Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I've joined the revolution

Yes, I've finally got an iPod. And my life will never be the same, I suspect.

After several years of dropping subtle hints ("The only thing I want is an iPod, etc.") my family finally came through. I'm now the proud owner of a 30 GB iPod Photo. So not only can I put every song I own on the thing, I can also have a bunch of my digital photos, too! It's really cool!

I've been ready for a couple of years, ever since I got my PowerBook a couple of years ago. I've already burned all of our CD collection to my computer, so when I plugged in the iPod, it copied everything and now I've got about 10 days worth of music on the thing.

There's been a lot of stuff written about how putting your music on a computer (or an iPod) will change the way you listen to it and how you'll discover stuff you never even knew you had. And I'm here to say it's all true. Trust me, you'll like this digital toy, if you don't have one already.

But the iPod looks to be more than just a cool toy. I think it's part of a major change in how we as a society relate to technology. It's not just cool, more and more, technology is a part of life. Some of us older folks remember what it was like in years gone by...in my first job, I wrote my stories on a manual typewriter. But my kids have grown up with technology around them. For them, it's as natural as breathing to sit down at a keyboard and talk to their friends. And a mobile phone is just another thing they have and use constantly. Same with microwave ovens and music.

I started thinking about this today because I came across a cool article about the iPod generation on a website called Exclaim.ca. I'd never heard of it before. But it looks like an interesting music site and it's Canadian to boot. (or is that to bout?)

At any rate, check out the article. And let me know whether you've joined the iPod revolution...and what you think.


Paul said...

I'd love to get one Dave, especially the one that stores photos. My next "big" purchase however, will be a digital camera for our trip to Europe in September.

Dave said...

That's exciting news about a trip to Europe. Especially in the fall... A digital camera is a must, I agree. I picked up an older Nikon Coolpix 5000, one of the first 5- megapixel models. I love it and I can't imagine not having one now. I was an old "film and manual focus" guy for a long time, but I've adopted the digital realm big time now.