My iPod is dead, long live my… iPhone and my iPad?

So, it is true. I plugged my 16 GB iPod touch into a pow­er adapter the oth­er day, some­thing I had done a hun­dred times before this, I heard a lit­tle “pop!” sound, and it died. Noth­ing I did, no swear­ing, no press-this and hold-that for ten sec­onds then shake it all about, no por­ing over mes­sage baords… noth­ing brought it back. Final­ly, I sent it off for diag­no­sis, and $15 dol­lars in ship­ping lat­er, she’d dead, Jim.

Well, okay, I could have it back for $180 and a new log­ic board. Or for $60 and an extend­ed Apple­Care con­tract… you know, if I could go back in time.

So, I’ve decid­ed not to fix it, and I am now iPod touch­less. I miss my iPod, but not as much as I thought I would. In fact, what I miss most are my shop­ping list app (get­ting gro­ceries last week was tres quaint, fum­bling with a piece of paper and a tiny sharpie), get­ting my work email in the same place I get my real email, my address book, and my cal­en­dar.

I don’t miss the games at all, and I had a lot of them. I miss Twit­ter a lit­tle, and Face­book. I have want­ed the cal­cu­la­tor once in the last two weeks. And I miss being able to grab it to check a score, browse to IMDB, or check the news while I’m parked in front of the TV.

I am now rock­ing my old G4 iBook on the couch (which I have to plug in to the wall, since the bat­tery last about 4 min­utes), but it is not the same, for pure­ly lazy/cool rea­sons. (Which is to say, I do not plan on try­ing to jus­ti­fy why I can’t just use a G4 with Tiger and a web brows­er to do all the things I could on my iPod touch.)

So what will I do? I’ll wait for the fourth gen­er­a­tion iPhone this sum­mer. I’ll get the lit­tlest one, since I nev­er real­ly pushed the 16 GB bar­ri­er on the touch. And I’ll put less on it. Few­er games, few­er books, few­er crap/cool util­i­ties. Mean and lean, my iPhone will be.

And then… I’ll get an iPad. Ding ding ding! That’s the sound of a cash reg­is­ter. That’s also the sound of an Apple mar­ket­ing guru get­ting his wings! They just turned my one two-year-old device into two brand new devices! Huz­zah!

I’d be per­fect­ly hap­py with the small­est iPad, since it won’t have any music on it (what’s the point, I’ll only be using it at home). But I enjoyed the games, the brows­ing, and what lit­tle read­ing I did on my iPod. It is just a mat­ter of time. Well, and mon­ey. I can’t wait.

The Master Home Computing Plan gets a wifi remote (updated)

You may or may not have read the Mas­ter Home Com­put­ing Plan, a post where I out­lined how and what my per­fect home com­put­ing plan was. That post is under review right now, but a cru­cial ele­ment has just been intro­duced by a com­pa­ny called iospir­it.

Enter Remote Bud­dy. Orig­i­nal­ly, this was soft­ware you installed on your Mac to enable new func­tions in your Apple Remote and/or your Wii remote. But now, they have added your iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote. New func­tions? Well, among oth­ers, the abil­i­ty to con­trol iTunes via Wifi. And not just con­trol. All the bells and whis­tles are there.

Check out the movie of Remote Bud­dy at work on an iPod Touch. As a frus­trat­ed remote iTunes user, this is sim­ply awe­some.

Our music set­up is pret­ty cool. We have all our music resid­ing on an Infrant NAS. iTunes on our iMac con­nects to that music, and sends it out via Air­Tunes to an Air­port Express. That is, in turn, con­nect­ed to a hob­by-built FM trans­mit­ter that sends the sig­nal out over 98.5 FM, and we lis­ten to it all over the house on our radios.

Until now, we had no way to remote­ly change the music. We had to fire up a lap­top to run one of any num­ber of mediocre remote itunes con­trollers. Or run down­stairs and change it on the iMac. Hard to do grace­ful­ly when you for­got to take Mr. Han­key out of the Christ­mas Music Mix before fam­i­ly came over.

Of course, we still don’t have a way to remote­ly change our music, as we don’t own an iPod Touch. But the future is com­ing.

Thanks to bbum for find­ing this first.

Update: bbum has come through again, this time down­load­ing and review­ing Apple’s own free iTunes remote for iPhone and iPod touch. He loves it.