A Tacoma, Washington newspaper has published a review of Appleis iPod for Windows whose title says it all: "New Windows iPod leaves its competitors in the dust." The News Tribune, based in Big Redmondis backyard offers a detailed look at the MP3 player that includes some subtle, yet nice, praise for the Mac itself. From the article"
For years, Macintosh computer users suffered taunts from the PC crowd about the limited availability of software and hardware that runs on the Mac platform.
Then Apple Computer Inc. introduced the iPod, a portable music player that was simply the best in the business but was initially designed to work only on Macs.
A year later, an iPod for Windows-based PCs is out. Not surprisingly, it works just as well as the Mac iPod - so well, in fact, that other Windows players will be eating dust.
Just like the Mac version, the PC iPod is a silver and white box about the size of a cigarette pack. Inside, a hard drive stores thousands of songs and does double duty as a data drive.
Prices for the PC iPods range from $299 for the 5 gigabytes to $499 for the 20 gigabytes - just like the Mac models. Theyire available both online and at major computer stores.
Most PC users, however, also will have to shell out $50 and about an hour of work to install a FireWire card to connect the iPodis cable. All modern Macs have this built in; PCs are just catching up.
There is much more information in the full review at the News Tribune. It includes lots of praise for Appleis implementation of the Windows unit.