Internet, you must advise me, because I know you’re out there being clever and knowledgable and you will know more about these things than I do.
I have an mp3 player – obviously, I mean, don’t we all have mp3 players? I would never, ever survive the daily bus ride if I didn’t have my ears plugged into music. Anyway, my mp3 player is a couple of years old now, and it seems to be very unhappy. On Friday I loaded a whole bunch of new songs on it and on the way home, all it did was play the same songs over and over again. Sometimes randomising will do this, but I flicked and flicked and STILL the same songs played. It was getting really frustrating, I mean..there were hours worth of music on the damn thing, why was I hearing the same thing over and over again?
It turns out, it was only reading 17 songs. So, I thought I must have deleted them without realising – as you do *eye roll*, but when I got home and checked it, all the songs I had put on were there! Monday I went to work and I’d loaded another song, just one, to see if that would make a difference. Oh sure, I heard that song, along with the 17 others my player has decided are “teh bomb!” I complained bitterly to Ollie at work, and he looked stumped and confused. That night – actually, it was Tuesday morning because procrastination before work is a must…we tried re-adding all the songs again.
This time, my player decides that it will allow me a further 6 songs, but only six and no more! And then, THEN, as if that isn’t bad enough, I get to the bus exchange and it STOPS PLAYING! Oh.my.god. So I pull it out of my pocket, my fingers all blue with the cold, because you cannot do anything with pretty angora pink gloves on, and it says “voice recording.” What?? Whose voice does it think it’s recording? Mine? I’m not talking! The funny lady on the escalator in front of me? As far as I can tell, she’s not talking either, and if she is, I am selectively not hearing. It refused…refused I tell you, to let me change that function at all, and it would.not.turn.off!
I pulled the battery out of it in the end and that fixed it. But now, and I’m sure you’ll feel my pain…I am SICK to death of the mp3 player from hell and decide it is time to get a new one. I have always wanted an Ipod. Everyone has an Ipod except me. Ipods are so slim and magically musical, and they come in different colours! But Ollie is dubious. He gives me that squinty look from the corner of his eye that tells me I am being childish and petulant and tells me he will fix my player. To which I reply that he can have my stupid player with it’s voice recording, it’s hiding of my hundred songs and playing of 17-23 of it’s own choosing and that I want an Ipod!
Do I know how much an Ipod is? He wants to know – actually, I didn’t. But I will not be dissuaded. Well…I might be. What do -you- know about Ipods internet? Advise me with your marvellous wisdom. Do you have to have ITunes, and must you..you know, purchase music from there before it will play them, or can I load mp3’s from my PC (no Mac users here) without any real difficulty at all? Are they only compatible with Mac’s and will I be lumped with a cute piece of musical machinery that I’ll never be able to use because purchasing music from a website after spending over half my weekly wage on that little machine will make me froth in the absurdity of all that money wastage? Will it? Are there other options? What’s the deal? I really have looked them up, but you know what sites are like with the skirting around what is acceptable behaviour regarding using your own music on your own players..cryptic much?
Oh, yes, I realise there are different kinds of Ipods, I’m looking at the Nano, because it is small and cute and cheaper than any of the others.
Make my husband a believer. I will die, DIE without music on the bus. I am not a silent meditative type. I appreciate silence, when I’m sleeping. But otherwise, music gets the best of me.