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iPod Idolatry

I will admit that I was leery of all the iPod hype. I am not one do something because it's popular. I steer clear of the fads. Juannie had to work very hard to convince me that I would like having one. I am not a neo-Luddite. I like technology. I just wasn't sure I wanted to hop on this bandwagon.

I want everyone to know that I was a fool. In a matter of hours, I have been converted. I am now an iPod devotee. It is truly the most genius device ever invented by man. I bow down before any object that will rid my car forever of all the CDs and cases. I am overjoyed by the ease of buying new songs for just 99 cents. ("Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie was just the start.) And I revel in the fact that I no longer have to buy a whole CD for the one song on it that I really love.

But I will not be putting one of those Apple stickers on my car. I draw the line there.

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weelisa
Dec. 25th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about getting the iPod shuffle. Did you get the regular sized one?

I like the idea of being able to use it for exercise without having it skip and stuff.
vwip
Dec. 25th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'd wait to see what Steve Jobs talks about in his keynote speech at MacWorld SF (9-13 Jan)...
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
He'll probably announce some new Apple invention that will instantly make my new thing obsolete. :-)
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Juannie bought us the regular iPod with video. And, so far, it is great for doing housework and walking.
mysticknyght
Dec. 25th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
oh, i'm likin' mine enough to put the white apple on the jeep :-)
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
I may change my mind about the sticker. It's such a nifty little gadget!
liamere
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
But I will not be putting one of those Apple stickers on my car. I draw the line there.

I had no idea those existed. Put me down for one when I finally get round to learning how to park.

Yay iPods! What did you name yours?
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
The sticker was in the packet with the start-up disk. I named mine Lovebug.
liamere
Dec. 26th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Woe, I didn't get one. May have to write Apple for one.
joybilee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
woot!
way to be open while maintaining boundaries! you get a gold star:~)
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: woot!
More like incessant peer pressure from Juannie who wanted us both to have them. Hee hee!
phoenix_anew
Dec. 26th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Like you, I hate fads, but I have two big reasons for staying away from iPods as well, no matter how tempting it may seem.

1)Way too friggin expensive if you take the time to compare them to any other brand mp3 player. Steve Jobs seems to think that just because Bill Gates screwed him over once, he now has the right to charge ridiculous prices for his "specialty" brand. And the average person doesn't seem to know that an iPod is just one brand of mp3 player, so he wins. Oh, how I love and hate capitalism.

2)I've heard so many people complain about the battery, and how if you have problems with it you need to get a whole new iPod, because its not removable. I suppose when something is so big there's bound to be some kind of issue that keeps popping up, and its not going to apply to everyone, but I'd rather not press my luck.

I have to admit I have spent a couple times looking at the apple site, and considering it. And I've been pleasantly surprised with how smooth a program iTunes is. I think if I ever did get one though, it would be because someone else was paying the bill.
plus_c
Dec. 26th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
Congrats on the iPod!

re: way too expensive - so let's do a little cross-shopping...
iAudio X5 (20GB) - $299
Apple iPod (30GB) - $299
iRiver H10 (20GB) - $299
Archos Gmini 402 (20GB) - $249
So as you can see, the iPod isn't so overpriced after all.

re: battery - not even the Apple engineers are superhuman. They cannot overcome the limitations inherent in the current state of the art battery technology. Look back at that list of players - how many of those have user-replaceable batteries? Battery replacement services are available, and you don't even have to go to Apple to have it done.

I'm not an Apple fanboy by any stretch of the imagination - I just wanted to bring these points to your attention so that you'll take a second look at what you've said.
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
Those prices seem crazy for such a little thing. But I am glad that Juannie was so persistent. He knew I would be happy with it once I tried it out.
phoenix_anew
Dec. 26th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Your evidence is pretty strong as far as the list of prices go, but you left off the two brands I pretty much always come close to purchasing.. Creative and Rio. They both generally retail for closer to 200 than 300. And both generally have removable batteries in their models.

The fact is, call me cheap, but I'm not payin 300 for any hard drive mp3 player. There's a lot better things I could be spending my money on.
siriusseaside
Dec. 26th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
thank you! solid info.
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty cheap so the cost of all the decent mp3 players seems steep to me. I looked at some other players online a bit. Juannie did most of the research in his quest to convince me about all this. After I finally agreed to the $ part, he made the decision on the brand. And iTunes is so easy which appeals to my laziness.
siriusseaside
Dec. 26th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
great to hear you're happy with it. I'm happy with my original ipod which is now about... 3 years old? The battery does die now within a couple hours on a full charge but it still works fine while plugged in. I use it instead of any other component stereo system, just plug some nice Bose computer speakers into it and the sound fills a room or two nicely.
silverdee
Dec. 26th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Juannie bought an adaptor that will transmit the iPod through the radio. I haven't tried it yet. I'll let you know how it works.
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