My lovely and talented wife Stacie gifted me with a sexy black 30gb iPod Video for Christmas this year, and it’s just about as cool as sliced bread. However, there are a few things worth noting:
- While in shuffle mode, and if multiple versions of the song are present, it likes to play the same song twice in a row. Just today I heard the live version of The Godfather’s “Birth School Work Death” immediately followed by the studio version, and the live version of The Godfathers doing “Blitzkrieg Bop” followed by the Ramones studio version.
- When the Apple support site says the iPod Video will play files encoded up to 160kbps, that’s what they mean. Half of my iTunes library is encoded above that level, and I experience skipping (not horrible skipping… just at the start of the song) and much shorter battery life when I listen to those songs.
- Not having Firewire available really bites.