July 29, 2003

iPod

The most important thing about the iPod is not that it is portable: I find that the overwhelming amount of time I spend listening to it is in my office, in my bedroom, in my car, or in the family room--all four of which have fine sets of speakers through which the iPod's music is pumped, and all four of which have CD players as well. It's not that it lets me listen to music in non-standard places.

What is it, then? It is that it is concentrated music, essence of music, everything I have ever bought (and a few things... ahem) in a 10 cubic inch box (how did I ever wind up with three copies of the Brandenburg Concerti, anyway?). So I keep rediscovering wonderful things that I had forgotten I owned... Ani de Franco and Maceo Parker doing Prince's "When You Were Mine"... "Five Variations on Dives and Lazarus" by Ralph Vaughn Williams... "By Way of Sorrow" from Cry, Cry, Cry...

Truly not what I had expected: I'd expected a smaller, better, larger-capacity portable CD player. That's not what it turned out to be.

Posted by DeLong at July 29, 2003 05:51 PM | TrackBack

Comments

Agreed. I set the ipod on random album play and rediscover stuff I've owned for years and forgotten about.

Being able to walk around with the equivalent of hundreds of albums is nice, too.

Highly recommended device. Almost everyone I know who has one is a fanatic about it.

Posted by: richard on July 29, 2003 06:22 PM

So I keep rediscovering wonderful things that I had forgotten I owned...

So true. So true. Especially when you own thousands of songs. And random play is a good way to be surprised.

Posted by: eyesopen on July 29, 2003 09:12 PM

So I keep rediscovering wonderful things that I had forgotten I owned...

So true. So true. Especially when you own thousands of songs. And random play is a good way to be surprised.

Posted by: eyesopen on July 29, 2003 09:14 PM

I like my Ipod, but I love my xm satellite radio. Just blows me away and has replaced my ipod in terms of music listening. XM is a company that will change the economics and distribution method of the music business.

Posted by: William Utley on July 29, 2003 10:00 PM

But then sometimes it just means that you have so much you quit looking for anything new.

Posted by: northernLights on August 1, 2003 01:35 PM
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