Random thought to send us off into
thought of the day:
Remember: the grass is always greener when you're looking through a
This iPod obsession has gone too
adventures in iPods: Will there ever be an iPod phone? (sorry, guys,
it's been done- see the Nokia N91). Do you think if I send in my broken
iPod I can get a free color one? (No.) What do YOU think of the new
color iPods? (They're the same as my color one. Only mine's bigger.
Therefore, I'm still cooler than you ;) )
But back to the reason for this interesting header. I decided today, on
a whim, that I wanted an iPod shuffle. I ride horseback, and it seemed
like a good idea to have an inexpensive flash-based player around the
horses, and it seemed so much more portable than the adorable brick that
is my iPod (I call him "Pookie!" And yes, I'm kidding.) So off I
ventured to the local mall, feeling much reminicient of the scant two
weeks ago when I made this walk of shame for my "big" iPod. I ventured
into Best Buy, noticed that they had the 1GB version for the correct new
price of $129, and passed for the moment on to Target, birthplace of my
big iPod and local retailer extraordinare. They did have a pile of
shuffles, but their prices hadn't reflected the line update, and I
wasn't really thrilled about buying a second iPod from them. I
momentarily paused, though, remembering that I have a billion Target
gift cards from my high school graduation, but I decided I would want
those more in college than I did at the moment. That decided, I ventured
back to Best Buy, where I encountered a pile of kids fussing over the
iPod collection. I looked at the shuffle, held it, decided I had a spare
$100, and set about to get a salesperson to take the thing out of its
This was no easy task. I kid you not, three different salespeople walked
by me at various times during the half an hour after I decided I wanted
a 512MB shuffle. None seemed all too concerned that I was practically
waving a Visa card in their faces.
Finally one girl, who had walked past me at least 4 times, decided I
might look like I potentially wanted to purchase something. I'm a simple
person. All I want is the product. No accessories, no support
plans...just the iPod please. With fries. To go.
She rings me up, apparently with some trepitation as she inspected my
credit card very carefully, and handed me one small neon green box,
sealed inside an armor plated clear bag. And I really mean sealed. It
took me fifteen minutes to cut the bag apart to get to the thing when I
got home. If I wasn't feeling quite enough like a theif after all this,
there was always the security guard at the door to encounter, who looked
at me suspiciouisly but signed my reciept anyway.
So I've got yet another new iPod. So far I like it. My computer fussed a
little bit at first, since I already had iTunes and it wanted to wipe it
and reinstall, but it appears to be working just fine. So, let the
compulsive shopping begin.
But first, your intrepid editorialist is off on vacation, so thankfully
her iPod shuffle should be taking the brunt of the sun and sand, while
her small, white, easily scratched baby will enjoy the air conditioned
comfort of its own vacation home. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not.
Maybe I'll adjust soon to the vast...simplicity of this device compared
to my "big" iPod. It seems so...serene and unremarkable. I like my big
iPod better, but this is sort of like taking just a part of it off to
carry around with me. That's kind of nice.
I had something really witty to put here, but I completely forgot what
it was. I guess it wasn't all that funny after all.
Tune in next week for: Adventures in iPod cases that cost more than my
shoes, and we'll find out who might actually have ears big enough to use
the stock iPod headphones. Also: Pictures of the resident iPods!
In today's news: Apple has surprised us all (not) and released some new (Generation 4.5?) iPods. Shockingly enough, all the full-size iPod models have color screens, including that annoying U2 iPod. I was really hoping they'd get rid of that model. It's not really a "special edition" if you make an endless supply, Apple. It just costs more to buy. When that starts making things "special edition," count me in. I can eBay all my handbags and get extra for them!
I'm not too upset about the color screens. I saw that coming. But why on earth did Apple drop a midrange size? 20GB to 60GB is a huge leap, and I can't be sure how well the 20Gb will sell, since for only $100 more you get the equivalent of buying three of the $300 iPods. Um, that doesn't make sense.
I'm glad I bought when I did. I got my color screen, a bigger capacity, and while I can't podcast, I also don't care. That feature has absolutely no appeal for me, and I can't really imagine why Apple felt the need to introduce a whole new iPod line just for that.
Call me when the 5Gs come out.
This is one of the reasons I hate technology. The rate of change is so rapid that at any given time a very pricey purchase can be rendered "obsolete." My iPod is 12 days out of the box, and people are already calling it "old." If 12 days is old, I'm flippin' ancient. Maybe this means I can finally get that promotion at work!
For those of you looking for an update, the current iPod line now looks like this:
512 MB Shuffle for $99
1GB Shuffle for $129
4GB Mini for $199
6GB Mini for $249
20GB "iPod with color display" for $299
20GB iPod U2 (color display) for $349
60GB "iPod with color display" for $399
These price drops mean for the first time ever no iPod will retail for more than $400. It also means, for those of you drooling, that Apple has removed all the goodies from the boxes. Anything you want will have to come seperate, and at a premium price. Tread carefully (see "On Accessories and Compulsive Shopping")
On a different, less bitter note:
As my shopping compulsion becomes worse, my latest hunt is for a new pair of headphones. I've pretty much settled on a pair of Etymotic ER-6i's, which I have yet to purchase only because I have a $600 credit card bill that I should really pay off before I fork over another $110. I can't wait to hear my MP3s in all their glory, although they will probably actually sound pretty bad with high-fidelity earphones. The wonders of digital music.
I had my first iPod hardware failure this morning (the drama!) I arrived at work at 7:15 having seen nary a drop of coffee, and turned on my iPod for some tunes while I thought up something to do. Apparently, the iPod hadn't had its morning coffee either, because it refused to wake up (every day, this thing seems more like a child. See my earlier description.) I flipped out, as well as someone who's only been awake half an hour can flip out, but thankfully rebooting the iPod solved the problem and my tunes are now blasting through my (woefully inadequate, because they were only $50, headphones). So, I am no longer a hardware failure virgin.
In The Onion today: "VENTURA, CA—A third-generation, 30-GB iPod, serial number AP356372, died early Monday morning at age 2. "I'll never forget all the great music it used to play during my workouts," said the late iPod's owner Sarah Zartman at a brief memorial held over the junk drawer. "It was convenient, portable, and really pricey—almost $500." Zartman said that, had she known the iPod's lithium-ion battery would have such a short lifespan, she might have spent more time listening to it. AP356372 is survived by a BlackBerry"
Next: Will the new headphones wing their way to my doorstep? And also: The wonder of iTunes.