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Windows SkyDrive, OneNote and now the IPod Touch
My rule of thumb is the best device for what you need. As such I’ve stated on this blog a number of times that I have an IPod touch for consuming Audible books. I use my Zune for Music, video and podcasts (with a backup copy of most of my Audible books on my Zune). I think the Zune is a much better device for leveraging and playing music and videos. Until today my Windows Phone 7 was also the only device I synced my various OneNote “Notebooks” to. I am a huge user of OneNote from taking notes in meetings to thinking about problems I see.
The advantage of the IPod touch right now is that it has a microphone and camera making it highly useful for taking notes. The Zune of course connects to the Zune pass which makes it a much better music deal for me. But now, you can connect your IPod touch to your SkyDrive using the new OneNote application.
And its free…
Review Part 1:
25 gigs of storage in the cloud. (my first six computers combined didn’t have 25 gigs of storage, in total). You can start off my connecting to your SkyDrive and uploading the things you find you need. I put my library of OneNote Notebooks up so that I could use them on my IPod and on my Windows Phone 7 (it also allows me to share notebooks between 3 computers). The interface is web driven (I suspect Silverlight) and easy to use. I created a new folder and then dragged the OneNote books into that folder. It uploaded them (over 110 meg so it took a bit of time).
I created a second folder for streamed music to the Zune player on my Windows Phone 7.
Review Part 2:
OneNote is an awesome tool that allows you to integrate content (dragging and dropping) form virtually any source. You can then share that Notebook (and set it to auto-update) or keep it on your local machine. You can also update it on SkyDrive and share it between multiple devices. On my Asus Netbook, I can use it as a notepad (the netbook being much smaller) and it functions very nicely. There is also a Windows Phone 7 and a Windows Phone 6.5 version of the application in the Office folder and both work very nicely.
You can also mix in audio recordings with your hand written notes, and convert the handwriting to machine readable text (OCR).
Review Part 3:
The IPod touch version of OneNote connects you right to your windows live id and your SkyDrive. It opens itself and starts searching for Note books right away. It loads them and you can leverage them quickly. The interface on the IPod is not as nice as on the Windows Phone 7, or for that matter on your laptop – but still it was a fun experience!
Now IPods can take notes “in the cloud”