Generations of iPods

Generations of iPods
Generations of iPods.

Buried on the weblog, someplace, there was a image of a “candy bar” Nokia phone, a digital camera, and one of those iPods — illustrating what the original phone replaced. Bulking down, instead of….

Those three iPods represent something special to me. The original Mini, the “version x” Nano, and the early iteration of a Shuffle.

The largest one has a real hard drive of tiny proportions, I suppose, and other than the inscription on its cover, I would’ve tossed it years ago. Sentimental without being cloying. The Nano has the same inscription, is flash-based, and it included a video camera, which was why I got it. Used video off that, as weekly footage, more than once.

The Shuffle? Valentine gift, a perfect one. A device I wouldn’t have bought for myself but saw lots of use. Alas, all replaced by the ubiquitous iPhone.

The Mini never had its own case, but I had one backpack with lined pocket that fit the Mini perfectly, and that one backpack had one of those openings so I could snake a set of earphones out and leave the iPod comfortably ensconced within. Realistically, the battery life, at best, was only a couple of hours. I don’t think the Mini iPod would last a whole trip around Town Lake, not back in the day of daily six-mile walks.

For its last few years, that Mini iPod just sat on the desk until something crapped out with the tiny hard drive. Again, merely a sentimental piece of defunct hardware, dead tech.

iPods and Apple’s iTunes made it easy to collate and curate music.

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