As if I haven't donated enough money to Apple lately, I've been jonesing for a new iPod lately. There's no logical reason for it. My current 60gb iPod Photo is sufficient to play my music. It sounds great, and I take it in the car with me all the time. However, it's not new.
- My iPod doesn't play video.
- My iPod is twice as thick as the current iPod.
- My iPod is heavier than the current iPod.
- My iPod just isn't new.
Think of the joy I could bring to others by playing video on my iPod. After all, look at my collection. I have video from The Man Show of girls jumping on trampolines – arguably the finest concept ever produced on television. I have video podcasts, like Strong Bad's Email or Ask a Ninja. Some of these are classics.
Today, I actually drove the 30 miles to the closest Apple Store and wandered inside. Although I coveted the iPods on display, I did not buy one. You see, a strange part of my brain put forth a thought.
Are you really going to spend about $400 just to carry video clips with you?
That summed it up nicely. I already have my music and photos. This new iPod wouldn't improve upon those things. Battery life isn't a problem for me. If all I wanted was something lighter, I'd just get the Nano. So, the question had power. $400 is a lot to spend just to carry pictures of girls jumping on trampolines.
I came home slightly dejected. The younger guys in my office have new iPods that play video. Granted, they have the 30 gb models, but I already have that much music. I definitely need 60 gb. Still, I feel like I have the “old man” iPod compared to their sleek, shiny, black iPods that play video. This is iPod envy.
For most of this year, I kept waiting for yet another version of the iPod. The one, true video iPod. The internet buzzed with faked photos and even a video of this mysteriously unreleased product in action. Analyst reports seemed to confirm that it was only a matter of days. Still, the elusive product never made it. Then the rumor sites claimed it wouldn't come until late this year, citing battery power problems, and a lack of iTunes deals with major motion picture studios. I may as well get the current one, as I will surely bust before the true video iPod sees the light of day.
Then, it hit me. If I order online, I get free engraving. Now I have a new dilemma. What to engrave on my iPod?
- George Bush doesn't care about black iPods.
- How his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing.
- You want a revolution? Get your own.
- Harmful If Swallowed.
- For best reflection, hold parallell to face.
- Music not included.
- Dear Bill, thanks for the idea. – Steve Jobs
- Use other side.
- Actual size.
Those are a few ideas. Let me know if you like one of them, or tell me what's engraved on your iPod.