Me, Myself, and iPod

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It’s been officially two months since I broke down, without warning or premeditation, and bought an iPod Nano 2G. Not quite the big old honkin’ iPod 30G, and not the itty, bitty, almost pointless Shuffle — rather just the right size, all Goldilocks-like.

I went to the computer store to buy some RAM for my 4 year-old, broken-down POS — not a brand, just a generic title we have anointed the computer many, many, many times over. As I meandered through the various rows of computer components and gadgetry, I found myself inexplicably drawn into the special cordoned off area just for Apple products.

It was like stepping into a world all its own. The sleek, shiny, sparkly design of the Apple line can only be compared to the difference between department store cosmetics and the crap you find at Rite-Aid. Some marketing genius put some serious time into making these products appeal to the eye-candy gene that lurks within all of us.

I stood there for a good long while. I mentally justified why we needed an iPod. I benevolently pictured Eric, no longer being weighed down by heavy CDs through airport security, carefree walks in the park listening to Roxy Music, music reviews made easier. Oh yes, iPod would make my life better, my teeth whiter, my butt smaller, the world more gentle, peaceful. This is how the subtle genius world of Steve Jobs lures you in.

Have you ever talked to an Apple owner? These people are part of a cult, a mindset, an ideology. These aren’t just computers, they are a way of life.

So what do I think of my (our) iPod? Generally speaking, I like, I like a lot. It’s pretty, the sound is crystal clear, and it’s small and unobtrusive.

It does have some drawbacks though. I worried that the size and sophistication of the device would make it fragile, but so far it has resisted my sweating and occasional drops during vigorous workouts. The battery life (I hear) is limited and the accessories are expensive. I have yet to purchase one additional accessory, excluding the docking station (Logic 3) with speakers I bought with the iPod itself. The entire unit folds flat, making it very easy to pack and take with you.

I had some issues initially setting up the iTunes software and downloading my songs, but now I find it really easy to use. For people used to Windows applications, like myself, it takes some time to understand the nuances of how to interact with the iPod. I still haven’t mastered the on wheel design controller and often end up having my ears blown out by the time I get to the volume control. I am sure this is user error.

Some of the cooler features in the software are the various sorting methods for your music library. You sort alphabetically by song, artist, genre, album, or compilations — as well as download pictures. It has an area to store contact information, games, clock, calendar, notes, and a stopwatch. You can record playlists on the fly with a simple select and hold method, or select shuffle if you like living on the edge.

All in all, the iPod is as cool as the commercials make it out to be. It did not however, make my butt smaller…yet. But rest assured, the iPod is a tenacious mother-effer.

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  • Dew

    I must say that I, too, was against this cult of iPod owners. (How dare the name begin with a lower case letter?) Then I met a new friend and she shoved her tiny little gadget in my face practically forcing me to look through it.

    All these songs catergorized and organized. It was like Heaven in a little silver-backed contraption.

    I bought my iPod 30G the next day. That was a year ago and in April I upgraded to the iPod Video 30G. I am to say the least hooked.

    Now the Video iPod was a complete and total gluttonous purchase but still, it looks good.

    So I agree with you completely Dawn having been a questioner before as well. Who could ask for more? I can carry my entire CD collection in my pocket, where ever I go. I do not listen to my iPod in the car. I still buy CDs. I dunno… there’s something about unwrapping that nice little package that still exhillirates me. But anytime my feet are in motion and the head’s a bobbing, the iPod is definitely in tow.

  • Eric Olsen

    how’ve you been Dew? Nice to see you!

    So when do I get to borrow and/or have tunage input into tha tlittle sucker Dawn dear?

    Nice job on this, btw, thanks!

  • Dawn

    It is like a little slice of silver (or in my case, black) heaven. The compactness and sleekness appeals to my senses.

    I am not ready or wealthy enough to upgrade yet. I need to invest in some accessories first, but thanks for sharing your Apple experience too, Dew – I feel less ashamed of my falling for the Cult of iPod.

  • I will confess to finding even the boxes attractive — I can’t bring myself to throw mine out (I got my first iPod for Christmas this year). Dawn, I’m also very glad to know that I’m not the only person who found the ‘intuitive’ oh-so-simple controls and interface not all that easy to use, although I’ll confess that I’m now using a Windows-based program to access and manage my library instead of iTunes, having become confused enough one day to have erased said library off the little contraption altogether.

  • I so badly want to get the 60 GB model since I could easily fill it up. Then again, at $500 (in Canada), it’s pricey. Add some accessories, including a case and it’s now close to $800-$900. It’s just too expensive for me at the moment. I figure if I wait 6 months to a year, it could hit 80 – 100 GB in size.

    True, no one needs to walk around with that much music, but no one really needs a portable mp3 player,either.

    I wonder how long it will be before you can connect wirelessly to the Internet and do some browsing,read e-mail, etc., with a large enough screen, and a bluetooth keyboard & mouse?

  • Eric Olsen

    I want an iPod that walks over to my CDs, records my favorite songs off of them, then goes over to my records and picks my faves from them while eliminating any vinyl imperfections, then crawls up in my pocket

  • Dawn

    With the way technology changes, both pricing and features can change rapidly. Although Apple does a nice job keeping the price up and consistent.

    60G – wow that’s A LOT of music.

  • I just bought a used 40 gigger. Only paid $118 for it off of ebay. I’m so excited over it I can hardly stand still.

    Here’s hoping it works.

  • Dew

    Hi there, Eric. I’m just fine. Love what you’ve done with the place. 🙂

    I sold my old 30G for 250$ loaded with 3600 songs. I found out later the person I sold it to got a bargain. It never dawned on me that 3600 songs was an added bonus of an used iPod.


  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Dew! And yes, you should be paid for your labor and curatorial intelligence.