Am I the only one to be less than impressed with Apple’s announcements last night? The most expensive iPod will do all sorts of things, except store all your music. An iPhone without the phone part and the email client, but with all of it’s limitations. The Nano looks damn ugly now, and then there’s the “Wi-fi music store” that has nothing to do with wireless networks besides the fact that the two target devices (iPod Touch and iPhone) happen to use wi-fi to connect to the internet. And why would you have to pay 99c to use your own song as a ringtone on your own phone?
Sure, the 160GB iPod Classic is nice, and the 80GB is a bit cheaper now. But on the whole I was far more impressed with two other new music players.
Creative’s new ZEN does video, is cheaper than the Nano, and now looks far better too. Available with 16GB of storage, so this tiny machine holds the same amount of music as the Touch does.
Meizu just updated their critically acclaimed M6 (shown above), the new SL version is only 7.3mm thick and plays all sorts of video files, much like the ZEN. You can access this player as a ‘usb mass storage device’, which means you can simply copy files to and from it without using special software. And on top of that all it’s dirt cheap.