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Ode to iPod George

Posted: April 4, 2013 3:20 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Remember how excited you were when the product of your dreams hit the market?

I download a long- awaited new album release on iTunes this week and for whatever reason I was reminded of how thankful I am for mp3 players. Besides the fact that I’ve been waiting for this album for seven years, the artist is fairly indie; in pre-iTunes life I probably would have had to drive to every store in town to find the CD. As I waiting for music to download, I had a flashback to the Christmas I got one of the most useful things I will probably ever get in life- an iPod. It seems like they came out just yesterday. I remember begging my mom to get me an iPod for Christmas my junior year of high school in 2005. She kept saying no because it was pretty expensive. (Plus my mom is the queen of informing me of all the more practical things I can do with money.) I just thought it was the perfect gift! I used to be one of those people that toted my multiple CD cases around with my bright yellow Sony walkman, which I still have, by the way. I used to ask for tons of CDs for Christmas and my birthday each year. When I learned that the iPod existed, I knew I had to have one.

Then Christmas arrived, and my mom’s typical fashion she packed my sweet little iPod that I named George in this huge shoe box. Can you imagine the look of disappointment I had when I saw that huge box? My mom still does that kind of stuff and I still fall for it. Anyway, that Christmas I stayed up all night, loading my CDs on to my mom’s computer and organizing them on my iPod. From there I ventured into iTunes, one of the most fabulous creations ever invented. Back then it only had music; for $.99 a song, mind you. ITunes has completely changed the way people get their music. Since then, the price for music has crept up to $1.29 per song, and iTunes is an online source for movie and TV rentals and purchases; the have a plethora of music, you can download books, listen to podcasts and radio stations from around the world. Obviously, they killed the little guy. I’m pretty sure they have affected CD sales for major stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, as well. It’s hard to find a nice locally owned music store, where you can get to know the staff and have them make recommendations. iTunes does make recommendations based on your purchases, though.

George died my junior year of college. One day he was just chillin’ in my backpack and the next thing I know he succumbed to internal bleeding due to an unknown technological condition.

It was a hard-fought battle, yall. (RIP George; we had a lot of fun together.) His spirit lives on, though. He was resurrected as George II when my dad and stepmom upgraded me to the iPod touch that I currently use. iPods aren’t necessary, but they’ve been a lifesaver for me and many others. I’m sure some of you were happy to see records finally become compact disks; for others it could be the development of car key fobs, so you don’t have to stick your key in the door every time you need to get in the car. Technology has come so far in such a short amount of time; I remember my mom had a tape player in her car when I was in elementary school. We bought Jennifer Lopez’s debut single on cassette in the late 90s or around 2000.

The fifth generation iPod was my first Apple product; I now have an iPhone, which I have yet to name, and Suzie, my Macbook, in addition to my beloved George II. Apple has introduced a number of fabulous products in the meantime that have changed the way we get music and much more. Youtube is another fabulous creation that has opened my world to new fabulous musical artists; unfortunately, I try to stick with iTunes playlist because Youtube now plays an ad before pretty much every video.


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