A shiny new iPod

by DaniGirl on November 12, 2007 · 23 comments

in Consumer culture

So, remember the iPod that didn’t survive the spin cycle? This week, I got my gift certificate in fulfilment of the product replacement plan with no questions asked. Last time I ever mock Beloved’s inability to purchase any electronic product without also buying extended warranty coverage!

The gift certificate was for the purchase price we paid for my 1G Nano back in the summer of 2006. Happy as I would have been to simply reacquire a replacement 1G Nano — they don’t sell them anymore. I was planning on spending a little bit out of pocket to get a 2G replacement, but they actually had the 4G Nano on sale for LESS than the price of the 2G. Go figure! (I have to laugh at this ridiculous amount of storage space when I think back to my first computer, a scant dozen years ago, that had what seemed like a ginormous 100 MG of memory… to say nothing of our first family computer, way back in the early 1980s. Remember the Sinclair ZX, with a stellar 16 KB of RAM and 16 KB of ROM? *snicker*)

So I’m now the proud owner of a “next generation” 4G Nano with a wider screen, video capability and the new “cover flow” menu. Isn’t it pretty and shiny?

And see that status bar at the bottom of the laptop screen? The blue part shows how much space I’ve used up with my existing music library. Even with everything I had on the old iPod, I still have more than 3G of available space. This is WAY too much iPod for me! (I don’t know how people with 80G iPods do it. I mean, seriously, that’s a hell of a lot of music. That may, in fact, be more music than I have ever owned in my entire life, cumulatively.)

So tell me, bloggy peeps, what music do I absolutely NEED to acquire to fill up all that empty space? (It’s worse than having money to burn, all those empty Gs just aching to be filled!) Enlighten me and my minimalistic, if not ecclectic, music collection. Name an album, an artist, a song or a genre, just help me fill my poor empty iPod.

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1 Karen November 12, 2007 at 7:41 am

It really is pretty…. one of my favourites on my iPod is Canadian Sarah Marshall. I’m not sure though if you can get her on iTunes yet but it is worth a look.

2 Miranda November 12, 2007 at 8:18 am

My kids and I love free video podcasts. Also, NPR has some great stuff. Granted, that stuff doesn’t stay but at least it is interesting new content. I have the 80G iPod (yay student discount plan!) and even with my photos, I still only have maybe 10% of the disk space used.

Have fun with your shiny new toy!

3 Sara November 12, 2007 at 9:28 am

I’ve got a 30 gig and I blush to say I’ve gotten close to filling it — and if my entire iTunes library were on it … well, it wouldn’t all fit.

Things filling up my iPod:

This American Life — NPR Podcast.
(Note, despite the name, I’m sure that Canadians would also enjoy this podcast. It’s not, like, rah rah flag Go US.)

Radiolab – NPR Podcast.
Science made all touchy-feely for us literature types. But NOT dumbed down. More like thoughtful about implications of it all.

Movies/TV. What color-collar crime is it when you borrow DVDs from lending sources and use legal software to move a smaller, grainier copy of their contents to your iPod? Well, I’ve been doing that. I have many, many Backyardigans episodes to amuse kids in the car. Also have indulged in the less-shady practice of putting my own DVDs into a more transportable format occasionally.

Audiobooks. Again, one can use one’s library to find books on CD, and then rip them so that you can have all 8 CDs of, say, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on your iPod for your long car trip listening pleasure.

Too much 80s music, much of it in remix/cover version form, courtesy of links I find at Retro Music Snob. DId you know the Barenaked Ladies do a lovely cover version of “When Doves Cry?”

4 renee November 12, 2007 at 10:03 am

music must haves? on my ipod i have Barenaked Ladies, U2, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Enya, Charlotte Church and various 80’s remixes. how’s that for a mix? my 3yr old loves to sing “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash since she heard me playing it!
i have yet to try the audiobooks as Sara recommended but have friends who have them on their ipods and they highly recommend it. hmmm i am stopping at the library today with the wee so perhaps i’ll bring some home.

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6 Barbara November 12, 2007 at 10:38 am

I’m a CBC One person and so my music recommendations will be umm, well, non-existant but I know there are podcasts of many of the CBC shows that you might follow. Right now, I’m addicted to books-on-cd that have have been copied to my iPod. The library has many titles and you can just load them up as you get them and listen whenever – so don’t be afraid to place a bunch on order or grab the 7 day loan titles.

Reid prefers the iPod to the laptop when we travel. Every once in a while I look through the children’s category for appropriate videos and have been known to copy dvds to the iPod for her as well. You can download some tv shows, including This is Daniel Cook, from http://www.mobovivo.com/. The iPod store won’t let you get most US shows, though. Sigh.

You might also put pics of your kids, Beloved and others on your iPod so that you can show them off. Reid likes to watch a slideshow of mostly pictures of her.

7 kgirl November 12, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Mazel Tov! It’s so pretty.
Lately I’ve been trying to dance the baby down with a combinaion of Sean Paul, Mika and Scissor Sisters. Don’t ask.

8 Roz November 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm

so JEALOUS right now!!

But i’ll still help you fill your cute lil ipod!

check out Emmy Rossum. The whole album is great, but you can buy a sampler of sorts from itunes for $2.29. You get 3 ~amazing~ songs and an 18 minute documentary on the making of the album.

p.s. i may or may not be promoting this album becuase my brother wrote, produced, engineerd etc. etc. the whole thing.

But seriously, it’s good. Check it out :)http://www.emmyrossum.com/home.htm

9 Batman November 12, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Congrats on the warranty win.

Must have music = Arcade Fire.

I’m also partial to Raffi’s song “Bananaphone”. It’s bananular.

If you’re looking for video to put on there, check out the youtube video for SnoopDogg’s Gin and Juice performed by Richard Cheese.


10 Alissa Eng November 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm

i have a disturbing thing for John Denver.

11 Sue November 12, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Oooooh, shiny!! Nice iPod. What have you named it?

How about some Christmas tunes? Sarah McClaughlin’s “Wintersong” is lovely.

12 alison November 12, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Suggestions? Ummmmm, Diana Krall – “Live in Paris”, Keane – “Hopes and Fears”, and two older CDs I’ve been playing a lot lately: Odds – “Bedbugs” and Keith Richards (and the Expensive Winos) – “Main Offender”. Well, you asked.

13 Mac and Cheese November 12, 2007 at 11:07 pm

Oooooh, very purdy! I am musically stuck in the ’90s, so I’ve probably got nothing for you here.

14 James Bow November 12, 2007 at 11:41 pm

Well, congratulations. Apple does treat us well in support, don’t they? They also replaced my burnt-out power cord, and I think I may have to talk to them about my Airport, which is becoming spotty in its coverage.

But then, I’ve given them about $5000 worth of business, between two laptops, an iPod and software, so, hey, I figure they owe _me_.

I have an 80 Gb iPod. I splurged and spent the last of my advance. I now have over 11 Gb of music on it. That covers about 2/3rds of the albums I have on CD, or over 7.5 days of music.

You think that’s impressive, imagine the space it takes up on my laptop, though. 🙂

15 Cher Stewart November 13, 2007 at 3:54 am

How cool is that?! I’ve heard that Apple is ridiculously awesome when it comes to caring for their customers, as long as you treat them right. Sometime I’ll break down and buy an iPod.

16 Rebecca November 13, 2007 at 6:06 am

Larrikin Love, the Guillemots, Ryan Adams, Martha Wainwright.

hxxp://www.sendspace.com/file/fj958z – The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

hxxp://www.sendspace.com/file/qc77st – Various Artists – All from Yorkshire (email me for tracklisting :D)

hxxp://www.sendspace.com/file/qv7bqb – The Boy Least Likely To – I’m Glad I Hitched My Applw Wagon to Your Star

(Chane xx to tt, obvs)

(And enjoy)

My last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/clumsykisses/

17 DaniGirl November 13, 2007 at 8:27 am

Hey, thanks for all the great suggestions, some of which are already on my iPod and many of which I’ve never heard of!

And yes, CBC radio podcasts are about to become a new favourite source of content for me, I think. I’ve had the podcasts for DNTO and Q and Quirks and Quarks tagged for a while now, as well as the BNL podcast, but just haven’t found a good time to listen to them. Three am feedings may fulfil that niche!

Oh, and Sue, I named the same thing I had named my former iPod, the “Escape Pod” (thanks, Trixie!) because I’m just not that good with change. 😉

18 Karen November 13, 2007 at 8:50 am

Very impressive Dani…you are too cool!
Oy, music collections. I was just going through our mess of CD’s (I know, very old school we are) and sorting through the Toddler hits section. Doubt you want those anywhere near your new toy.
Maybe I’ll pop back in later with some selections… we have very eclectic taste in our household, but we tend to keep coming back to the same ones.

19 b*babbler November 13, 2007 at 11:22 am

Pretty new iPod!

I hang my head in shame and admit that I have a 60GB iPod which I pretty near fill on a regular basis. I l ove all sorts of music though – classic, pop, alternative, folk.

I’ve been completely into Ingrid Michaelson lately (think the Old Navy sweater commercial).

20 Mary G November 13, 2007 at 3:37 pm

I’m with renee and Alissa. My travelling companions include Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’, a local (Maberly) called David Francey, especially ‘The Ice Rink’, a lot of mixed folk music that my BIL compiled for me (think sixties), and Songs without Words, piano version. Do you know ‘Disc Drive’ on Radio II? He has some good stuff mixed with a few disasters and too much babbling about his cats.

I started with a Kaypro clone in the early eighties. Every time we had a power surge, my operating disc would fry. Long time ago.

21 Wabi Sabi Me November 14, 2007 at 4:43 am

Ooohh! A shiny new iPod! Congratulations!!
In addition to the podcasts, don’t forget to add photos of your family. If you are like me, I always have my children with me and rarely think to carry photos in my already bulging wallet. On the rare occasion I am sans les enfants, I feel horrible when asked and not able to present a photo.

Thanks to Tomoko, my iPhone, I no longer have such shame. Instead, I subject unwitting strangers to 96 photos and 4 family videos.

And for music, might I suggest Toby Mac’s Portable Sounds?

22 Mike Arnold November 15, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Hey, I stumbled upon your page. I was just wanting to tell you that the Nano, that you have in your picture is the 3rd Generation Nano, and Apple hasn’t made a 4th Gen Nano. But have fun with your new toy.

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