ArsTechnica Reviews the Video iPod

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  1. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    Not coming with a firewire is one thing... not supporting it is another.
     
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    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    i wouldnt mind the lack of firewire since i'm used to using usb now. i leave the firewire in my drawer to use with the charger. however, i do not like that it doesnt come with a wall charger
     
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    with every upgrade, the iPod comes with less and less. Oooooo, a pocket protector. :jerkit:
     
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    I got my nano on day two of it's release. Day 3 i made my own case out of leather i had around. I think this is a great idea as a standard accessory.
     
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    newsroom_can Canada eh?

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    Where is little thing called common sense?
     
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    according to the article, implementing firewire takes a lot of space, IC-wise, versus a USB implementation. That makes sense because FW is a completely autonomous bus, which leaves the burden of management as an on-chip requirement. USB on the other hand is computer-managed, which means the "clients" require very little hardware to emulate the same setup. Dropping FW means that Apple can make the iPod smaller and lighter, which is clearly where they want to go with the platform.

    It sucks, because FW is a great technology (and I can't upgrade to USB 2 on this machine to begin with...) but, I can understand why they did it. Begrudgingly.
     
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    The wall charger is one of my favorite accessories of my iPod photo.
     
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    I just use a USB wall charger that came with a bluetooth GPS receiver I have. I've seen similar chargers at Fry's for $10 - $15.

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    Hmm not sure.. but when i plug my 30gig ipod photo into my powerbook..it seems to charge? i guess a wall charger is more conveiant.. but idk.. it is true..every ipod comes with less and less..
     
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    jordan04 The seeds of love have taken hold, and if we won't

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    Yeah it's supposed to charge when you connect it to your comp. I just like it for the convenience. It also helps if you use the easy access usb ports like on the keyboard that aren't powered.
     
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    but, u can use the old firewire chargers, right?
     
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    I can charge via firewire on my nano, so I don't see why I wouldn't be able to on the new 5th gens.. I'll ask my friend that has one the next time I see him.
     
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    usb controller < firewire controller in required space
    the end result is an ipod thats 40 percent thinner
     
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    I already said that noob :squint:
     

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