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May 16th, 2003

MP3 Players are Quite Fantastic

Both Ryan and I are equipped with MP3 players. I own an iPod, and Ryan has a Creative Nomad Jukebox. While I won’t speak for him (this time), I will say that having an MP3 player totally changes the way I listen to music.

I do get amazed that computing has come this far: all 3,000+ songs I own are now in a package the size of a deck of cards. I can listen to any one I want, at any time. I don’t need to be in front of a computer to do this, and that’s the best part. Sure, I often toted around my portable CD player, but it used regular batteries (ugh) and naturally, could only play whatever was on that CD.

To me, it feels a bit like TiVo: this is the way music should be. The packaging? Sure, I do miss that a bit. But when it comes down to it, the mere ability to play any song that I own that might also be dancing around in my head, at any time, is awfully nice. You should get one.

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