I’m ready [for iPod touch]

I’ve got 46 free apps already downloaded from the App store, just waiting to be synchronized. It arrives tomorrow. Delayed by UPS for some reason, status “Rescheduled”.

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iTunes: I’m going from MP3 to AAC.

Based on this very useful Ken Rockwell article I read a long time ago and reskimmed today since I just bought an iPod touch, I changed my CD rip (Import) iTunes settings from MP3 at 160kbps to AAC at 128kbps with Variable Bitrate Encoding (VBR, sic) enabled. I hope I don’t have any trouble (skips or who knows what else) running these on my 40GB iPod (monochrome) or my 4GB iPod mini.

iPod touch

I’ve been easing into the idea of getting an iPod touch for the following main uses

– Portable calendar (read/write)
– Portable address book (read/write)
– Portable email
– Portable web browsing. In house and on trips away from home, etc.
– Music playing (not very important to me since I have two iPods already)

Better for me than one of Nokia’s n700- or n800-series devices.

And I just hate to use my Treo for address lookups and calendaring. The screen is just too small. And no wifi. Thanks for nothing, Palm. I’m very disappointed with Treos’ historic lack of wifi.

It’s important to me that it have great syncing with my OS X iCal and Address Book apps, which I fully expect to be the case.

My wife supported me when I mentioned it today and pushed me to get one. She actually pushed me to get the 32GB version so I don’t need to upgrade later, but the difference in price (8GB $230, 16GB $299, 32GB $399) was too much for me. I wanted to keep the price around two hundred bucks. A shopping site search had a legitimate seller with an unexpectedly low price: PCConnection had the iPod touch 8GB 2nd Gen (the latest) for $189.99! Wow! I bought one immediately.