Are Apple’s New iPods A Deliberate Botch Job?

September 4, 2010 by  
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Are Apple’s New iPods A Deliberate Botch Job?

On Tuesday Steve Jobs announced the next generation of iPods, a new shuffle, nano and iPod touch. Widespread predictions were largely spot on and brought the usual reaction of excitement fused with modest frustration and a general agreement that Apple’s infamous marketing hyperbole remains as strong as ever, despite the iPhone 4 antenna climb down. Since Tuesday, however, I’ve been hit with a nagging sense of irritation which you may or may not share: is everything Apple announced that day a botch job?

Certainly I don’t expect everyone to agree with this viewpoint and it would be a boring world if you all did. In fact our very own Andy Vandervell describes them as “pretty tantalising” and Hugo will mount a spirited defence of iTunes’ Ping on Monday so I’ve a fight on my hands. Then again, let’s see if you can follow my logic because Apple frequently receives a great deal of adulation and this time I’m not entirely convinced it’s deserved…

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