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Mac: The new iPod nano is fugly

If you haven’t seen the television ad for the new Nano, check it out HERE – Once you’ve done that, if you’re still even remotely interested in the crap I’ve posted here, watch this:

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Mac related post. That’s not because I don’t still consider myself something of a Apple Fanboy, but just that EOL doesn’t seem to be the right place for that sort of thing any more (Tycho and I have been working on reviving The Mac Address and I’ve just re-launched iPodmine) – but recently I’ve been inspired by a couple of things and have had some fun at Apple’s expense in video form.

First up there was the leaked Leopard (the next, yet to be released, major revision of OS X) ‘welcome movie’ – you can still find the original leaked version on YouTube – and then my version: HERE.

But since then, I had a good look at the new iPods that Apple recently released and was really surprised by the new nano.

It’s a matter of taste, of course, but the iPod has always been a beautifully designed device: Well proportioned, slick and easy to look at.
Even the original iPod, while chunky by comparison with the current line-up, managed to be appealing and functional at the same time, which is more than can be said for the new iPod nano.
The new nano seems to be completely disproportional: Where’s the magic rectangle? What’s with the tiny, belly button like, scroll wheel? It just looks stumpy and wrong to me… but, you know, it could be worse… hence the video (above).

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  • That video you made was hilarious dude. Gotta love the GI JOE – was that Sgt. Slaughter? All the hands you put in made me laugh. Spatular city! LOL

    But back to the Nano itself. I can see what you are referring to in that the squareness adds a clunky, overweight, struggling with body image issues thing, but dude, I reckon its not that far removed from a lot of the new and ‘in vogue’ handhelds that are around at the momemt.

    Take that blackberry thing. Its square, chunky, etc. and it is very popular. Most PDAs are more on the rectangle side than square, but share a chunk that perhaps means apple is allowed more breathing room to fatten up and increase the size of the screen on the nano. That nintendo DS is big, as is PSP. So I think people are generally starting to accept larger devices on a whole. Especially considering the devices that are appearing are becoming more and more like portable everythings than ever!

    but as you said, its all to do with personal taste, and i reckon the general public has grown more accepting of chunk.

    I reckon Chunk from the Goonies would approve!

  • Yeah Morgs, I don’t doubt for a second that the shape of the nano is all about accommodating the screen. But I just think it could have been presented a little better – I’m not exactly sure HOW… but then, that’s not my job!

    Glad you liked the vid dude.

    heh, It always comes down to the goonies with you!

  • How can the Goonies NOT be relevant to any topic? Or is that a topic best left pondered another time? lol
    But still, a screen that fits in your hand aint a screen at all. Unless you can output the nano or a similar handheld video device to a TV, i reckon its just another useless gadget.


    On the subject of PDAs – That’s basically wha the iPod Touch is now, if you consider it has the on-screen keyboard, which can be used in browsing the net, writing notes, calendar entries, contact details.

    All it needs is a bigger hard drive, and I’m all over it like Christmas goose.

    Or maybe I’ll just buy one, use it ar work and claim it on tax. BAM!

  • I’m not sure that the storage size of the iPod Touch puts me off that much – I’ve got 2 gig in my phone and I haven’t used all of it, I’ve got 4 gig in my PSP and there’s plenty of room left on it and my iPod is full of music… but never gets used.

    To me the iPod Touch is ideal, because I see it more as a ‘device’ than an MP3 player. The screen and interface is nicer than the one one my phone, but the phone could serve as the iPod’s WiFi connection when needed.

    *sigh* if only Sony had put a touchscreen on the PSP.

  • 16 gig is probably adequate, but i carry a lot of non-interface accessable stuff on my 5th Gen iPod, using it purely as a portable hard drive.

    I think if I got a Touch, I would still hold onto my 5thGen… Use the Touch as the media player and ‘device’ you mentioned, and the 5th Gen as my portable hard drive/backup drive

  • Call me a spoil-sport and a wet-rag but I think it is sad that technology has allowed us to become a disposable, throw-away society.

    The only people who are actually gaining anything by all this development are the multi-global firms who benefit by our own greed and ‘must-have’ mentality.

    I work in the construction industry and at an age where ‘recycling’ and ‘green’ now mean something more than just a catch-phrase for a bohemian lifestyle, we have a long way to come when most people feel we can balance ‘Keeping-up-with-the-Joneses’ with living responsibly on a shrinking planet.

    Here endeth the rant.

  • You make that post using semaphore Macca?

  • Nope… just not from the latest dang-fangled gadgetry on the market.

    I’m not making ‘The Man’ any richer!!!

    Having said that, I need to keep these messages short because I run out of breath with all the pedalling…

  • I’ve never tried to keep up with the Joneses, I hate those guys.

    If I ‘upgrade’ then it’s cos I want to, because I need to, Because it is cool to me – I don’t care what makes me look cool. Not because Society tells me what I have to do.

    I make my own choices. Fuck everyone else

  • Ah, grasshopper… You SAY that you only upgrade because YOU want to. But if the media didn’t tell you that the latest Ipod was coming out in your favourite colour, would you honestly go searching for it because you need it?

    Answer truthfully.

    the truth is that technology doesn’t advance that quickly that you need to upgrade every 12 months and yet the market tells us that we need to ‘keep pace’.

    I’m also far more choosy when it comes to whom I sleep with.

    I find if I sit in the lotus position, all this is easier to absorb.

  • Not having a television and relying on the Internet for basically all my news, it’s me who seeks out the news, specific to what I need. I’m not saturated in whatever the media decides to tell me and when.

    Also, I’ll sleep with anyone.

    Besides… iPod Nanos are shit. Always have been. They are for the people who want to look cool, but don’t want to spend the money.

    Whereas the bigger ones are for people who need them. I use mine at work when I run audio equipment.
    Also, I pretty much hide the fact that I have one. it’s in a unconventional looking gel cover, inside a belt holster, which usually hides have under my shirt. I’m not trying to make a statement, I just found the versatile solution to modern living that suits me.

    Tyler Durden would be ashamed.

  • I have kids. Without a tv, I’m without an electronic babysitter. It’s a 15 year old Sharp and I bought it second hand. It was what I could afford at the time and it has behaved itself to date and there is no need to replace it.

    I’m a firm believer in not fixing something that isn’t broken. However, I’m all for finding versatile solutions when the situation requires it.

    As far as the bigger iPod is concerned, I don’t understand why you hide the fact that you own one.

    Surely if you need it and it suits your purposes, then there is nothing for which to be ashamed?

    Isn’t hiding the fact that you own one a kind of reverse snobbery?