Saturday, 29 April 2006
|2124 - Apple, could you please suck, just once?|
It's generally recognized that Apple's industrial design - the way they design their computers, iPods, accessories, and so on - kicks ass. Even their packaging is impressive. None of it sucks.
This extends even unto such minor details as the bag they give you to carry things home from the Apple Store in. They're great: heavy duty, nicely done, well constructed. I had to hit the Apple Store in Novi, MI last weekend for a replacement iPod cable (and walked out with a second power adapter for the company's MacBook Pro and an AirPort Express, but that's another story), and the bag I got was even niftier than usual: nice drawstring closure, run through grommets at the bottom corners. Really nice.
So nice, in fact, that I hate throwing the damned things away! If I do that much more, I'm going to be up to my elbows in Apple Store bags...
current mood: impressed
That said, however, the iPod UI is in serious need of updating. Specifically, the capability for nested playlists is an utmost necessity at this point.
Back on the 1G iPods, where you had a few gigs of songs, Artist/Album title/Song title was an acceptable means of navigation. But when you have 60, it's virtually useless. The scroll-wheel is nice, but when you have a thousand or more albums and hundreds of artists, it doesn't help much. It seriously needs the ability to go Artist -> A -> [All artists beginning with A], or some other means of meaningful and useful subcategorization.
You could use this one as a reusable shopping bag.
Maybe it's a very stealthy environmental awareness thing.
Of course, I will say that with the premium that you pay for Apple stuff, the industrial design ought to be bloody fantastic.
thnx for posting
still very content w my ibook g4 :)
and look forward to my next.
Use the bags for giving away presents or something. :)