Finally bought an MP3 player. Not an ipod. A notpod. A Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra. Not as snappy sounding as an ipod, not as pretty as an ipod (not even close), but 40G of music all the same. And a fraction of the price. One half, to be precise.
Plenty of mac-o-phile self-justification on salon and hardnews last week. Get over it – they look incredible, they cost a lot, end of story. PCs are cheap and ubiquitous and Microsoft sucks. End result: when you use a PC you have to endure with spam and viruses and bloatware, but the hardware is half the price and you seldom have to pay for software (wink wink, nudge nudge). File ‘sharing’ is more fun with PC apps cos there are more users, therefore more files to ‘share’. There’s pluses and minuses either way but I find the whole mac-user moral high ground thing tiresome as hell. It’s mostly product design and marketing and the benefits of belonging to an elite fringe of users versus the great spammy beigebox unwashed.
So anyway, I’m now able to access all the 40GB of music I’ve downloaded over the last few years in this one little box. Lord knows how many months that’d keep me going if listened back to back.
Not surprisingly, there’s a ton of stuff I’ve found that I’d forgotten about. One tends to obsess over getting a certain track, album, mix whatever, then move onto the next ‘must-have’ before even listening to it. Kinda like insatiable retail therapy but no money involved, heh heh. Muziklust.