New iPod Lineup : Compelling Updates From Apple

Some VERY interesting twists on Apple's revamped iPod linueup unveiled this week. They surprised even me with every model and improvement. Excellent gifts for Back-To-School or for Holiday gift giving. Think the iPod is dying? Think Different. Again:


Hail the return of the iPod shuffle to its original clip-on form-factor. (It was the perfect consumer product in the first place, they foolishly changed it to headphone cord mounted controls, then changed it back.) Smart move Apple: The very first iPod ever revolutionized the world because of that circular control pad you can operate with a single finger. The Shuffle 1G was the simplest iPod ever to operate. So, welcome back Neo Retro Shuffle 3G! 30% leaner and meaner than ever before. Perfect. Again.


The iPod nano with Multi-Touch blows me away. Reducing over HALF its bulk to something that is literally just a color LCD display with a clip and a whole music library and FM radio razor-thinned in-between. Nothing short of brilliant design and world-class engineering the size of a cracker. I don't even need one, but I want one!


Oh, and can I now throw my half-pound Fuji digital camera away - Forever? Both front AND rear mounted cameras in the iPod Touch just rendered the need for casual photographers to ever own a stand-alone digital cam an utterly moot point. Music, Apps, Games and more - all in a package thinner than the thinnest digital camera you can buy any ways.

Best Price On OSX Snow Leopard : $25 At Amazon

Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard Upgrade Disc has shown up at Amazon available at $29 for Pre-order and they'll ship automatically when Apple offcially ships it in September.
Pre-order Snow Leopard Upgrade $29

Critical to note: Snow Leopard 10.6 Upgrade ONLY RUNS ON INTEL PROCESSOR MACS. Sorry G4 and G5 owners, it's the end of an era. But that spells great things for Intel Macs - Snow Leopard will strip out all the old PowerPC code for a faster, leaner OSX that will free up gigabytes of disk space during the upgrade process.

Tritton Improves Sound Bite Portable USB Speaker

The original SoundBite USB travel speaker was already a world-class product that produced GREAT sound you could hold in the palm of your hand. Now with the next iteration: The xTreme takes mobile travel speakers to the next level. USB bus-powered convenience with both pure digital 2.1 stereo audio and power all from a single USB cable.
Tritton SoundBite Speaker
TRITON Sound Bite eXtreme USB speaker TRI-UA212
The Sound Bite Xtreme USB w/ MP3 Input & Headphone Jack: This best-selling mini speaker with 52mm sub-woofer is now even better: It features a sleek black redesign with side-mounted volume control and optional headphone-out jack -- AND -- MP3 stereo input jack. Note the tweeters are now protected from curious pokey-poke fingers with a metal grille. Nice! The original SoundByte model (which I owned myself for several years - and think very highly of) has long been a deserved best-seller at my Portable Computer Speakers website.

Kudo's to Tritton Technologies for improving an already great product with your smart, thoughtful engineering and high-quality speaker drivers! For those of you frustrated and disappointed with the abysmal speakers built-in to your MacBook-Pro, this is a fantastic upgrade. ((also available at NewEgg). Oh and did I mention the speaker's USB cable stores neatly in the base? This is exactly what happens when too many corporate brains really sit down and focus on what a customer might want, or need!


What Mac speaker system do YOU own? What do you love about it, what dissappoints you? Leave a comment...