Ultra-portable, revolutionary, touch sensitive,
backlit, illuminated, super fast, hassle free, durable and stunning,
just a few of the generous compliments one likes to receive on a
day-to-day basis from ones co-workers, though this time, theyre
a little (i.e. smaller than ever) digital music player
named iPod. Even smaller than the smaller than ever
iPod, is the iPod mini
This duo of gadgets have earned rave reviews from
tech-mags, tech-heads, and style gurus across the globe. So, what
do they do? Its more a case of, what dont they do? Lets
they dont wash the dog or support internet dating.
What they can do is store for your playing amusement anywhere from
1000 to 10,000 songs, mp3s from your own collection or new selections
bought and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store boasting the
largest legal download catalo-gue online. They have games,
a text-down-load function, to-do lists, a calendar and a contacts
list. If turning pages is an issue, try downloading some audio books.
Celebrities apparently just adore the opportunity to read books
to you sometimes their own!
Although the list of attributes is somewhat astounding,
what one finds more astounding is the emphasis on style when plugging
the iPod series. The Apple online store is liberally laced with
compliments as you would expect, look a little closer and it almost
reads like a fashion magazine. The accessories, the colours, the
adjectives, its quite endearing. Step outside the bright store
lights of Apple and head over to an iPod community site
such as ipodlounge.com and you can see pictures of people and their
iPods from around the world. Funnily enough the top-rated pictures
are those involving Speedos and bikinis. Fashion and technology
hand in hand is obviously well appreciated.
Apples iPod style gurus include the suggestion
that attaching your iPod to a lanyard around your neck is, most
probably, the ultimate fashion statement.
I want it fused to my cranium for easy access,
says iPodian Matt Kaste in an attempt to ace Apple gurus style
law, to improve my appearance and to offend apocalyptic types
who will assume that it is the Mark of the Beast. I will play track
666 continuously in their presence. Undoubtedly the Apple
crew will soon offer such a fusing option. Until then, one option
available today is to have your newly ordered iPod engraved with
2 lines at 27 characters max. Your personal motto, your favourite
lyrics, your name and telephone number, This is an iPod,
the possibilities are positively endless, so long as theyre
under 54 characters.
The iPod Minis main sales point other than
its size is the colour scheme. A point craftily underplayed, Oh,
one other minor detail, you can choose your iPod mini in one of
five trend-setting colours: silver, gold, green, pink or blue. (All
Oh, Apple, you had us at All shiny.
Once you select your iPod model, the fun shopping
continues with accessories. Cases, covers, cables, connections,
carry-bags, clip-ons, cartridges and circuitry. Its all there,
and oh so tempting. Barbie may actually be jealous at the array
of extras out there for iPods. Audiophiles into style can check
out thinkdifferentstorecom or everythingipod.com. Styling- up or
down- styling are at your fingertips and only a click away.
As of June 2004 there are more than 3 million
iPods off the shelves and in use. IPodloungecom says The benefits
of a large community are numerous. User groups and discussion forums,
including those hosted by iPodlounge, have sprung up around the
world, and experienced users have offered their expertise and friendship
to a growing global community of digital music lovers. iPod
as stylish world ambassador for friendship?
When I see someone with an iPod, says
musician Tony Grund, I feel a kind of connection with that
person. We have become siblings, united through the wonders of Macintosh.
Truly beautiful words, not shiny, but beautiful all the same.