Fanboys have their limits… and a quick podcast update

Tuesday morning began much like any other day of the week for me. After checking my e-mail and Twitter, I hit the "home" button in Firefox, which I have setup to launch about 15 of my favorite tech news and review websites (TR included). I quickly noticed news stories about the new iPod shuffle from Apple, and once I realized there was a new product in the lineup, I quickly headed over to apple.com to see for myself what the new music player had to offer. The answer? Not much.

While I was a mild supporter of the second-gen shuffle (I gave one to my mother as a birthday gift, and she loved it for exercising), I find the newest version of Apple’s cheapest iPod really disappointing—but not surprising. Apple—or rather, Steve—has been trying to kill buttons of any kind since painting a hockey puck and calling it a mouse in the late 1990s. The one-button laptop touchpads have been the bane of the new Mac-user experience, forcing folks to spend their first week trying to get used to holding the control key to right-click (I got around that problem by setting the touchpad to register two-finger taps as right-clicks). The newest version of the shuffle is yet another stop along the no-button crusade, and it really takes the cake for "huh?" devices. Instead of the small button array we had on the last version (which, again, isn’t a terrible device if you’re into simplicity), Apple has moved controls to the earbud cord.

When I first realized this, the usability impact of the scenario hit me like a ton of bricks. The iPod shuffle, right out of the box, can’t hook up to your car stereo, can’t be used with your favorite headphones, and can’t be hooked into the home AV setup. You’re stuck with the stock earbuds, which after many many pairs have always broken for me after about six months of use. Give the customer base about a month, and someone may well sue Apple for this product. I can honestly say that despite my fruity bent, this product frustrates and disappoints me. Argh.

On another note, we’ve decided to skip this week for the TR Podcast, but we’ll be back next week. Sorry!

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    I suspect the new shuffle will go down like the ‘fat’ ipod nano. Sure it will sell, especially to the Apple-ficiandos like all things Apple, but I think we’ll see a change back to a more normal shuffle like the gen2 when it gets refreshed.

    • _Sigma
    • 11 years ago

    awwww…no podcast ๐Ÿ™

    Good to hear your fanboy-ism has its limits Jordan!

    • Moe_Szyslak
    • 11 years ago

    That entire story was just to make us feel better about the last sentence, wasn’t it? To soften the blow or something? It’s a shame. I always look forward to a new Podcast on my Sunday morning.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Awesome, a whole new place on TR to rehash the same arguments. Bring em on!

    • FireGryphon
    • 11 years ago

    I always thought that when a new product came around, people would discuss the new product’s features curiously, and wait for a review or hands-on experience to draw conclusions as to its actual merits. Strangely, people seem to be drawing severe and wild conclusions about the usability of the new iPod before ever having use it. Am I just noticing this now, or have people always drawn conclusions in this manner?

    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    Why’d you have to go and ruin my Monday morning! The week just doesn’t start right without the TR podcast.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 11 years ago

    /[

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      by saying this you are, of course, making fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Who knows what Jordan is up to after a day’s work.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    No Beer and no Podcast makes Homer .. something something.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      go crazy?

        • ucisilentbob
        • 11 years ago

        Don’t mind if i do! argh…rwr…lold

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