Monday, September 11, 2006

My kingdom for a Warranty

It's been a while since anything I owned broke under warranty. It seems like everything I have breaks 2 to 3 minutes after the warranty has expired. Maybe the manufacture puts in a little explosive device that, after an exact year, destroys something that keeps the product working. Thankfully their are companies like Apple Computers that value the customer and make using their products easy and efficient.

For a month now my iPod has been freezing up more often and the screen has been doing this "scrolly" thing that doesn't hinder the devices productivity but man is it annoying. Here is a picture of the said problem:

As you can see, the numbers on the bottom are also seen at the top of the screen.

I happened to be by the Apple store in Chandler Fashion so I took it in.

The helpful lady in Apple said that they would wipe it of all it's contents and see if rebooting the iPod might fix the problem. She came back out and no dice...problem remained.

She then told me something so wonderful. She would give me a brand new iPod...right out of the box.

Now I have a new iPod and I'm loving it.

Now that I have talked about my iPod issue, I want to list a few of the greatest Audio/Visual inventions in my life time (1982 to Present):

1. iPod- People, this is the most amazing device ever created. I have EVERY CD I own and they all sit inside this little box of wonderment. I have about 300 CD's, songs that magically made their way onto my computer and quite a few podcasts; all equaling 3,334 songs.

2. TiVo- I don't own one but our friends have one and it's truly amazing. It stores all your favorite shows in it's little robot brain and lets you fast forward through commercials...amazing.

3. The Podcast- This really couldn't exist without the iPod, but it's so notable. To fully enjoy podcasts, you have to find one that really makes you want to listen. To fully explain, a podcast is a audio or visual "show" that you subscribe to. When the new show is released, it is updated on your iPod (or any other sub-par mP3 player). What I love is that if you stop listening to the podcast and move to a song or another podcast, you can return to the original podcast and you resume where you left off. The subscription aspect is also a joy because it's like getting a little gift every time a new one is released. Here are a few podcasts that you should check out:
Sound of Young America
The Best Show on WFMU
(These links are for iTunes. If you don't have it, please get it. You're doing yourself a huge favor)

Hopefully I have made your a little more aware of what's out there and I didn't sound like a spokes person for Apple Computers.

Until next time,

Shawn

5 comments:

linda t said...

He's back!!
Shawnie's back!!

Hey, great post!
Keep em coming!

Aaron said...

Truly, truly, the glory of iPod has been revealed. Well done in bringing the joy to the masses. (and, as if we needed any more reason to love the Apple store...God bless it!!!)

Amy Schubert said...

only 300 cds? you need to come over to our house to scrounge around our cd collection .... between Andrew and myself, we have over 8500 songs ... and that's being choosy about what goes on the ipod ... seriously, you should come over ...

Mark Mason said...

I'm so jealous of all you iPod people! My little tiny flash player doesn't have a scroly wheel or nifty visuals at all. It just plays songs... : (

your bestest cousin kristen said...

I couldn't live without tivo! Seriously with a four yr old that sometimes gets out of bed at night and your in the middle of something, its absolutely prefect!
Sad to say but I still have every "lost" episode I just can't seem to delete them!