It’s been almost a year since the last time I wrote a Throwback Thursday Story. What is a Throwback Thursday Story? Simply put, its a backstory that accompanies a throwback photo. But to me throwbacks can be more than just photos, it can be objects that have been with us for as long as we can remember.
Today I celebrate the life and time of my precious iPod Touch (2nd generation). Last week I charged it for a full day only to find that the internal battery had gone to the big apple in the sky. I cried because my companion who traveled with me from borough to borough was gone, and with it my prized collection of 80’s and 90’s jams.
In the beginning…
The love affair with iPod’s started in the early 2000’s when I purchased my very first iPod when Apple launched an all black version. As a New Yorker I’d seen many people on the train with their classic white iPod’s and thought, it’s no better than what I have right now. Yeah, said the person whose purse was filled with colorful cd’s for my Sony Mini. It was obvious I had no clue as to what I was missing, but I was about to find out.
When I heard Apple was coming out with an all back version I knew I was going to nab one. It looked nothing like anything anyone was carrying. It was different, yet the same. It had me entranced. But when I heard it could hold over 5000 songs it solidified my decision even more to purchase one. Bye bye mini cd’s.
In 2004 I spent an obscene amount of money on my very first iPod. Upon first listen it was as if I had seen the light. It was glorious. And for almost 2 years it would be my travel companion all over the city. Until that fateful day when it fell out of my purse on the train and became lost. I was a broken woman. I tried to listen to my old Sony MiniDisc to comfort me but it was no use. I was forced to ride the train *gasp* without music.
iPod Touch was introduced. It debuted in white and black. I ran to the Apple store the next payday to make my purchase. White was sold out of course. But like I told the salesman, I only want black. And from 2006 til 2015 my iPod Touch would be at my side. Allowing me to fall into different genre’s of music with a simple flick of my thumb. I could tune out all that was around me, including my stop from time to time. At the time of my original purchase I only had a couple hundred songs, but over time I would amass a collection of over 3,500 songs.
My iPod would comfort me through the high and lows of my life over the past decade. It comforted me during me 6 week long break up with Jeff, accompanied us on our honeymoon, in my over night bag for the birth of our children, poolside on our tropical vacations and provide background music at my very first Mommy R+R event. I never thought there would be a day when I wouldn’t have it in my life.
When I found my poor iPod unresponsive on my desk I knew that I couldn’t dwell on its passing. I needed to pick up the pieces and carry on with my life. It would want me to. So I purchased my third iPod.
They’ve come a long way from almost 10 years ago, especially iTunes. You see, I haven’t updated my iTunes since about 2008 and recently switched laptops due to a cracked screen. So not only would I lose my iPod but my iTunes collection as well. I’d be starting all over again.
They come in an array of colors and have the capabilities are far more superior than what I was used to. I deviated from my trademark black and chose pink. I wanted something with a little pop and flair and I engraved it. I put my business names and hashes on it. With all the ability to take photos and video, messaging and face time, page creation and Siri etc. I knew I would be using my iPod for much more than just music.
You may be asking, why not just get an iPhone? And my answer is simple, I love droid. I will never convert to iPhone, unless Samsung goes belly up. And since that’s not happening any time soon I will use my iPod for its intended purpose to play music. I will be able to listen to what I want, when I want, without commercial break, lack of signal in the subway or blowing my phone battery.
I just got it yesterday so this weekend I’ll start toying around with the apps and begin gathering all my lost tunes and some new ones to start an all new adventure that will last me another 10 years, maybe more.
Are there any people out there who use an iPod just for music? I know I can’t be alone. Don’t be shy.
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Photo Credit: Apple