; Tangled Up In Blue: iPod Junkie*

Sunday, September 04, 2005

iPod Junkie*

Two months ago, I was indoctrinated into iPod land. I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been salivating over the music players for nearly two years now. But the high cost prevented me from buying one, and I resisted purchasing a different type of MP3 player because I felt it would be too difficult to navigate through a large quantity of songs. For about a year, I made do with a borrowed 128MB player that held around 28 songs. Several times a week, I would agonize at my computer, wondering which 28 songs I should put on there, and using the player’s tiny button to switch songs was annoying.

My boyfriend, after growing supremely sick of watching me drool over people’s iPod’s, gave me one for my birthday – not just any iPod, but the largest one you can buy – the 60GB. Yes, I am still thanking him daily for the gift.

For those of you who have eschewed the iPod because of its popularity or price, please let me assure that you are mistaken. There’s something truly exciting about being able to carry your entire music collection around with you in a package that is the size and weight of a deck of cards, especially if you commute a total of 3 hours and 45 minutes each day via train like I do. Maneuvering through songs is incredibly easy, and the ability to hold so many songs has really enabled me to listen to music I might not otherwise want to “waste” space on.

Yes, I realize that the $300 or $400 price tag is beyond many budgets (ours included). But if you happen to be looking for a music player, anything less than an iPod would be a disservice to your music collection.

*Note to readers: I am not a shill for Steve Jobs; in fact, this is the first Apple product I’ve ever owned. Despite my iPod love, I’m still a devoted PC user.


Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

WHERE is all this spam coming from??? I've noticed this is a new thing happening on blogs. How did this happen?

Luna, regarding the IPod, I became a fan when I saw the comerical with the object of my obsesion, Bono. Of course, that probably isn't a very good reason to get one. I still haven't gotten one. My Bday is in 6 weeks, and I am hoping someone will spring for one. Now that Napster is legal, I've gotten into d/l songs from them, and I love it. If a song pops in my head. I just click and load. I would love the ability to take those songs with me.
BTW....do live in Philly and commute to NYC? You have a looooooooooong commute.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Hi Sharon -

I know - this spam is getting ridiculous. It's really annoying!

I actually commute from Westchester to Manhattan. With the bus, train, and subway that I take, it takes me two hours to get there and an hour and 45 minutes to get back. Needless to say, my iPod has been getting a lot of mileage! It's actually not that bad -- I love to read, and I finally have plenty of time to do so.

2:57 PM  
Blogger dolphin said...

I agree about the spam. Glen is there any way you can turn on the word verification for comments feature (in settings>comments), that should help some.

I'm not convinced on the iPod. I have an old $60 MP3 player from back before iPod came out. It uses Compact Flash memory cards (which was decent techonology at the time), but the case is came in holds 4 and I have 3 so I can prett ymcuh store as many songs as I can possibly listen to at one time unless it was a LONG trip.

As far as Apple goes, their stuff sint so bad if they could just get thier prices down to a reasonable level and convince a good majority of software manufactors to convert over I may even switch.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Love my mac. Mac Geek for the last 16 years, so I am probably biased.

Get a Mac. You'll never be sorry.

Oh, and the comment spam is GBLEH.

8:19 PM  
Blogger dolphin said...

I like Macs, but I couldn't switch. Unfortunately (opposed to popular belief that macs have a monoplogy on the graphics market), some of the higher end 3-D graphics programs (such as 3DS Max) don't have Mac versions.

Apple is going to look interesting seeing how the hi-tech rumor mill is all a buzz about certain hardware changes that may be in Apple's future. On the other hand, I built my computer (PC) for about $600 (more than half went to the video card) and (at the time it was built) it probably would have been an $1800 PC machine were it store bought and Apple didn't even have anything that could touch it availble to home users. What will kill Apple is charging and arm, a leg, and your first born just to get a machine with any power.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Yeah, I will go ahead and do it.

I got one thing to say to Luna though. Do you really commute 3 hours and 45 minutes? Whoa that's rough. I thought I had it bad with my little two hours.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

I do -- it's actually not as bad as it sounds.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Karlo said...

Those long commutes are probably the best thing that ever happened to the iPod.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Also, audio books. I need to start buying audio books actually.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Luna said...

Those little white earphones are everywhere around the train.

10:38 AM  
Blogger John H said...

Chapter 110-battle of the formats..

I've had a variety of RIO MP3 players because I've always recorded my CDs using Windows Media Player - WMA format. IPODs don't play anything in WMA format..

Every one of my Rios has had some kind of problem. Now that I've got a 20GB with hard drive, I'm encountering lots of bad sectors on my hard drive, rendering the songs unplayable. I wanna switch to IPOD..the newest generations are far superior to any other brand, but I've got this format problem, plus the fact that I'm running out of hard drive room on my laptop and PC because of all the songs I record, and download (LEGALLY). Downloads, of course, are in YET another format because I subscribe to AOL's Music Net service. Despite the fact that it IS AOL, the song selection is amazing. AOL's format cannot be played on any known device..


Glen - where are you commuting to and from???

3:58 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Most of my music was in WMA format, but iTunes will format it so that it works with an iPod. It takes a little while, but I've been doing a few albums each night, so it's really not a big deal.

5:26 PM  
Blogger John H said...

ITunes provides you with software for the conversion?

5:51 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

John, I live in Kingston Springs and I work in Lebanon. I work for Genesco and when I started working for them, I was in Nashville on Murphreesboro Rd. At that time I lived in South Nashville and it took me about ten minutes to get to work. Then they moved me to Lebanon, and I recently bought a house in Kingston Springs (God's Country) near my inlaws so that we could both work and get free babysitting. Long ride, but it is totally worth it to come home in Cheatham County. I love it there. Lots of trees.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

When you import new songs into iTunes (which you must do to use an iPod), it asks you if you would like to convert them.

6:24 PM  
Blogger John H said...

Glen - Kingston Springs is a beautiful area.

After our nest was emptied, Lynn (my wife) and I decided we wanted to move to a smaller house, either closer to town or way away from town. One of my dreams has always been to be able to walk to work. We opted to move to Salemtown (right above Germantown and on the same block with S-Town Mike). For us, it was a great move. I can walk to work. I have great neighbors and there are exciting building projects blooming all around.

Right now, with gas prices, I fill pretty good, but I know there are some days when you drive thru Nashville on your way back home, when the trees, smells and tranquility of your new area must be just perfect.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Yeah, the ride from Nashville down 40 west is the best part of my commute. Of course, it costs ten bucks a day, even in a Nissan.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Karlo said...

Glen, you mentioned audio books. I've also started listening to them a lot while driving. In fact, I probably read more books on audio than on paper. For years, I was a member of Audible and so I used to download two books a month onto the small player they give you. Nowdays, I get mostly CDs from the library.

5:11 AM  

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