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Hanna
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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Do you think iPod has become a cultural phenomenon ? I think it is, but it's not my intention to offend those who :)really adores their ipods, but it's just weird or maybe I'm too weird thinking this matter.

Istigkeit
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 01:39 PM
The iPod has been a cultural phenomenon for years. When you see entire families plugged into their own individual ipods on public transportation, it's safe to say it's had some impact on us. An ipod almost simulates complete isolation, not much outside noise can get past those earbuds.

OneEnglishNorman
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 01:45 PM
Yes... however the real story is how in such a turbulent market as consumer electronics, where the leader is toppled every few months, the iPod has remained in front. I put it down to ease of use of the player, and the excellent iTunes software. I've tried other players like the Creative Zen, and they're horrible to use.

I'm now on my 7th iPod, a 16gb Touch. I'll probably get the 16gb iPhone at some point.

There is something insufferably pretentious about the Apple image/marketing machine. And products like the ultra slim MacBook are dubious. But the iPod is something which they've got so right :o

Bridie
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 02:51 PM
What's an ipod?


:p

Blood_Axis
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 03:05 PM
What's an ipod?


:p
Yeah, what is it? :p

I have a cheap no-name MP3 player which does the work just fine ;)

Boche
Sunday, February 24th, 2008, 04:59 PM
I only saw Ipods on Internet Site Advertisings since Years. But i don't get whats so great about it. A normal MP3 Player does it aswell.
I don't even need an MP3 Player, because i got one in my Car. The IPod Hype is just as annoying as the Myspace-Hype.




Gruß,
Boche

Ulvhedin
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 01:31 AM
iPod is very nice. I got oldy photo 20gb one, and its pretty usefull, and now I got planes about an iPhone cause its features are great, wi-fi, simple and nice in use touchscreen, and its the best multimedia portabliest device ever :D
And its syncing with ur computer very simple and nice. I like it, and its really
usefull thing.

Spacelab
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 03:04 AM
iTunes is terrible, why anyone would use it over Winamp is beyond me (I put it down to pure ignorance).

iPods are okay at best, I certainly wouldn't buy another one though. I used to own a 4th generation one along with my friend from High School, both of ours broke, except she went through another one after that. Most common source of the problem: Poorly made hard drives. Right now I'm "borrowing" someone else's video iPod, indefinitely :p

Software and capabilities are nothing special, they just seem to be unlocking something every generation so they can sell it off. I've played around custom software for it which is, in my opinion, much better than the default, but unfortunately buggy at times. For what you're getting from an iPod, you can get much cheaper from another brand, and with custom software such as Rockbox you can do even more.

iPods are a lot like Macs, they play off consumers ignorance and hype themselves up as the cool, slick thing to buy. Unfortunately, like macs, they also share the same bloated pricing.

adela_dawn
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 06:56 PM
they are very overpriced,
the only reason i bought one was so i could view photos on it

Gagnraad
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 07:11 PM
I have never used IPod, instead I am a fan of the Creative-mp3's. Well, not a fan, but I know they are of great quality, and they are easy to use.

Besides, I really can't stand Itunes, especially when I got Windows Media Player, which is the best. And Creative aren't as expencive as Ipods.

I just don't approve of Macintosh's stuff.

Mrs. Lyfing
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 08:08 PM
I don't own one either, I don't think I have ever owned any of that snazzy stuff, the most snazzy I have is my computer and cell phone, which some wouldn't even consider snazzy! :p

I like it simple! ;)

mischak
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I've had the same Ipod for the past two years, it's nice and convenient, but I don't obsess over it.

Also, unless you have loads of money to spare, I can't understand why people will spend (waste) hundreds of dollars on a stupid cell phone. You having a $500 phone that will break in a year does not make you impressive to me, sorry.

Hanna
Monday, February 25th, 2008, 08:18 PM
My parents got me an ipod, although I didn't request for it, anyway I don't think it's bad nor I think it's good, as long it doesn't annoys the third person beside you. I also think at times, it would ease the lonely journey on a train:) or it's rather nice:) to hang it on my ears:) when a guy constantly initiate a conversation on a train just next to me.:)

Bridie
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008, 11:57 AM
I have a tape player/recorder. Does that count? :D


Seriously, I haven't even figured out how to MP3 players work let alone anything else - I only have a CD player. Anything with more than 5 or 6 buttons or more than 1 or 2 functions pisses me off.

Technology and I don't get along. ;)

Hanna
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008, 06:05 PM
Technology and I don't get along. ;)
Then how you deals with your personal computer ? I'm sure technology includes www...... too.:)

Bridie
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 06:49 AM
Then how you deals with your personal computer ? I'm sure technology includes www...... too.:)

:D Hehe... well, I have basic word processing skills... for anything else I generally have to rely on help from those more knowledgeable than myself (ie, just about anyone past the age of about 12 months ;)). :p

Matamoros
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 07:15 AM
I do not have an ipod, and I know few people who do. I think among certain groups of people it is much more popular, amongst me and my friends less so.

Blood_Axis
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 10:12 AM
There is a problem with the IPod (and the likes) craze, and that is the following.

When I was a teenager, the only concerns among teenagers were...teenage concerns. That included music, hanging out with friends, etc.
The biggest competition, therefore, among us, might have been who has the most or the rarest metal albums, who's the most popular among the 'gang', etc :D

Now, my half- brother and sister are entering adolescence (14 and 12 years old respectively).
I see a horrendous trend among them and their classmates, that of competing each other in terms of material goods and their expensiveness - what kind of IPod do you have, how many GB capacity, how expensive it is, is it the latest model, etc.

Those kids go to school carrying more gadgets than a proffessional does - IPods, the newest cell phones, palmtops, laptops, etc, etc.

I can't tell you how much I hate this. Not only I think they're missing out on their childhood (well, adolescence), but also the fact that they're becoming addicted to materialism and technology from such a young age - it will turn them into dependent and unimaginative individuals.
They already panic if they don't have their cell phone with them - they can't think of any other way to communicate and they feel "useless" without their gadgets.

NUXiY
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 11:19 AM
I own both a iPod - and a MacBook (:D). Not only do I love these items as if they were my own children (Except they look better than what my children would look like) but I also purchased the newest Mac OSX Leopard. I must admit; design has played some role in my choosing of Apple products (of course). But after being a steady user for over a year, I dont have one single complain to bring. My MacBook works just fine, havent had any troubles with it (Also got a regular Windows computer btw), nor have I had any problems with my iPod.

I am considering purchasing the newest iPod Touch, since it looks awesome. And the fact that I only buy it because its awesome makes alot of people spin their minds. Which doubles the enjoyment of using the device in public.

Flash Voyager
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 11:34 AM
People just stop identify with what they purchase and consume. The Ipod is a portable media player and nothing else.

OneEnglishNorman
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 11:48 AM
I am considering purchasing the newest iPod Touch, since it looks awesome. And the fact that I only buy it because its awesome makes alot of people spin their minds. Which doubles the enjoyment of using the device in public.

Great minds think alike! That's why I imported a Sony PSP from Japan when they first came out. I love having these gadgets before anyone else.

Apple stuff is nice to use. It helps that they have a massive R&D budget. Also a factor that it's not designed by Asians? slightly off topic. Japanese cars f.e. do have a different "feel" to European cars (blander).

Spacelab
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 04:14 PM
I own both a iPod - and a MacBook (:D). Not only do I love these items as if they were my own children (Except they look better than what my children would look like) but I also purchased the newest Mac OSX Leopard. I must admit; design has played some role in my choosing of Apple products (of course). But after being a steady user for over a year, I dont have one single complain to bring. My MacBook works just fine, havent had any troubles with it (Also got a regular Windows computer btw), nor have I had any problems with my iPod.

I am considering purchasing the newest iPod Touch, since it looks awesome. And the fact that I only buy it because its awesome makes alot of people spin their minds. Which doubles the enjoyment of using the device in public.



Image > Functionality

NUXiY
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Once again, a typical Mac user.

Image > Functionality

Wouldnt exactly call myself a "typical Mac user". I have both PC and Mac. But Mac does really fullfill all my needs. If there should be anything that doesnt cope with Mac, I would just use my computer.

Loftor
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Napster was the cultural phenomenon which allowed people to download MP3's from around the world. In 1997 Winamp was the first popular (software) MP3 player and the Ipod came out in late 2001, 3 years after the first (almost identical) hardware mp3 player the Diamond Rio. MP3s, MP3 players and file sharing was a fact of life years before the Ipod came out.

Diamond Rio PMP300 (1998)
http://www.eirikso.com/images/_Diamond%20Rio%20and%20iPod%20Video.jpg

Skarpherdin
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 01:54 PM
;)i love my ipod ive packed it full of Folk metal bands and Richard Wagnar

Aistulf
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Do you think iPod has become a cultural phenomenon ? I think it is, but it's not my intention to offend those who :)really adores their ipods, but it's just weird or maybe I'm too weird thinking this matter.
In a commercialistic world without [real] culture? Sure, why not!

Sigurd
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 06:18 PM
Here in Britain, the iPod has become a ned/chav phenomenon. There they sit listening to it. White for the guys, pink for the girls ... and so on, and so forth. I've never been a fan of the iPod, and have always preferred Creative Lab's equivalent, really. But even then, I need neither of them, since I can really store enough music on my mobile phone, since it (Nokia N95-2) has 8GB of storage space ... by the time I've listened through all of that, I'm sick of all the music on it and want to load other songs onto it. Yea, listening to music on your mobile isn't exactly much higher up in social terms than attaching speakers to your iPod or the likes, but at least I listen to it with headphones and besides that, it came "free" with the contract anyway - so since I was going to get a new mobile anyway (Which I think, after 3 years since the last one, a Nokia 3120, was bought, and which was heavily malfunctioning by the end of it is justified...), it combines all that is needed. :p

Oswiu
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 06:53 PM
I've only ever touched one once in my life. And I think I broke it a bit. My colleague was a bit upset anyway. :confused:

Anything with more than 5 or 6 buttons or more than 1 or 2 functions pisses me off.
I would say the same thing, but these little machines are even worse - the one I saw had NO buttons!!! :eek: Just a funny dial thing that felt where your fingers were. :confused:

.... palmtops,
Oh no, another new word!

Napster was the cultural phenomenon which allowed people to download MP3's from around the world.
Actually, you remind me of something there: What's the new Napster? I had Napster all figured out and got lots of musicks off it, and then they went and made it illegal or whatever. A mate showed me some weird 'torrents' thing, but it was too clever for me. :(

Allenson
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 06:59 PM
What I find strange about any of these portable music devices is the seeming addiction that the young'ins of today have to these rigs. I mean it's one thing to listen to some music when one is on a long bus/train/plane ride.... But many seem to have these things plugged into their brains at all moments of the day when possible.

The other day, I saw two college lads walking toward one another along the sidewalk--they both had wires coming from their ears and as they got closer to one another, they each pulled out their respective ear pieces, exchanged a few "hey, dude"s, parted ways, immediately plugging their brains back in.
Like dude, listen to the wind and birds once in a while. ;)

I like music as much as anyone--but most of the time, I like to have all of my senses available to me when needed...such as hearing. ;)

Evolved
Thursday, June 5th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Yes, it is a phenomenon. I'm not at all into adopting new gadgets (I don't own a mobile phone and still have records and cassette tapes laying around :p) but even I have an iPod. I'm not the type who has to be constantly entertained and I don't feel a hunk of metal and plastic is part of my identity. I mostly use it for karaoke while doing chores around the house. I imagine it will be nice to have on long trips. I have only taken it out of the house with me once and the whole time in the back of my paranoid mind I worried about someone robbing me for it.

Leonhardt
Thursday, June 5th, 2008, 11:27 PM
I see the Ipods the most in the advertisements. They seem to be a hot item to push. I would say they are a fad right now.

They are fairly expensive. However, there are a lot of accessories for them. I have only had one for a few months, so I cannot say how long they last. It can hold most of my music collection, even the songs that I don't frequently listen.