Are iPods Changing the Way We Listen
by Spencer Anderson
Theyre everywhere, and not only are they everywhere,
they look cool too. Since its launch in 2001, 10 million
have sold and 8 million of those were in 2004. So welcome
to the next generation. 8 tracks, records, cassettes,
CDs, and now the iPod.
I dont have one, yet. My first taste of it came
when my girlfriend got one, and asked if I would set it
up for her using my computer. Wearing those now immediately
recognizable hip cream coloured headphones, I could feel
the eyes of every have-not-an-iPod on me with curiosity
and maybe a little jealousy. I even started walking differently.
Listening to Led Zeppelin, then Radiohead, and then some
Bob Marley on my way to school, there was definitely more
spring in my step, and I sat through class in a much better
mood than usual. For a mere two days it was in my possession
and immediately I could feel myself being sucked into
And why wouldnt you? An iPod lets you put 10,000
songs inside something the size of a pack of cigarettes.
Gone are the heavy, fragile CD cases and the Discman that
skips after each step.
Is the iPod changing the way we listen to music? Undeniably.
With an iPod, we can take our music anywhere, and not
just one album like we could with the walkman. Now we
can carry our entire collections everywhere we go. It
can play mixes at parties. You can bring it on the commute
to work or for a jog. You can save Microsoft Word documents
on it and photos for that matter. Dont like a particular
song on an album? Delete it. Thanks to the iPod, music
has become an even bigger part of our lives because now
its just a click away, and its exactly how
we want it.
Apart from the possibility of our entire collections being
with us at all times, the iPods capabilities have
done something even better. By being able to store over
700 albums, the iPod is encouraging us to try types of
music we might not have listened to before. When burning
a CD to an iPod takes a short few minutes, whats
there to lose?
But is it all just a trend? Doubtful, especially with
people spending on average 100 pounds on iPod accessories.
Its difficult to picture something people now say
they cant live without vanishing, unless Apple CEO
Steve Jobs finds another way to outdo himself yet again.
And on that note now Apple has come out with the smaller,
cheaper version of the iPod called the iPod shuffle. Will
it have the same impact as its predecessor? Only time
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