Joe Malan

Anyone up for creating a Go Fund Me for a new iPod? Anyone?

Just kidding.

One of my life mottos goes something like, "I don't care how it looks, as long as it works."

Now that I think about it, maybe that doesn't apply to newspaper design. Sorry, boss. 

I've had this iPod for a while - I can't remember what "generation" it is, or for how long I've had it. It's one of those ones that has a metal backing and glass screen. You know - the kind of screen that will split and crack if you drop it at the gym or on the pavement. 

Sadly, my disregard for technology has reared its ugly head with this second iPod in a row, as the screen is now spider-webbed with cracks stemming from the top right corner downward and leftward. Usually I take care of things better than this, but, you know, it is what it is.

These past years, speaking to my luck with iPods, have left me pining for the days of yore - 15 or so odd years ago, when the first iPods came out on the market.

I can't decide whether that makes me old or is a tribute to my youth. Either way, the first generation of iPods are near and dear to my heart. 

You remember them: Square (perhaps slightly cylindrical), metallic and heavy. And of course, there was the trademark of all early generation iPods: the wheel that let you scroll through your songs. These days, you might confuse your iPod with your phone. They could look quite similar. Of course, now we have iPhones, which pretty much combine everything together anyway, so there really is no need for an iPod.

I'm a bit of an old-school person, though. I have a new-ish phone, one that has Facebook, the internet, YouTube, and so on, but I don't use it as my main music listening device. It probably has to do with not wanting to drain the battery.

But back to these old-school iPods: These things were built like a rock. The one I have, the iPod Mini (and yes I still have it), I used for many years. Not a single dent or scratch. Know that old phrase, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore?" Well, that definitely applies to iPods. 

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