My New (musical) Friend

ipodgreen.jpgIt has finally happened. I’m now the proud owner of a shiny green iPod Nano. I’ve used iPods since the first one was released way back when (we’ve used a couple of them at work), but haven’t ever had one of my own that I could load up with my music until now. I’ve lovingly named it Lola (she was a showgirl), and after putting it (her?) through its paces for a little over a week now, I’m really happy with it. There were a few things I had to get used to though.

The first thing to go was the headphones. Apple updated their headphone design with the last iPod updates, and from my experience, they’re not that great. First of all, they don’t come with the little spongy covers on them (or at lest mine didn’t) so they’re not that comfortable… maybe it’s just my ears aren’t the right shape. The killer for me though was what they did in cold weather. It’s December in Iowa, so it’s a bit chilly outside. Out in the cold, the wires for the headphones get really stiff and isn’t very flexible which was a bit annoying when walking outside with the iPod. I quickly switched to my previous set of cheap-o ear buds and have been doing fine with those.

The other thing I needed to get used to was having iTunes manage my music. I use iTunes, and have been for quite some time, but I don’t use it as the primary player for mp3’s on my computer. It’s a bit large and bulky to open every time I just want to play a single mp3 (I’m using WinAmp instead). I do use iTunes for PodCasts and when listening to my entire music library though, so it’s not like I had to get used to a new program. What I did have to get used to though was handing over total control of the iPod to iTunes. My previous mp3 player was just a cheapy Sandisk player that showed up as a removable drive when plugged in. All I had to do was drag songs to it to add them. The iPod is a bit different since all the syncing has to be done in iTunes. It took me a little playing to get things set, but I think I’m good to go now. Since the Nano is only 4Gb, and I have more than 4Gb of music in my library, I had to figure out a way to make iTunes only put a portion of my library on it and still leave room for podcasts. What I did (and it’s been working well so far) is create a smart playlist that randomly selects approximately 3.2Gb of music for transfer, leaving me about 800Mb for Podcasts. For the PodCasts, I have it only sync the ones that I select since I like to download more of some podcasts (daily released) than others (weekly released). So far this system has worked pretty well. The only thing I think I’d change about this setup is maybe creating some sort of smart playlist for the PodCasts, but so far things are working the way I want for now.

So far everything has been working great! I need to find another charger though… and maybe one of those cool Nike + iPod running things.

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