The iPod Revolution

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs

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.