The Creative Zii Egg is officially announced, and Jasmine is very confused about the whole thing. Donald's muted attempts to offer clarity are unsuccessful. Also, the MP3 Insiders have caught wind of the potential new S-Series Walkman and are none-too-taken with the Disney design leanings. Plus, a dead-simple (and ugly) new MP3 player from Archos draws scorn, and Donald and Jasmine respond to criticism about talking about Apple too much...and then proceed to dedicate the last third of the show to iPhone apps and the potential for cameras on the iPod.
Ep. 155 - Creative confusion
I'm listening to your current podcast where you raised the question, "who would want a camera on your MP3 player?" As it happens, my wife and I were having just this discussion this morning.
She loves her 1st and 2nd Gen iPod Nanos, but thinks the idea of putting a camera in one of those is ridiculous. She's a wedding photographer, so even my point-and-shoot superzoom is barely tolerable to her. Cameras in phones? Forget it. Cameras in MP3 players? She'll switch brands first. As it is, she opted not to upgrade to the Nano 3G/4G because the extras (video, accelerometer, shake-to-shuffle) don't interest her. What she loves about the Nano is its simplicity; whatever undermines that core feature is bad.
I side with my wife; I had a 1G/2G/3G Nano, but didn't bother with the 4G. the video on the 3G appealed to me, but I quickly tired of the screen size. So when the iPod Touch 2G with Appstore support was released, I jumped to the new platform. Great for video, great for ebooks, great for internet "widget" apps.
Great for camera? From what I've seen of the iPhone 3GS, I think so; I could see myself using the iPod Touch for pictures far more often than my Palm Centro (blecch for pictures) and my dedicated camera (beautiful shots, but it's not always on me like the Touch).
Let the extensible devices grow. Keep the simple devices simple. Camera on Nano? Just say No.
As one who hates the camera in my cell phone for it's ineffectiveness, having a camera in an ipod or any other MP3 player is a great idea. Prime example here is how the camera in the iphone changed the way people use it with iphone 3GS and youtube, with youtube saying that when the 3GS came out, mobile uploads to youtube increased by 400%. Now with an almost certainty of a camera in at least a new ipod touch come September as reported on cnet the other day, the capability to have a camera on the go with you that honestly is not that bad looking at videos of the iphone 3GS's camera shots on youtube, flickr and other photo sharing sites. The fact that with wifi one could easily upload to youtube on the go with wi-fi, or if you have a mifi card from Sprint or Verizon. Besides who really likes At&t that much anyway? This of course is looking directly at the Ipod touch, and other MP3 players with wi-fi access available to it. While having a camera on an ipod nano would be nice, one has to wonder what would it be useful for without wi-fi to go along with it. Sure you could take it off onto itunes and upload it to facebook or myspace (for the 1 person in the world who still uses it) but it would be a bit more time consuming one would say. I would love cameras in ipod touches, zunes, and other touch screen larger PMP's, but I think a camera in an ipod Nano would be a bit of a reach. But knowing apple it will sell like hotcakes...
--James from Illinois