iPod Dilemma

George Bush doesn't like black iPods.
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.

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One comment

  • Cattyann Campbell May 22, 2006   Reply →

    Hey William as my grandma would say “cool you foot…” I’m sort of stuck in a similar situation except that my trusted 20 gig 4th Gen iPod crashed on me and after trying to get it repaired by Apple it was easier to get a brand new one. I’ve downloaded quite the video collecton and have been thinking that a video iPod makes more sense at this point you see I’m thinking about those long trips I will have to make in the near future to places like S. Africa to visit friends. Anyway what I did was got a Nano to tie me over until the next waves of goodies come out of Apple which will be here in August or so. Whether it looks like the stuff on the mock ups or not they will release something with more bang for your $400 bucks than the current offereings. So I say wait until the fall and “cool you foot” in the meantime.

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