Apple's new iPod Photo is a new creature, adding brilliant color photos to
the popular music player. The pictures are great, but with its increased
storage, longer battery-life and sharp, 65,000-color display, it's a much better
music player as well.
I tested the iPod Photo on both a PC and Mac Powerbook. On both systems, the
setup processes were pretty much identical
straightforward: Install the software, connect the iPod and within five minutes
you are synchronizing media.
Viewing photos on the iPod couldn't be easier. The scroll wheel makes navigation
fast, simple, and intuitive. After selecting an album, photos are displayed by
thumbnail, 25 per page. There are also different viewing options. You can click
on any picture to see it full screen. Continue browsing by using the scroll
wheel or customize your own slide show by choosing transitions and music. You
can view photos on the iPod, or on any standard TV with the included cable.
The iPod Photo comes in two models: the 40-gigabyte model, which costs $499 and
the 60-gigabyte model, which costs $599. Depending on capacity, the new iPod can
store up to 10,000 songs or 25,000 photos, which are all easily synchronized
using the new 4.7 release of Apple iTunes which now controls not only music
synchronization but also photos.