Well, after drooling over iPods for, literally, years, and watching hip-looking young people with wads of disposable income do cool dances on the television commercials, Dagmar and I finally counted our pennies and bought an iPod.
We opted for the $79 iPod Shuffle. You can see a photo of it to the right. Ours is kind of a metallic purple, holds about 150 songs, and is much smaller than the photo would imply.
It’s about the size of a half-eaten saltine.
I feel so hip. Cool, even. I’m part of the “in” crowd. I am popular, and the envy of all the neighborhood urchins. Or at least that’s how I felt when Dagmar let me hold the empty box as she eagerly stuffed the ear buds into her head and ran out the door to go to work.
“Vow!” she said to me over the phone a few hours later. “Dis ting is really cool! I really, really like it!”
We’ve had it a few days, and we still both like it, which is a good sign. A person hates to spend $79 on something they rarely use, but so far we’ve been pretty entranced with our little toy. Dagmar takes it to work and uses it at the gym every day. When she brings it home I plug it into my head when I’m working on my computer as it’s nice to have tuneage without lagging down my hard drive. (My computer’s so old and creaky I can’t run iTunes if anything else is open at the same time without really dragging things down. Even web-based Pandora crashes my system occasionally if I use that instead of iTunes.)
So now that I’m cool and hip with my time-shared iPod, I have questions galore. Queries. Interrogative statements.
If I wiggle the little ear buds over this way a little and push ’em in my ear a bit with my delicate little index fingers I can hear the bass WAY better. Being a former bassman in various bands, I like hearing bass response, you see. Has anyone out there bought after-market ear buds? Is the bass better than the standard “comes with your iPod” ear buds? How do you like them? It seems strange to buy $90 Bose earphones for an $80 player, so I’d kinda like to know if it’d be worth it…
Both Dagmar and I have noticed that the standard ear buds kinda hurt our ears. They’re a little uncomfortable and sort of wear on the edges of the ear raw, just a bit. Does this go away? Do iPod users grow callouses on their ears?
Is there any other iPod etiquette of which I should be aware?
Man, I feel so cool. Can you feel my coolness?