Out of my local circle of friends, I was one of the first to get an iPod. At first, I couldn’t understand why anybody would like to carry around so many songs at one time. What’s wrong with CD players? You can always make a mix whenever you felt like it. Who would want the ability to have between 5,000 to 10,000 songs on hand?
15 months later, I’m loving it. My iPod has given me so much more freedom from my computer or car, which is where I’d listen to music. I could listen to it anywhere if I needed to pass the time. Yeah, it isolates you, but if you’re alone anyways and you don’t want to bother everyone else that’s around you, how much more convenient is that?
Some of my friends at first shrugged it off. It’s cool, but they’d never get one. In my group of college friends, at least 5 people have one now (as opposed to 2 in the beginning). Also, quite a few of the high school people I know have one, too. I think I count five as well. I haven’t heard of any others, but I’m sure more high schoolers got one for Christmas.
For those of you who just got an iPod of some sort: welcome! If you’re not sure where to start, I got going through the premier website for anything iPod related – iPodlounge. I’m 99% sure that any question you might have could be answered on that site. If you think you’ll need extensive help, register in their forums and ask around.
I don’t have one of the newer 4Gen iPods. It’d be nice to have up to 12 hours of battery life, but I’m still satisfied with my 3Gen 10GB iPod.
My iPod accessories:
- Belkin Auto Kit
- Contour Design Showcase (I won a contest and got this for free from Contour Design!)
- Griffin iTalk
- Arkon CM625 Universal PDA 15″ Flexible Gooseneck Mount
- Cassette Tape Adapter
My case is a bit dirty, but it keeps my iPod from major scratches and cushions rare accidental drops. I was using my iTalk last semester to record some lectures. I’m going to try that method throughout this semester to see if it helps me understand the concepts a bit more. At least I can be doing something productive on my drive to and from work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The mount frees my cupholder section space for what it’s meant for, and helps raise my iPod higher so I don’t have to move my eyes as far below the windshield. Don’t worry, I usually just pick a smart playlist and go with it. 😉 And the auto kit keeps my iPod charged/charging, and simplifies the two cables that might have to run from my iPod down to one.
Oh yeah, I love SharePod. 🙂