Originally posted by akhomerun
okay for one thing, petitiononline is really stupid and it's one of the most worthless sites out there. nobody listens to them. to make the ipod mini cost less and to maintain margins apple didn't include the AC adapter and Firewire cable (i think the old mini included an AC adapter)
the minis don't need firewire. USB is great for cheap transfer of data that doesnt have to be fast. 4 and 6 GB minis don't hold that many songs. the normal iPod models will probably always have firewire because it is a higher cost, higher speed transfer method.
the only thing firewire 800 is needed for is HD DV video transfer and high speed external hard drives. it will be more popular when devices need more data transfer speed. (150 gb ipod!)
plus firewire isn't a failure. the ipod has helped firewire become more common, and firewire fills the niche of DV cameras and ...well ipods. probably every mac user who has purchased an ipod has used the firewire cable.
yeah, i am not too concerned with regards to that petition you mentioned. it is unlikely that the iPod mini will drop firewire support anytime in the next year or so...
i have 1st gen silver iPod Mini, i kinda 'lost' my usb cable, and charger, so i pretty much just use the firewire cable ... it is f8cking sweet
so yeah, you want firewire? if only to not have to use up your available USB ports
, just get the $19 firewire cable with your iPod mini and firewire 400 is totally totally sweet with charging and 'tunes syncing and data transfer...
also, if you don't like the colors, Silver mini is sweet. it is bloody very scratch resistant
even the screen, i ditched my $30 'protective' case a few months ago, it was detracting from the beauty of the iPod Mini
have no fear my friends, mac afficionados, (Relic this includes you!!) the pee cee lusers aren't polluting our waters. Silver iPod Mini, $19 firewire cable, all the Macness preserved... at least for this year....
edit: in any case, going forward, speed of transfer will be important as apple would need that as competitive advantage, particularly with the 50GB ++ mark of iPods... yes, Firewire 800 might even be an option within the next few years, while retaining USB 2.0 or 3.0 or whatever for PCs... Apple will maintain its investment in Firewire 400/800, beyond that, that's where it will get interesting, to see if there is a standard that will be common for both PCs and Macs, whether that's Firewire 1600 or something or USB 3.0++ or whatever