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iPod, the Swiss Army Knife of Digital DevicesApple's ultra-cool iPod is a great tool for professionals, too!
|The iPod is about the size of a deck of cards.|
The first thing that people say about the iPod is "so cool!". The next thing they say is "but it?s so expensive!". Well, that's very relative. Personally, I think that the iPod is reasonably priced. It wasn't too long ago that I paid $400 for my first (Palm) Pilot and it offered a small fraction of what the iPod does. Why am I comparing it price wise to a PDA? Because Apple's latest software added some PDA functionality to the iPod. You can now synchronize it to Entourage, the Palm Desktop or OS X's own address book and carry all your contacts with you. And with third-party software (most of it freeware) you can have your appointments, driving directions, daily news, e-mail, notes and more. Best of all, you can enjoy very high quality MP3 music while you access any of those extra functions.
|iPod's menu structure makes navigation quick and easy.|
So what else is so special about the iPod? Besides the things mentioned above, the iPod is also a portable FireWire hard drive. That's right, you get a 5Gb or 10GB hard drive about the same size as a deck of cards (iPod measures 2.43 by 4.02 by 0.78 inches and weighs 6.5 ounces). The transfer rate is very fast and it is the ideal transportation medium for you to carry work-related files around. Even the 5GB model offers plenty of storage. Mine has hundreds of contacts, daily news, some file backups, a decent part of my CD collection (472 songs) and it still has 2.6 GBs of available storage. That's even enough for some short video files that I can exchange with associates. Heck, that's actually the same capacity of 26 Zip disks but several times faster than a Zip drive. And if you don't mind leaving your songs behind, even the 5GB model has enough capacity to carry a full DVD image. Using the iPod as portable data storage is also much faster and a lot more convenient than burning CD-ROMs. Best of all, it fits loosely in a shirt pocket, is self-powered and a lot smaller then a regular FireWire hard drive.
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