Over two years ago, Ryan's dad gave him a new video iPod for Christmas. I was there. Ryan already had a perfectly nice iPod that wasn't that old, but whatever. At some point thereafter -- I can't remember when -- I somehow (I can't remember why, either) inherited Ryan's "old" iPod. Well, I couldn't figure out how to make it work. It gave me a message that I needed to charge it with an AC adapter rather than the USB port of the computer. Perhaps the battery was just too run-down. In addition to that, I just plain didn't know how to make an iPod work, so I was at a loss. I always intended to get into an Apple store for some help, but never made it.
Abigail has a
Nano Mini (corrected by commenters -- thanks!). A couple years ago also, (I remember I wrote about it in the blog and asked for suggestions) I planned on replacing her Nano with a Classic, so she could have more music space. (1,000 songs, the capacity of her Nano Mini, she told me, was surprisingly few. Ahem.) She's not your typical middle class American kid. She does not need the latest new thing, and in fact, she rather eschews that sort of lifestyle. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Cliches become cliches for good reason, eh? They're based on truth. She buys most of her clothes preowned, she is long since eligible for a new cell phone (the same time I was) and yet she is attached to her phone and doesn't want to change it. She is also attached to her iPod Nano Mini and doesn't want a new one.
Can I tell you how B-O-R-E-D I get on those freaking machines at the gym? (Stay with me, here. I know it seems it, but that was not an abrupt subject change.) It's therefore hard to get me in there on a regular basis, and I really should get there on a more regular basis. Abigail convinced me that it was time to get an iPod so I could listen to music or a book while working out. She said she'd noticed that the iPod Shuffle was real cheap at Best Buy the other night. So I was going to just do it. Then I looked at the reviews online and decided that the Shuffle wasn't really the right thing for me. She was in the neighborhood and was going to go buy me a Nano instead, but then I asked her to just get me an AC charger for Ryan's old iPod and we'd see if we could charge it up and go from there.
So we charged it, and behold, it worked. And we plugged it into my desktop computer. And lo, the computer recognized Ryan's iPod (all that proprietary crap was worrying me, too, and we thought we'd have to jump through hoops of fire to get it to work for me). And Abigail saw that it was only filled to about 20% of capacity. In addition, there is some overlap between Ryan's music tastes and hers. She was still very attached to her
Nano Mini, but the massive extra space was looking very appealing to her. I could see her pondering, thinking, pondering. Then she was doing stuff in the iTunes account. I finally asked her what she was doing. "Putting all my music on Ryan's iPod. I'm thinking that if it works, I'll keep this one and you can have mine."
Details comin' up.