Thanks for all the suggestions for new music. Keep ’em coming! I’m assembling a list that should double my iTunes music library.
Here’s the status of my current iPod:
When I bought this thing (a 120GB Classic), the sales guy said that very few people ever fill up a Classic. As you can see, I’m well on my way. Those 69GB of video are ninety-eight full-length movies. I have no idea why exactly I felt compelled to binge on iPod video to such an excessive degree, since I don’t really watch movies on a 2.5″ LCD, but I will tell you this: when the day comes, and I’m stuck at an airport by myself for a week because of weather or terrorism or what-have-you, I’ll be entertained.
(I do watch movies on the PC through iTunes, and I figured I might as well synchronize my entire media library with Mr. iPod, since I have the drive space.)
Another thing the Classic does ably: serve as an external USB drive. I use it as a tertiary backup for my work files, and as a patch taxi for World of Warcraft. When Blizzard pushes those 500-1000MB monster updates out, we download them to one of the computers (an act that takes several nights of background downloading over satellite), and then use the iPod to transfer the patches over to the other machine, rather than downloading everything twice, or wasting time copying it over our internal wireless LAN.
We’ve come a long way with personal media players since the 1980s. I can carry around hundreds of albums and as many full-length flicks in the pocket of my jeans. Carrying the same amount of music alone in 1983 would have meant schlepping a Walkman, and dragging a steamer trunk full of tapes along with it.