Saturday, October 02, 2004
My new iPod is infinetly more valauble then the old ones
Few days ago I bought my fourth iPod, the 40GB. This time I was not looking for a music player, but a good reliable small hard disk. I wanted to make back ups of my most valuable data, my Lifeblog while traveling. My Lifeblog lives on my IBM X40, and I do not want to loose it. Doing the back up on a DVD felt unpractical in regular use. I investigated the different solutions and decided between a LaCie Data Bank HDand the 40GB iPod. The iPod became my choice, as I got the music feature as an added value. This has caused a very interesting multidevice storing problem. My master music collection is on my Mac, I want to be play my music via my PC and the iPod should be the link between them. This is not possible, the iPod is either a PC iPod or a Mac iPod, the reason for this is that the HD is initialised for either platform. Also the connectivity does not support it.
This whole dilemma provoked some thoughts about media usage, I asked myself, my Lifeblog is on the iPod, would I want to use it from there? The answer is no, I do not think so. This leads me to believe that the emerging mobile devices with landscape screens, the Nokia Mediaphone, the SONY mobile playstation and the Microsoft Mobile Media Centers and original Archos Personal Video recorder will not survive. The reason is very simple they are too big ergonomic compromises from moving use too and secondly they will not be able to store enough. The more I think about it the more convinced I am getting that mass market lies in a very versatile one hand operated Life recorder with fair media consumption capabilities and a very good mobile wireless Laptop with great media consumption and creation capability. This solution offers unique best of both world experience: moving use when you need it, mobile power when you can sit down. There is only problem that these two will not handle: The ultimate storage problem, so a third device or entitiy is needed and that is the Home server or the multimedia bank on-line where everything that cannot be mobile fits and then the stuff that is not local on these two mobile devices can be fetched via wireless anywhere anytime.
I noticed that when I gave my old PowerBook to my wife, that her iPod, initialised for her PC, worked without change on the Mac. It seems the Mac can deal with the PC file system, but not the reverse. I say this just in case you do want to look into using the iPod on your PC.
Posted by: Richard Giles at Nov 4, 2004 4:18:08 PM
I'm using a LaCie 20Gb HDD to carry my "kind of" personal lifeblog and share it with people. I also use my laptop and home Media Center PC much in the way you explained...
What I'd like to see improved is the bluetooth capability of devices like iPod and phones and, key point, the synchronizing soft, so that the process of regularly synchronizing our information wasn't so awkward and time consuming.
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Posted by: Daniel Fernandez Roldan at Apr 7, 2005 11:33:13 AM
It's a good choice. Thanks,
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