iPod Comparison

Starting Christmas 2006, I used this iPod for all my music-playing needs:

It was silver, but otherwise, that was it. It did everything I desired of it — I don’t need my iPod to play games or take photos or access the internet. I have other devices for those. All I needed was small piece of kit that let me easily carry with and listen to music, and this performed quite ably in this role. Two gigs of space is marginal by modern standards, but since I didn’t have TV shows or podcasts on there I was able to squeeze in 500 songs, and that’s more than I ever needed.

Recently, though, this iPod began to crap out on me. The buttons became unresponsive. The battery life shrank to two or three hours. And it began freezing up at an alarming rate. Apparently my bitching about this did not go unnoticed, for, without my even asking, my parents gifted me the following for Christmas this year:

This is the same brand as my previous iPod, the iPod nano, but it’s changed a great deal in the intervening years. Gone are the buttons — this new iteration of the iPod sports a fully touch screen-based interface. Where my original iPod was mostly text-based in terms of its navigation, this one uses symbols.

It’s taking a little getting used to, as far as I’m concerned. With the buttons, you could operate the iPod entirely by feel, clicking through a playlist without even looking at it. This one, though, not only requires you to press a button just to access the forward/pause/back symbols, but you have to look at it in order to hit those symbols with any precision. I dunno, maybe I’ll get used to it with practice, but it doesn’t seem like an improvement to me — technology for its own sake. Maybe there’s something to Nintendo’s insistence that the hands need something to react against.

It’s four times as big, but like I said, I don’t really need that much space… I won’t have to clear space for new music for a while, definitely. The new album organization is really terrible — it divides songs into albums based on the album name and the artists, which means that albums like OC ReMix’s collaborative albums are broken up. I could probably fix this by going into iTunes and screwing around with settings, but… God, talk about tedious.

I’m definitely not complaining — my old iPod was not long for this world, so any replacement at all is well-received. I just felt like shaking my fist at progress for a while.

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