1. Battery life is insane, even though this thing is more than 10 years old. I've always laughed off complaints about phone/smart watch battery life because charging daily doesn't seem like a chore but it is really nice have a battery that will last a week or more.
2. Syncing is so slow (I'd forgotten how slow) but not too much of a frustration given I'm on a computer all day anyway.
3. Having a device without the internet is really nice. No distractions other than the 3 arcade games on the device which are a trip down memory lane.
4. The UI is shockingly laggy. Scrolling with the click wheel stutter a lot as it tries to read from the HDD. Maybe I have a bad device? I'm not sure as I always had flash iPod's in the past.
5. iTunes still exists and as I've built up a 'large' library through it over the years I still use it - however Apple isn't selling their lossless or Atmos content through it. The latter doesn't matter much but it's a shame I can't get the lossless tracks I can get through Apple Music.
6. EarPods SUCK. I bought a pair just to get the full iPod experience. I use a range of headphones but mostly use AirPod Pro's these days. EarPods sound tinny, fall out and are just generally bad. Weirdly, I used to really like them but I guess things have gotten much better in the mass market headphone scene over the last decade.
7. Shuffle mode is fantastic. Because you've paid money for all the songs on the device instead of just adding everything you have a passing interest in to your library (because why not?) it's just an endless playlist of songs I know I like.
I wonder if the lag has something to do with all the extra fancy graphics in the 6th gen OS. I haven’t thought to check, but I doubt it has a much faster chip as compared to a 5th gen (and I know it has a smaller maximum shuffle limit)
I bought my first pair of AirPod Pros a few weeks ago after being a diehard EarPods users for a nearly decade. I still use my EarPods while biking, but now use the the AirPods for everything else.
Obviously, they can't compete on features like ANC, but I think the EarPods sound quality is superior and the controller is more reliable than using "Hey Siri" on the AirPods. Also, I guess we have different ear canals, because neither set falls out of my ears.
Plus, EarPods are freaking indestructible. Mine look like hell, have been through hundreds of hours-long summer rides in high humidity, soaked in sweat and just as many winter rides in subfreezing temperatures, and they are still going strong. No matter how well I take care of my AirPods (which cost 10X the price), I can only expect to get two or three years out of them.
The cable is also quite fragile in my experience. The material gets sticky after a few years and it sometimes frays.
On the other hand, I have a pair of UE that has gone through washing machine and still going strong after 7 years.
My iPod shuffle is still working... but I'm looking for a decent replacement and I couldn't find any (the Victure mp3 player displayed in the post looks bulky and I'm not sure if the clip is good enough if you use it while running/doing sports)
And you can load so many songs on it that the shuffle feature is just as good as a streaming service.
It's limited to 128kbs music files, but having a bluetooth that works flawlessly is more important to me.
One advantage to the pre-storage era was that most people had the same experience from the day before, so when you ran into them you could talk about the episode that just ran. Now it feels like we have a more isolated experience and very different schedules.
Not that I'm pining for "the good ol' days". The internet has facilitated access to a flood of content. I have found great music that would never have been played on the radio. I also realize that no one else in my physical vicinity has or will listen to my favored musicians. Same for tv shows. I think the last common culture most people shared was Game of Thrones.
I do think this makes us more isolated from each other.
Thankfully in the current incarnation of this bug I can go online for a few seconds and offline again and it will then work. The original bug used to wipe the music from the device, hello 3 GB download over airport wifi.
The "community" is full of similar reports and they don't seem to care.
Careful what you call yourself, you'll start to believe it.
Podcasts were originally made for iPod.
For a time they wanted to sue people for using it, but they changed their mind I guess. (And by now it has become too generic.)
But they attacked the original podcast software - iPodder - for using "iPod" in the software name.
Consuming media in the 90s is more about watching flow tv, reading books and magazines and listening to music on physical media.
Shit, if I didn't need a smartphone for all kinds of other reasons I'd probably still just be using CDs, now that I think about it. Especially now that burners are dirt-cheap and draw power over USB.
EDIT: A better source on the topic than my memory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_media_player#The_MP3_...
On the music nostalgia point, I jumped on Cox's first cable modem deployment in San Diego in early 1998. That was awesome by the standards of the time: I went from a 56k dialup connection to 10Mb _bidirectional_ and they didn't filter inbound ports so you could run your own HTTP, SMTP, etc. services. Everything was great — and then about a year later Napster launched and the entire network crawled to a halt as people were just downloading crazy amounts of MP3s and DVD rips (I had a coworker who was representative: he downloaded _everything_, even music he didn't like, just because he could). That quickly lead to inbound port filtering and aggressive throttling. It took until ~2013 before I again lived somewhere where I could upload at 10Mbps or better.
Here we are in 2022, and my Comcast cable connection advertises 8Mbps and actually gives less than 5.
So it would have been suitable in the '90s, but with manuals and supporting software lost it's a questionable effort in the 2020s.