My New Toy

Album Cover: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace

"Time will turn us into statues, eventually."
Foo Fighters / Statues

Posted on May 27, 2005 10:34 PM in Music
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

About half a year after originally putting my old iBook up for sale on Craigslist, I finally found a taker. Back in December I believe I was asking somewhere in the ballpark of $350 for it, then I lowered the price down to $325, and then finally $275. The last time I posted the ad, I even threw in the offer for a trade for a newer generation iPod. Well, wouldn't you know it, a self-proclaimed Mac-geek in New York found my ad and decided she wanted to trade her 40GB 4G iPod for my old clamshell laptop.

I decided to accept the offer, and I believe both parties came out happy in the end. Needless to say, I've been playing around with my new toy since the minute it arrived on my doorstep, and it's been a lot of fun. I have no idea if I'll ever be able to fill it up, given that a good majority of my music collection is on it now and I'm only using about ten gigs. There's nothing wrong with legroom, though.

I don't know if I should chalk it up to kismet or what, but I did find it a bit intriguing that the very week of my new iPod's arrival the new ml_ipod plugin for Winamp arrived on the scene (so to speak). I've never been a big iTunes fan, mostly because of its massive hoggishness and the fact that I don't like the feeling of using a Mac-ish application on Windows. iTunes does some things pretty well – don't get me wrong – but any application requiring a 25+ MB download leaves me a bit squeamish.

I've only been using ml_ipod for a few minutes now (enough time to listen to the first four tracks of Abbey Road), but it seems very responsive, easy-to-use, and it's nice being able to manipulate my library using a user interface that I'm accustomed to using.

Anyway, I'm having fun with my new iPod and, needless to say, my downloading has increased dramatically over the past few days ;) In the coming days/weeks/etc. I plan to continue that trend, to spend some time reading through 50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod, to continue posting iPod-related links in my B-Sides, and to figure out what all this podcasting fuss is about.

Comments

Janine on May 28, 2005 at 3:42 AM:

Enjoy your iPod!! I've been tinkering around with Podcasting the past couple/few months. A couple of good resources (which I'm sure you've discovered) are PodcastAlley.com and PodcastingNews.com.

Also, I found this post yesterday....something we can all do for the troops:

http://www.podcastnyc.net/blog/2005/05/podcasting-to-troops.html

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Bernie Zimmermann on May 28, 2005 at 1:40 PM:

Thanks for the links, Janine. I hadn't heard of any of them, but needless to say I'll be checking them all out.

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Janine on May 29, 2005 at 4:32 PM:

Forgot one more thing you might be interested in.....the Firefox plugins for podcasting!!!

http://undergroundmedia.org/firefox-plugins

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