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February 24, 2004

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greebs

Aside from TiVO, the iPod is just the greatest invention ever. Even the box it comes in is beautiful. Congrats on your new addition...

paris

I am the same way with everything I see and MUST have.

josh

That was a truly excellent post.

Steve

Now you will have a reason to visit the ipodlounge:

http://www.ipodlounge.com/

Tan

You must be reading my mind...congrats on your purchase :)

Andrew

Don't listen to those dreamers who say that the happiest day of your life is the day you get married. No no no. It is two weeks later when the department store delivers a truck full of presents from the wedding list.

hollismb

I read an interesting article about the iPod phenomenon not too long ago. Here's part of it (and sorry for taking up so much space. Feel free to trim or delete):

"The iPod is the modern-day equivalent of the Samurai sword.

It is a bit emasculating to admit this, but portable electronics have replaced sidearms in our culture. I draw upon the Japanese katana for my analogy for several reasons. First, the katana was much more than a mere weapon or cutting tool. It was a portable symbol of status, power, and class. The warrior class, the Samurai, were actually quite numerous. At their height they were nearly 10% of the population of Japan. Before 1876, wearing the katana conveyed to the casual observer that the wearer of the long and short swords possessed a rank and status of an elite group.

The katana contained the highest technology available at the time. The bulk of Japan’s military resources were focused upon advancing the metallurgy of the curved sword, and developing effective techniques to use it in the most efficient way. Even today, modern science has not matched the ancient labor-intensive technique of folding and quenching that aligned the steel’s molecules the way that a master Japanese swordmaker could. The world of weaponry stands humble in the face of the matchless quality and perfection of the Japanese katana, which metallurgically or artistically, has no peer.

The simple fact that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars more for an iPod, when equal technology is available in a less impressive-looking package, points directly to this analogy. People will pay more for a status symbol, and in doing so, they have made the iPod one of the most important cultural icons today.

The iPod is indeed beautiful, artfully designed, and really still is quite impressive technologically speaking. One of the most intriguing things to me remains that even though the headphones that come with it are of famously poor quality, people seem to hang onto them, since they seem to say, “I am a charter member of the iPod fraternity!”

Finally, the Samurai warrior also believed that his katana contained his eternal soul, but you’d have to be a really big James Brown fan for your iPod to do that."

Sounds like you got a pretty good deal too!

jes

I agree with greebs, the box my iPod came in is decorating my apartment. The iPod is pretty magnificant. Enjoy.

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