Wednesday, April 26, 2006

An ode to my iPod

I got an iPod for Xmas from my parents. I had been wanting one just for its mp3 player capacities. I had a 1Gig mp3 player that had died, and even after being repaired on warranty, it died again, so I decided I needed to follow the craze and get an iPod. I mentioned to my mother that I was thinking of getting one, but I was completely surprised when I opened my gift from my parents on Christmas morning.

Now what surprised me, was not only that they got me one, but which iPod they got me. If I were going to get an iPod for myself, I would have gotten the Nano. Because it is small. But the price tag for a Nano isn't so small. In fact, Apple products are highly overpriced. I mean, to get 4Gigs, you are going to pay around $250. And what do you get for that? Well, basically a miniture had a scroll screen, and you can upload a few pics...but basically you are left with an overpriced mp3 player.

So what completely blows my mind, is that for around $400 you can get the 60Gig video iPod. That is a huge jump in memory, and on top of it, you can play videos, and the screen is bigger. Albeit, it is a little larger.

But that is the iPod my parents got me. First, I thought it was “just” a normal iPod. But then I saw that it was a 60Gig one and started bouncing around so much that my eldest brother said we should have recorded it and sent it to Apple for them to integrate into a commercial...such pure joy about a piece of electonics.

So at first I thought my parents had spent way too much money indulging me, and basically giving me more than I needed, since I was just looking for an mp3 player. But, boy, am I glad they bought me the 60Gig one. It has been the gift that keeps on giving, as my mother calls it.

First off, I got this great little adapter thingie, that allows you to upload pictures directly from your camera onto your iPod, without the need of a computer to interface. Which meant that when we were on our 3 week trip to China, we could shoot pictures to our hearts' content, and vids, and not have to worry about the memory on my camera filling up. We would just upload the pictures onto the iPod.

And then a few days ago I discovered TV podcasts. Now, I knew they existed before, but I had never taken advantage of them before. It was on the advice of my iPod mentor that I should download some episodes. Now they seem kind of pricey at almost $2 a show, but I got the most recent episodes of Law and Order: CI, and checked out Showtime's Weeds, and enjoyed them on the trainride to my boyfriend's last week...and looking forward to watching more episodes on the way back made it almost easier to leave him again.

The screen might seem a little small for that, but I didn't feel like I was losing out. I loved the fact that I could just pull the iPod out of my purse, and bingo, I was on my way. No discs to carry, and it's so tiny. Then I charged the iPod up at my boyfriend's place, used the playlists for jogging and the integrated stopwatch to time myself, and then was ready for the train ride back on Monday.


And the fact that you can get many news shows in their podcast form. I can passively catch up on a lot of the news I usually read online, just listening while on my way to uni, or at the gym.

I swear...if anyone is seesawing about whether to buy one or not, I can only say: go for it! And don't wimp out and buy the Nano...go for the whole box of cigars, because when you compare the price you are paying for 4Gig to the price for 60Gig with video, you are getting a deal. I tease my boyfriend about his tiny Nano, and he teases me about “lugging” my iPod around, but seriously, those few extra ounces are all worth it.

Having said this, iPods are a bitch. They have “personalities.” When we were halfway through our China trip, I downloaded the second "roll" of pics from our trip, and then the iPod said the photo folder was empty. I could feel the blood run out of my face when I realized 600+ photos were gone. However, my boyfriend rebooted it, and miraculously they all appeared again. It performed that trick a couple of times during the trip, and I really developed a love/hate relationship with it. But it held out.

And almost everyone who has an iPod has an “iPod story.” Either it doesn't play songs, the battery doesn't recharge, it says files are missing, but when the memory usage suggests they are still there...they are super finicky and I hope Apple repairs that in the future, but honestly...I love it! Thanks, Mum and Pops!

The beginning of a beautiful friendship!


Blogger Jen said...

*Blush* I've never been called anyone's iPod mentor before. I feel quite honored...

I agree. It was the best $400 I ever spent!

You can also download some software from online that will convert your home DVD collection to the mp4 format that the iPod uses for video. It's only like $35 to do so, and it's great to upload a couple of movies for those trans-Atlantic flights. :)

9:15 PM  
Blogger erika said...

Waaah! For Christmas my brother and his wife gave me a hefty gift certificate to Best Buy to put toward an iPod, but I was in the mindset that I didn't need such a commodity, so instead I spend the entire gift certificate on DVDs (like I really need those...pssh). Lately I've really been kicking myself for not putting it toward and iPod and after reading your post I REALLY regret it. .:sigh:. All in due time, I suppose. Well, now I know it's well worth it to save up for the pricier one!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Stacy Kaye said...

Hmm...definitely something to keep in mind, perhaps for next Christmas! It would also be great for plane and road trips. When do we get to see that Great Wall photo?

1:09 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Oh yes...memories of the ipod...we actually had one of those...speaking in the past tense. It was stolen (along with several other favorite electronic gadgets) in Croatia last year and we have yet to replace it. But each time I read about someone using his/her ipod, i remember...:)

3:29 AM  
Blogger bee said...

They're definitely finicky! I have a mini (so sad -- it's full!) and sometimes, even fully charged, it doesn't let me play songs!
I'd LOVE to upgrade, but funds are kinda tight right now, but I will! The video feature sounds perfect for travel...

4:18 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Sheesh, thanks a lot. It has been all I can do to hold off on going to the Apple store downtown to buy the 60GB and after this post, I can tell you exactly how my weekend is going to go:

Friday after work: I sneak downtown and buy the Ipod.

Friday night: the boyfriend finds out that I dropped the equivalent of a car payment on an mp3 player. I have to sleep on the couch. In the garage.

Saturday morning: I make a fabulous breakfast to try to appease the boyfriend. He feeds it to the pets.

Saturday night: I sleep on the couch. In the garage.

Sunday: I awake, in the garage, only to enter the house and find that my boyfriend has fallen in love with my Ipod and won't let me have it back.

Thanks a lot! :)

3:15 PM  
Blogger CaliValleyGirl said...

Well, Elle, it's like this...while sleeping on the couch, and in the garage, you can watch the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows...and your boyfriend will be so curious about why you don't care about your enforced exile, that he will then peek over your shoulder, and try to kiss and make up...and then steal your iPod...;-)

3:25 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I just bought my wife a 60gig IPod also. She loves it! I don't think she has figured out the pic thingy though.

3:34 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Up to now I haven't had any desire to buy an iPod - but I may just change my mind after this *grin*.

9:01 PM  
Blogger MQ said...

I have an addiction to iTunes so I really need to buy an iPod. It's like using the patch before something like that. And I was wavering about which size iPod to get and you helped make that decision. cool!

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nice Blog .If you fast forward through your play list, ipod battery will need to fill its cache more frequently, thus accessing the hard drive more often and using more power. This will decrease overall battery life.

6:26 AM  

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