I love my iPod – it goes with me EVERYWHERE. I have it on a lanyard and it sits around my kneck from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed (only coming off when I’m in the shower).
It’s not always in my ear – I take it out when I’m talking to somebody, watching TV, listening to the radio or writing – but do still use it when reading a book or blog post.
But I’m getting really pissed off with it. I’ve had it for two years now and sticking to the general rule of Lithium Ion batteries (between 300 and 500 charges), it’s giving up the ghost. A charge lasts about two hours and it keeps crashing.
So I’m getting a new one for Christmas – or at the latest early 2007 (when I’ve got the money). But it has led me to wonder – is it time to go back to basics.
This is also inspired by the Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook reader – I love the idea of going all Sci-Fi and having a device that I can pick up and use to read any book I want or even have my newspaper or favourite blogs delivered directly too it – when I’m on the bog.
But it will have the same problem as my iPod. In two years its battery will start to die, it will get flaky and I will have to buy a new one. I dont’ get that with paper.
I read a lot of books and have a fairly large library of everything from SciFi to cookery and everything else in between. I can pick up a book, shove it in my bag and know that I can pull it out and read it any time I like – without having to worry about the batteries being dead.
Oh and while we’re on the subject of books – YES I CRACK THE SPINE – a book is there to be read, it’s there to be enjoyed and the best way to enjoy a book is crack the spine, fold it in half and get on with it.