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RIP FRED - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
In other very old news, a few weeks ago I lost my iPod. I have a strong suspicion he simply fell out of my bag when I was walking home with Joe one day. That particular bag had a sneaky side zipper that I sometimes forgot to close all the way.

So F.R.E.D., the Fucking Ridiculously Expensive Device, is no more. Considering FRED and I have been together longer than Joe and I have, I figure I got my money's worth , especially because I won the money I purchased him with in the lotto pool at work - rendering him, essentially, free.

I'm not overly upset over FRED's loss, he was just a thing, but I am put-out by the current lack of music for my walking... I'm really not hugely enthusiastic about walking if I've got nothing to bop along to, and that lack of enthusiasm is beginning to show up on my waistline. Also, pouring music into my ears is one of my methods to stem my characteristic little bouts of worry... since the loss of FRED I've become a little more worry-ful on my long walks.

So the upshot is, I need to replace FRED but given that I'm moving soon I don't want to dent my hip pocket too much doing so. Also, the current iPods are pretty and shiny and all, but they're far more than what I need. FRED was a black 40gig iPod Video; I rarely used the video functionality and I never filled him much beyond halfway.

I'm pretty enamoured with the iPod range in general (despite the pain-in-the-ass software) so I'm thinking I might Ebay for a replacement, maybe a Mini or something... 20 gigs is all I'll really need. I do want a screen, so a Shuffle is out (and too small anyway). Colour, size, shape, all immaterial. I just want a portable, reliable music player that works in the way I've become accustomed to - ie, an iPod (Joe keeps trying to get me to switch brands but I love that tricksy little spin-wheel!)

So hey, if any of you are planning to upgrade to one of the newer iPods and have an old model you'd like to part with, let me know how much you'd accept for it. For that matter, if you're local, there are a number of electronic / furnishing items I'd be quite cheerful to trade. Let's barter, bay-bee!
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stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: May 12th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
That is the best name for an iPod that I've ever heard. XD If they ever make them accessible enough for my wife to use, we might have to get one and steal the name for it.
isnotanexit From: isnotanexit Date: May 12th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
you should consider getting a refurbished iPod nano from Apple. They're cheaper and good as new... in fact, they're better than new, because apple's refurbished products go through more testing and inspections than their new products. And you can get the exact same warranty that you'd get for a new one. I have a refurbished apple laptop and I love it. If I ever get anything apple ever again, it'll be refurbished.

c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: May 12th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
My iPod died also!... I went with a non-Apple thingy this time, to get away from the premature deaths and annoying software... ;D
whyrl From: whyrl Date: May 12th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a 20G iPod classic that I'll be parting with when the iPhone is released in Australia "sometime" this year (I'm hoping next month but that may be overly optimistic).
hammond From: hammond Date: May 12th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Last I heard before I left Optus was that they were picking it up. Release date was set as the 23rd of May but don't know if that's changed.
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: May 12th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you considered the 8g nano? I have one and its uber portable and if I want more music on there I can just do a switcheroo on the computer before leaving the house and I think they have different computery parts in them making them a bit less drop proof (I actually have no evidence on this, I think I read it somewhere)

sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: May 13th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Does your phone have a Mp3 player? Might be cheaper then just to buy a larger memory card. > Ask hammond.
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