By Spencer Anderson
They're everywhere, and not only are they everywhere, they
cool too. Since its launch in 2001, 10 million have sold and 8
million of those were in 2004. So welcome to the next
generation. 8 tracks, records, cassettes, CDs, and now the
I don't have one, yet. My first taste of it came when my
girlfriend got one, and asked if I would set it up for her
using my computer. Wearing those now immediately recognizable
hip cream coloured headphones, I could feel the eyes of every
have-not-an-iPod on me with curiosity and maybe a little
jealousy. I even started walking differently. Listening to Led
Zeppelin, then Radiohead, and then some Bob Marley on my way
school, there was definitely more spring in my step, and I sat
through class in a much better mood than usual. For a mere two
days it was in my possession and immediately I could feel
myself being sucked into its cult.
And why wouldn't you' An iPod lets you put 10,000 songs inside
something the size of a pack of cigarettes. Gone are the
fragile CD cases and the Discman that skips after each step.
Is the iPod changing the way we listen to music' Undeniably.
With an iPod, we can take our music anywhere, and not just one
album like we could with the walkman. Now we can carry our
entire collections everywhere we go. It can play mixes at
parties. You can bring it on the commute to work or for a jog.
You can save Microsoft Word documents on it and photos for
matter. Don't like a particular song on an album' Delete it.
Thanks to the iPod, music has become an even bigger part of
lives because now it's just a click away, and it's exactly how
we want it.
Apart from the possibility of our entire collections being
us at all times, the iPod's capabilities have done something
even better. By being able to store over 700 albums, the iPod
is encouraging us to try types of music we might not have
listened to before. When burning a CD to an iPod takes a short
few minutes, what's there to lose'
But is it all just a trend' Doubtful, especially with people
spending on average 100 pounds on iPod accessories. It's
difficult to picture something people now say they can't live
without vanishing, unless Apple CEO Steve Jobs finds another
way to outdo himself yet again. And on that note now Apple has
come out with the smaller, cheaper version of the iPod called
the iPod shuffle. Will it have the same impact as its
predecessor' Only time will tell.
About The Author: This article, written by Spencer Anderson,
was first published at www.MusicShopper.info