Friday, March 07, 2008

Slow motion screaming: Noooooooooooooooooo

Wherein oh the humanity





reader_iam exits her cone of silence to send along this:
I sniff in empathy and solidarity with you! And XWL's well-documented anti-Apple stuff aside (I love him, but it's clear), he's silly about the every 18-month thing. We have something like five iPods of various types and vintages around here, not counting the iPhones and including one of Apple's earliest versions, and they are all*** working just fine. All but the iPhones are older than 18 months.

Take care, and I hope you're going shopping tonight,

***My husband did misplace a shuffle a year and a half back or so, but I assume that one is working just fine, wherever it is, except that it may need a charge!!! Heh.


Blogger XWL said...

Apple expects you to buy a new one every 14 months or so, with each new big 'upgrade'.

It's your own fault for not disposing of it when they waived the big new shiny beneath your nose.

Apple wanted you to buy the 1st gen 5gb model in late 2001, then upgrade to the 20gb 2nd gen in mid 2002, then jump to the 40gb 3rd gen in mid 2003, then buy yourself a 4th gen 60gb photo and pick up the wife a 'classic' 20gb at the same time in 2004, then even though the 5th gen wasn't that big of an improvement, you buy it anyway cause it's just different enough in 2005, and last year, you were supposed to drool over the touch and snap up an 8gb model, but then realize that the capacity is too small and pick up a brand new 32gb touch this week.

That way, since you are buying a new one every 18 months or so, you never have to worry about the locked and unswitchable battery dying on you.

It's only money afterall, and Apple is worth it.

(of course, I'm just bitter since I can't use an iPod with my Rhapsody subscription, I'll deal with the lousy interface of my crappy Sansa player so that I have access to millions of songs for the price of 1 cd a month, if I didn't have to make that trade-off, I wouldn't, if iTunes ever adds a subscription service at a competitive price, I'll become an Apple fan-boy, too)

3/07/2008 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

It's probably just the emotions of moment, but fuck you. This iPod has been a treasured member of our household for 5 years. I will not have you or anyone else pissing on its freshly dug grave.

3/07/2008 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

thank you for your comment.

almost forgot that.

3/07/2008 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

5 years is a good run for any player, especially if it was one of the hard drive based ones. I'm sorry for your loss, and if a stray stream of urine passed from me unto any freshly dug graves of a dearly departed household member, then it was a sincere and grave mistake.

(but I still say just cause you stood by your trusty music machine, doesn't mean that Apple doesn't do everything they can to encourage its consumers to always crave the new shiny)

(not that there's anything wrong with that, capitalsim kicks ass)

I probably would have picked up an iPod early on, but I had already bought a Creative Nomad Jukebox back in 2000, and wasn't going to give up on that beast when the first iPods came out. After that it was a matter of my anti-Apple bias coupled with my preference for subscription tunes that kept me away from the players with the best interface on the market, and instead put up with a horrible interface (Sansa) that plays the kind of files I use (WMA-DRM).

Apple does a great job of making things that work as consumers expect them to work, and don't require a great deal of user side adjustments and fiddling.

3/07/2008 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Bill, Kim and I send our condolences. May your iPod rest in peace.

3/08/2008 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

The Wife has plans to turn it into an art project.

3/08/2008 04:25:00 PM  

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