I’ve been wanting to replace my old MP3 player for a while now. It’s a few years old, so the features and storage capacity are lacking compared to players on the market now. I decided to give in to my technolust and started shopping around.
Part of me was reluctant to go with an Apple iPod. My old player was from Sansa, and concerns about Apple’s proprietary software bothered me a bit. After reading some online reviews, I decided to try one of the new Sansa models. I was not impressed. The controls seemed clumsy and hard to get used to. I experimented with loading music from my computer onto the player, and that was a clumsy experience as well. So, I returned the Sansa player, and picked up a 4 GB Apple iPod Nano. Wow! What a nice device. Yes that’s right, I am now one of the Pod People.
Apple gets a lot of things right with the iPod. The user interface is very intuitive and easy to use. The actual construction seems solid, and that brushed aluminum exterior is very cool. There is a reason the iPods are the top selling portable music players on the market. Even though I was reluctant to install iTunes (the software you need to transfer music to an iPod), my fears were alleviated when I started using it. Importing music from my CD collection is a painless process. Adding other audio sources, such as MP3s I already had or podcasts, is very easy as well.
I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I still get a kick out of the size. Here is this tiny device (3.5 inches tall, 1.6 inches wide, and .26 inches deep) that can hold about 70 CDs worth of music. Amazing.
When I bought the iPod, I also picked up an Altec Lansing travel speaker system. I’m impressed with that as well. I bought it so I can have some portable sound sans headphones. For the speaker system’s small size it delivers pretty high quality sound. I’m looking forward to bringing that along the next time I go camping and leaving my big folder of CDs and boombox at home.