iThinking About iPods

The iPod has become the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife for managing music and more. While its visual wizardry is impressive, it can also be confusing

Soon after the introduction of the new, iPhone-inspired iPod nano, I visited my local Apple (AAPL) store. There I saw a line of customers definitely not enjoying Apple's typical feel-good experience. They were there to collect Steve Jobs' announced but not-yet-released iPhone rebate and they were irate. The staff was literally hiding behind the store's genius bar to avoid their wrath. As I took in the queue snaking its way to the register I noticed an iPod display that was both the same, and different.

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