First, let me say this: I was disappointed by the iPad. I was hoping Jobs had figured out a different kind of interface with a keyboardless computer, something that would make the iPhone look as old-fashioned as the iPhone made every smartphone that came before it.

But this iPad backlash is getting ridiculous.

Let's look at some iPad haters from the Macrumors forums:

Sounds very revolutionary to me.:(

hey - heres an idea Apple - rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up? :(
or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm? :(

I still can't believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous!...I want something new! I want them to think differently!
Why oh why would they do this?! It's so wrong! It's so stupid!

We need to tell Apple about our disappointment. Email Alicia Awbrey ([e-mail redacted]) whom is the contact for the iPod, amongst other things.
Let them know of our disappointment because I sometimes wonder where they listen to us at all. I'm wondering what this will do to their index.

Yeah, you tell 'em guys! Way to stick it to the man! Apple is surely heading for failure with this one....oh, wait a minute. Wait. I'm sorry. These came from the MacRumors forum from 2001, when Apple first introduced the iPod.

well .. i was a bit disappointed .. yeah

because i already have bought a nice mp3 player some weeks ago ... and i don't really nee dmore than 1 hour of music at the time ...

All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-thru digital device? The Reality Distiortion Field™ is starting to warp Steve's mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off.

(Many hilarious longer tirades about how the iPod will never last are after the jump for your enjoyment.) Here's the thing: Apple isn't selling to the commenters on Gizmodo. Apple knows that the commenters on Gizmodo will follow the millions of other people who will buy their devices. I could point to a thousand other examples of highly specialized internet nerds who fatally underestimate people who are trying to hit a mass market home run (most recently, the nerd blogosphere reaction to the first Avatar trailer, which predicted massive disappointment.)

Unless it's an unprecedented failure, this device will take off with your mom and dad and other people who don't care about technology—people who don't know what Flash is, but who are primarily consumers of internet content and like things that work when you turn them on. That's why the iBookstore could be such a huge thing for publishing: These sorts of consumers are the type of people who read one or two books a year, but having consistent access to a bookstore probably means that they'll buy more books, and there are exponentially more of them than the kind of dedicated readers who would use a Kindle. Apple didn't make the iPad for you or for me; they made it for everyone. And Anthony is right; the apps are what will make this appealing for specific subgroups like Gizmodo commenters.

I have no use for an Mp3 player.

My house has a CD player.
My car has a CD player.
My Mac has a CD player

I don't use headphones.

The iPod requires me to change my lifestyle to meet it's needs...

I need round holes, not square holes.

For $99 I might buy the toy, for $399? Why?

Doesn't a Mac with a CDR undermine the need for most of this? All that's left is the number of songs you can play and the ability to listen to all of them with headphones anywhere. Do I really need ALL my songs ALL the time?

uhm, no.

Won't last. Another Cube.

It's a shame that Apple doesn't have market awareness and released that yet again, has "missed the boat" before spending R&D, time and money on creating this now-novel audio device. You'd think they would've learnt from omitting CDRW drives from their machines a few years ago. Sure, it's got the largest capacity for it's size-class on the market, but I don't think that's enough to be called "revolutionary", albeit something which could even attempt to steal thunder from MS's XP release this week.

All I can say is that I'm really disappointed. So much hype and anticipation that it was hardly "groundbreaking", moreso "heartbreaking". Actually I'd like to know how they could sensationalise such a product which is hardly new, apart from the "add-on" technologies such as internal hard-drive (which I'm assuming is a 2.5" Travelstar or similar - is it robust enough to the impact of everyday bumps and knocks, even the occasional drop?) and the FireWire connectivity. I almost see it as re-inventing the wheel. But by the time it hits our shores, the pricing will be around $1000 Australian, which is enough to steer me away from it.. And I'm fairly sure most people would feel the same. If I want a device that will play more than your average 64Mb unit, I'd buy one of those MP3-playing CD units that although aren't as hand-savvy as the iPod, they don't damage the hip pocket so much. It also won't be as sexy as an iPod, but then again, I sometimes think we're being lured and brainwashed to pay for "form" over function: "Sure, it was expensive to buy, but it's made by Apple."

How about inbuilt equalisation and/or bass enhancement - can you customise the sound? Is there a belt-clip on it so you don't have to carry it around like a colostomy bag? Wait a minute, I believe colostomy bags attach to your belt or somewhat.;)

total mis-market. What next? Oh heres an idea - what about a mouse with a WHEEL on it!

iPoop... iCry. I was so hoping for something more.

Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player. Go Steve