Some of you might remember that a while ago, I moaned about my iPod going kaput. Well, guess what this new one has gone and done? It's freaking died out on me. I'm hoping that if I leave it for a while, it will magically start to work again. However, I have to say that the prognosis is not too hopeful.
When I press the round button in the middle, the screen flickers to life for a split-second but then quickly goes gray. Half the screen is grey and the other half black. Doesn't look good, at all!
The good thing is that I have a warranty and so I should be able to get a free replacement. But what a pain in the you-know-where! I have to get to the Apple-licensed store, which is really out of my way and then I have to upload all my songs again. Then, there'll always be the thought somewhere in the recesses of my mind urging me not to get too attached to the new one just in case it also dies out on me. The first one barely lasted 3 months; this one has tried, I suppose - I've had it for about 6 months.
It's funny. While I'm tempted not to bother with iPods in the future if the new one also stops working, having an iPod has also changed the way I listen to music. Now I have access to all my albums at once. It has also changed the way I think about my music. Since iTunes alllows you to create playlists (well, a sophisticated and faster version of the mix-tapes we used to make back in the day), it has also changed the way I organise my music. Where I would normally group my music by artiste, now I tend to create playlists around moods or genres or what I plan on using the music for e.g. Work Out.
Okay, I will get a replacement (it's free, afterall), but if anything happens to that one I might have to seriously think about other brands.