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What’s on YOUR iPod? – Sep 2012

Published October 1, 2012 - 2 Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post about my listening habits. I wonder if they’ve changed at all? Let’s take a look at the Top 25 most played songs on my iPod.

Get It Right (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Your Arms Feel Like Home – 3 Doors Down
I Saw It – Barenaked Ladies
Faithfully – Glee Cast
Sweater Song – Hedley
Faithfully – Journey
Outro – M83
Beside You – Marianas Trench
Someone Like You – Adele
What Kind Of Man Would I Be – Chicago
Long Long Way To Go (acoustic) – Def Leppard
Fix You (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
21 Guns – Green Day
Goodbye – Hootie And The Blowfish
I Tried – The Jeff Healey Band
Angel Eyes – The Jeff Healey Band
When You Look Me in the Eyes – Jonas Brothers
Open Arms – Journey
Good To You – Marianas Trench
Happy Ending – Mika
Angel – Aerosmith
Why – Annie Lennox
Truth in Lies – Frozen Ghost

Apparently not. In fact, I’d say that I probably fell asleep with my “Thinking” playlist running a few times. Since I’ve been sick the last couple of weeks, I sometimes put that music to help me fall asleep at night. I think almost all (if not all) those songs are from that playlist. Outro by M83 is a new addition, though!

Time to wipe the play counts and see if October isn’t a little less depressing than September obviously was. 🙂

Apple iPad – Revolutionary or an iFad?

Published April 4, 2010 - 0 Comments

Well Apple’s much anticipated iPad tablet has finally shipped, and it’s about the only thing that people are talking about on tech blogs and podcasts.  I’ve never been an early adopter of hardware, much preferring to sit back and wait for someone else to buy it first, and then make my mind up.  And usually within that time, the price generally starts to come down a little.  So it’s a win-win.

But when it comes to the iPad, I’m not even close to being sold on the concept.  What the hell would I use it for?  It’s not a phone.  It’s not a music player.  It’s not a computer.  Although it does perform all of those functions, at least in one way or another.  Then what IS it?

I had this conversation with a good friend of mine.  He thinks that it will revolutionize the niche left under-served by existing tablets.  OK, fine.  I honestly can’t imagine it being any worse than Windows-powered tablet PCs.  I still never really saw the need for those, except in some highly-specific situations.  Apple seems to know how to create a perfect user experience (Apple TV may be the exception to the rule) but the idea of just having an iPad sitting on the coffee table to pick up and do some casual reading, web surfing, or whatever… I just don’t get it.  I can see Apple fan boys (and girls) going gaga for this, but not the average Joe.  I see it as a novelty item at best… a flop at worst.  Sure, they’ll sell a ton of these things initially, but will they be able to sustain the initial momentum?  I’m curious if anyone reading this has any plans to purchase one, or has had an opportunity to see first-hand what it’s capable of… and where it’s lacking.

Of course.. my track record with Apple hasn’t been good.  I was wrong with both the iPod and iPhone, but at least both of those devices had a clear purpose.  I didn’t argue that.  I simply wondered if they lived up to the myth created around their iNames.  And yes… I am fully prepared to admit that (in my opinion) they do.  But the iPad is a different beast altogether.  It aims to fill a void that honestly… I don’t think that most people feel they even possess.

It’ll be an interesting toy, and certainly a great conversation piece for those willing to shell out the money for one.  But for the rest of us?  I think we’ll survive just fine without one.

New iPods? Oh Goodie!

Published September 10, 2009 - 5 Comments

It’s hard to read anything about Apple’s recent annual product showcase, without going through the part about Steve Jobs’ return from “the dead” (aka a liver transplant).  Obviously some people want to focus on that. 

Not me.  I want to ramble about the iPods.

It’s no secret.  I love my iPod.  I was a little late getting to the party, but when I finally arrived, I fell in love.  There’s always room for improvement, though, and what’s once new is soon old.  What I’m trying to say is that it’s about time for an upgrade.

So I’m looking at some of the highlights for the new iPod Nano.  I don’t see myself really interested in one of the larger Classics.  160GB just isn’t right for me.  I don’t need that much media on my person.  I have a hard drive hooked up to my TV for that.  Enough of the Classic.  Back to the Nano.

The new Nano goes for $149US for 8GB and $179US for 16GB, which hopefully means I’ll be paying pretty close to that, given the recent strength of the Loonie again.  It seems that Apple finally decided to add the illusive FM radio tuner to their popular player.  I never could understand why it wasn’t included already.  It just seemed to make sense, even if it wasn’t something that people would use all the time.  And now, you can even live-pause songs and tag them through iTunes.  Quite interesting!

They’ve also added a microphone and pedometer.  The pedometer is a no brainer.  I had never thought of it before (probably because I have no desire to know how many steps I’ve taken at any given point) but I can definitely see why some people would like this.  It even comes with software by Nike, which keeps track of your workouts.  Yeah, like I need that. The microphone is a little harder for some people to wrap their brain around, but I’m one of those people who has actually used their cellphone mic  to record quick notes and random thoughts.  And I’ve even looked into buying a digital voice recorder to keep with me for those rare flashes of brilliance where I can’t write the thought down for whatever reason.  They seem to be pretty expensive for some reason, so I haven’t taken it any further than that. 

But the most interesting item was the addition of a built-in video camera.  That certainly adds some power to this little device.  It doesn’t take still photos, though.  And I got to thinking… I seem to remember a sign posted at the gym that frowned upon cellphones, particularly in locker rooms.  How are they going to fare with iPods?  When I look around, I see iPods everywhere.  I’m sure that it won’t take long before I start seeing lawsuits in the news.

All in all, I’m pretty psyched to see the new line-up from Apple.  Try as I may, though, I can’t seem to kill my current one, and hate to spend the money on something new when I have a perfectly good one still. (that I am listening to as I type this)

Christmas is coming. I think I’ll tell Santa that I’ve been good this year…