15 votes

Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001)

13 comments

  1. [9]
    MimicSquid
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    Hmmm ...

    hey - heres an idea Apple - rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up? :mad:
    or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm? :mad:

    Hmmm ...

    8 votes
    1. EgoEimi
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      That's worthy of being hanged and framed.

      That's worthy of being hanged and framed.

      5 votes
    2. [7]
      fredo
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      I cannot say I'm much better. I thought the iPad would be a flop because it didn't have an USB port...

      I cannot say I'm much better. I thought the iPad would be a flop because it didn't have an USB port...

      3 votes
      1. Octofox
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        To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work. These days I think the primary use...

        To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work.

        These days I think the primary use cases are pretty well captured. Artists, pilots, watching movies on planes, displaying sheet music.

        But other than just a movie watching device, none of those other markets were helped at the start and it would take a very forward thinking person to see the future we are in now.

        6 votes
      2. [5]
        NomadicCoder
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        While it didn't have a USB port, it did have the "Camera Connection Kit", which was basically a dongle. Interestingly, that USB dongle was much more useful than just cameras, and I still use my...

        While it didn't have a USB port, it did have the "Camera Connection Kit", which was basically a dongle. Interestingly, that USB dongle was much more useful than just cameras, and I still use my old iPad 2 as a MIDI device with my digital piano, with an app that cost me $50 and is no longer in the app store, so I cannot install it on my newer iPad. I basically plug a USB cable into the dongle and the other side into my piano, and it immediately shows up as a MIDI I/O. The app allows me to load MIDI files and have the iPad play along all of the parts except for the piano part (or some of the piano part if I want to practice one hand at a time), automatically adjusting the speed and "turning the page" along with my playing.

        EDIT: Looks like they released a new version of that app, which is only $9.99 now, but hasn't been updated for three years, so I hesitate to upgrade and buy a newer CCK, so I'll just keep using my old iPad for that. :)

        5 votes
        1. Octofox
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          The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

          The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

          3 votes
        2. [3]
          cfabbro
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          If you actually purchased the app, you may still be to download it even if it's not available on the app store anymore. Just look for it in your account's Purchased history (go to App Store, click...

          with an app that cost me $50 and is no longer in the app store, so I cannot install it on my newer iPad

          If you actually purchased the app, you may still be to download it even if it's not available on the app store anymore. Just look for it in your account's Purchased history (go to App Store, click your account portrait, then "Purchased") and there may be a download link for it there.

          E.g. EA's SCRABBLE is still available for download on my devices despite it not being available on the app store anymore due to EA losing their license over the property.

          Sometimes old purchased apps are still downloadable that way, but sometimes they are not, and I have no idea why that is the case though.

          1. [2]
            NomadicCoder
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            I know about that, but the version I paid a bunch for wasn't updated for newer iOS versions, and the newer version is otherwise identical as far as I can tell, just released as a different app.

            I know about that, but the version I paid a bunch for wasn't updated for newer iOS versions, and the newer version is otherwise identical as far as I can tell, just released as a different app.

            1 vote
            1. cfabbro
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              Ah, that's extra lame in that case. :(

              Ah, that's extra lame in that case. :(

  2. [3]
    fredo
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    An interesting set of reactions to the announcement of the first iPod in 2001, many of them profoundly wrong.

    An interesting set of reactions to the announcement of the first iPod in 2001, many of them profoundly wrong.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      Octofox
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      Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled...

      Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled with people saying that no one wants a phone this big, no one wants a touch screen, it’s useless because it will get finger smudges.

      7 votes
      1. hungariantoast
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        Being profoundly wrong about new developments in computers and electronics is one of the internet's favorite hobbies, hardly specific to Apple. Turns out predicting the future is difficult.

        Being profoundly wrong about new developments in computers and electronics is one of the internet's favorite hobbies, hardly specific to Apple. Turns out predicting the future is difficult.

        7 votes