I’ve been gone for a minute but I’m back with the … wow, I just really dated myself with that intro, didn’t I. Whatever happened to Lil Kim anyway?

Anyway, I’m officially the last New Yorker to get an Ipod. No, don’t try to make me feel any better – I realize the benefits of my lowly, iPodless station; bereft of the trendy earbuds, adventures unnarrated by soundtrack, inability to tune out passersby, blah. So after landing this relatively sweet gig downtown and actually having a regular income again, I thought I would drop a couple hundred on one of those snazzy new 20GB deals – iPhoto, click wheel, extended battery life, the whole shebangabang. That is, until I heard about that poor kid getting jumped over the weekend. (Please see 2 Are Charged With Murder in IPod Theft)

This morning, I was reading the crappy free paper (not Metro – that other one) on the train and saw a “poll”, asking people what they thought about the violence. “I grew up in a rough neighborhood,” one guy said, “so if they want my iPod, they’ll have to kill me first.” Hardee har har.

So now I’m considering a reconsideration. In my day, they used to jump kids for nice sneakers and North Face gear. (Boy, did that wipe the smug look off those prep school kids’ faces.) But I never had or wore either of those things. I can’t help but think how my $317 (including tax) could be better spent; I could donate to my high school, to Planned Parenthood, to my credit card bill. Then again, even my broke socialist friends have iPods. What’s a girl to do?

4 Comments so far

  1. ~dana (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 9:53 am

    While I personally detest all things iPod (not a big fan of the interface, hate iTunes, heard horror stories about battery issues, and yeah that whole thing about people getting robbed and killed for them) I am super pro-any sorta personal MP3 playing device, especially for subway riders in NYC. I hardly go a day without using mine (a Dell DJ w/20 gigs–more than half the cost of the iPod and a much better interface in my opinion) There are plenty of other choices out there, but if the iPod turns out to be your device of choice so be it (I have plenty of friends who own them and I have disowned them…yet). However, I would strongly urge you to invest in another pair of headphones, even just a cheap $10 pair that doesn’t have white cords. Those damn white headphones aren

  2. Anna (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 10:28 am

    yeah i was just gonna suggest the getting another pair of headphones thing. there’s plenty of better, cheap headphones out there. you don’t need to look like an ipod ad, do you?

    i ended up giving my 10 gig ipod to my brother cause i wasn’t using it. i much prefer to read on the subway.

  3. ~dana (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

    Oh and to answer your first question, Yahoo news seems to have heard you and just posted an update on where Lil Kim is (or rather where she is heading) http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/20050706/en_music_eo/16880

  4. Art (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 9:37 pm

    I have an iRiver. And, I just bought it. Before I got the thing, I had an mp3 player made by Rio — it only held 90 megabytes (and it was stolen! Can you belive that?).

    Art’s obviously way behind the curve on this one.

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