My iPod Classic (pre-video) kicked the bucket recently. I love walking to the grocery store and anywhere else I can, but I like doing it with music. I’ve been compensating for a few weeks by either taking my whole laptop (no control over volume or fast forwarding), or my old, decrepit, touchy, barely working Discman. Still, the loss of my iPod had me appreciating the Discman, which I’ve had since, I was 12 or 13. And I’ve been missing my Walkman, the one I’ve had since I was 8, and eventually gave away, still in perfect working condition, to a roommate. The iPod lasted almost five years. However, the iPod always had problems. It stopped working about two or three years ago for a while, until a friend advised smacking it soundly. That worked. But not this time. Ultimately this seems to be a problem with the hard drive. You could hear it clicking and choking every time it had trouble.
So I had decided I wanted another iPod, but have been dubious about two things. First being price, second being it’s ability to last a while, especially given price. Costco is a great place to get them, it’s about the only place you can get any sort of discount on the price. They have Nanos, Classic Video iPods, and the Touch. My inclination was towards the Classic again, but while 80GB sounds great, I highly doubt that those have flash hard drives. I just don’t like the Nanos, even though they are nice and cheap (relatively). The major problem I have with the iPod Touch is that it is one step short of an iPhone. I’d love an iPhone if I could get a reasonable plan with it. But that’s right out. So I settled on getting a 8GB Touch, with much trepidation.
I’ve had only a few hours of sleep since.
I LOVE it! I love it too much. I got home, plugged it into my computer and went and took my shower. After getting out I went to check on it before climbing into bed. It was already done charging and had my music synced. I was having trouble finding my cell phone (aka alarm clock). So I looked and figured out how to use the alarm clock on the Touch. Then I needed to adjust the Time Zone. And add Portland. Set up weather. See if Safari really worked. Connect to my wireless network. Set up email. Send a message on Facebook. And OK, we’ll put on some music and finally go to sleep. Nice music interface, play with that a bit. And hey, direct link to YouTube so we’ll just watch some Muppets and Doctor Who shorts. I didn’t get much sleep today. The one thing that really bothered me is that I only got the 8GB. And it was about 70% full with my currently uploaded music. That doesn’t leave much room for movies, more music, and apps. I took the 8GB Touch back and splurged for the higher capacity model with 32GB. This thing is way too cool. I’m officially converted. This is enough to possibly derail my ambitions for the Nokia Treo 1973.
And now, just a few tidbits of the best Youtube and the Muppets have to offer:
Ode to Joy
Stars and Stripes FOREVER