Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Musical milestones...

I finally joined the iPod nation and picked up a new pod for myself. I was looking at Nanos since before the holidays and had thought that's what I was going to get. I even knew my new Nano's name...Neil. But when crunch time came (I'm allowed to use the phrase 'crunch time' because I used to be a sports editor), I couldn't bring myself to go that little.

So, Neil is still on the shelf somewhere. I hope he doesn't end up having to play endless Christina Aquilara songs or, worse yet, endless Christian music...but his fate is out of my hands.

That leaves me in a quandary though. What do I name my sleek black-and-silver, video-playing piece of musical wonder? I'm now looking for ideas. Help a brother out, will ya?

Already, I feel the same way I did when I finally broke down and got my first CD player (which was portable and came with a tape adaptor and cigarette lighter plug for the car, in case you were wonderin). Yeah, I was stubborn then too. It was such an odd feeling to walk into Tower Records in Beaverton, Oregon and realize that the whole store was mine...not just the ever dwindling tape and record sections. It was like going for a stroll and discovering the Grand Canyon.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't been completely oblivious to the march of technology. I've got about 30 gigs of music loaded on my computer and still haven't ripped all my CDs. I've also been through two cheap MP3 players already.

This is different though. If getting my first MP3 player was like moving to a new neighborhood, then getting my first iPod is like finding out that my apartment is in the same building as a modeling agency. The world just seems full of potential and possibilities.

I've already found the joy of iTunes' one-click shopping. That in itself is a piece of blissful wonder. Then there's the podcast subscription possibilities. In seconds, I found several that podcasts that I would have never known about, much less downloaded. I mean...'Ask A Ninja'...get outta here! Awesome.

Believe me, this new toy is already making my life a wee bit happier.

10 comments:

Sadie Lou said...

meh.
iPod-schmiPod.
I was really into my husband's iPod until I started realizing that all those MP3s come without the shiny wrappers and the sweet smell of newness. Plus all that lost cover art--I just like buying cds better.

tshsmom said...

I'm still getting used to CDs.
I like the idea of downloading singles, but if I like an entire album, I gotta have the art and liner notes!
We have a teenager now, so I suppose we'll be inundated with this stuff before long.

Debby said...

I really like the name Igor, and nobody will let me use the name, so, hmmmmm, it's just a suggestion mind you.

Eileen said...

How about Tippy? your iPod is black just like my cat.

Shawn said...

I don't know about Igor...but I kind of like Ivan. Hmmm, something to consider.

Sorry Eileen...myPod is clearly uncatlike, so I can't name it Tippy. Although, Tippy the Tunemeister does have a ring to it.

Laurie said...

Gee, Shawn...Remember me? It's been, like, AGES since I commented!

Aaaanyway...

How about Ignacious? Iggy for short? It's funky, right?

By the way, I just bought my man an ipod for Christmas (the very one of which you speak!), and we have spent the last three days downloading songs. He's going to have the most kick-ass selection of music out there. We were like kids in a candy store...A free candy store. Because we're rebels. ;)

thephoenixnyc said...

You shall name him:

Vespasian - Emperor and Empire builder. Caesar of digital media.

Shelly said...

Hey....What's wrong with Christian music?!!:) I myself happen to like it. Guess that's what happens when you grow up in a pastor's home. Congrats on the iPod. I've wanted to get one too, but i suck with technology. Although, maybe i'll buy Neil and put my Christian music on him!!:)

Laura said...

I actually don't miss CDs at all. They take up too much space. We have 3 whole boxes of CDs stored at my parents house right now b/c we don't need them. Cover art is a lost art, but a lot of them aren't that interesting anymore. And the new Ipods actually SHOW the album cover on the screen, so...

Is your iPod male or female? I'd say either Mitzy or Gregor. But I'm terrible with things like that.

The Zombieslayer said...

If getting my first MP3 player was like moving to a new neighborhood, then getting my first iPod is like finding out that my apartment is in the same building as a modeling agency.

I love the way you write Shawn. Man, I need an iPod. One of these days...