I finally did it. After seeing the value of owning an iPod for some months I broke down and actually bought one this week. I have previously commented on the iPod revolution based upon seeing how they are used among those in the emerging generation. I have asked a lot of questions to almost everyone under 35 who owns one. I have been podcasting the ACT 3 Weekly articles since January 1, 2007. A lot of my readers would rather listen to me present this article orally so I began to see the value of this technology firsthand.

I also began to realize that there is a lot of truly good stuff that I could hear in the car as well as when I walk, fly, or just rest, so it became more important for me to get my own iPod. I am not an easily convinced consumer so I waited for the technology to work our some of the bugs for several years and then for the price to come down considerably. The Scots blood in me is still pretty obvious to those who know me.

My final mistake, or good decision if I am a wise shopper, was to have lunch with my thirty-year old daughter early this week. I began by asking her: “What should I do about getting an iPod and which one should I buy if I decide to finally break down and get my own?” After she asked me a few technological and personal questions we went right to the store and did the deal. I left Best Buy with my bag and extras and then began to sort out how to use it all. (Why is this so easy for people under 40?) It was fairly painless to make the purchase since I had saved the money and thought about this purchase for several years. I used my iPod yesterday during the Carol Stream parade. It helped me deal with a great deal of noise and boredom, especially since I listened to the TideCast of Crimson Nation sports and to my friend Steve Brown of Key Life.

I guess I have joined the revolution but then there is new stuff already appearing just as I join in and, as always, I will intentionally remain behind the curve just a bit. What can I say? I am 58 years old for pity sakes. I think I will go try my iPod out again and listen to some pretty cool stuff.

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  1. Steve Scott July 5, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    John, you should put them out on 8 track tape. Retro is in.

  2. Jaimie July 6, 2007 at 10:59 am

    I am a 73 year old woman for pity’s sake. I bought my first iPod in Nov. 2001, a year late in my estimation. I listen to audiobooks, librivox, podcasts and also download classical music. I cannot say emphatically enough how much information and excitement, how many creative and innovative ideas the iPod has exposed me to. It has been wonderful and because of this experience I realized that waiting for the price to come down and the bugs to be worked out would have cost a great loss in wonderful experiences. I still have and use (every night) the first iPod I bought. It has been a workhorse, running from 11pm to 5am every night for the last 6 years. I added a Nano and a video iPod and each contributes joy in its own way. i can listen to the Nano while gardening or waiting for an appointment and I can watch a movie every evening on the video iPod. I’ve learned a lot of technology as a result also. What a gift! From my perspective then, I urge you to pull this technology into your life as much as you can. It has the potential to expand your experience beyond your wildest imaginings.

  3. davedryer July 6, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    An iPod also is extremely useful in anesthetizing us to the very real pain of exercise — sermons, music, you name it — instead of watching the clock on the treadmill, I walk until the sermon is done. I love it.

  4. Greg July 7, 2007 at 10:56 am

    “TideCast of Crimson Nation sports”? Why do that to a brand new iPod? Go Vols!

  5. Mike Sense July 11, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Not going to lie…an iPod is great. I wouldn’t of spent the money unless I believed it was going to be beneficial. Thus far it has been incredible. I listen to a lot of sermons on the go and even around my house. It’s nice not to be tied town to a laptop or desktop.
    Kudos for not being part of the “anti” crowd. At first I wanted to push back because of the popularity and not get one, but hey, they’re great 🙂

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