But wait! Let’s start at the beginning…
In the summer of 2002, 9 months after Apple launched the original iPod and before iTunes for Windows even existed, I purchased my first Apple product, a 10 GB iPod (2nd generation), together with a FireWire card for my PC.
See, despite developing on Macs for most the ’90s, I’d never owned an Apple product before the iPod, and I settled on building my own PCs running DOS, DESQview, Windows & linux at home, while using Macs, RS/6000s, Alphas, Suns & SGIs at work.
Music is a huge part of my life (I both listen and play) and I’ve always been an early adopter of formats (from cassette, to CD, to DAT, to MiniDisc), so getting an iPod was the next logical step, especially when faced with traveling for 2 months without my music collection.
Yes, my love affair with Apple started with the iPod, soon followed by a 12″ PowerBook G4 rocking OS X. The rest is history: I’ve lost track of the number of Apple products, new and second-hand, that I’ve acquired since.
So, back to the iPod nano. After years without upgrading my iPod (which is still working fine on its original battery), and after owning each new iPhone, why would I bother with this iPod nano?
1) It’s extremely cute. I’m a sucker for sexy devices that pack a lot of tech into a tiny package. It’s been a while since Apple wowed me this much.
2) It’s beautifully simple. I’m happy to see Apple focus on music again. What’s the point of watching video on a screen barely larger than a postage stamp? That’s what the iOS devices are for.
4) It’s almost cheap enough to be an impulse buy :)
I’ve been using the new iPod nano for several days now, and I’m in love. It’s easy to use, and both battery life & sound quality are excellent.
I’ve been keeping it on my night table, connected to my Etymotic ER.4S and it’s been putting me to sleep with hours of music, undisturbed by notification messages.