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Thursday, December 15, 2005

a revelation

it came to me this morning that perhaps the value of the ipod is not in the usefullnes of the product-- but in the allowal of the transferral of values. digital music is by it's nature cold and impersonal. normal cd's and records have a definite tie to the artist, and also visual and tactile cues that remind the user of certain things, like the day they bought the album. perhaps ipods allow the user to bond with the music in a way that other mp3 players don't, through the perception of value- no longer are the listeners participating in the act of making music with the artist, they are participating in the passive act of listening, with the ipod. instead of there being a tie between the artist and the listener, a bond is created between the listener and ipod.

think about this. it seems to me to be a start. a beginning of the end for ipods. if this is the reason, then there are ways of emulating this process.


Blogger Britt said...

My sister gave me her mini ipod, when she no longer had any use for it. Yesterday I was mowing the lawn with a ride on mower, the ipod fell out of my pocket and I nearly ran it over.
It hit the cover plate then bounced the other way, or I would have chopped it. Now it has a gash at the top where the impact was. Pretty funny, I kept wondering what it would look like if it had been mown over.

10:41 AM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger majendie said...

the thing i've found about my iPod is that it opens up a huge range of music i wouldn't have otherwise listened to. the fact that i download most of my music also has created this difference. i don't value the music i download. if i don't like it, oh well, screw it. so this means i try far more than i used to when i would buy cds. when you're poor, $30 on a cd is a lot, and you don't want to buy something you won't like. so you play it safe, and go with known quantities. but with free music - you will try anything. and some of my favourite artists have been found this way.

the connection with the iPod comes when it enables me to listen to this music all day, not just while working at home. it allows me to experience the context of my life with a different backing music whenever i feel like it. but of course, this isn't just iPod, this is true of any portable music player. the iPod just works very nicely, is all.

- m

12:55 AM, March 15, 2006  

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