I’ve been waiting to write this post as I wanted to get familiar with the player before giving my opinion. I’ve had it about two weeks now and I absolutely love it. It’s hands down the best bit of kit I’ve ever bought. It’s quite a lengthy post so I’ve stuck it in an extended entry. Click through for more:
I had been using an iRiver H120 (20Gb) for the past five years and it never gave me a days trouble. The principle niggles I had with it were folder management and the monochrome screen. It had served its purpose well though and I liked the crocodile clip remote which I stuck on my jacket. However with the iPhone launching last year I began to think about upgrading my player. A few problems with the iPhone (lack of 3G, crappy camera in comparison to my k800i) and the decision by o2 to charge the earth for it in Ireland meant the iPod Touch became an interesting option.
The 8 & 16Gb models were too small though so with the announcement of the 32Gb model, I was ready to buy my first Apple product. I went the eBay route though and got stuck with a seller who had no intention of sending the item. 🙁 It’s all worked out though as I had PayPal payment protection and it’s getting refunded. A couple of weeks later and I ordered two 32Gb models (one for my brother) from the Irish store for €460 each. Quite pricey but after having the trouble with eBay, I didn’t wanna mess around.
Setup and Jailbreak:
A week or so later I had my new toy. I’d heard mention of Apple’s amazing packaging before but this was new to me. It was just so clean compared to other tech products, where wires and manuals are protruding from the box as soon as you lift the lid. After connecting it to iTunes I transferred a few albums and videos. I was amazed at how easy iTunes made it to update track/album information and get artwork. Video files must be in MP4 so you may need to convert some using a tool like Videora.
I’d long been hearing about jailbreaking the software to load custom applications. The one that interested me the most was MobileScrobbler. It takes account what you are listening to on the move and then uploads it to your Last.fm profile which, in turn, suggests other artists to listen to. I’d also heard about MXTube over on boards.ie which allows you to download YouTube videos to watch later without a Wifi connection. So on Wednesday, after much research and reading up, I decided to go with the ZiPhone method as a release only a week earlier had claimed to support the 32Gb Touch. I downloaded, installed and ran the program (after restoring to 1.1.4 from 1.1.3) and, much to my delight, it worked great and soon I was able to install apps/SSH into the unit/take screenshots etc.
There’s a plugin for WordPress that provides an iPhone/iPod Touch version of the admin backend. All you need to do is install it and it’ll kick in when accessing it from a device.
It allows you to do almost anything you would need to so hopefully I’ll be able to use it out and about. Actually gonna see if I can publish this post with it. Update from the Touch: It works quite well actually.