Pod People

Ipoddog Two bits of news about iPods, one tantalizing, one troubling.

A September announcement for a pocket-sized video player, perhaps at the Apple Expo in Paris?

The Wall Street Journal has reported this is the toy that Apple is developing. Jeremy Horwitz in iPod Lounge writes: "After years in the shadows, portable video is about to go mainstream: according to reports out this week from respected journalists, analysts, and columnists, Apple is rapidly preparing to sell digital video content and new portable devices that will play it." His piece examines the possibilities. The New York Times says a Sept.7 announcement will concern playing iTunes on Motorola phones.

The second item is contemplative, and more fun: Have iPods ruined "rock snobs?" The piece, by Michael Crowley in The New Republic wonders, what the easy downloading of formless digital files is doing to what philosopher Walter Benjamin called the "thrill of acquisition." Building collections, gazing at CD spines, unpacking memories -- gone like favorite record stores.

A snob's last gasp: "We are suddenly plagued by musical parasites. For instance, a friend of middling taste recently leeched 700 songs from my computer. He offered his own library in return, but it wasn't much. Never mind my vague sense that he should pay me some money. In Rock Snob terms, I was a Boston Brahmin and he was a Beverly Hillbilly--one who certainly hadn't earned that highly obscure album of AC/DC songs performed as tender acoustic ballads but was sure to go bragging to all his friends about it."

I hear you, brother.

Jason
Posted 08/30/2005 09:52:20 AM

RE: The portable video player If it's anywhere near the cost of a PSP, I'll just get the PSP, if I were to get anything. http://www.us.playstation.com/psp.aspx More bang for your buck, eh? :)

CitizenMom
Posted 08/30/2005 09:52:54 AM

I hate music snobs. The only way anyone "earns" the right to enjoy a piece of music is to hear it. Gross.

AlexC
Posted 08/30/2005 12:16:54 PM

Music snobs come in two flavors. Those hunt for obscure stuff on odd sized and odd RPM'd vinyl in "boutique" music stores, and those that spent too much money on audio equipment and think a) you're not worthy to hear it b) alert you as to how much they spent so you can hear a singer spit as they sing. The first kind of snob is very open to the iPod / MP3s, and they spent their days in the backwaters of the Internet looking for new obscure artists to lord over you. The second claims to hear the lousy quality of a high-bit-rate MP3 and tells you that your _________ mp3 player is crap because you didn't pay an insane amount for it. FWIW, my iPod has 3000 songs on it. An includes artists like Sam Cooke, Nirvana, AC/DC, Allman Bros, and a ton of 80's New Wave.

Albert
Posted 08/30/2005 12:19:49 PM

and also, the iPod cellphone is rumored to be coming out next week.

Albert
Posted 08/30/2005 12:24:07 PM

wait, i guess it's more than a rumor: http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0508300134aug30,1,2385496.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Daniel Rubin
Posted 08/30/2005 12:28:19 PM

Albert - isn't that the same nyt story i linked?

enrico
Posted 08/30/2005 01:33:25 PM

I am curious to see if the Rhapsody to Go, Napster to Go, Yahoo Music Service to Go trends will catch on. I got an iriver one day, downloaded/subscribed to Rhapsody to Go and 3 days later I had 1500+ songs on the iriver. All for 15 bucks a month. I tell all my friends I should be a Rhapsody sales person. I think its the bomb.

albert
Posted 08/30/2005 05:04:32 PM

ha, i totally read over that sentence somehow.

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