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Oh my…new iPods

The new iPod Photo by Apple. It comes in both 40 and 60 gig sizes, and integrates with iPhoto. Comes with software onboard to attach to a TV and display photos, complete with soundtrack of your choosing. 65k-color screen, 220 by 176 pixel resolution, Click Wheel, and 15-hour battery life.
The Limited Edition U2 iPod. Seriously swank.
These iPods all have serious drool factor. The 60 gig is delightful (I never, ever thought I would fill up the 40 gig I got for graduation, but the sad truth is that it’s full). The photo abilities I could take or leave…if it auto-sync’d with different digital cameras, or had a built in media card reader…that would be killer. As it is, it is really, really pretty, but the storage is what I’m about. I suppose I’ll wait patiently a year or so for the 100 gig model.

photos courtesy of Apple

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

One reply on “Oh my…new iPods”

These are so sweet. I posted on them too. Doesn’t it drive you nuts though? You finally get an iPod (I got Kevin one for our anniversary) and then they come out with these incredibly cool features. They should have a trade-in/trade-up program, don’t you think? I already store photos on my iPod – how great it would be to view them!!

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