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Old 01-12-2005, 05:03 PM   #61
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Goto Europe!! Soooooooo worth it!
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Old 01-12-2005, 06:10 PM   #62
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I apologize in advance for the excessive length of this post.

I own an IPod, not a U2 one, just a regular white one, and I've had it for over a year now, since before U2 put their name on it and as a result made all of us at Interference begin drooling. I take my IPod everywhere. When I went to Cancun last summer, during the day every day when I went to the beach, I had it with me. I'd go in the water, and then I'd get out and sunbathe either earbuds in, U2/Radiohead/Pearl Jam/Nirvana/GnR/whatever playing to me. It REALLY added another layer to what was already a great experience...watching the Mexico sun set while on the beach WITH the music playing.

I take to campus every day. I listen to music during breaks, the biggest of which is a two hour twenty minute break I have on Mondays and Wednesdays. Today is Wednesday so I had that break, and during it I listened to selected tracks from Radiohead's The Bends and OK Computer. Also today, extenuating circumstances forced me to ride the bus home. When I left campus, I put my earbuds in. I walked from campus to the bus station, stood and waited twenty minutes for the bus to arrive, rode on the bus for twenty minutes, and walked another twenty minutes from the bus stop near my house, to my house. And the WHOLE time I had my earbuds in. And I listened to a wide variety of U2 music, from the Last Night On Earth Single to the Melon disc to HTDAAB to Joshua Tree. That's four discs right there, yet it all fit in the palm of my hand(or as it were, in the pocket of my leather jacket, earbud wire travling from pocket up the side of my body and into my ears). Using a CD player, to equal what I listened to today, I would've needed the SIX CDs and the Discman itself, but with IPod - just one small unit, and I barely felt any weight on me.

IPod is like a drug, once you start using it, you can't stop. I listen to my IPod more than I listen to my stereo, because it is SO easy to switch from one record to another, one artist to another, make my own on-the-go playlists, move to different points in any given song, and other stuff like that. It is INCREDIBLY convenient, efficient, easy to use, and just so damn cool too. And I hate using the word cool to describe anything. I'm serious, once you start using it, you won't want to stop. For this reason, I make the following suggestion: If you do get an IPod, and I think you should, do NOT get the Mini, as you alluded to before. It is MUCH less hard drive space than you will end up wanting/needing if your music collection is of any significant size, and its cost is really not that much less than normal IPods. As for the U2 IPod, it really doesn't matter if you get that or not. It's the same device, just red and black instead of white. Your call, doesn't really matter. Although if I were offered one I'd take it.

I completely disagree with the people who said not having music would enhance the experience. I refuse to go on vacations without music; First it was a discman, then it was an MP3 discman, and now it's an IPod. Of course, the fact that I'm very very introverted and don't particularly enjoy talking to total strangers whom I've never met before, probably plays a part in the fact that when faced with deciding between putting the earbuds in and zoning out or talking to the strangers on the train, I pick the earbuds every time.

So, in closing, the IPod does cost a lot of money, but there is a reason why it's far and away the most popular and groundbreaking MP3 player on the market; that 'lot' of money will be TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY worth it. It will be one of the best purchases you will ever make, and you will never have any regrets whatsoever. I have friends that will attest to my having bestowed upon the IPod the title of 'Greatest Gadget Ever In The World Besides Laptops' I mean, just LOOK at it...I can already hear your oohs and aahs...



I should work for Apple...oh yeah, that's right, I can't stand Apple computers. But whatever hate I had/have for Apple for their overly-simple computers goes out the window when I lay my hands/ears on my IPod. That's how good the IPod is.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:13 PM   #63
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i just got an idea. i'm going to put out a jar in our kitchen and label it "iPod fund" and whenever my parents and i have loose change to drop it in the jar and i'll use that to save up.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:38 PM   #64
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Old 01-13-2005, 04:40 AM   #65
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hey, I'm in college now, I worked hard enough and now I'm done. hmph.
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Old 01-13-2005, 04:46 AM   #66
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Well look at it this way, I got an MP3 CD player and I can listen to everything I want spread across a few CD's. It does the same job as an i-Pod at a fraction of the cost, being a big bigger and having to switch over the disk, but its better than a walkman and much cheaper. Plus with the money saved I was able to get myself a new jacket
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my friggen ipod just broke. I wanted to skip Hung in a Bad Place by Oasis and it just froze. Now I have to send it in to get it fixed.

Suck ass. Suck.
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Old 01-13-2005, 05:10 AM   #70
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And those batteries wear down a bit and once they break the replacements cost a fortune.
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So it seems like the main complaint is the battery life. Check.
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Hey, I got an ipod mini since June.

It changed my life and the way I listen to music. The mini is fine - I have a good 500 songs on it from my library (you don't really need all the songs from each an every album you own all the time), and then I have another half filled with things for a trip I'd like to listen to (including whole classical pieces or even special U2 shows I like to listen to). I flash them out when I feel like it.

Most of the time, its on random play with songs being shuffled, and this does add on to the experience when travelling.

The mini is a great size, it fits everywhere without being too light to be left behind and I strangely like to limit the music I carry around.

But don't forget, in europe there are many differnt languages. I travel a lot with my job, and, frankly (no offense to anyone here!!!!) I don't know the good radio stations in the individual countries and don't speak that many european languages. With the Ipod, I can have my personal radio station in the hirecar or in a train or plane and can shut off the outside noise a little. Gives you some sort of "home comfort". If you hire a car you will need to get an FM transmitter (they are not really legal in Europe, the itrip works really well).

If you have the money to spare, buy an ipod. Buy the mini if you want to carry a small item with you with some limitations, or by a bigger one for the extra bulk but some more songs. But isn't it fun to go through the Music Collection think: Well, what would I like to listen to on the next trip? Its the "going on the desert island" feeling, and the mini is great for that!

Enjoy Europe.
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Thanks for that post.
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Whether you get a mini or a 20GB (or 40GB) for that matter really depends on your music library. I got an iPod for Christmas (I have such a sweet wife ) and have already loaded about 3000 songs on it. And that was with leaving a lot of stuff off, so a mini just wouldn't cut it, the Complete U2 would take up half the mini.

One thing that has sucked though is the ridiculous number of hours I have spent burning CDs onto my computer and I still have a few hours to go.
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One more thing, putting 3000 songs on random is quite a rush. It is my own personal radio station.
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