Um, oops? I just seemed to have impulse bought a nice new green iPod shuffle.
Yes, I have no self control.
And yes, I do already have an iPod (my beloved third gen, four year old lovely).
So why do I want a new iPod, especially an iPod shuffle that only holds 240 songs when I have a 15gb beastie that still has room for another few thousand songs on it? My reasons are as follows:
- It’s colourful. Not white/silver, but GREEN. I had a bit of a “do I want green or blue?” moment, but in my mind I had a green one, and I try to go with my gut on things like this. I like colour and am frankly a bit bored with this whole sterile white/silver thing. Sure, it looks beautiful, but I’m a girl who needs a bit of funk in her life, you know what I mean?
- My current iPod is starting to show it’s age. The battery can still just about get me airport-to-airport on a transatlantic flight, but the screen is dim (yes I know the shuffle has no screen, that’s the next point), and it’s starting to randomly turn off mid song for no apparent reason.
- The shuffle has no screen, (which also relates to the next point) which means less scratching when I throw it in my bag. So my current iPod is scratched and dented to hell anyway, but I still feel bad when I just hurl it in my handbag. With a shuffle I wouldn’t have to worry.
- The big iPod isn’t gym-friendly, having no practical solution for affixing it to pocket-less sports clothes. The shuffle, whilst it holds less music, can be clipped most anywhere. When you’re going full tilt on the cross trainer you don’t want to be looking at the screen to change tracks anyway. The shuffle would be loaded with music I wanted to listen to, so no need for a screen…
- The shuffle costs less. My iPod goes with me pretty most everywhere, and I am VERY conscious that if I lost it, I’d been shelling out a good Â£300 or more to replace it. I don’t have that type of cash. I do have Â£55 to stretch to a new shuffle if I need to.
- My iPod serves as my home stereo and alarm clock. As such, it’s permanently docked and plugged into speakers. This means when I take it with me to work each day or the gym, I have to remember to plug it back in when I get home or there’s nothing to wake me up in the morning… It seems like a little thing, but I have the memory retention of a brain-injured goldfish, and at least once a week I wake up in the middle of the night going “bugger, forgot to plug the iPod back in”. I know, I know, cute :P. Still annoying
- I play all my music on random anyway.
- I want one. I can’t rationalize it, I just want one. I work hard for my disposable income and, well, I want one. All my friends seem to be getting shiny new technology at the moment – I feel left out.
- Did I mention it’s green?!
So there you have it. Just chalk me up as one more victim to consumerism and Apple fan-boy-ism. When my new toy arrives (hopefully by Saturday, most likely next week when I’m back at work *le sigh* more fights with the postal service) I will of course do a review. Till then, I’m going to go and lock my credit card away before I can do more damage.