You know, iPod Mini was probably the best digital jukebox ever built. And it shows. Apple adopted the Mini's version of the clickwheel into the dady iPod, and later the Nano. The Mini's design clearly influenced the Mac Mini. And it was a massive seller. I loved it and wanted one desperately.
Then, it got discontinued and Nano came out. iPod shrunk down. Great, terrific. Not Mini. So I got a Shuffle instead (Whilst on holiday in another country, made possible as it only charges via USB and those are the same eveywhere). I love my little Shuffle, it does exactly what I want it to. But I need more space, and I always wanted a player that was green like my shoes.
Well Mini is back, and it's called Nano 2G. Nano 2G fixes all the faults with Nano 1G in one fell swoop, by simply becoming a shrunk-down Mini. The Nano 2G retains the same Nano size, but grabs the Mini's looks, material (It's got that same anodized aluminium body) and most importantly, style. That is to say, COLOURS!
So I can get my green player. You can also get a pink one, a blue one, a silver one or a black one. And best of all, they've doubled the memory at each price point.
At the same time, Apple introduced iTunes 7, and I love it. All its small new features, and all its big. For example, Cover Flow is so deceptively great. I Now always use it to navigate my library. I finally have artwork for all my songs. I never bothered before, since Shuffle has no screen.
iTunes is simply awesome. And I finally know how to prove it's better than WIndows Media Player. WMP, you open to watch a movie or play some music. iTunes, you leave open and come back to. It's a media program that is as central to my computer experience as FireFox.
iTunes and iPod, you are both wonderful.
(Especially iPod Mini, iPod Nano 2G and iTunes 7)