The iPod mini, the smaller sibling to Apple’s 40 gig iPod, is a highly portable MP3 player about the size of a credit card. It was the most popular gift in the 2004 Christmas season and sells for about $250. One key feature is the highly sensitive, intuitive control wheel. One touch instructs the iPod mini on what to do next, whether it’s turning up the volume or paging through the player’s various menu trees.
iPod works with the Apple itunes.com website, a separate e-commerce service which has quickly become the legal alternative to the latest round of peer to peer file sharing programs. Both songs and audiobooks are available for sample before purchase and download.
When building your personal music collection, MP3s can be accessed from your previously existing music folder, imported from an external CD collection or purchased from itunes.com for 99 cents a piece. Though initially limited in scope, Apple’s selection continues to grow daily.
The best part? iPods are fully compatible with both Mac and Windows.
Written by D.L. Corbett