasted just because some dumbf*ck can't code right. Anyways, I'm to blame. I fell for their marketing, too.

Now I'm using a Creative Zen Vision:M 30G and I'm really happy with it. The batteries last longer, the display is better, it has FM radio (it can even record radio or from the builtin microphone) and I'm not stuck with iTunes.

Luckily I didn't buy too much crap from Apple MusicStore. Otherwise I would have had to convert from Apples proprietary DRM which is officially impossible.

-- Hannes

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/21/2006 - 18:43.

I totally agree!I am glad somebody had the nerve to write it down.I put My ipod sucks in the search engine and this was the first thing that popped up!My pause switch does NOT work!My ipod had been acting weird after the third month it was purchased for something so pricey its a piece of shi-!