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    iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    We're looking into entering in the Mac world (finally) and right now are trying to decide whether we should go with one of the various iPods or an iPhone.

    Our contract with AT&T is up in March - so we're free to do what we want with our phone plan.

    I'm not a huge fan of the fancy phones - but am a proponent of spending less money total for once device than more money for 2 separate devices.

    Any feedback from iPod and/or iPhone owners? I've read reviews but some of them can be skewed. :) Also, not a big fan of iTunes - have not used it first hand but have seen it and heard about it. Will probably just use MediaMonkey to sync data to the device from my PC.

    I've looked around online for deals on the iPod and iPhone - don't really seem to be many out there...that I'm finding anyways. Was in the Apple store this weekend - could easily drop a bunch of cash on a MacBook Pro, 1 TB time capsule (dubs as a wireless router with USB port for a printer) and the Apple TV. I'd be in heaven - and - broke.


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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I still want to try the iPhone just to feel out the features. I guess there is a new software version coming out soon that will allow 3rd party developers to create new software. Sounds kind of cool. Has anyone tried to use the iPhone with exchange? I would probably consider the iPhone at some point. Has everything in one for a decent price.

    I have heard the Apple Tv is kind of a turd.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I was thinking about investing in a Touch somewhere down the road. We'll have to see though.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    I still want to try the iPhone just to feel out the features. I guess there is a new software version coming out soon that will allow 3rd party developers to create new software. Sounds kind of cool. Has anyone tried to use the iPhone with exchange? I would probably consider the iPhone at some point. Has everything in one for a decent price.

    I have heard the Apple Tv is kind of a turd.
    Have you heard this about the new generation Apple Tv or the first. Heard things like that about the original and have not heard a whole lot after they redid it.


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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    Quote Originally Posted by HGPuck View Post
    Have you heard this about the new generation Apple Tv or the first. Heard things like that about the original and have not heard a whole lot after they redid it.

    Maybe 1st. Not sure.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I've had an iPhone since last August and really love it. The iPod features work great, but I like the phone and internet part of it more. It's nice to just have 1 device to take on road trips or into work with me everyday. I also use media monkey to my music to the iphone. You will still have to use itunes to update the iphone though.

    I'm also looking into an Apple TV. I've read some really good reviews about the new 2.0 software release for it. I never wanted to get into the whole Blu-Ray / HD-DVD market because I knew eventually downloadable HD content would be just around the corner and that's basically what you get with the new Apple TV.

    I know in the past you have held some sort of personal vendetta against me for no reason, but if you are thinking of taking the Apple leap, I would highly suggest it.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I have the ipod touch, love it! I am considering selling it to upgrade to the iphone would love to have access to the internet where-ever I go.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    With apple tv, how long does it take to download HD movies to view? The rental portion of the downloadable content is what excites me. Purchasing movies is a long way off. I still like having a disc copy of a movie so I think others like me will keep the HD disc sales going. Hard drives fill up quick and if it dies, there goes your collection. I would say bandwidth restrictions will keep the download content industry slow to move.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I've read with the Apple TV the movies take about 1 hour to download, but you can start watching them in a few minutes.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I've had several people tell me that they lose lots of calls witht he iphone. I really dont know because I dont have one. Does anybody else have problems with coverage or service outside of metro areas?



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    Quote Originally Posted by cyadict View Post
    I've had several people tell me that they lose lots of calls witht he iphone. I really dont know because I dont have one. Does anybody else have problems with coverage or service outside of metro areas?
    That is certainly one of the things I'd be concerned about. I'll drop a couple calls a month - I can handle that. I wonder if it's an AT&T thing (which I've heard it is - that's who I'm with) or specifically an issue with the iPhone.

    I appreciate all the feedback so far!

    As far as downloading music/movies - looking mostly at the Apple TV - it would be nice if they'd offer something like Netflix - a monthly fee that allows you to get x amount of movies per month - instead of the per movie charges. We go through a fair amount of movies on Netflix.

    It would also be nice if there was a way to save those movies once downloaded - but that would be a copyright issue I'm sure.


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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    Before I had ATT with the iphone I had sprint for about 3 years and haven't noticed any more drop calls with the iphone.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    I wasn't aware that you could use anything other than iTunes on an iPod. Have you looked into things to verify that MediaMonkey would work for these devices?


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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

    There was a thread a while back discussing it and MediaMonkey actually has an iPod setting on it - choose your iPod device type of thing. I'm fairly certain they work with one another.



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    Re: iPod, iPhone and general Mac musings

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